Rougham: Prizes handed out to stop smoking champions

STOP smoking advisers and representatives from organisations involved in getting people to quit the habit in Suffolk have met up for an awards ceremony.

Over 90 GPs, pharmacists and stop smoking advisors attended the first annual Live Well Suffolk awards event at Ravenwood Hall Hotel, Rougham, near Bury St Edmunds, where prizes were presented, with accolades including Best GP Practice, Stop Smoking Advisor of the Year and Best Pharmacy.

In Suffolk it is estimated that one in five adults smoke and almost a half of those will die prematurely as a result of their smoking habit. Live Well Suffolk announced last month that it had achieved its annual target of aiding 4,157 people to quit smoking across the county one month ahead of schedule.

James Brady an area pharmacist for Sainsbury’s, who works with the stores in Ipswich and Bury St Edmunds, was awarded Stop Smoking Advisor of the Year (Pharmacy) award.

He said: “This award recognises the hard work of all of the Sainsbury’s pharmacy teams. It’s certainly been a collaborative effort and it’s great that Live Well Suffolk have taken the time to recognise everyone’s achievements.”

The award winners were Angel Hill Practice, Bury St Edmunds; Debenham Pharmacy; Orchard Street Medical Practice, Ipswich; Walton practice, Felixstowe; Asda, Stowmarket; Ixworth Pharmacy; Sue Rivers, Ravenswood Practice, Ipswich; and James Brady, Sainsbury’s area pharmacist.