Sign up to the Great North Run this Addiction Awareness Week

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The Road to Recovery Trust, the not-for-profit organisation that runs Newcastle’s only recovery café, is appealing for runners to sign up to the Great North Run in support of its charitable work.

The Trust, which recently played host to Shadow Health Secretary, Jonathan Ashworth MP at its George Street Social recovery café, has a small number of Great North Run places left for anyone wishing to support people recovering from addictions.

Peter Mitchell, Chair, Road to Recovery Trust, said: “Sadly, in Newcastle, we see one of the highest rates of deaths from drug and alcohol problems and, additionally, in 2017, we had the highest rate of suicides in England.

“Addiction problems often go hand in hand with poor mental health and trauma, and it’s heart breaking to think that there are still so many people in our community struggling with addiction and feeling isolated and ashamed. That’s why we strive to create safe spaces and peer support networks to help anyone who is struggling with addiction.”

Beth Collard, a manager at George Street Social, is herself over ten years sober having lived with a drug and alcohol addiction for many years. She describes that time as being incredibly frightening and lonely, where she was drinking almost 24 hours per day, unable to function, unable to work and, eventually, Beth found herself on the streets.

She’s now healthy and happy, with a young family, a managerial role and a big passion for running.

Beth said: “I was homeless and I couldn’t walk when I came into recovery. So now I know I can run a half marathon the sense of achievement is amazing. I take part in a local running group, These Girls Can Run, which is really supportive. Running is a significant part of my recovery, because of the social aspects, but also because it’s quite mindful, it gives me that space without anything else to think about, and I know that boosting my physical health also boosts my mental health.”

Beth started running in 2012 when she had two small babies at home and found that nipping out for a run was much easier to fit into family life than joining a gym or attending regular exercise classes. She’s now a qualified run leader. Beth added: “The more I do it the better I feel in my recovery and in life generally.”

Anyone wishing to run in the Great North Run this September on behalf of The Road to Recovery Trust should email Beth at:

For more information about the Trust, please visit

Beth Collard, Trustee