About a month ago, we shared a story about Keith. Keith suffered with drug and alcohol addiction for 22 years, spending his life trapped between sleeping rough on the streets and prison.
Growing up on a one of the toughest council estates in Bristol, he saw his descent into crime, alcohol and drugs as inevitable. People close to him became a victim of his addition. At points, his family were forced to call the police and even take out a restraining order. For years he was completely absorbed by a life of crime and drugs.
Read his full story here.
After facing his problem and accepting help, Keith made an incredible recovery and has since been using his experiences to help others facing similar problems at Julian House and similar organisations like DHI.
On top of that, on 31st August, he completed a 15000ft skydive with his good friend Jer Palmer to help raise much needed funds for our charity and to raise awareness about the complexity of homelessness.
Of his challenge, Keith said: “You may wonder why I’m doing a 15000ft skydive for the homeless? Before Julian House gave me the opportunity to work alongside some of Bath’s most vulnerable clients, I was one of those socially excluded people, trapped in a cycle of addiction, homelessness, and institutions. I didn’t see another way out other than death. Luckily, I was gifted with recovery and this is my way of giving back to society. There are many reasons why people become homeless and I have worked with some inspirational people who just needed that break in life. Through organisations like Julian House, these men and women get the opportunity to change their life around.
Thanks to the generosity of friends, family and members of the public, he smashed his target of £200 and raised £475! Well done Keith.
That’s a huge amount that will make a big difference to the lives of people we support. It could pay for two new starter packs to help an abused mother and her children into new accommodation. After escaping domestic violence, many come into our care with very few provisions. So each starter pack makes a big difference in helping them get settled.