Barnsley Beacon charity’s appeal for funding support

Barnsley Central MP Dan Jarvis and Barnsley East MP Michael Dugher in Serre to honour the Barnsley Pals on the centenary of the Somme
Barnsley Central MP Dan Jarvis and Barnsley East MP Michael Dugher in Serre to honour the Barnsley Pals on the centenary of the Somme

MPs are backing a Barnsley charity in its bid to continue to help relatives, carers and friends of people with drug and alcohol issues.

Barnsley Beacon was founded by a local mother in 2000, after she discovered her own three sons were addicted to heroin.

Last year, the charity helped 103 people over 605 sessions.

It has also seen demand for its services rise by around 20 per cent in the last four months alone.

But it is struggling to fund its services, and has won the backing of Barnsley MPs Michael Dugher and Dan Jarvis for its campaign to keep on serving the community.

Among the services offered currently by Barnsley Beacon are a telephone helpline, one-to-one and group support sessions, respite activities, social events and coffee mornings.

But the charity says its future really is in serious doubt unless it can raise more funds to sustain its work.

Barnsley East MP Michael Dugher said: “These are tough times when it comes to charities who rely on our support to survive and provide vital services in the community.

“I would urge people and organisations who might be able to support Barnsley Beacon to get in touch with them so that they can continue helping relatives and carers of people with drug and alcohol problems.”

Barnsley Central MP Dan Jarvis said: “Barnsley Beacon provides an invaluable service to families supporting loved ones with addiction.

“It would be a huge loss to our whole community if this charity was forced to close its doors.

“I very much hope that those who are able to support Barnsley Beacon will come forward.”