Shadow Health Secretary, Jonathan Ashworth MP, is running the London Marathon 2017 to raise funds and awareness for Nacoa.
Since the launch of the All Party Parliamentary Group on Children of Alcoholics in 2016, Ashworth has become a vocal supporter of Nacoa and will be soon be visiting our Bristol offices to meet our volunteers and supporters.
Ashworth broke the political mould last year by bravely standing up in the Houses of Parliament and discussing his experiences of growing up with a father who had a drink problem. Although his relationship with him was one of love and affection, he said that, ‘Dealing with my dad’s alcoholism coloured my upbringing and my life.’
Through his work with the APPG and the UK Government, he and other MPs are hoping to make a serious changes to Government policy to help support children growing up in a household where one or both parents drink too much. He recently said: ‘Now I’ve got this job as the Shadow Health Secretary, and by speaking out, I can hopefully change things a little. I can have achieved something and [that will] make it all worthwhile.’
By running the London Marathon, Ashworth is generating some much needed funds for Nacoa while raising the profile of our work. He said that, ‘Every child has the right to a happy childhood and to live a creative and meaningful life but when drink is the family secret they are more likely to experience family violence, neglect and other problems in their own homes.’
Last year, Nacoa received over 32,000 calls from people affected by their parent’s drinking. We currently employ only two full time members of staff, but mobilise over 100 active volunteers who answer the phones and deliver talks in schools. Every penny pledged really goes that extra mile!
You can show your support for our work by sponsoring Jonathan. Please click this link, or copy and paste it in to your browser: https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/Jonathan-Ashworth4?utm_medium=email&utm_source=ExactTarget&utm_campaign=20170401_96877