Runcorn youth worker meets MPs in Westminster to highlight dangers of alcohol abuse

Runcorn and Widnes World: Emily Miller Emily Miller

A YOUTH club volunteer is highlighting the dangers of drink after losing a loved one to alcohol misuse.

Emily Miller is meeting MPs and dignitaries including Alistair Campbell at the House of Commons tomorrow to raise awareness of the issues surrounding booze.

She has already raised £334 for Alcohol Concern by supporting the Dry January campaign, pledging to give up alcohol throughout January.

She is staging a fundraising event called Milly’s tea room at West Bank Community Centre, Alice Court in Widnes, from 4pm to 7pm, on Thursday, January 30.

Emily, aged 22, from Runcorn, said: “I chose to do Dry January as I thought I needed to regulate my own drinking, having attended uni and drank my fair share.

“I lost a family member to alcohol misuse so I wanted to set about to be a good role model and raise money for a good cause.”

Emily is a volunteer youth worker at CRMZ youth club in Widnes.

She helps out at St Edward’s brownies as well as working at Home Bargains.

She hopes to become a youth worker, possibly specialising in counselling or mentoring in the future.

Halton Clr Ged Philbin, board member for children, young people and families, said: “Emily has done remarkably well in her fundraising and is a great role model for people of all ages in Halton.”

Cakes baked by the Young Addaction team will be on sale at Emily’s tea party. Tea and cake will be served for 50 pence.

There will be various free games and activities for youngsters and families.

Information on alcohol misuse, safety and services for young people will also be available.

To sponsor Emily, visit uk.virginmoneygiving.com/EmilyMiller2 

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