Addiction group to help victims of Nepal earthquake

EARTHQUAKE AID: John Devitt, managing director of Counted4.
EARTHQUAKE AID: John Devitt, managing director of Counted4.
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A DRUG help organisation on Wearside is giving support to the victims of the Nepal earthquake.

As well as raising money to help those affected, Counted4 has helped fund the travel costs of a specialist nurse to travel 4,500 miles from the UK to Nepal.

DEVASTATING: Rescue workers in Nepal after the 7.8 magnitude earthquake.

DEVASTATING: Rescue workers in Nepal after the 7.8 magnitude earthquake.

Following the 7.8 magnitude earthquake, the organisation is also raising funds for Dristi Nepal - a substance misuse and peer support service for women in Kathmandu - so that they can continue to provide health care services to the most vulnerable.

The team at Dristi is now trying to rebuild their centre in Kathmandu and is providing health care services to the whole community.

As well as the devastating human loss, the earthquake destroyed local infrastructure, tore down buildings and severed the water supplies in the Asian country.

Counted4 has set up a website so that the drug and alcohol recovery community, or anyone affected by substance misuse throughout the North East, can support people on the same journey in Nepal.

The appalling disaster in Nepal has directly affected our friends at Dristi so we want to do all we can at this time.

John Devitt, managing director at Counted4

John Devitt, the organisation’s managing director, said: “The appalling disaster in Nepal has directly affected our friends at Dristi so we want to do all we can at this time. They desperately need water, shelter, food and medicines.

“Peer support is a vital part of helping people on their path to recovery and those in recovery realise the importance of a helping hand when they are in crisis.

“The recovery community here has an important role to play in supporting people in Nepal who need help now more than ever.

“We are hoping to raise money through donations however large and small, so that they can respond to the immediate emergency and rebuild their lives going forward. Every penny counts.”

Anyone wishing to donate to Counted4’s “Recovery for Dristi Nepal” campaign can do so HERE.

www.recoveryfordristinepal.org