One of my lifelong ambitions has been to run a marathon. As a young man, many, many years ago, I was a keen runner but never managed a marathon. This Sunday is the Brighton Marathon, and guess what? I will be cheering from the sidelines in support of James Danks who is running on behalf of BHT.
James is a recovering addict who just one year ago to the day started a detox programme that has changed his life.
James said: “It is amazing to think how far I have come. Just one year ago I was drinking a litre of vodka every day and spending £40 a day on heroin. I was in such a bad way and I knew that things had to change quickly or I could die and leave my sons without their father. I couldn’t let that happen and it was that thought that gave me the strength to get clean and to change my life for good.
“I was offered a place at BHT’s Detox Support Project, something that I thank my lucky stars for every day. I truly believe they saved my life. They have been so supportive and have helped me to deal with some deep rooted issues that have helped me with my recovery and are helping me every day to live a life of abstinence.”
James is not new to running events having completed the Brighton Half Marathon in February of this year in memory of his late wife Zoe and to raise money for BHT.
For the first time since his teenage years, James has a new found hope and plans for the future.
He said: “Exercise and keeping fit has played a huge part in my recovery so it is really nice to be able to combine my new found love for fitness with raising money for BHT. It’s great to feel like I am giving something back.
“I feel confident about the run on Sunday although I know it is going to be tough. Every step of the way I will be thinking about how far I have come in the last year and all of my new and exciting plans for the future.”
Anyone who would like to sponsor James can do so by clicking this link or by contacting Liz Davies on (01273) 645425.