Christmas craft fair supports Stevenage addiction rehab centre

The organising team

The organising team - Credit: Archant

A Christmas craft fair held to raise funds for an addiction rehabilitation centre “went brilliantly” at the weekend.

Helen Macaulay, Sheena Cox, Seonaid Wicks, Alfie Wicks 14m

Helen Macaulay, Sheena Cox, Seonaid Wicks, Alfie Wicks 14m - Credit: Archant

The event on Saturday at St Peter’s Church on Broadwater Crescent, Stevenage, has raised £487.28 for The Living Room, which will be matched by Barclays bank.

The Living Room is a non-residential rehabilitation centre, at The Glebe on Chells Way in Stevenage, for people with addictions to anything from alcohol and drugs to gambling and sex.

Laura Sansom with her sweet treats

Laura Sansom with her sweet treats - Credit: Archant

It was established 15 years ago by Janis Feely MBE, who has been free from her addiction to alcohol and prescription drugs for 29 years.

A spokesman for The Living Room said: “The craft fair went brilliantly. We had lots of stalls, including glitter glasses, hand-painted Santa plates and hand-knitted baby things. There was also Santa’s grotto, face-painting and ‘guess the name of the teddy’.

Jacky Webb on her stall

Jacky Webb on her stall - Credit: Archant


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“The money raised will go towards carrying on our work.”

As well as counselling, The Living Room helps clients through creative writing, art therapy, drama groups and even equine therapy.

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