Just a shortie to bring you a pressing news item from my local paper.
Please find the following article by Joanna Davis printed in today’s Dorset Echo.
A DAUGHTER of an alcoholic will be taking the plunge into Lake Windermere to help the children of addicts.
Busy mum-of-three, author and broadcaster Tracey Smith will swim a mile at the beauty spot on September 12 as part of the Great North Swim.
She plans to raise £18,000 for the National Association for Children of Alcoholics (NACOA) to mark the charity’s 18,000 phone calls it has fielded from troubled children of alcoholics.
Thorncombe resident Tracey, 43, wishes the charity was around while she was growing up.
Tracey said she has only felt ready to talk about her mum’s alcoholism since she died three and a half years ago.
She said: “People seem to hide it under the carpet and don’t talk about it.
“I wish I had NACOA when I was a young thing.
“I couldn’t see an end to my darkness and I took an overdose at the age of 11.
“I remember waking up the morning after in a white bed in a white walled hospital room feeling so relieved and thinking I was in heaven.