As part of our 30th anniversary year, on Thursday 17th November, we hosted Alastair Campbell as the guest speaker at our celebration and thanksgiving at Chelmsford Cathedral.

As well as speaking at the event, Alastair met our staff, volunteers, patrons and trustees. He heard about our vital work helping vulnerable people throughout Essex and Medway at our treatment centres, as well as through services such as the Colchester and Chelmsford SOS Buses. We have also diversified services to meet need during Covid including supporting the NHS’s vaccination drive in Essex, which he was interested to hear about.

Inspiring clients in recovery, Jeff Blair and Anne Johnson spoke movingly at the celebration and Essex choir, Allegro provided beautiful musical interludes. Alastair Campbell noted that, “it was a really uplifting event”, while sharing on social media “the need for charities like Open Road which has helped countless thousands across Essex in its thirty years of existence.”

Open Road’s Chair of Trustees, Nick Alston, “Our 30th anniversary is a fantastic achievement and not one we take lightly. We were therefore delighted to welcome everyone to celebrate with us at our celebration and thanksgiving at Chelmsford Cathedral. We thank The Dean of Chelmsford Nicholas Henshall, Alastair Campbell and our other speakers as well as Essex choir Allegro and cathedral organist, James Davy for giving their time freely, we are incredibly grateful to everyone. We look forward with hope to our next 30 years, to support as many vulnerable people in local communities as possible.”

Chief Executive Sarah Wright, said, “We were delighted to welcome Alastair and thank him for supporting our charity. It was a really lovely, celebratory evening with many local people in attendance as well as civic guests, Open Road clients, staff, volunteers, trustees and patrons. Our thanks to The Dean of Chelmsford, Nicholas Henshall, who is also an Open Road patron, for hosting the event in the beautiful surroundings of Chelmsford Cathedral. A big thank you also to all our speakers, everyone who came along and who helped make the evening such an amazing success.”

L-R; Alastair Campbell with Open Road Chief Executive, Sarah Wright and Chair of Trustees, Nick Alston:

Alastair Campbell with Open Road Chief Executive, Sarah Wright and Chair of Trustees, Nick Alston

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