Countdown to Doncaster ‘Games’

Recovery Games, Doncaster
Recovery Games, Doncaster
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A celebration of people’s recovery from drug and alcohol dependence takes place on August 26, in the form of the Recovery Games.

Around 400 competitors will lace up their trainers for this third annual Recovery Games at Hatfield Marina.

The event is hosted by Aspire Drug and Alcohol Service, run by Rotherham Doncaster and South Humber NHS Foundation Trust, with registered charity The Alcohol and Drug Service.

Service users, volunteers and staff from Aspire, ADS and RDaSH compete in teams of eight to 10 people in Gladiator-style events over land and in water, against teams from across the region.

Aspire case manager Neil Firbank, who organises the event, said: “The Recovery Games is all about having fun and breaking down barriers, and is a chance for people who use drug and alcohol services to show their commitment to giving to others.

“Teams can collect sponsorship if they wish, and all proceeds will be donated to the Aurora Charity – last year we raised £400.”

As well as the games, health professionals will be on hand to give advice, with motivational speakers, fun activities and much more.

Neil added: “This year it’s going to be bigger and better than ever. The first rounds kick off at 10am, followed by a festival of colours at 12.30pm, which will be a free-for-all to dance, chase and generally get messy. The final will take place a 4.15pm.

For more information, or for a confidential chat, call 01302 730956.