“I’d like to try and give someone else the opportunity to have a life beyond their wildest dreams”
Marcus, a recent graduate of Clouds House who was in and out of addiction for 35 years, jumped out of a plane at 15,000ft on October 25th, raising £2,227.50 (including gift aid) towards the Clouds House Bursary Fund, so others can have the opportunity that he was given.
In the Autumn of 2019, Marcus found himself on replacement therapy, desperate for recovery but unable to maintain long term abstinence - when a friend told him about Clouds House and the bursary scheme. He says “I was in a place of waking up every day just wanting to die because my life had got so painful and so desperate and so dark that I was really on the precipice of jumping, every day.” He made the initial call, had an assessment over the phone and was placed on the bursary waiting list.
Marcus was admitted to in-patient treatment at Clouds House on March 24th 2020, the day lockdown officially started. He finished his treatment in June 2020 and has remained abstinent ever since, and is rebuilding his life.
His treatment was funded by a combination of the Action on Addiction bursary, and his local services.
Speaking of the opportunity he was given, Marcus says “as soon as I start talking about it, I get emotional, the gratitude that I have in my heart for Clouds House and the chance, the opportunity that they gave me, I just get overwhelmed with gratitude. I get a gratitude attack every time I speak about to it be honest.”
In an immense expression of this gratitude, on 25th October 2020 Marcus bravely undertook a 15,000ft skydive to raise funds for Action on Addiction’s bursary fund, so others can get the opportunity he was given.
He says “What used to be my mess is now my message. If it gets more attention and more awareness for Action on Addiction, I’d probably go up to the atmosphere, 25,000ft if I was able to!”
“Clouds House threw me a lifeline and I just grabbed it. As soon as I walked through that door, my life started to change. The love and the care and the passion and the warmth that all the staff showed me, from the counsellors to the meds team to Terry and Myra in the kitchen, the peers. It just ticked every single box. My life started to change.
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