Chandos House rehab centre to close in November after £100k appeal fails
BRISTOL’S last remaining rehab centre has announced that it is set to close in November, after a fundraising mission failed to meet its target.
Chandos House, a residential treatment centre for addiction based on Chandos Road in Redland, has been trying to raise £100,000 to continue saving the lives of men suffering from substance and alcohol addiction following reductions in funding from the Government and the local authority.
Over the last few months the centre organised an auction with signed artworks from some of Bristol’s most cherished artists, and a creative thinking workshop with Will Self, one of the Chandos House’s brothers and supporters who has also appeared on Have I Got News For You and Question Time. Comedian Russell Brand hosted a sponsored abseil and walk in the Avon Gorge with Will on Saturday August 25; however despite widespread media coverage the centre announced on September 3 that it is set to close.
In advance of the closure on Thursday November 8, Chandos House held an event to personally say goodbye to its supporters on Monday September 24, where members of the local community were invited to come and hear memories from the last 35 years, take part in a raffle and sample Chandos's famous jerk chicken or vegan stew.
Commenting on the closure, James Dickinson, executive director and head of treatment said: “The recent national campaign to raise sufficient funds to maintain our vital service has been unable to achieve its target. We would like to thank Will Self and Russell Brand in particular for their hard work in promoting our cause, and for highlighting our plight in the face of swingeing austerity.
“We would also like to thank our hundreds of Chandos friends and family who have in recent weeks joined our struggle to survive. We will continue our work until our closure, and we remain hopeful for the miracle that might yet revive our fortune.
“The campaign remains open, optimistic of a reprieve. To this end we still need your financial support and our Local Giving page remains open. Please continue to highlight our plight as best you can. We will continue to raise the profile of this crisis and our campaign, and why this has to be prevented.”
To support Chandos House in their final efforts to avoid closure, visit their Local Giving page: https://localgiving.org/chandos-house-addiction-treatment-centre