The Keith Challen Memorial Fund Excellence Awards

News item posted: 04 April 2014

Turning Point's Wakefield Adult Treatment services recently held The Keith Challen Memorial Fund Excellence Awards at St. Catherine's Church Centre in Wakefield.

The Keith Challen Excellence Awards are held annually by the Substance Misuse Commissioning Team in partnership with Turning Point. The awards were set up in memory of Keith Challen by his wife Anne and brother Colin to celebrate the personal and professional achievements of current and former service users.

Before his death in 2005, Keith worked for Eastern Wakefield Primary Care Trust Drug Action Team helping people with drug and alcohol problems. He successfully applied for numerous grants and funds which resulted in him raising millions of pounds to improve the lives of local people. His family and colleagues set up the Keith Challen Memorial Fund to commemorate his work.

Mark Sheldon, who has been volunteering for the service for over a year after going through a rehab programme, won the prize for Improving and Implementing Service Delivery. Peer Educator, Tony Ingram, won the award for Individual Recovery.

Jessica Millin, Community Outreach Team Leader at Turning Point's Wakefield Adult Treatment Services said, "The Awards are about celebrating the achievements of service users throughout the Wakefield District. Award Winners are an example of how lives can be transformed after recovery, and are an inspiration to others who want to tackle the difficulties they are experiencing with drugs or alcohol."