Northern Ireland

Foyle Haven wins award

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Image caption Foyle Haven beat more than 400 organisations to become one of ten winners of the GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) IMPACT Awards.

A charity working with street drinkers in Londonderry, has been awarded £25,000 in recognition of its work in cutting alcohol-related harm and reducing hospital admissions.

Foyle Haven beat more than 400 organisations to become one of ten winners of the GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) IMPACT Awards.

The charity has reduced visits to A&E among its users by 50 per cent.

It has also contributed to making Derry almost free of rough sleepers.

Sister Catherine Boyle, the chair of Foyle Haven, said the award would help develop the charity's work.

"Winning this award gives us recognition of the impact we've had on the quality of life for the people we help," she said.

As well as receiving £25,000, Foyle Haven will attend a five-day development programme hosted by The King's Fund which provides training, development and networking opportunities.

Lisa Weaks, from the King's Fund, said the work carried out by Foyle Haven was "amazing".

"Given that alcohol addiction costs the NHS £2.7 billion a year, this is an amazing feat for a small charity," she said.

Foyle Haven provides programmes to help overcome some of the underlying symptoms of addiction. It also helps with personal care and a range of physical and mental health care needs.

An overall winner of the (GSK) IMPACT Awards will be announced at a ceremony in London on 12 May .