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United Kingdom : Jardine Lloyd Thompson announces major charitable donation to help disarm addiction.

Jardine Lloyd Thompson has awarded a three-year funding grant to Action on Addiction to support the charity's work in freeing people from the effects of addiction.

The significant three-year commitment will be invested across Action on Addiction's direct services, including the charity's treatment and rehabilitation centres in Wiltshire, London, Liverpool and Bournemouth and its family support services across the UK. The grant will also help fund the professional training of addiction counsellors and therapists at CATS (The Centre for Addiction Treatment Studies), which Action on Addiction runs in partnership with the University of Bath.

In addition to its monetary contribution, Jardine Lloyd Thompson will also be working closely with Action on Addiction to pilot awareness-raising initiatives for the workplace and to investigate how businesses can support employees affected by addiction.

Nick Barton, Chief Executive of Action on Addiction, said: "We are extremely grateful to Jardine Lloyd Thompson for their generous support, which will help to transform the lives of people affected by addiction.

"The workplace is an important, but currently under-utilised, channel for addressing misunderstandings about addiction and providing people with information and support. Jardine Lloyd Thompson's commitment to increasing awareness within the business world is a significant step in our mission to reduce stigma and disarm addiction."

Dominic Burke, Group Chief Executive at Jardine Lloyd Thompson, said: "Jardine Lloyd Thompson is proud to support Action on Addiction's invaluable work. We have been hugely impressed by the breadth of Action on Addiction's focus: from helping recovering addicts to re-engage in the workplace, to supporting families, improving training standards for counsellors and reducing stigma and misunderstanding, Action on Addiction's work goes far beyond merely treating the symptoms of addiction."

John Lloyd, a member of Jardine Lloyd Thompson's Group Executive Committee and Trustee of Action on Addiction, added: "Addiction is a debilitating condition which can all too easily creep up on people with devastating effects on their professional and personal lives. Picking up the pieces is a long, challenging process and having the support and understanding of not only addiction counsellors but also friends, family and colleagues is invaluable. Working together, businesses and addiction professionals can form a powerful alliance against the disease and offer greater support to those affected by it."

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