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Jacquie Johnson-Lynch Winner of the Social Impact Award


FOUNDER of the The Brink in Liverpool, a social enterprise which helps people recovering from drink and drug addiction, Jacquie welcomed royal visitor The Duchess of Cambridge to the charity’s dry bar this year. Jacquie is passionate about helping addicts after her own brother Garry was tragically killed by a drink driver 20 years ago. All the profits from the bar are re-invested in other Action On Addiction recovery projects in Merseyside.

The Brink is a social enterprise and three-quarters of the staff are recovering alcoholic or drug addicts. It is open to all members of the public, but it also has private areas set aside for alcohol counselling, run by the Charity. Most cafes don't have a 'night-out' feel and they close by 6, it's just like a normal bar, but with pots of tea on tables rather than pints of beer.

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