Beverley’s plight prompts calls to alcohol charity

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A charity in Sheffield which helps people with alcohol problems has received extra calls after the highlighting of the plight of a 35-year-old woman facing death from liver disease.

Beverley Pickorer has epileptic seizures, her face is ravaged and her skin is paper thin.

She is being nursed around the clock at Haythorne Place Care Home in Shiregreen where she stays in bed all day and is the youngest person in the home.

Her partner Anthony Howard, 31, wants her to be allowed home to Parson Cross to die. “It’s tragic,” he said.

At her worst, the mother-of-four, who has liver cirrhosis, drank up to 24 cans of lager and a bottle of perry in the morning, then went to the pub and then had up to 16 cans when she came home.

Matt McMullen, activities co-ordinator at Sheffield Alcohol Support Service, said staff had been fielding calls after her case was highlighted in the press.

“It’s having a positive impact,” he said. “Even getting one call is a good result, as he or she would have been mulling over the idea for a while but the story will have scared them into taking direct action. We should see more this week.”

NHS Sheffield says it tries to offer the best care package for the patient.

Dr Richard Oliver, of NHS Sheffield Clinical Commissioning Group, said: “Alcohol’s harms usually only emerge after a number of years.”