Tragic Beverley sparks a call surge to drink charity

Beverley Pickorer, 35, is currently a resident in Haythorne Place
Beverley Pickorer, 35, is currently a resident in Haythorne Place

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

everley Pickorer is being nursed round the clock at Haythorne Place Care Home in Shiregreen but yesterday her partner Anthony Howard, aged 31, said he wanted her to be allowed home to Parson Cross to die.

The mum-of-four, who is suffering liver cirrhosis, downed as many as 40 cans a day at her worst, as well as visiting the pub.

Matt McMullen, activities co-ordinator at Sheffield Alcohol Support Service, said staff had been fielding calls ‘directly regarding the article’.

“It’s having a positive impact,” said Mr McMullen.

“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.”

GPs in Sheffield are urging people to take a break from drinking during alcohol awareness month, which runs throughout January.

The campaign flags up the risks of consuming more than recommended daily guidelines.

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

n For support call SASS on 0114 258 7553 or Alcoholics Anonymous on 0845 769 7555.