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The 2018 Gary Seaman Award Winner

Tony Murphy receiving his award from Dragon’s Den presenter Deborah Meaden.

Congratulations to Tony Murphy, from Footsteps, St Helen's, who has won the 2018 Gary Seaman Award. This award, in honour of Gary Seaman, is a chance for an outstanding practitioner to be recognised, celebrated and awarded for making life better for families affected by drugs and alcohol through the professional support they have provided.

Tony was presented with the award at Adfam’s Carol Concert at the start of December.

The impact that Tony's work has had is clearly seen in the moving nomination that was sent in by a mother of a son experiencing issues with substance use and had received support from Tony:

‘As a divorced mother of an only son with addiction it feels like being a very small boat in a very large ocean. The isolation, the fear, the feelings of being utterly powerless are all consuming. Sometimes the water is calm and there’s time to breathe. Then a storm of varying magnitudes hits. All the little boat wants is to be rescued.

I looked for help and Tony came along and gently guided me back to a more sheltered place. Total rescues only happen in fairy tales…. but with Tony’s wisdom, knowledge, empathy, care and kindness I could accept magical rescue was not going to happen. It was something more powerful. He gave me the ability to see I had the resources within myself to attempt to solve the issues. He has made me feel comfortable and respected within the Footsteps family and confident to develop more involvement with this small but very vibrant charity.’

Tony – from all of us at Adfam – congratulations! Your hard work, passion and commitment makes all the difference.