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Russell Brand, Kevin Kennedy team up against addiction

Russell Brand aims at starting a dry pub to help addicts get clean and stay clean. (Reuters) Russell Brand aims at starting a dry pub to help addicts get clean and stay clean. (Reuters)
By: Press Trust of India | London | Posted: January 20, 2014 9:17 am

Comedian Russell Brand has teamed up with former ‘Coronation Street’ actor Kevin Kennedy to open a dry pub to help people recovering from alcohol.

38-year-old Brand met Kennedy at a conference and discussed about the latter’s plan to open a pub in Brighton, South of Britain. The comedian has launched his Comic Relief-supported ‘Give It Up’ fund for addict support schemes, reported Daily Mirror.

“Because of support groups, addicts like me stand a chance. They’re a way for people to get clean and stay clean and they provide a sense of togetherness and purpose,” Brand said.

Former ‘Corrie’ star Kennedy is looking to raise 100,000 pounds to finance the new community hub. “Russell and I are speaking from the same hymn sheet. We both believe that abstinence is the only way to treat addiction,” he said.

“I’ve told him about my dry pub idea and he said it was great to have me here. I need a start-up fund and I’m speaking to Russell to see if he can help us out,” he added.
“I want to create a place that’s classy and out there in the open for people to come and get support. It’s about visual recovery  not hiding away. I want people to go there and feel safe,” he added.

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