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Friday, 18 April 2014

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Evening Mail walkers help charity spread positive message

A CAMPAIGN that hopes to hammer home the message that every action has consequences has received a cash boost.

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BOOST Some of the Evening Mail’s 2013 Keswick to Barrow walking team presenting a cheque to David and Pat Rogers (centre) and supporter Emma Armstrong of the Every Action Has Consequences campaign. Pictured are Suzanne Caveney, far left, editor Jonathan Lee and Karen Whittle, far right. Inset: Adam Rogers (left) and William Upton JON GRANGER REF: 50057446B000.

Members of the Evening Mail’s Keswick to Barrow team have donated £300 to Every Action Has Consequences, a charity set up in memory of Adam Rogers who worked in Ulverston and died in July 2009, aged 24, after being hit with a single punch.

Mr Rogers, originally from Blackburn, had been working at the Whitewater Hotel, near Ulverston and was in his hometown on a night out at the time of the attack.

His parents David and Pat Rogers decided to try and spread a positive message in the spirit of their son and set up Every Action Has Consequences to warn of the dangers of binge drinking and the effects it can have.

The couple, backed by a team of volunteers, visit schools, colleges and prisons to tell their story and distribute education packs.

Already they have placed around 3,000 of the packs and 60,000 fold out cards about the campaign across the country and they are looking to keep raising funds to spread their message as far as possible.

Mrs Rogers said: “We wanted to use Adam’s story to help educate young people about the danger of binge drinking.”

Mr Rogers added: “It has a very powerful effect and it can be quite amazing.”

Mrs Rogers said at least 500,000 people have now been exposed to the story, from schoolchildren to Super League starlets – and a vital part of that message is signing up to be organ donors, Adam himself was on the organ donor register and his organs went on to save five lives.

Mrs Rogers said the funds will help produce more packs and cards.

She added: “I think it’s really important what we’re doing and we hope to keep on doing it.”

Visit www.eahconsequences.com for more information.

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