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Help us support someone like David

      I am a person who spent 19 years of my life in prison. Pact gave me hope.

"My childhood was very dysfunctional. I had a really tough time growing up and it had a huge impact on my behaviour. From a young age I lost myself to a vicious cycle of drugs, alcohol and imprisonment.

After years of being in and out of prison, I managed to break the cycle in 2002. I stopped using drugs. I got out of prison and I stayed out. I turned my life around. I settled down and started to raise a family.

But in 2010 everything changed. My partner and two children were killed in a tragic accident caused by a drunk driver. I was devastated. My whole life turned upside down and I lost all hope for the future. I began to spiral out of control and eventually relapsed. I ended up back in prison, but this time, serving a much longer sentence.

When I was in prison I knew I wanted to get help. I took part in a drug rehabilitation programme and got clean. But I was worried about the future, I was worried about falling back into old habits when I got released. I knew I wanted to do better this time so I got involved with Pact. They supported me whilst I was in prison and organised for Pact volunteers to meet me at the gate when I was released. The volunteers gave me emotional and practical support which helped me stay out of prison, for good this time."

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