I came to England a year ago from Sri Lanka. When I arrived in London I discovered the job I had been promised did not exist. My English was not so good then and I found it impossible to get any work. I was more and more desperate. My wife and son were waiting for me to send money to them and I was too ashamed to tell them the truth.
I was sleeping in a supermarket car park and buying alcohol with the little money I had. I was in a bad way when the Blenheim outreach team found me. They came everyday for a week to check on me and try to get me to come to the project. Eventually I agreed. At this time I was in A&E nearly every week because of my drinking. I had cirrhosis and regular seizures. I also had a really bad rash all over my body but I was too embarrassed to go to a doctor or show them in A&E.
Blenheim were so patient with me. They organised for a Sri Lankan nurse to assess me so I could really understand how sick I was and what I needed to do. I started to go to the alcohol breakfast club and they got me officially registered as a rough sleeper so that I could get housing support too.
I am now in a temporary B&B and registered with a G.P. Everyday I go to the Blenheim breakfast and lunch club as part of my alcohol reduction plan.
I am getting stronger each day and haven’t had a seizure for a few months now.
I think it won’t be long before I will be able to contact my wife and son again.