A BARNSLEY mother whose children suffered from heroin addiction is celebrating after her support group scooped a £112,000 funding boost.

June Marshall, founder of Barnsley Beacon, lost her son in October 2011 to substance misuse and is determined to help other local families.

She set up Barnsley Beacon 11 years ago to help the families of people who struggled with drug addiction and has now been given a grant of £112,389 from the Big Lottery Fund to allow the work to continue for another three years.

The project focusses on helping the carers of people who have alcohol or drug addiction problems and offers them support.

Julie said: “It's marvellous, it really is. This charity means so much to me. It's my life and this money means we are safe for another three years at least.

"20 years ago, I was in despair. I found out all three of my children were using heroin, but I knew nothing about drug dependence. I tried everything to help them, but I ended up being pulled along with their addiction. I was confused, angry and frightened with nowhere to turn. I searched for support groups to help me, but there were none. There is plenty of help for the addict, but very little for the innocent victims of drug and alcohol abuse – the family, friend or carer."

The Stepping Stones project will offer a 24/7 helpline, counselling, confidence building workshops, coffee mornings, social events and complementary treatments to help carers relax.

It is thought the project will help around 40 carers.