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Cornwall dad 'ready to jump' from pier shares survival story

Cornwall dad 'ready to jump' from pier shares survival story

Published by the Pirate FM News Team at 7:33am 7th February 2019. (Updated at 11:36am 7th February 2019)

This is the survival story of a Cornish dad who found himself at the end of a pier ready to jump.

Craig Strippel from Penzance turned to Addaction after a police officer talked him down.

The chef shared his battle with alcohol abuse ahead of Time To Talk awareness day.

The father-of-three says he has gone from being on the brink to running the London Marathon!

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Cornwall dad Craig Strippel has shared his survival story after finding himself ready to jump from a pier

Craig's Story

37-year-old Craig is running to raise money for Addaction, the alcohol and drug charity that supported him to take back control of his life.

"I stood on the end of Albert Pier, intoxicated, and I knew the tide was out so there was no water to break my fall. I was so close.

"My head was consumed with negative thoughts and saying do it, but my legs wouldn't move.

"A fisherman saw me and kept his torch on me while he called the police and for the next hour a police officer talked to me until I came away from the edge. He offered me a cigarette - that's what did it in the end.

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37-year-old Craig from Penzance turned to charity Addaction after a police officer talked him down from the pier

"The stress of life and drinking heavily had taken its toll and led me down a dark path. By the age of 24, I was working 60-80 hours a week as a senior chef in charge of 11 other chefs.

"We had enormous daily targets on food and could sometimes work 4.30am-1.30am. I could have 30 pints behind the bar some days, but I was also making loads of money, so could spend £800 on a night out.

"I was hardly ever home. At my heaviest, I was drinking from 8.30pm to 3am Thursday, Friday and Saturday.

"My girlfriend kept telling me to stop, but I didn't want to admit it, I thought I was alright - apart from my growing beer belly.

"Even when I was at home, I used to go out fishing quite a bit to drink where the kids couldn't see me.

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Father-of-three Craig has battled alcohol abuse and is now running the London Marathon for the charity that supported him

"As time went by, I was tired all the time, I'd lose my temper over small things and I was always thinking about drinking.

"I realised I had an alcohol problem, but didn't think there was any help out there.

"I just felt shame and I didn't believe that anyone loved me. I thought the only way I could stop drinking was to end it.

"After the police talked me off the pier, I went to the hospital and from there found Addaction. I started going every day, attending sessions and meeting my key worker Gary.

"I still go twice a week and Gary gives me a call regularly to see if I'm ok. My passion for running has come back too and this has had a hugely positive effect on my mental health.

"My New Year goals are to become a recovery champion and support others finding their feet at Addaction - I've seen with my own eyes how powerful that is - and to run the London Marathon to raise money for Addaction so more people can get the support I had".

Craig Strippel

Craig is trying to raise £2000 for Addaction by running the London Marathon: Read his fundraising story

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