Recovering addicts 'devastated' at closure of Plymouth rehab centre Broadreach House

Bernadette says Broadreach House saved her life. Credit: ITV News

Dozens of people across Devon and Cornwall battling addiction face losing their support as a rehabilitation home looks set to close.

Broadreach House will shut on Friday, leaving staff without jobs and the 47 people it is currently helping cut off from their support.

Despite a fundraising campaign and workers even giving up their pay, it hasn't been enough to keep the centre open.

Bernadette has been clean for four years. When she came to Plymouth she was addicted to heroin and crack, homeless and at risk of losing her arm. She says Broadreach gave her back hope and she is devastated at the news.

Bernadette has been clean for four years following a drug addiction. Credit: ITV News
The house is currently full but will close on Friday. Credit: ITV News
Johnny Mercer says he is concerned at the news. Credit: ITV News

Broadreach is renowned around the country as a rehab centre that gets results. Its work has been celebrated by comedian Russell Brand, who sent them a video message last year.

Micky McCloskey came out of Wandsworth Prison as an addict. For the last 12 years he has been working for Plymouth Argyle. None of that would have been possible without Broadreach.

Micky says Broadreach House has been a lifeline for many people. Credit: ITV News

Top-level meetings have been taking place across Plymouth to try to find a solution. An online crowdfunding campaign has been set up, but the trustees have decided they needed to go into administration to keep some control over what is happening.

Trustee Gina Dormer says staff are working hard to help clients. Credit: ITV News
The council says it is working with Broadreach to put alternative plans in place. Credit: ITV News