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Oscar winning director Danny Boyle has become a Patron for the Early Break Drugs Project, which is based close to Boyle’s home town. Boyle is probably best known for his award winning films which include The Beach and more recently Slumdog Millionaire.

The Early Break Drugs Project offers advice and counselling to young people who are affected by drugs and alcohol aged 21 and under across Lancashire. At Early Break, young people who enter the service can discuss their issues in a safe, healthy and where necessary therapeutic environment, by making use of alternative therapies which include aromatherapy, auricular acupuncture, and Indian head massage.

Boyle grew up in Radcliffe, Lancashire and has always held the area close to his heart. Boyle made his directorial debut in 1995 with Shallow Grave, this was quickly followed by the cult classic Trainspotting in 1996. Trainspotting highlighted the issues surrounding drug addiction for young people in a non-patronising manner, and Boyle has stated that Early Break works in a similar way and it was this that impressed him the most about the Project.

Following his new appointment as Patron, Boyle has stated that he “thinks it’s more an honour for me that they want me on board.”

Barbara Jack, managing director of Early Break, said about Danny’s appointment “It shows that no matter how big you are, you can still remember your roots and care about the community you came from.”

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