THE work carried out by a charity working with people battling drug and alcohol addiction has been highlighted in the influential Parliamentary Review.

National charity Betel House, which has a base in Hexham, was listed as an example of best practice in the care sector in the annual review published to reflect areas in politics and public life which inspire and challenge.

Betel House Hexham was established in 2011 and currently hosts 40 men and 14 women, and opened the Restored furniture-making store on Fore Street and the newly opened Rising Cafe: From the Rubble, on Beaumont Street.

Hexham’s MP Guy Opperman said: “It is great that Betel UK is being given this platform to showcase the incredible work it does.

“Betel House Hexham, with its residential centre, furniture restoration shop, gardening business and cafe, is a beacon of hope and care in the Tyne Valley.”