Shirley HarphamBee Sober Ambassador

Shirley Harpham

Region: Chorlton

My name is Shirley Harpham, I'm the ambassador for Bee Sober Chorlton.

I'm a mum of one and live with my wife and 4 dogs, never a quiet moment.

My sobriety

Sadly I abused alcohol all of my adult life. I surrounded myself with people who also abused alcohol. My lifestyle was very destructive and erratic, and it had a dreadful effect on my mental health, relationships, work-life, and wellbeing. I gave up drinking on a few occasions but never managed to keep it up long term, Lasting less than a week or so, then returning to my usual cycle.

On the 4th of December 2020 I d really had enough, after a long bender decided it was my time, I started my journey alone which had been hard in the lockdown and no connections. Fortunately for me, I found Bee Sober, it was a total lifeline, being able to connect with people going through the same as myself, share, support and be there for each other. It was a total game-changer. It was amazing that people understood and got me, finally, I'd found somewhere with no judgments and where I fit in.

I'm really happy and proud to be part of this wonderful vibrant community can't wait to meet you.