A POLICING team are set to host a Bollywood themed charity event to raise money for a very worthy cause.

Bracknell Neighbourhood Policing Team will host the event at Brownlow Hall in Warfield on March 9 and residents will get to dance Bhangra style to fundraise for the event.

The aim is to raise money for the charity Drug Fam, who provide a support network for families, friends and partners who struggle to cope with a loved one's drugs or alcohol addiction.

The money raised will go towards the running costs of the Drug Fam support group for the Bracknell Forest area, which will be launching in Sandhurst soon.

Police Neighbourhood Sergeant Cassandra Oswald, said: "The local policing team have chosen to get behind this cause, as the families dealing with the problems caused by a loves one's addiction are forgotten about when it comes to support.

"The group will provide a safe haven to discuss their issues and access practical advice and support."

Drug Fam provides a lifeline of safe, caring and professional support to families, friends and partners who are struggling to cope with the nightmare of a loved one's addiction to drugs or alcohol - and to those who have been bereaved by addiction or a related cause.

The charity was set up in 2006 by Elizabeth Burton-Phillips, who lost her son to heroin addiction.

Police Community Support Officer (PCSO) Marie Graham, will be a support volunteer at the group and has been 'instrumental' in recruiting other volunteers and raising funds.

PCSO Marie Graham said: "Can you imagine having a drug or alcohol user in your family? It causes a lot of stress and pressure on the whole family. 

"The worry of not being able to speak to someone without the fear of being judged can be isolating. I have come across lots of people who go through this on a daily basis and can see there is a need for the group." 

Cassandra added: "We chose to organise a Bollywood event to showcase the great diversity of communities in the local area and give everyone the opportunity to experience a taster of the Bhangra style."

A £15 ticket includes entertainment, food and helps raise funds for the charity.

Contact Marie on ann-marie.graham@thamesvalley.pnn.police.uk to purchase a ticket.