John Sheridan, who this year celebrates his 25th anniversary of abstinence from drugs after 12 years of addiction, has the honour of taking part in the Glasgow 2014 Queen’s Baton Relay in Glasgow, two evenings before the Commonwealth Games get underway.

John has worked at the Glasgow Drug Crisis Centre since it opened 20 years ago, and is a practitioner there. It was Turning Point’s first project in Scotland and was officially opened in March 1995 by Princess Diana, a Patron of Turning Point for several years. In 1999 the organisation devolved itself from Turning Point and Turning Point Scotland became an independent charity in 1999.

Turning Point Scotland’s Glasgow Drug Crisis Centre opened as a response to the amount of drug deaths in Glasgow in the 1980s and 1990s.

John said:

“It’s a great honour for me to take part in the Queen’s Baton Relay and I’d like to thank all of my colleagues who nominated me.  I work as part of a great staff team who have helped thousands of people over the last 20 years on their personal journeys towards recovery.  I honestly think we help keep people with drug and alcohol problems alive, and provide a lot of valuable work and training with residents and other service users towards harm reduction; this work continues to help save lives and is responding to new challenges such as legal highs and steroid users”.

John is now the longest serving member of Turning Point Scotland’s Glasgow Drug Crisis Centre and is an excellent ambassador for the organisation.

On a personal level, John last year completed climbing all 282 of Scotland’s Munros.  He started this challenge when he turned 50 and although he has slowed down he still hopes to climb all of the remaining main summits in Scotland over the next few years.

He also celebrates his 56th birthday on the day he carries the baton, the 21st of July.