A former alcoholic who has made a documentary with street drinkers in Derry is planning to expand his project into Donegal.
Gavin Patton, who has strong family links to Inishowen and Letterkenny, has been making alcochol education films for the past four years in his native Derry and now wants to bring the message across the border.
Gavin (38) was treated for alcoholism six years ago and since recovering went on to complete a nursing degree and now works as a theatre recovery nurse in Derry’s Altnagelvin Hospital.
Last year he established the Youtube site featuring what he describes as hard-hitting footage filmed on the streets of Derry with the city’s street drinkers. He says the aim of the site is to educate people like myself on alcoholism and give them help and advice that was not available to himself. Gavin’s struggle with alcoholism emerged went he wnet to London as a young man to study film. To make the documentary’s he invested in a camera and sees the documentary as a chance to help people with a talent that he never made the most of. “I finished the degree but my film career never took off but my drinking career did.”His empathy for the plight of street drinkers comes after he spent six weeks homeless on the streets of New York during a four-year period in the US. “When I was an alcoholic I knew nothing about my condition and I just want to help explain it to people suffering from it.”