Henry shares his story with Sheffield pupils

Alcohol addiction campaigner Henry Maybury
Alcohol addiction campaigner Henry Maybury
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A young lad who lost his brother to alcohol addiction has bravely volunteered to speak about the ordeal at two Sheffield schools.

Henry Maybury released a music video about the impact of the disease and got over one million hits on YouTube, with celebrities taking to social media to show their support.

Now the 22-year-old is to share his brother Tom’s story with pupils at Sheffield High School in Broomhill and High Storrs School.

Musician Henry, who lives in Shrewsbury, said: “It all started off because of the loss of my big brother to alcohol addiction at 29 years old.

“I had just finished performing at the O2 in London as part of the Open Mic UK competition and gone back to uni when I received a call saying he was in hospital.

“I travelled back home and spent his last couple of weeks with him.

“I was so frustrated and I thought to myself that I had to do something about this, I have to help in some way.”

Henry was flicking through an old song book of his when the song ‘Lost Days’ caught his attention. The lyrics seemed to fit the campaign and he went on to make a music video to go with it which outlines the dangers of alcohol addiction.

Now he spends his time travelling to schools, talking to other young people about the disease and the impact it can have both on the person and on their loved ones.

“It doesn’t matter who you are or where you are from, it can happen to anybody,” he explained.

“It affects the family massively. Words can’t explain how emotional it is when you see someone so close to you suffer for so long. It’s so annoying seeing someone go from a David Beckham lookalike - my brother looked just like him - to just lying in a bed. It’s heartbreaking.”

Since the campaign began in September, soap stars and rugby players have been among those who have shown their support for Henry. He will be visiting schools in Sheffield tomorrow and on Friday.

n Visit www.henrymaybury.com to see the video