Charity helps to solve debt problems for Chris

Chris Friend, CAP centre manager at Alnwick, with John Fawcus.
Chris Friend, CAP centre manager at Alnwick, with John Fawcus.

A money-counselling charity is celebrating after helping its 20th client become debt-free.

Christians Against Poverty’s (CAP) Alnwick Centre, based at the town’s baptist church, has steered John Fawcus to financial security.

The 57-year-old, from Alnwick, is the latest in a line of people who have benefited from what CAP can offer and has successfully paid off more than £10,000 of debt.

He admits: “My life has completely changed. Before I contacted CAP I was really stressed and finding it difficult to sleep which affected my work and home life.”

John has been diligently paying off what he owned through regular payments while being encouraged and supported by CAP.

Using the charity’s award-winning approach to sustainable and practical debt solutions and care for individuals’ needs, he has turned his life around and is living without money-worry pressure.

He said: “I found it difficult at first to admit there was a problem, but CAP were understanding and helped me through things step by step.

“They even went to the bank with me and helped with completing additional paperwork.

“Knowing that CAP would deal with my creditors instead of me was a huge relief.

“CAP also encouraged me to go to the Financial Ombudsman over two issues that my local bank were unwilling to sort out, and although it took a long time, both issues were resolved in my favour.

“I’m free from debt and excited about my new life.

“If only one person in debt reads this article and decides to pick up the phone to CAP, then it will have been worth it.”

CAP centre manager at Alnwick, Chris Friend, said: “We’re delighted to celebrate with John, yet another client who is now debt free after coming from such a difficult situation.”

The centre opened in 2008 and has helped nearly 50 residents in Alnwick towards becoming debt free.