Debt service celebrates anniversary

A CHURCH-based charity is celebrating three years of rescuing local people from personal debt – a free service that is literally saving lives.

In 2009, as the economic downturn started to bite, members of the Alnwick Baptist Church decided they wanted to do more to help people and partnered with UK debt counselling charity Christians Against Poverty (CAP) to open a local branch.

Now the team has helped dozens of despairing local families and individuals by offering a free, face-to-face and caring service, which gives both hope and a solution.

One of those was Steve who found himself struggling after losing his job.

He said: “Before CAP, I was frightened of opening post, anxious, couldn’t sleep, stressed and ill. CAP gave me a simple budget that meant I always had enough for food and living essentials each week.

“All I had to do was pay regularly an agreed amount into my CAP account.

“Since CAP came to my help, life has been so much better; the stress has gone and my anxiety has lifted. I’m sleeping well knowing there’s a solution to my financial problems – and now I even open the post!”

Centre manager, Bill McDonald, said: “All the team and our clients have a lot to celebrate as we reach this three year milestone. We have all seen for ourselves that debt, however bad, doesn’t have to be the end of the story.

“The service we offer is available to everyone regardless of age, gender, faith or background so we recommend you give us a call if you have spiralling debts that are getting you down.”

CAP is a UK-wide charity growing fast to keep up with an increasing need.

UK statistics show that:

More than 1,800 people were made redundant every day between November 2011 and January 2012;

Someone loses their home through repossession on average every 15 minutes;

318 people are declared bankrupt or insolvent every day.

To find out more about CAP visit www.capdebthelp.org or call 0800 328 0006.