March charity marks six years of helping people with debts

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A charity is marking six years of rescuing people in Fenland from the misery of personal debt – a free service that is literally saving lives.

In the autumn of 2008, members of Centenary Baptist Church, March, wanted to do more to help people tackle financial worries.

They partnered with UK debt counselling charity Christians Against Poverty (CAP) and received training to open a local branch. On Sunday, October 26, the congregation will hold a special service celebrating six years of seeing many families who have benefited from the free, face-­to-­face debt counselling.

Wisbech Baptist church has partnered with Centenary and provided support and a debt coach dedicated to the Wisbech area.

Fenland Centre Manager, Sue Bradshaw, said: “Debt isn’t just about the lack of money someone has. It’s about what it does to a person – often when they are already feeling very low from unemployment, relationship breakdown or illness.

“We also see families who are struggling with the basics of cooking, washing and heating their homes.

“The great pleasure is to see the rapid change that comes about when people have that burden lifted and they see order restored. Hope creeps in again and that is an amazing thing to see.”

After calling the Freephone number, all clients are seen in their own home. Any paperwork such as unpaid bills are collected and sent to CAP’s head office where staff negotiate with every creditor, construct a budget and examine the best route out of debt.

Both churches also offer the CAP Money Course, a money management course.

To find out more visit www.capuk.org or call 0800 328 0006. Calls from a mobile may be cheaper on 01274­760839.