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People in Wisbech and March are being urged to get help as soon as possible if they are struggling with their finances or to pay their bills.

The Centenary and Wisbech Baptist Churches has partnered with Christians against Poverty (CAP) in providing free debt help for over13 years.

During that time the local debt coaches have found that many people are reluctant to ask help, trying to manage things on their own because of embarrassment or shame. This can lead to people becoming isolated and suffering from poor mental health - something that the dark, dismal days of winter can often exacerbate.

The Centenary Baptist Church in March is home to the Fenland branch of Christians Against Poverty. (54250650)
The Centenary Baptist Church in March is home to the Fenland branch of Christians Against Poverty. (54250650)

Lin Stanton, CAP debt centre manager, said: “We’ve all gone through a time of immense pressure due to the coronavirus pandemic, so we really want people here in Fenland to know that if this has affected you financially, you don’t need to struggle alone.

“We see too many people try to deal with these issues for too long on their own. This can lead to all sorts of problems, with their health, home life and wellbeing all affected.

“It can be especially hard in January and February when it’s colder and darker, the lights and heating are on more, and post Christmas bills start to come through the letterbox.”

Christians Against Poverty (54250647)
Christians Against Poverty (54250647)

Lin added: “CAP is here on your doorstep, right here in Fenland, ready to help ease

the burden of money worries.

“We want people to know that there is no judgement - people can be in debt through all sorts of reasons such as low income, job loss, bereavement, illness. Whatever the reason, we’re here to help with understanding, compassion and completely free of charge.”

Eric, a former CAP client said about getting help from CAP: “It’s made a massive d



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