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UK Christian anti-poverty charity marks 25 years of debt help at St Paul's Cathedral

by Cara Bentley
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25 years of Christians Against Poverty (CAP) helping people through debt advice has been celebrated at a special evensong service at St Paul's Cathedral.

The Bishop of London, Rt Rev and Rt Hon Dame Sarah Mullally DBE, gave the sermon, saying: "The sort of kindness offered by Christians Against Poverty is the sort of kindness which the Lord asks of us through the prophets.

"During the pandemic Christians Against Poverty not only continued to offer financial advice and help with managing debt, they also directed people to charities and organisations offering other forms of specialist support. This mutual co-operation is in the spirit of the Year of Jubilee, of the cries of the prophets, of the song of Mary and the first letter of John, as he calls for love lived out in action."

CAP does debt counselling, money management education, jobs clubs and life skills groups and now works with more than 580 churches in the UK.

Joining Bishop Sarah was CAP's chief executive, Paula Stringer, who said: "From humble beginnings of starting in our founder John Kirkby's house in Bradford, CAP is now UK-wide. In partnership with local churches, we are privileged to have been able to help tens of thousands of people over the last 25 years, enabling many to become debt free and transform their lives.

"Without the partnership of local churches with whom we work hand-in-hand to provide debt help, money management education, job clubs and life skills groups, it would be impossible to fulfil our mission to help end poverty."

The charity will also feature on Songs of Praise on Sunday 24th October.

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