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New charity to help churches work better in the community

Hope Community was founded by pastor Jonny Gios and will advise churches across the North West of England.

Gios decided to set up the charity after witnessing the devastation of Storm Desmond in 2015.

At the time, Gios was one of the key people in the town of Kendal to help respond to the aftermath and co-ordinate recovery programmes.

He was rewarded for his efforts with the Spirit of Cumbria award at Downing Street in 2016 and was also invited to a garden party at Buckingham Palace.

The new charity is launched at Capernwray Hall in Kendall on Saturday. At least 150 are expected to attend the event.

The charity aims to help churches serve as a force for good at a local level.

Gois said: "We're expectant and excited to serve local churches in our region to see how we can help them engage better in their communities.

"There are many needs in our communities and with the skills and volunteers the church has it can be an amazing resource to not only change people's lives but also see transformed communities too."

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