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Jane overcomes the odds to walk ten miles

calendar21 January 2014

Jane overcomes the odds to walk ten miles

When our clients make it across the 'debt free finish line', they feel elated, free and often want to find a way to express their gratefulness. When Jane Stock from York went debt free in November 2013, she decided to say thank you in a way that would cost her. But the cost would be physical, not financial.

Jane, who uses a walking frame, decided to complete a ten mile sponsored walk around her neighbourhood. Supported by church friends, she set out on her inspiring adventure, with her walking frame decorated with balloons and ribbons (all in CAP green, naturally!). Six and a half hours after she set out, an exhausted but proud Jane made it over the finish line.

As well as asking for donations from families in the houses on her route, Jane also raised money amongst her church congregation. So far, she has raised £1,028 – incredible! If you would like to give Jane's total a boost, call our Supporter Relations team on 01274 760761 (don't forget to mention Jane's sponsored walk when you call!).

If Jane can walk ten miles, what could you do?

Week without. What could you live without?

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Busiest ever start to the year

calendar14 January 2014

Busiest ever start to the year

The quantity of people calling for help with their debts during the first full working week of the New Year has broken all records here at CAP. Our helpline, which books new clients in for a home visit, has seen the number of inquiries rocket by 40 per cent on last year.

We don't expect the rush to end here though – statistically, the second Monday in February is our busiest day. Helen Webb heads up our helpline team, ensuring that those who call us find care and reassurance on the other end of the phone:

'This is our busiest ever start to the New Year without a doubt. People seem to have been waiting until Christmas was out of the way and the kids are back at school to tackle an awful lot of stress. More than a third of the people ringing say they feel suicidal – you hear that real desperation in their voices. However, when people call us, we know things will get better for them. It's our privilege to say that in 17 years, we've never seen a problem we can't handle.' 

A joint response to the FCA consultation on payday lending

calendar09 December 2013

A joint response to the FCA consultation on payday lending

As well as submitting our own response to the Financial Conduct Authority's consultation into payday lending regulations, we are proud to have added our name to a small coalition organised by Church Action on Poverty.

Along with five other representatives of the Church in the UK, Church Action on Poverty have sent a letter to Martin Wheatley, Chief Executive of the FCA, outlining our plea for specific regulations to be enforced. It is our hope, along with the others involved, that we can make a difference by speaking up for those who have no voice and are falling victim to the payday lending practices in our country.

Supporters give over £33,000 in just one week!

calendar29 November 2013

Supporters give over £33,000 in just one week!

In just one week since we launched our Emergency Food Aid Appeal, £33,000 has been donated by just 1,000 supporters! We are hugely grateful to every person who has given towards our £100,000 target so far.

An emergency food aid hamper costs an average of £75, meaning we already have the funds to help 440 families over the next 12 months. Now, if you're waiting for the 'but', here it is... There are way more than 440 families who will need food aid next year.

Could you join the first 1,000 generous supporters and donate today?

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Gillingham Debt Centre Manager wins national award

calendar29 November 2013

Gillingham Debt Centre Manager wins national award

We're extremely proud of Hannah Gibbons, who manages our Gillingham CAP Debt Centre in Dorset. In a ceremony at the Palace of Westminster on 28 November, Hannah won the individual category at the 2013 Inspire Awards.

Her award was presented by shadow employment minister Stephen Timms MP, Evangelical Alliance general director Steve Clifford and Inspire magazine editor Russ Bravo. Stephen Timms MP said, 'Believing in Jesus inspires people to do wonderful things. You don’t have to be a believer to realise that. Believing in Jesus moves people on to not just think something is a good idea, but to act on it. The contributions we are celebrating this afternoon are examples not of a dying phenomenon, but a growing one.'

Hannah has been in her post since our Gillingham CAP Debt Centre (in partnership with Gillingham Community Church) opened its doors in 2008, helping over 400 people in the last five years.

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