'When it comes to inspiring others, sharing his story and championing the poor, John is always ready to go again,' these were the words from the Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby as he awarded CAP's founder John Kirkby the Langton Cross for Community Service.
The award, previously given to the likes of MP Frank Field and Credit Union champion Sir Hector Sans, was awarded to John for 'service to the poor by equipping the local church to be at the forefront of social change'.
Speaking afterwards, John said: 'It's been quite a day. I feel very grateful for the Archbishop's support of me personally and for his being our Patron at CAP. I accept this award on behalf of everyone at CAP. I am humbled and a little overwhelmed.'
New Christian John began CAP from his spare room in Great Horton, Bradford, in 1996 after both working for the finance industry and having his own financial crisis and considers himself CAP's first client. Since those early days, the charity has grown to help around 25,000 people a year tackling both debt and the causes of poverty.
Read John's story here