Grant from outgoing chairman supports debt centre project

Last Updated: 8 June 2021

A drive to support households in financial hardship due to the coronavirus pandemic has been given a boost by the outgoing chairman of South Lakeland District Council.

Councillor Stephen Coleman's term of office came to an end recently and he has donated what was left of his chairman's budget to Christians Against Poverty in Kendal to aid their bid to restart Kendal CAP debt centre and employ a debt centre manager. 

With most of the events the chairman would usually support cancelled, Cllr Coleman donated £2,670 to the cause.

Cllr Stephen Coleman with the Reverend George Briggs

Above: Cllr Stephen Coleman, outgoing chairman of South Lakeland District Council, handing his donation to the Reverend George Briggs, vicar of St Thomas' Church, Kendal

Cllr Coleman said: "At a time when we know that many households have faced financial hardship during the pandemic, it seemed appropriate to make a donation toward a charity that will help those in severe financial difficulties.

"Helping people out of debt is so important. Covid has accelerated the scale of those who are in debt and without organisations like CAP, people can face desperation and the complete breakdown of their lives."

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