Free Steam Train trips for struggling Skipton families!

Families in Skipton struggling with debt are to be offered free trips on a real life steam train ride across Yorkshire!

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Beatrice, the magnificent green Hunslet No. 2705 locomotive and her shiny red carriages on another Skipton train journey.

The free trips are being organised by Christians Against Poverty for people who use their free debt counselling service. The tickets will be distributed to 30 families in Skipton, Keighley and Craven. This is all being made possible by the Embsay and Bolton Abbey Steam Railway. Fifteen sets of parents and children in each area will be given the chance to ride on this magnificent railway.

Christians Against Poverty (CAP) opened the Debt Centres in Keighley and Skipton have in 2015/2016. They are run purely by volunteers from Keighley Shared Church and Skipton Baptists’ Church.

Debt Centre manager in Keighley, Duncan Green, said:

The charity was delighted to receive the railway’s latest support, following its recent donation of tickets for Santa trains. Some of the people and families we visit haven’t dared to leave their homes because of their debt problems let alone think about a day out! It’ll be great to be able to offer some light relief to some of the most needy people in Keighley and Skipton.

Mr Green said told journalists that his Debt Centre teams had visited every family in their home. CAP then negotiated a reduction in each family’s debts and set up manageable repayment plans for them. Local volunteers are also offering their support to all of the families until they eventually become debt free.

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Embsay & Bolton Steam Railway.

Stephen Walker, business manager for the Embsay and Bolton Abbey Steam Railway, said:

You don’t have to walk around Skipton and Keighley very long to realise that debt and poverty affect both communities, so when I heard about the work of CAP in both towns I was quick to offer our support. I know we are only helping in a small way, but if we have brought a modicum of happiness into the lives of 30 families in 2017, then we’ve played our part in giving something back to the community.

Mr Green urged families currently struggling with debt to get in touch with CAP before Christmas. If those families knew their finances were out of control and they were being threatened by bailiffs the Debt Centres would be able to help right away. Christmas after all should be a time for families to come together and not have to worry about debt collectors.

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Vintage locomotive steaming across the Yorkshire moors in the winter snow, it can only be the award-winning Embsay & Bolton Abbey Steam Railway.

Duncan Green added:

A quick phone call and you’ll have set the wheels in motion. Every day we’re celebrating people going debt free and we want you to be one of those.

Anyone wanting debt help should call 0800 3280006 or visit capuk.org to find out about both debt counselling and money management courses. Christians Against Poverty Works to reduce hardship in the UK through local churches, running 576 poverty fighting services including 306 Debt Centres, 163 Job Clubs, 71 Release Groups and 36 Life Skills courses.

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