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Archbishop backs Kent Savers


21 Apr 16

The Archbishop of Canterbury is to become the first Patron of Kent Savers Credit Union.

The appointment will be formally ratified at the credit union’s Annual General Meeting on Tuesday 26 April.

The Archbishop was central to the creation of Murston Community Bank, the first collaboration between the Church of England and Kent Savers Credit Union, which opened in 2014. Since then, there have been five more branches of the Kent Savers Credit Union backed by the Church of England in Tenterden, Ramsgate and Canterbury.

The Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby (pictured) said: "I am delighted that Kent Savers Credit Union have asked me to be their patron. I have seen first-hand the excellent work undertaken at Murston and met with the Chairman of Kent Savers to discuss how the credit union continues to benefit the whole community of Kent.

“Developing effective credit unions in this country is a key part of creating a fairer financial system focused on serving the whole community. As Patron of Kent Savers Credit Union, I am pleased to be able to highlight and endorse the important work they are doing right across Kent."

Kent Savers Credit Union Chairman Martin Kingman said: "We are hugely honoured that the Archbishop has agreed to be our Patron and delighted at the personal interest he has taken in raising the profile of credit unions nationally in recent years. It has been hugely beneficial to the work we do to have the co-operation of the Church in successful ventures like Murston Community Bank, a model we are now spreading elsewhere in Kent.

"We look forward to working further with the Archbishop and others in promoting saving and responsible borrowing for the people of Kent, Medway and Bexley."

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