A WOMAN whose debt problems spiralled out of control is urging people to support the charity that helped her in her time of need.

Rachel Stephenson, from Newton Aycliffe, is seeking funds and donations for Life Line Community Action’s Helping Hands project.

The Christian charity provides clothing and essential household items to struggling families and individuals of all faiths and backgrounds in the Newton Aycliffe area.

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And Miss Stephenson, 32, has first hand experience of the positive changes the charity can make on people’s lives, having turned to the charity in a time of crisis.

Miss Stephenson, who is now a Helping Hands volunteer, said: “I'm determined to do what I can to support Helping Hands’ valuable work.

“I've eagerly followed the charity’s progress and I decided that I couldn’t just sit back and think about helping. I want to put my thoughts into practice; however I need support to make it happen.”

The young mother is seeking good quality household items and clothing to sell on Ebay or in car boot sales.Some children’s clothing will be sent directly to hard-pressed families.

It is estimated the Helping Hands team will support 2,500 people this year.

To make a donation, contact 07936431262 to find out the drop off points or arrange for collection.

An anonymous donor has also pledged to match fund donations up to £1,000.

If you need the charity’s help, contact the same number.