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Festival Angels swoop on Leeds Festival and Boardmasters in Cornwall

Festival Angels were out in force from CNI Network last month (August) and one highlight was the visit of Brian ‘Head’ Welch from nu-metal band Korn to the Prayer Cafe at the Leeds Festival

Brian and Korn had just been playing to 50,000+ on the main stage, and came in to share his story. You can watch the video here.

Around 150 people responded with prayer, counselling, hugs, life-changing decisions and requests for ongoing support made. Besides Brian, 160 volunteers also ran a Prayer Cafe where nearly 4000 mugs were sold which came with unlimited tea, coffee and hot water refills; fielded 1000 items  handed in to lost property which are slowly been re-united with owners; offered festival-goers security marking for valuables; and detached teams put up tents, carried bags, gave directions and helped people have a fun and safe festival.

August is one of the busiest months for CNI Network's Festival Angels as they were in action at both Leeds Festival and Boardmasters in Cornwall.

At Boardmasters the team of 16 from Cornwall, Devon and Yorkshire were out and about across the festival site and beach assisting festivalgoers with emotional and practical help.

Teams were also at both V Festival sites (God Tent in Chelmsford and Festival Pastors in Staffordshire) and in Scotland the Dundee Street Chaplains were out and about at Edinburgh Festival.

Thanks to sponsorship from Scripture Union's The 95 Campaign, CNI Network is to publish a special Jesus Loves Clubbers copy of Mark's Gospel. These will be available local projects to help connect with those who enquire about the Christian dynamic to CNI's work.


Chichester's City Angels are set to feature on BBC2's Victoria Derbyshire programme in the near future – details will be announced on Facebook and Twitter.

The newest team of Street Angels were commissioned last week – Dewsbury Street Angels (right) will be patrolling daytimes in Dewsbury in response to increasing street drinkers and drug use. The project was praised by Paula Sherriff MP who said it was a 'wonderful initiative' and the volunteers commissioned by Huddersfield and Leeds Street Angels along with Paul Blakey. Read more here.

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