Kettering street pastors thanked after quick thinking

A town’s street pastors have been thanked by a man they helped after they found him having a seizure while on patrol.

Kettering’s street pastor team, who patrol the town’s streets every Saturday night, came across the man having an epileptic seizure on Eskdaill Street last month.

A few days later, the team received a call from the man, who thanked the group, and his mother sent over an email commending their help.

Fiona de Boltz, co-ordinator of Kettering street pastors, said: “The street pastors are a great bunch of individuals, drawn from sixteen local churches.

“They enjoy meeting all sorts of people, and showing God’s love whilst out on the streets by listening, caring and helping in practical ways.

“We aim to help to bring peace to the streets.”

Inspector Dick Aistrop, Kettering Sector Commander at Northamptonshire Police said: “Street pastors have been a huge success both nationally and locally. They are there to help anyone in need and are non-judgemental and non-confrontational in the way they do so.

“People are happy and confident to engage with them and feel safer as a result.”

Two groups of four patrol the town centre each weekend.

The pastors currently have 34 members, with ages ranging from mid 20s to over 80s.

More are in training and will join the current crop shortly.