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As you know, I’m patron of the debt advice charity Community Money Advice.
It’s a fantastic, national charity, helping people in desperate need with their money and debt problems.
It’s run on Christian principles and many of its centres operate out of churches in different parts of the country.
I’m very proud to represent such good people doing great work, so I’m particularly sad to have to tell you of the murder of one of its main workers which happened as he was trying to help a stranger.
Christian (Chris) Marriott was the Chief Technical Officer (CTO) of CMA. He was 46 and was walking with his wife and two small children in Sheffield where they all lived, when he saw a woman unconscious in the road.
She had been knocked down by a car in what seems to have been an attempt to murder her. While he was trying to administer life-saving help, he was deliberately run over by a car.
Chris was a genuinely good man. Before he became CTO at CMA he ran a debt advice centre himself, so he knew first-hand what their clients were going through. He had also run a food bank.
Heather Keates, the founder and CEO of CMA said “Chris’ kindness, work ethic, generosity and willingness to guide people through the intricacies of setting up IT were part and parcel of what made Chris a much loved and irreplaceable member of the Community Money Advice family. He died whilst administering first aid to a stranger, putting their needs before his own safety, Chris was a true Good Samaritan
“Our thoughts and prayers go out to his wife and their two boys at this so difficult time. We would ask you to join us in praying for them along with Chris’ wider family and friends to know God’s comfort and peace as they start to come to terms with their loss.”
If you would like to help and support his family – currently in shock and grieving – a Go Fund Me page has been set up for then. All donations will be passed in their entirety to Chris’ lovely family. You can give money here.
“This was a wicked act particularly as it was done to a genuinely good man who was killed in the act of doing good. We must join as a nation and work to check crime and stop its spread. Crime seems to have increased since the lockdowns but it doesn’t have to keep getting worse. We must use this shocking event as a wake-up call to all of us to take more of a part in society, to support goodness and prevent violence.”