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08 August 2016

Angels to attend Leeds festival

170 Festival Angels will be attending Leeds festival later this month.

The Angels will run a prayer café, detached teams and a lost property office.

The café aims to provide a safe space at the festival, as well as a place for festival-goers to find out more about Jesus.

Rev Andy Nicholson, coordinator of Festival Angels said: "As Christians from across the north of England we are hoping to show that Jesus Loves Festivals and through joining in the fun and life of the festival we aim to help break down some of the misconceptions people, especially young people, have of the church and Christian faith.

"It is a privilege to be able to serve some of the 85,000 people who become part of our neighbourhood for that weekend."

Leeds Festival is one of the UK's major music festivals with headlining acts including Red Hot Chili Peppers, Foals and Fall Out Boy.

Festival Angels was launched in 2011 as a prayer cafe by churches local to the festival site. Since then the concept has grown and now the Festival Angel team have become a valued part of the Leeds Festival organisation.

The prayer cafe includes a mug deal for £5 with unlimited refills of tea and coffee throughout the weekend alongside areas for people to pray and discover more about the Christian faith through specially printed Jesus Loves Festivals editions of Mark's gospel.

The detached teams wander around the site interacting with the festival-goers offering help and assistance including help putting up tents, giving out sun tan lotion, and helping people navigate the site.

The team also offers hot drinks and biscuits to the security teams who are positioned around the festival site.

Lost property went viral in 2015 when an image on social media showing the numbers of passports, driving licenses, mobile phones, wallets/purses, car keys and bank cards helped reunite the majority of items with owners.

You can find out more about the angels on their website and can follow updates from the weekend via Facebook and Twitter.