A SERVICE of Hope and Prayer is being held in Keighley as part of a national campaign raising awareness of child sexual exploitation (CSE).

The event – at Keighley Shared Church on Sunday, March 17, at 5pm – will offer prayers for victims of grooming, and their family and friends.

Town chaplain, the Rev Dr Jonathan Pritchard, says anyone is welcome to attend the service – which will follow a short and simple format.

He added that it was important victims were in people’s thoughts and that their “painful and difficult” experiences could form part of a Christian act of worship.

“It matters that people’s lives have been blighted in this way and I believe it matters to God,” said the Rev Dr Pritchard.

“God brings hope and healing into our broken world.”

National Child Sexual Exploitation Awareness Day, on March 18, aims to highlight the issues surrounding CSE.

In 2015, a United Keighley initiative was launched in the town campaigning against sexual grooming

More details about the service can be obtained from curate the Rev Natasha Thomas on 07468 575114.