Demand is set to see a Carlisle charity relocate to a new home which will double its capacity.

Langham Partnership, which distributes Christian books and resources aimed at training preachers and equipping the next generation of church leaders, has been in the city for more than 15 years.

And with the desire for the charity's resources on the rise, it is set to move into a new purpose-built warehouse and offices in Lancaster Street this month.

Revd Canon John Libby, national director of Langham Partnership UK and Ireland, said: “Carlisle has very much been our home for the past 15 years.

"We have always felt great support from the local church, community and authorities and are proud to have been able to provide employment locally throughout that time.

"This move allows us to recruit more onto our growing team and support many more individuals and churches around the world with our resources.”

The resources are shipped to more than 100 countries in South America, Africa and Asia.

Interest has been increasing which has resulted in Langham having to double its capacity to satisfy the demand and the charity said there were also expected to be other benefits for the area which should see the move welcomed by local people.

It is also hoped that the new facility will ensure that the organisation can operate in a 'greener' way with a more environmentally-friendly logistics process.

Libby Kelly, director of operations, added: “We want to add value to the local community – both economically but also environmentally.

"It is important to us that we are leading by example and doing our bit to support Carlisle and the extended region around Cumbria by using local contractors for the build and employing staff living within and near Carlisle.”

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