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Milestone passed with TAP total of £71,709

17 May 2013

THE Church Times Train-A-Priest (TAP) Fund appeal for 2013 closes this week, having brought TAP past the £4.5-million mark.

This year's grand total, boosted by a substantial legacy and including Gift Aid due, is £71,709. This is slightly less than last year's grand total of £74,076, but still a splendid effort in times of economic hardship, and just nudges our total since the Fund began past a new milestone.

Our thanks go to all our readers and their friends who have given so generously in support of this year's appeal - particularly to those who have promoted TAP in their congregations.

In the 60 years since the TAP Fund was launched by Rosamund Essex, its beneficiaries have our readers past and present to thank for help to the tune of more than £9 million if it is translated into current values.

Most of this year's donations will be used to support candidates who are in residential training for the priesthood; but some are earmarked for the TAP Special Hardship Fund, which stands ready to help all candidates, whatever their mode of training, if they experience a financial crisis that jeopardises their future ministry.

As ever, nothing is deducted to cover the costs of the appeal or of administering the grants, which are not allocated by the Church Times, but by the Ministry Division of the Archbishops' Council. Every penny is for ministry.

Any late donations will be used to give our Lenten appeal next year a flying start. The online giving page, www.hymnsam.co.uk/train-a-priest.aspx, remains open; and cheques can continue to be sent to TAP Fund, Church Times, 13a Hellesdon Park Road, Norwich NR6 5DR. If you wish to earmark a donation for the Special Hardship Fund, please enclose a covering note.

Don't forget to mention TAP when you make or alter your will. Every bequest has a lasting legacy in ministry in the parishes.

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