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A personal expression of thanks

11 April 2014

THERE are often personal reasons why readers give to the Church Times Train-A-Priest (TAP) Fund. Among the donations we received this week was one marked: "In gratitude to those who funded my ordination training", and another: "To my brother for his birthday and Christmas gift".

Whatever the reason for your gift, you can be sure that every penny will find its way into an ordinand's pocket or purse. Nothing is deducted for administrating the fund. So, if you haven't already, will you help to train a priest?

If you are a UK taxpayer, a Gift Aid declaration increases the value of your donation significantly. There is a Gift Aid form here (PDF). TAP grants are made to ordinands, married or single, in full-time training for the priesthood in the C of E.

In addition, ten per cent of every donation goes into the Special Hardship Fund. Anyone in training for the priesthood in the C of E - in a college, in a course, or an OLM scheme - can apply for a TAP Special Hardship grant if he or she experiences unforeseen financial difficulties.

You can give by cheque, postal order, cash, and charity cheque. But many of our readers find that the simplest way to give is by means of our secure online giving page: www.hymnsam.co.uk/train-a-priest.aspx.

Please send other donations to: TAP Fund, Church Times, 13a Hellesdon Park Road, Norwich NR6 5DR. For an acknowledgement, please enclose a SAE.

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