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Train-A-Priest Fund 2014 appeal closes, with thanks to all donors

06 June 2014

WHIT SUNDAY draws near, which means the close of this year's Church Times Train-A-Priest (TAP) Fund appeal. The grand total, including Gift Aid due, is £57,829.

This is a substantial fall from last year's figure of £71,709, but still a splendid effort in times of economic hardship. Our thanks go to all our readers and their friends who have given generously in support of this year's appeal - particularly to those who have promoted TAP in their congregations.

Remember, too, that any donations that arrive from now on will be added to the opening total for next year's appeal; so if, for example, anyone who would have liked to make a thankoffering for the ordination of the C of E's first women priests but missed the opportunity while the appeal was open, is still able to do so before the 20th-anniversary year ends.

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.

The online giving page, hymnsam.co.uk/trainapriest.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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