Clergy Support Trust was established in 1655 by merchants and Liverymen in the City of London who came together to support destitute clergy who had lost their parochial livings under Oliver Cromwell's Protectorate. Some were 'sons of the clergy', explaining the charity's old name.
The charity greatly values this historic support by the Worshipful Companies and Guilds and is delighted to celebrate this support each year at our Festival Service at St Paul's Cathedral, where worship is led by three cathedral choirs, and at our Festival Dinner at Merchant Taylors' Hall. Many Liverymen support the charity today by becoming Stewards of the Festival or Governors of the charity. The Lord Mayor of the City of London shows his or her support through an ex officio role as Honorary President of the charity.
This page highlights the Companies and Guilds that have supported the work of the charity with donations since the last Festival in May 2019. Clicking a link will take you to their website where you can discover more about the Company or Guild in question.
Listed alphabetically, updated 16 April 2020: