Thank you for your interest in our work supporting Anglican clergy and their families.

Editor notes

  • The charity was established in 1655 by merchants in the City of London and the sons of clergymen, who wanted to support widows and orphans of clergy.
  • The charity received a Royal Charter from King Charles II in 1678, and welcomed the royal patronage of King Charles III in 2024.
  • For many years, the charity was known as the Sons of the Clergy, and then the Sons & Friends of the Clergy. We changed our name to Clergy Support Trust in March 2019.
  • Clergy Support Trust is an independent charity and hence cannot speak on behalf of the Church of England or any other church of the Anglican Communion.

Festival Service

  • We have an annual Festival Service at St Paul's Cathedral with three choirs, bringing together the Church and City of London.
  • The Festival celebrates both the history and current work of the charity and raises awareness.
  • The 370th Festival Service will be held on Tuesday 13 May 2025.

News and press releases

All News and Press Releases (reverse chronological order)

Facts and figures

These figures come from our existing reports, highlighted here for your ease:

  • In 2023, we served those who serve with an unprecedented £6.2m across 2,700 households.
  • The demand for our services continues to grow; in fact, the number of grants we process has quadrupled in the past four years.
  • In our 2022 Impact Survey, applicants reported that of all of the pressures in life and ministry, the cost-of-living crisis was having the biggest negative impact on their wellbeing.

Other documents: Annual reports and policies

Contact and interviews

If you would like to arrange an interview or have further questions, please contact Catherine Cashmore on or call 020 8167 2833.

Photos and video

Please do not copy photos and images directly from our website as these are copyrighted, with some from commercial stock libraries. We do have some images of clergy but would need to ask their permission.


Two high-resolution versions of our logo are available for use within our Brand Guidelines (PDF):