I am a clergy widow and a clergy mother. Like many other older people, apart from a small savings account, my house is my only asset and my income comes from a tiny private pension and the state.
My daughter and I had long cherished a hope to be able to go on pilgrimage together to the Holy Land, but financially it was beyond our reach. Unexpectedly, my daughter, then a curate, was offered an almost free ticket by her diocese on their annual pilgrimage. She was excited but reluctant to go without me.
I could see no way of affording the cost without help, so my daughter suggested contacting Clergy Support Trust. I have an inbuilt reluctance to ask for such help, but knowing my daughter would probably not go without me, late in the day I bit the bullet and applied for assistance.
Miraculously it was granted, and appeared in my bank account the day before the deadline for travel payment. What a blessing and privilege it was to be able to walk in the footsteps of our Lord and Saviour.
Thank you Clergy Support Trust for enabling both of us to enrich our spiritual lives.