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I am an NSM Priest (Non-Stipendiary Minister) whose wife has multiple disabilities including arthritis, diabetes and fibromyalgia, which somewhat impairs her mobility.

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Earlier this year we found ourselves facing a move (quite a distance) further north but also had our son moving to London to University and our daughter needing to find somewhere to live near Manchester ...

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I have two grown children: one at home following a breakdown after university and who is on the autistic spectrum; and another at university.

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Twice in the course of our 12-year retirement have we needed to call upon Sons & Friends of the Clergy for financial assistance to help with urgently needed repair work.

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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.

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Being a vicar means that, in a sense, I am always ‘on duty’ while I am at home, so for us as a family, being able to go away for a holiday is so important as it means that we are refreshed for being back in the parish.

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We try to be as careful as possible with our finances, and yet often find ourselves struggling to stay within budget, particularly when significant utility bills and motoring costs arise.

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The grant has given me peace of mind knowing that I will be able to pay my monthly bills to keep my home warm and safe, meeting my special needs.

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I am suffering with both Fibromyalgia and Parkinsons and have had to make alterations to the house and my life which involved expensive disabled aids and adaptions.

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