I am an NSM Priest (Non-Stipendiary Minister) whose wife has multiple disabilities including arthritis, diabetes and fibromyalgia, which somewhat impairs her mobility.
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 ...
I have two grown children: one at home following a breakdown after university and who is on the autistic spectrum; and another at university.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.