Battersea MP Marsha De Cordova announced as Anglican Clergy Support Trust Honorary Vice-President

A Battersea MP has been announced as one of five new Honorary Vice-Presidents of a national trust which provides support to Anglican clergy.

Marsha De Cordova, 45, has served as a Labour MP for Battersea since 2017, and on 7 December was appointed Honorary Vice-President of the Clergy Support Trust, the largest and oldest charity focused on the wellbeing of Anglican clergy and their families across the UK and Ireland.

Speaking of her appointment, De Cordova said: “Clergy Support Trust provides a range of services to ensure all clergy, whatever their backgrounds, whatever their needs, can thrive”.

She continued: “I’m pleased to back a charity which is helping those who spend their lives serving others.”

The Trust offers a variety of grants for clergy in need of financial assistance, or support with health and wellbeing, and has recently expanded its services to include counselling, free insomnia help, and debt relief.

Today there are close to 80 Anglican churches in Battersea and its surrounding areas, and the appointment of these new Honorary Vice-Presidents has occurred at a time when more people than ever are relying on the Trust for support.

Last month, over 400 households applied to the Trust for help, which marked an all-time high for the organization.

The Baroness Hale of Richmond DBE PC QC FBA among others is also joining De Cordova in the Honorary Vice-President role.

May expressed her honour in being appointed an Honorary Vice-President of the Trust, saying: “Growing up in a vicarage, I saw first-hand the myriad of ways in which the clergy support our local communities. 

Theresa May, former Prime Minister and MP for Maidenhead

“I know how seriously our clergymen and women take their responsibilities and so I’m delighted to be able to play a part in the Trust’s work supporting them and their families, not just throughout the course of their ministries, but also in their retirement.”

Canon Simon Butler, Senior Treasurer (Chair) of Clergy Support Trust referred to the appointment of the new Honorary Vice-Presidents as a blessing, saying she looked forward to witnessing the value their first-hand experience as Christians in Public life would bring to the Trust.

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