The Bishop of Gloucester, the Right Revd Rachel Treweek has launched The Hibiscus Project, a special fund in memory of Neil Todd, dedicated to helping worshipping communities to welcome and care for people of all ages in church life and worship.
Bishop Rachel said. “As many people will know, Neil Todd was a victim of Peter Ball and tragically took his own life in 2012. I feel immensely sad that Neil is not with us today and I wanted to do something that paid tribute to his bravery and commend his tenacity and courage and that of other victims and survivors.
“Neil was a nurse who had a great passion for caring for others and it was with this in mind that I and diocesan colleagues shaped The Hibiscus Project, named after Neil’s favourite flower. It will support projects that reflect the Church’s commitment to care and welcome rooted in the love and hope of Jesus Christ.
“It will always be a matter of deep shame and regret that a Bishop in the Church of England committed such horrendous crimes and as a Church we repeatedly failed to act and protect those who came forward for help.
“I, alongside my staff team, remain committed to striving for the highest level of safeguarding in the Diocese of Gloucester and making our churches the safest places they can possibly be.”
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