‘Rev Paul’, who died this month, wrote thousands of letters to newspapers campaigning against poverty. Many of them are republished below. Today, as his funeral takes place, many people will celebrate his life online with the hashtag #RevPaul
For more than 20 years, one retired but indefatigable vicar, the Rev Paul Nicolson, sent thousands of letters for publication to newspapers – just one aspect of his work for two organisations that he set up to campaign against poverty: Z2K (the Zacchaeus 2000 Trust) and Taxpayers Against Poverty (TAP), which was launched by means of a letter in the Guardian.
“Rev Paul”, as he was simply known to many, died suddenly at the start of this month. Plans for his funeral – which takes place today, 30 March 2019, in Tottenham, London – had to be scaled back because of the coronavirus outbreak, and so his children have asked those not able to be there to join them virtually on the day by posting online with the hashtag #RevPaul. Here is an extract from the message they sent out via TAP:
Possibly the UK’s most social media-literate octogenarian, Dad was actively engaged with his supporters (and detractors) on social platforms, working with allies to improve the lives of those who are now most affected during this time of crisis. Therefore we feel it is fitting to give those not able to be with us at his funeral a voice via these channels.
And you can join us. Do post on Facebook or Tweet or record a short video message answering one or more of these questions:
• How should Rev Paul’s community respond to the current crisis?
• How will you follow in Rev Paul’s footsteps?
• How has Rev Paul touched your life?
On Monday 30th March post your text or video tagging Dad’s Facebook and Twitter handles [Twitter: @taxpayers_a_p
Facebook: facebook.com/TaxpayersAgainstPovertyUK] with the hashtag #RevPaul. Dad requested that people give to Z2K and TAP rather than buy flowers or cards so please include the https://bitly.com/RevPaul link on all your posts.
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The following letter is the one that established Taxpayers Against Poverty.
The following letter is the final one by #RevPaul that was published by the Guardian Continue reading...