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Chaplaincy team marks 30 years with service of celebration

Posted on Wednesday 21st October 2015
Anne Roberts

The Ecumenical Chaplaincy Team at the Cumberland Infirmary is celebrating its 30th anniversary with a service of celebration for anyone who has ever been a part of – or been supported by – the team.

The chaplaincy service continues to play a key role in hospital life, under the leadership of Chaplain Anne Roberts.

Rev Roberts explained: “The Ecumenical Chaplaincy Team at the Cumberland Infirmary came into being 30 years ago and it seems right to celebrate the fact that it is still going strong and is now very much ‘part of the furniture’ in the hospital.

“Volunteers visit on the wards, chaplains provide 24/7 support where requested, and working together as one team we aim to provide a listening ear and spiritual care to staff, patients and their supporters.”

To mark this milestone the team is holding a short all-age service of celebration this Saturday 24 October at 3pm at St Bede’s Church in Wigton Road, Carlisle, followed by a shared afternoon tea.

This is a service for those who have been involved with the Chaplaincy in any way over the years:

  • Existing and former members of the team
  • People who have been glad to have received a visit when they were patients
  • Relatives or friends of those who have been visited in hospital
  • Staff members who appreciate the support of the chaplaincy department

Rev Roberts added: “Bring fruit, cake or biscuits to share if you can, or just turn up to join in this short service. Everyone is welcome.”

Gail Naylor, executive director for nursing and midwifery at North Cumbria University Hospitals NHS Trust, said: “The chaplaincy team provide an invaluable service to our patients, visitors and staff. Being in hospital can be a very worrying time and having someone to turn to for spiritual support can be a lifeline.

“I would like to thank the chaplaincy staff and volunteers for all that they do throughout the year, and wish them a long and successful future as they continue to play a key role in the Trust.”