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Hospital Chaplain off to pastures new

Posted on Tuesday 12th January 2016
Anne Roberts

Revd Anne Roberts, the Ecumenical Chaplain at the Cumberland Infirmary

Revd Anne Roberts, the Ecumenical Chaplain at the Cumberland Infirmary, will be leaving the Trust at the end of February after five years in the post.

Anne is moving to Wells in Somerset where she will work part-time for the Bishop of Bath and Wells, supporting staff and volunteers at the Bishop’s Palace site, which is open to the public, as well as exploring how the palace and gardens can be interpreted spiritually.

Anne said: “I feel very fortunate to have had the opportunity to work at the Cumberland Infirmary for all this time. I have met thousands of patients, and their families and friends, and shared deeply in their experiences. I have met so many dedicated staff, and seen what a difference their care has made.”

Since joining the Trust in 2011, Anne has worked alongside Fr Jim Allen, the Roman Catholic Chaplain, and has led a large team of volunteers. She is hopeful that an interim arrangement can be put in place to ensure continuity and that in the future Chaplaincy will continue to be an essential part of the care offered in this Trust.

Executive director of nursing and midwifery Gail Naylor said: “Anne has made a huge difference to the lives of so many patients and their loved ones during her time here, and I would like to thank her on behalf of the Trust for her compassion and dedication. Sometimes, when a person is sick or in distress, they just need someone non-clinical to talk to, to share their burden. Anne and her team do a wonderful job and we will be very sorry to see her go.”

The move has come about due to Anne’s husband Kevin, currently Archdeacon of Carlisle, taking up a new post as Director of a national Christian charity ReSource.