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Archbishop celebrates those who dedicate their lives to care

Archbishop visits patients at Hull Royal Infirmary. Photography courtesy of Hull and East Yorkshire Hospitals Trust.

Tuesday 23rd February 2016

Hospital staff and patients will receive a welcome visit from the Archbishop of York, Dr John Sentamu, later this week.

The Archbishop is part-way through his six month Pilgrimage of Prayer, Witness and Blessing across East Yorkshire. Having already visited parts of our region including the Yorkshire Wolds and Bridlington harbour, on Thursday 25th February, his journey will lead him to Hull Royal Infirmary.

Whilst at the hospital, the Archbishop will visit the Renal Dialysis Unit to meet and chat with patients undergoing treatment. He will also speak with health workers providing daily care to patients from across the region who are living with kidney failure.

Reverend Adrian Klos, Senior Chaplain at Hull and East Yorkshire Hospitals NHS Trust says:

“We feel exceptionally blessed that the Archbishop of York has chosen to visit us as part of his Pilgrimage. The purpose of his visit is to meet with local people, to reflect on and celebrate the good work they do, and nowhere is this more evident than in our local hospitals, where staff work tirelessly to care for others and to save people’s lives.

“It’s fantastic for our patients to be able to meet with the Archbishop, and to be offered prayers at what may be a very difficult time for them. I’m sure his kind words and prayers will also serve as a real morale boost for our staff at this very busy time for the NHS, and serve as recognition for those who give their time, and in many cases, dedicate their lives, to caring for the sick and vulnerable.”

Archbishop Sentamu says:

“I am looking forward to meeting with the patients at the Hull Royal Infirmary and the staff who are working so hard to look after and support all patients and their families.  I am making this Pilgrimage across the Diocese of York to encourage people to pray, to be confident in witnessing to Christ and to bless what God is doing”.

Archbishop visits Hull Royal Infirmary.  Photography courtesy of Hull and East Yorkshire Hospitals Trust

The Archbishop is also to lead a lunchtime prayer service for Trust staff, before leaving the hospital in the afternoon.

For more information on the Archbishop’s pilgrimage, for opportunities to walk and pray with him, or to follow his journey, please visit: http://pilgrimage.archbishopofyork.org

Note to editor: For more information or to send a reporter/photographer to Hull and East Yorkshire Hospitals NHS Trust,  please contact the Communications Office at Hull and East Yorkshire Hospitals NHS Trust on (01482) 674486.

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