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St Barnabas House was delighted to welcome longstanding Patron, the Bishop of Horsham, Mark Sowerby, to the hospice on Friday 11 January.
A valued patron of the Worthing hospice for 10 years, Bishop Mark has been a passionate supporter of the hospice movement since 1987.
Patients, families, staff and volunteers gathered together in the hospice’s Chapel where Bishop Mark led a 45 minute service to a packed crowd. Afterwards, he took time to talk with patients and nurses in the Day Hospice, before setting off to visit local children’s hospice, Chestnut Tree House.
When asked how he had found his visit, Bishop Mark said: “As ever, it’s very relaxed and very friendly here at St Barnabas. Hospices are never what everybody thinks they are going to be like. They think they are going to be gloomy or depressing places but they are not at all. There is a sense of liveliness and appreciation of life.”
Special thanks to Steve Gurr, Hospice Lead Chaplain, for hosting the event.