THE new Bishop of Leeds, the Rt Rev Nick Baines visited St Gemma’s Hospice in his new role as one of its patrons.
He met with staff and patients at the Moortown hospice in one of his first official visits as the new Bishop of Leeds.
He said: “It was a privilege to visit the hospice and to see at first hand the important work carried out both at the hospice and by the St Gemma’s team in the community.
“There is no more important a matter in life than how we live with mortality and death. I am delighted to become a patron of this vital, local charity.”
Chief executive of St Gemma’s Hospice, Kerry Jackson said: “We were pleased to welcome the new Bishop of Leeds to the hospice.
“He took time to talk to some of our staff and patients and he was impressed with the facilities and care we provide.
“We are delighted that he accepted our offer to become a patron of St Gemma’s and we look forward to working with him and the whole diocese to promote the vital work of the hospice throughout the community.”
One of the patients the bishop met was Jean Abbey, 82, of Woodlesford, who said: “I have had medical care all over the world and I have never experienced anything like the care here at St Gemma’s.
“They are wonderful. To meet the new Bishop on one of his first official engagements was a real pleasure. He’s a lovely down to earth chap and I could’ve talked to him all day!”