Chichester Anna Chaplaincy, a charity dedicated to befriending and supporting older people of all faiths and none and their families and carers, held its formal launch on Friday 7th July.
It was a splendid event graced by many notables among the 200+ attendees, but the most important were the residents of local Care Homes, some of whom had not been outside for many months.
The weather helped of course, as did the presence of the newly appointed local Chaplain, Lou Lou Morris.
Chichester Anna Chaplaincy is affiliated to the Anna Chaplaincy, founded in Alton in 2010 by Debbie Thrower in partnership with the Bible Reading Fellowship, represented at our launch by Richard Fisher. It has since spread throughout the UK and today’s launch formalised this local work already done much in the area.
It was a memorable afternoon.
The venue was a beautifully decorated marquee pitched in the Bishop’s Palace private gardens. Refreshments were served, on fine china – all this courtesy of the Cathedral Cloisters Enterprises and the generosity of the Bishop.
A celebration cake beautifully iced and with ‘The Gift of Years’ logo provided a stunning centrepiece, while tours of the Palace were very much appreciated, conducted by Cathedral Guides Judith Lee and Celia Javan.
Debbie Thrower and Canon Richard Fisher (CEO Bible Reading Fellowship) both made inspiring speeches; while Deborah Hennessy the Chair of trustees of Chichester Anna Chaplaincy gave a rousing a call to action for more volunteer and financial support.