The Bishop of Warrington licenses his wife Helen

The Bishop of Warrington has licensed his wife Helen as Lead Chaplain at Willowbrook Hospice, Prescot.

The Rt. Rev Richard Blackburn, the Bishop of Warrington, has licensed his wife Rev Helen Blackburn as Lead Chaplain at Willowbrook Hospice, Prescot. Helen was licensed at a special service at the hospice on October 25th.

Helen has been ordained for the last eleven years and spent over five years as a Hospital Chaplain. Helen has also served as a curate at Sheffield Cathedral and was also Priest in Charge of St. John’s, Abbeydale. In her new role, she will lead pastoral support for patients, their families and staff and volunteers as well as managing Family Support Services.

Willowbrook Hospice cares for people over eighteen years of age with life-limiting illnesses living in the St Helens and Knowsley area. Since the Hospice opened in 1997, they have cared for more than 4000 patients. They now receive over 850 patient referrals a year.

Helen said: “it is a privilege to work in Willowbrook Hospice which has an outstanding multi-professional team. Everyone has the same goal – to help the quality of life of those in our care. It is a happy place to work with a lovely atmosphere and I am pleased to be here.”

Bishop Richard said: “It gives me great personal pleasure to be licensing Helen. I am delighted that the importance of spiritual care has been affirmed and emphasized by the creation of this new post. . Helen is already loving her involvement at Willowbrook and the role is really well suited to her skills and experience”.

Neil Wright, Chief Executive at Willowbrook Hospice said "Our congratulations go to Helen on this important occasion. Her appointment as Lead Chaplain is part of a new phase in developing the Hospice and responding to the needs of the patients, their carers, staff and volunteers – in fact the whole Hospice community.

Willowbrook has always taken very seriously the spiritual welfare of everyone it comes into contact with and Helen’s appointment as a specialist, takes it one step further.”