THE Rowans Hospice has a new spiritual care chaplain.
Carol Gulley took on the role following the retirement of Lance Blake earlier this year.
Her licensing ceremony was presided over by the Bishop of Portsmouth, the Right Reverend Christopher Foster.
The service was held in the hospice’s chapel, and around 50 people attended.
The Bishop, who is also patron of the Hospice said: ‘Whilst the role can be very demanding it is also a great privilege to be able to offer support and care to people at a time of need.’
And Ruth White, the hospice’s chief executive, added: ‘We are delighted Carol has joined our hospice family. She brings something very special to the role.
‘Engaging with patients and their families, at what can be a very difficult time for them, needs a great deal of sensitivity and understanding.
‘Carol has already shown how she can develop relationships with people to ensure they receive the spiritual support they choose.
‘The hospice is non-denominational and welcomes people of all faiths or none, and therefore it is very important for us to have a spiritual care chaplain who is interested in the whole person, whatever their circumstances.’