Friends bring new life to chapel windows
The stained glass windows in the Chapel at Airedale Hospital have been protected for the future, thanks to funding from the Friends of Airedale Charity.
The 50 year old windows were installed when the chapel was first dedicated in 1969, at the same time the hospital was opened to the public for the first time.
Ron Mulligan, Head of Chaplaincy at Airedale NHS Foundation trust says:
“The windows have been deteriorating due to the weather and recent vandalism but thanks to the very generous support of Friends have now been covered with Perspex which will protect them from the elements and allow them to be preserved for the future.”
The chapel at the hospital is open 24 hours a day and offers a quiet space for prayer, reflection or quiet when needed:
“It is a multi-denominational chapel but is also open to anyone of any faith or indeed no faith, as often staff, patients or the public come in as it’s somewhere peaceful if they are in need of a quiet place.”
Eileen Proud, President of Friends says:
“We were very happy to support this preservation work as we feel very fortunate to have our chapel in the hospital with its beautiful leaded stain glass windows. Sadly they were beginning to deteriorate but now the work has been done and the lead cleaned, they are looking absolutely stunning.”
The chaplaincy service at the hospital is staffed by a team of female and male chaplains and Urdu and Punjabi speaking pastoral workers of various faiths and denominations who are available to talk with and listen to patients and where relevant, family members and visitors, to offer support. The trust also has the Scarborough Room which is a quiet non-faith space adjacent to the chapel, and a Muslim prayer room.