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  • Writer's pictureDebbie Thrower

BBC local radio highlights work of Anna Chaplains

Updated: Jan 28, 2022

BBC Radio Northampton presenter, Martin Heath, described the ‘wonderful chaplains’ who go into care homes when he enlisted the help of Anna Chaplaincy network member, Lindsay Pelloquin, on his morning show recently.

Lindsay leads teams of chaplains going into care homes in the Rugby area through The Gift of Years Rugby

Lindsay described the huge efforts they have made during the pandemic to maintain links and offer gifts to residents and staff in such homes.

Fortunately, Lindsay says they are now back in all the care homes they were visiting and leading worship services in before Covid-19 struck and doors closed.

You may listen to their interview from Sunday 9 January via BBC Sounds for a few more days. The interview can be found about an hour and fifty minutes in at 1.51.45”.

Martin praised the work of Lindsay and her volunteers to ensure residents didn’t feel forgotten, or staff overlooked, at a time when the care sector is under intense pressure.

Meanwhile, another Anna Chaplain, Gill Thompson, will be on BBC Radio Oxford this coming weekend. Gill was the first Anna Chaplain in Oxfordshire and works in the Ridgway Benefice near Wantage.

You can hear her story on BBC Radio Oxford’s Sunday morning show this weekend, on January 30, at about 7.10 am. It will then, also, be available to listen to again on BBC Sounds. We'll post a link to it after.

It’s great to see the interest being generated in what Anna Chaplains are doing in their local community.

If you are an Anna Chaplain and would welcome a spotlight on your work too, why not give your BBC local radio station a ring, or drop them an email, and suggest it!

As a former local radio producer/presenter myself (writes Debbie Thrower), I know they’d be delighted to hear from you and would welcome the opportunity to spread the news of all the good things you are doing to support older people in your area.




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