Director of Catholic Care, Carol Hill, writes on a recent special celebration for former Catholic Care staff:
The past eighteen months or so have been a difficult time in so many ways for all of us. It has also been difficult to say a proper ‘Goodbye’ to staff leaving us: especially to those who have given many years of dedicated service to the Charity.
On 30 October we did manage to get together to celebrate the service of four long-standing members of Catholic Care staff who had left the charity over the past year, either for a well earned rest as they retired or to take on new challenges caring for others.
Sharon Costello, Aileen Donnelly, Val Lowe and Mary Simmons have between them loyally served the Charity for 124 years in total!
Mgr Donal Lucey celebrated a beautiful Mass in the Chapel at Hinsley Hall and then we all enjoyed a hot buffet. This gave everyone the chance to catch up on news and events over the past year and above all the opportunity to say a proper farewell. Each of the guests of honour were presented with a bouquet of flowers and heartily thanked for their contribution to the Charity.
Bishop Marcus was amazed at the combined longevity of service and surprised us all by presenting Mary, Sharon, Aileen and Val (who sadly could not be present) with the Diocesan Silver Award for their many years service to the mission of the Church in the Diocese of Leeds.
What a lovely end to a quite remarkable afternoon!