Rev Bob Davies of the Methodist Church is one of a multi faith team of 
Tameside Hospital Chaplains

Below Bob talks about some activities below 

Patients made an embroidered wall hanging to decorate the multi≠faith prayer room.

Rev Bob Davies admires the wall hanging
Photo by permission of The Advertiser

Ten service users at the adult mental health facility on the hospital's site spent many painstaking hours in art classes producing the piece, which features a number of intricately designed panels with a variety of colourful images.

Occupational therapy technician Neil Smith, who runs the art classes, said: "This has been the most challenging and interesting project we have undertaken. It gave those involved the opportunity to research, plan and produce a significant piece of art work. The people who attend the art sessions are very keen for patients' work to be displayed in public areas of the hospital,"

The prayer room, which opened in 1997, is used for either prayer or contemplation by any staff or patients at Tameside Hospital and is run by the hospital's chaplaincy service.

The hanging was unveiled before two of those who had worked on it, Marie Wright and Sylvia Rhodes, as well as chaplaincy staff and representatives from Pennine Care Trust and the Acute Trust.

The Rev Bob Davies, chaplaincy manager, said: "The chaplaincy is thrilled to receive this moving expression of spirituality."  

This article and photo are reprinted from an article in the Tameside Advertiser, Thursday 10th January 2008.


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