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30th Jun 2020
Alder Hey's Rev David Williams has been awarded the Alphege Award for Evangelism and Witness at the 2020 Lambeth Awards
Congratulations to our very own Rev David Williams who has been awarded the Alphege Award for Evangelism and Witness at the 2020 Lambeth Awards, for outstanding work across two decades, ministering and witnessing to the families of sick and dying children.
The Lambeth Awards celebrate the wide range of ways that people devote themselves to serving others. Launched by Archbishop Justin Welby in 2016, they recognise outstanding service in different fields, including those of the Archbishop’s ministry priorities of prayer and the Religious life; reconciliation and peacebuilding; and evangelism and witness.
David has been the Spiritual Care Manager at Alder Hey for the past 20 years. His role is to provide comfort and support to families, patients and staff that may be going through a particularly difficult time due to stress, a bad prognosis, grief, problems at work.
David said: “I feel very humbled to receive this recognition for ministering at Alder Hey for the past 20 years. I have tried to walk alongside families who are feeling desperately lost, to attempt to bring some spark of light into their darkness and some hope into their utter despair. Believe me, that really has been my privilege.”
Archbishop Justin Welby, from the Lambeth Awards said: “This is the fifth year of the Lambeth Awards, and I am constantly impressed and humbled by the work that recipients have accomplished, sometimes in the most challenging circumstances. Not all are followers of Jesus Christ, but all contribute through their faith to the mutual respect and maintenance of human dignity which are so vital to spiritual and social health.”
The specialist nature of the work carried out by David was featured prominently in BBC2’s 2012 series ‘Chaplains: Angels of Mersey’, where he spoke about the vital role of chaplaincy, and his belief in God’s constant presence in situations of utter despair.
David heads up Alder Hey’s Sanctuary which is situated on the lower floor of the treehouse. The Sanctuary is a centre for spiritual care of all faiths and for those with none. David works as part of a team including four on-call chaplains as well as a number of volunteers. To find out more about spiritual care at Alder Hey and the Sanctuary please go to - https://alderhey.nhs.uk/parents-and-patients/while-youre-here/spiritual-care
Congratulations to David on this prestigious award from everyone at Alder Hey.
Alder Hey Children's Charity