HOSPITAL chaplain Martin Parrott is moving on to pastures new to become a vicar in Huddersfield.
Mr Parrott has been at Calderdale Royal Hospital for nine years, helping to provide spiritual care to patients, staff and visitors.
His new parish will be the United Benefice of St Barnabas, Crosland Moor and Christ Church in Linthwaite on the west side of Huddersfield.
He said: “The greatest privilege has been walking alongside people when they are going through difficult times.
“I have had the deep satisfaction of knowing there are times that the chaplaincy has made a difference to people’s lives and you can’t really ask for more.”
Mr Parrott, 54, came to the hospital in 2002 from a post as assistant chaplain at Pinderfields Hospital in Wakefield.
Before that, he was vicar of St James’ Church in Hebden Bridge.
While at CRH, he has reorgnised its spiritual care facilities, providing two prayer rooms, washing facilities as well as a chapel and quiet room.
He also linked up Sunday services and concerts from the chapel to patients’ bedsides through Calderdale Radio.
Mr Parrott has also been a charity fund-raiser over the years, cycling from Land’s End to John O’Groats and producing a CD of songs written and sung by himself.
He added: “I have been blessed with wonderful colleagues and volunteers, whose friendship has been a highlight of my time in the Trust. I am content that after many wonderful years this is the right time for me to move on.
“I am looking forward to my new parish and working with the communities there.”