Roy Castle's widow to speak at hospices' service


Steve Creswell

THE widow of Roy Castle will speak at Chester Cathedral this month during a service for people affected by cancer.

Fiona Castle will address the congregation at the second annual ecumenical service for hospitals and hospices in Cheshire and Wirral on Sunday, June 22.

Popular entertainer Mr Castle died 20 years ago this year.

The service, named Pause for Hope, will be led by the Bishop of Chester, Rt Rev Peter Forster, Rt Rev Mark Davies and Baptist Minister Phil Jump.

The main organisers of the event are the Hospice of the Good Shepherd, Chester, Arrowe Park and Clatterbridge Hospitals, Leighton Hospital, Clatterbridge Cancer Centre and the Countess of Chester Hospital.

Music will be provided by the Cathedral Choir, Dave and Daniel Flynn and the children of the Cathedral Free School.

Pause for Hope is the initiative of Prof Ray Donnelly, founder and president of the Roy Castle Lung Cancer Foundation.

He said: “The service provides time for reflection for those whose lives have been touched by the disease as well as being an opportunity to give thanks for efforts to treat and combat cancer. Prayers will also be said for those with responsibility for allocating and managing resources and for our scientists seeking to find a cure.

“Cancer affects so many people’s lives and is such a familiar part of modern society that there is seldom a chance to take stock and consider how we deal with it.

“Being joined by so many organisations doing so much good work provides great comfort to people who are fighting cancer or have fought cancer or who have lost friends or loved ones to it. It also brings hope the day will quickly come when all cancers can be prevented or cured.”

The service starts at 3.30pm.

See full story in the Chester Leader

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