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Special video marks Inter Faith Week at Suffolk health centres

Staff from healthcare providers across Suffolk have come together to highlight Inter Faith Week with the launch of a special video.

With national coronavirus restrictions preventing most live events, the chaplaincy service at West Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust is instead using tech to talk about their work.

The video brings together staff from the trust with colleagues from St Nicholas Hospice and Wedgwood House, and describes how their chaplaincy services offer a place for people to deal with moments of great joy and great tragedy.

The chapel at West Suffolk Hospital in Bury St Edmunds would normally host services from a range of faiths including Church of England, Roman Catholic, and Islam, but most in-person services are currently on hold due to social distancing rules.

Chaplain Rufin Emmanuel said: "Our chaplaincy work with our colleagues across west Suffolk - at our hospitals, at hospices, and reaching out into the wider community - brings together people of many beliefs for moments of reflection, comfort, and worship.

"We are proud to bring together people of many faiths, responding to their individual needs.

"We are celebrating Inter Faith Week, but for us every week is an inter faith week. We are here for patients, visitors, and staff in those important moments, whatever their need, whatever their beliefs."

Inter Faith Week runs 8 to 15 November 2020. The event has run since 2009 and aims to highlight the work work done by local faith, inter faith and faith-based groups and organisations, and enable greater interaction between people of different backgrounds.

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