Family and friends of a learning disability nurse are remembering her in a special way whilst also officially welcoming a new assistant chaplain to Fieldhead, Wakefield.

The Bishop of Wakefield, Rt Revd Stephen Platten will be conducting a service at South West Yorkshire Mental Health NHS Trust’s chapel at Fieldhead, on 22nd July. The service is to license Hazel Walker as assistant chaplain and to dedicate and bless a stained glass window in memory of Rosemary Ashplant.

Rosemary Ashplant managed learning disability villas at Fieldhead, before illness forced her to stop working, she was also a trade union activist who supported and helped colleagues in difficult times. Rosemary died two years ago, at the age of 38, after a long illness. Attending the service will be Rosemary’s family along with colleagues from UNISON.

Speaking about the tribute, Eunice Hemingway, caseworker for UNISON, said, ‘We wanted a lasting memory of Rosemary at Fieldhead. After discussing this with Rosemary’s mum it was decided that a stained glass window within the area of Pastoral Care would be a perfect tribute. The final design reflects Rosemary’s personality, her vitality and youth. The work was finally completed on the second anniversary of her death.’


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