Return to the homepage

Suzanne, Judith, and Aileen

The Rev Judith Allford, the Trust’s Head of Pastoral Care for nearly 20 years, retired at the end of August. Many friends, colleagues and former colleagues gathered in Chertsey House to wish her farewell.

Chief Executive Suzanne Rankin said it was sad to be saying goodbye. She said Judith was always kind, always warm and she was everywhere. To patients and their families she represented care and compassion; her leadership of the chaplaincy team with such supreme calm and organisation had meant that ‘our patients have received the best spiritual and pastoral care that anyone could ever hope for’.

To staff she was wise, supportive and everyone’s friend, carer, adviser and comfort. She had a unique freedom of access within the Trust.

“You once said you wanted to be remembered for bringing the love of God to the people in hospital not to help them wait to go to God. You have absolutely met your objective. You are an inspiration, an institution; we love you and we’ll miss you.”

Suzanne revealed that Judith was being appointed a Canon of Guildford Cathedral on Sunday 18th October.

Chairman Aileen McLeish said Judith was one of the first women to be ordained, a leader and an innovator. The chaplaincy team had grown from two to 80 volunteers who now reach all parts of the Trust.

“She is our rock and our support and we thank her and wish her much joy and laughter to come in retirement. “

Judith said: “The chaplains …try to be there for everybody. I was very proud and humbled when our Muslim colleagues thanked me for all the chaplaincy had done for them. We can be proud of the way in which we truly integrate into the life of Ashford and St Peter’s and wouldn’t it be good if the world was like that.”

 

Add your feedback

Latest News

Find out more

Mouth Care Matters

Linda Edwards, Mouth Care Matters Lead at Ashford and St Peter’s Hospitals, together with Dentists Dr Alice Jamison and Dr Pavandeep Narwal, recently visited Sayes Court Children’s Centre in Addlestone, to speak to parents about maintaining a healthy mouth for their children.

 

Find out more

Urology team launch new ‘virtual’ service

The urology team at Ashford and St Peter’s hospitals has launched a new way of working, known as virtual clinics. For many patients this will mean a quicker service and also avoiding an unnecessary trip to hospital.

 

Find out more

Congratulations to our Childcare Apprentices

First Steps day nursery at St Peter’s Hospital NHS Foundation Trust has just celebrated with their two apprentices, Paige Ayres and Ellie Nardooni, who have just completed their Level 2 NVQ in childcare.

 

Find out more

Premature Babies are helped by ‘Octopus’

Volunteer, Sue Morris and a team of collaborators have been knitting octopuses for the neonatal unit at Ashford and St Peter's Hospitals to help premature babies. Sue said: "We are a group of people who crochet and knit little octopuses and jellyfish to comfort babies who decided to come into the world a little earlier than expected."

 

Suzanne's Message

Spring into action

As we begin to emerge from the worst of the winter period, you will be aware that we continue to face pressures on our emergency pathway, and many of you will be experiencing those on a daily basis. Although in general we have coped well with winter pressures this year, we now need to focus on resetting our hospital and returning to normal running and this is not something that the emergency care teams can do on their own. The full support of Team ASPH is needed, along with the help of our partners in the wider community ... read this week's message