The Rev Martin Abrams has been appointed chaplain for Southport and Ormskirk Hospital NHS Trust.

He has been working with the Trust as a bank chaplain, covering hospital on-call, for just over a year and will be responsible for both hospitals at Southport and Ormskirk.

Martin was born and brought up in Southport, attending school at Norwood Road Primary and Meols Cop High, later attending Cliff College, a Methodist lay training college in Derbyshire.

He was a youth worker in south Devon and a lay minister in Cardiff until beginning training for ordained ministry at Wesley College, Bristol.  At the same time he studied for a masters degree in pastoral studies at Cardiff University.  For five years he was a minister in south Liverpool and part-time chaplain at Liverpool John Moores University.

For the last 15 years Martin has been Superintendent Minister of the Southport Circuit of the Methodist Church, Minister of Ainsdale Methodist Church and chair of the management committee of Ainsdale Community Care.

Martin enjoys reading, fell and mountain walking, and plays tennis at Hillside Tennis Club, Southport.  He is a regular supporter – and chaplain – of Southport Football Club. His wife Heather is a teacher and they have two children.

“I am particularly looking forward to working in the multicultural and multi-faith environment of a hospital,” said Martin.

“I very much see the support of chaplaincy as something for the whole community of patients, visitors and staff alike. It is a genuine privilege to be a friendly presence offering spiritual and pastoral support to people at crucial times of their lives.”

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