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Tuesday 4th August 2020:

Please join us in sending your thoughts and prayers to Bishop Peter Hancock and his family as he undergoes treatment for leukemia.

Below is a message from Bishop Peter:

This has been a challenging year for all of us and the Coronavirus has meant that many of the things we had planned for this year have either had to change or have been put on hold. So, despite the beginnings of an easing of lockdown, things remain difficult for many people going forward. 
I am writing now to inform you that I too am facing a challenging few months. I have not been entirely well in recent weeks and on Friday I was diagnosed with acute myeloid leukaemia. I am really grateful to the doctors who I have been seeing and for the speed in which treatment is to be provided. The hope is that I will be admitted for a first course of chemotherapy this week and I am likely to be in hospital for about a month. 
I have today informed my colleagues on the Bishops’ Staff and I am confident that everything in the diocese will continue to run smoothly whilst I step back for a while. Jane and I have a wonderful family who have been very supportive, and we are grateful to all our family and friends for their support, encouragement and prayers. I shall continue to pray for you all and would be grateful for your prayers. 
I may not be able to respond to people for a while, however, if you want to write to me perhaps you could send it via Andrea, my PA at [email protected] who will pass on greetings and messages. 
The psalm at Morning Prayer today had the words ‘The Lord is my strength and my shield; in him my heart trusts’. As I put my trust in the hospital staff, who I know will provide me with the most wonderful care, I am also trusting in the Lord, knowing that he too will watch over me in the days ahead. 
With my warmest best wishes and with my prayers