Bishop Mark was in Houghton le Spring again today (20/08/2018) to attend a farewell party at Space4. He has been a staunch supporter of the project from it’s inception and has continued to visit and champion our cause throughout. Today we were able to thank him, wish him well on his upcoming retirement and present him with a gift to remember us by. Bishop Mark gave us parting words of encouragement, stressing the importance of the work we do in our local community and acknowledging the input of our service users. He also gave a very moving blessing to baby Anastasia, who initially started to cry as she was handed over to him but then, as if she knew what was happening, stopped crying and lay quietly in his arms. It was a very special moment for all of us.