Service of Lament – Chester Cathedral

01st September 2023

Chester Cathedral is holding a service for the community to gather, lament, pray and hope following the tragic events at the Countess of Chester Hospital.

Service of Lament, Prayer and Hope following the Lucy Letby trial.

The service will take place at Chester Cathedral on Sunday 10 September at 6pm. All are welcome.

Candles will be lit for the babies who died, and there will be an opportunity after the service for congregation members to light their own candles and spend time in quiet reflection.

The Dean of Chester, the Very Revd Dr Tim Stratford, said

“I want to uphold the parents and families who will grieve their lost babies for a lifetime in my prayers, and in any way I can.

“I want to demonstrate my support for those who bravely held Lucy Letby to account, even when their employers challenged back, and to hold in my prayers every single person who works at the Countess of Chester genuinely wanting to be an agent of healing to the sick and suffering amongst us.”

If you are able, please reserve a free ticket from the Cathedral’s website to help the Cathedral manage numbers for the service on Sunday 10 September.

The booking link can be found here.

Lucy Letby 33, was found guilty of murdering seven babies and attempting to kill six more in the Countess of Chester Hospital between June 2015 and 2016. She was handed a whole-life order at Manchester Crown Court on Monday following the ten-month murder trial.