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Curate battling cancer welcomed by Yeadon congregation
A curate who is fighting breast cancer has been welcomed into her new church.
Mother-of-three Beverley Sproats was ordained as deacon by the Bishop of Bradford and is now working as curate at St John’s Church, Yeadon.
She was welcomed into her new post with a special lunch at the beginning of September – where she was presented with a “Bev the Rev” hoodie by members of the congregation.
Beverley was diagnosed with breast cancer halfway through her training and her ordination came in between her chemotherapy and radiotherapy treatment. She is still undergoing radiotherapy.
She said: “I had my surgery in July and that was really successful which was a blessing. The good news is I don’t need any more surgery.
“I am having radiotherapy at the moment and I’m about a third of the way through. It’s going well so far and people are being really supportive.” Now she is settling into her new home with her husband Graeme and their three children Barnaby, 12, Eve, nine, and seven-year-old Ivan.
“We have had a really warm welcome – everyone has been very friendly,” she said.
The family were welcomed with presents for the children and a special gift for Beverley.
“I got given a hoodie that says Bev the Rev on the back,” she said. “The vicar has got one that says Rick the Vic.”
Beverley had been training at Ridley Hall, Cambridge, to where she had moved with her husband and children. Before that they lived in Burley-in-Wharfedale and she was a church warden at All Saints’, Ilkley. She originally graduated in physics from Oxford University and worked as a petroleum engineer with Shell, where she met her husband.
After her ordination she said: “Life isn’t neatly packaged up and I’m still in the middle of a journey I hadn’t anticipated. Obviously there are good days and bad days, but I’m glad to be able to rejoice in the gift of each new day and the assurance of knowing God is there, even in the darker moments.”