A hospital chaplain is moving on after four years as a vicar in West Cumbria.

The Rev Simon Cake will leave his role in the Egremont and Haile team ministry in February.

Mr Cake, who is lead chaplain at the West Cumberland Hospital in Whitehaven, moved to Egremont in February 2014. He was previously a curate in Jarrow in the Diocese of Durham.

Mr Cake, who has previously service in the Army, was ordained in 2010.

A Church Army evangelist, he will take up a new post as rector/priest in charge and lead evangelist at the A7 Centre of Mission in the Diocese of Edinburgh, in the Scottish Episcopal Church.

The centre of mission will bring together St Cuthbert’s in Hawick, St John’s in Selkirk and St Peter’s in Galashiels

His last service in Egremont will be on February 10.

In a statement on the Scottish Episcopal Church website, Mr Cake said: “I am very much looking forward to this new opportunity and being part of the next step of these churches’ journey.

"The added bonus is that of coming to live in such a beautiful area of the country.

“Please can I ask for your prayers for the A7 Centre of Mission and all three churches as we step out together in faith to share God’s love to all we serve, and please also pray for my son Oliver and I as we prepare to move.”