A small and very special dedication event took place today at the Arthur Rank Hospice Charity's new site in Shelford Bottom, with guests from all backgrounds helping to commemorate construction work beginning in earnest.
Special event takes place at hospice's new Shelford Bottom site
An Act of Dedication, conducted by the Bishop of Ely, took place at the start of this week, to mark construction work starting in earnest on a new £10.5 million hospice for Cambridge.
The 24-bed facility for the Arthur Rank Hospice Charity will be an exemplar in hospice design and when completed in the autumn of 2016 will offer patients a more spacious, attractive and therapeutic environment with better facilities and increased service capacity.
The event was attended by over 50 people and comprised of representatives of all faiths and indeed no faith and guests were invited to enjoy refreshments afterwards. Guests also included Sir Hugh Duberly KCVO, CBE, Her Majesty’s Lord-Lieutenant of Cambridgeshire and Patron of the new hospice appeal, Stuart Evans, Chair of Trustees, Arthur Rank Hospice Charity, William Barnes, Chairman, Barnes Construction and Louise Knights, LSI Architects.
Lynn Morgan, Chief Executive for the charity said: “The Act of Dedication was a special occasion for the charity, as we pride ourselves on delivering excellent care regardless of religion, background or wealth. Our services are completely free of charge to those who require them and we hope this act will further illustrate that our care is accessible to people in all walks of life throughout Cambridgeshire.”
The event took place in front of where steelwork is now being installed, giving the first physical indication of the scale of the new hospice and its position within the site. Designed by LSI Architects, the hospice will be built by Barnes Construction which has won awards for its work on local projects such as the graduate accommodation building at Leckhampton for Corpus Christ College and the new East Anglian Children’s Hospice in Ipswich. Two Cambridge-based businesses form part of the construction team. Northmore Associates is the client project manager and Munro Building Services will be carrying out the mechanical and electrical work for the contract.
The building is expected to be watertight by the end of the year, with the project completed and the hospice opening to patients in autumn 2016.
Arthur Rank Hospice Charity supports people in Cambridgeshire living with an advanced serious illness or a life-limiting condition and those who need end-of-life care. Our ‘Outstanding’ services are provided free of charge to patients and their families.
We care for more than 4,100 patients each year at our Hospice in Cambridge, the Alan Hudson Day Treatment Centre in Wisbech and in patients’ own homes via the Arthur Rank Community Team. This care supports people to improve their quality of life and fulfil their end of their life choices.
It will cost £10.5 million in 2021/2022 to run our services, which are provided free of charge to patients and their loved ones. We have currently secured £6.98 million from the NHS, meaning that £3.52 million needs to be raised through donations, fundraising activities and trading. We are extremely grateful to our local community for the continual dedication, commitment and generosity they show in supporting us to meet this target.
For further information, please visit arhc.org.uk