Rotary Club of Ely presents hospice with £1000


Arthur Rank Hospice Charity was thrilled to accept funds raised from Aquafest and Christmas collections at the Rotary's recent lunch, where Donna Talbot, its Director of Fundraising & Communications, was also able to share news of the new hospice build.


The Rotary Club of Ely has now been serving the communities of Ely and district for over 70 years, supporting many well-known charities in this area and the Arthur Rank Hospice Charity was delighted to be selected as the beneficiary of their latest four figure donation.

On the international front The Rotary Club of Ely have supported many projects including Water Aid in Africa and Asia, and are presently active in Rotary Foundation’s ’Polio Plus Campaign’ to rid the world of Polio. In addition the club send ’Shelter Boxes’ to disaster areas throughout the world when they occur.

The Arthur Rank Hospice Charity was thrilled to receive the funds which were raised at the well-known in Ely event Aquafest and through the Rotary Club’s annual Christmas collection. The generous gift will help the charity to fund vital care and support for more than 1000 patients and their loved ones per year across Cambridgeshire both today and in the years ahead.

Rotarians and their guests were able to learn more about the charity, the care offered and the holistic approach taken. The lunch also provided a super opportunity to provide an exciting update as to the progress of the new hospice appeal and to watch a fly through video clip of the completed project.

Donna Talbot added “We are so very grateful for the Rotary Club of Ely for helping us to make every moment count. Having secured funds to the value of £6.4 million to date for the hospice appeal, every pound really does count and allows us to move closer to reaching our £10.5 million target. Rotarians have been of great support to the charity over the years from volunteering their time to support at our events and by helping us to raise awareness of our work to holding collection tins on our behalf on numerous occasions, their support has been diverse and we remain so very appreciative.”

John Dennick, President of the Rotary Club of Ely added We are so pleased our donation will be put to such good use, we just wish we could have added an extra zero to further recognise the fantastic work of the hospice and all of its staff.’”

Mike Bentley, Community Service Committee Chairman and John Dennick, Rotary Club President kindly presented to Donna Talbot, Director of Fundraising & Communications for Arthur Rank Hospice at their weekly lunch meeting at Witchford Village Hall.

Image: L-R: Mike Bentley, Donna Talbot & John Dennick


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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.

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Arthur Rank Hospice Charity