Enjoy an ‘Afternoon of Art’ in the heart of new hospice


A special afternoon will take place on Sunday 6 November at Cambridgeshire’s brand new Arthur Rank Hospice at Shelford Bottom, a week before it opens to patients.

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‘An Afternoon of Art’ will showcase a series of monthly photographs by Helena g Anderson, give a first glimpse of Lucy Churchill’s sculpture ‘Figure of a Woman’ and enable hundreds of heart-themed pieces of art (like those pictured above), created by members of Cambridge Open Studios, to be viewed and auctioned in aid of the Hospice’s ‘Love your NEW hospice’ appeal.

The event will provide an exciting finale to two weeks of Open Days, taking place between 24 October and 6 November: in the region of 2000 individuals have now registered to visit the new facility, with 34 tours currently scheduled to take place. The Charity is delighted that so many members of the community, including VIPs, healthcare professionals, supporters, family and friends are taking the opportunity to visit and learn more about the Hospice’s full range of supportive and specialist palliative services first hand: care which will be unequivocally enhanced by the facilities now available at its state-of-the-art facility.

Some £8.5 million has been raised to date for the new Hospice project, thanks to the generosity of many local individuals, societies, groups, trusts and foundations. However, the Charity continues to work hard to raise the remaining £2 million required for the £10.5 million project. It is hoped that the auction of 130 pieces of heart art by Cambridge Open Studios artists at ‘An Afternoon of Art’ will raise a substantial amount due to their unique connection to the new hospice. They will be available to view from 2pm, with the auction taking place at 4pm. Those wishing to attend must register beforehand at arhc.org.uk/oceod

Luke MacDonald, Auctioneer, Cheffins comments: “We have long been supporters of the Arthur Rank Hospice and we were delighted to be invited to be involved in this exciting charity fundraiser. The event will showcase some of the best local artists and their work and we are sure that it will go some way to help raise money for this important charity.”

Visitors will also have the opportunity to view Helena g Anderson’s remarkable photography exhibition of over twenty pieces in the Hospice’s Bistro - kindly printed courtesy of Mark Bishop by Cambridge Copy Studio - which provide a stunningly tangible monthly record of the building’s progress since construction began mid 2015. Finally, keeping a watchful eye over an ‘An Afternoon of Art’ will be Lucy Churchill’s evocatively warm and calming sculpture ‘Figure of a Woman’, the red sandstone for which was generously donate by Fairhaven Stone Ltd: she will be in place to watch over proceedings as the Open Days come to an end and as services transfer to the new building from 11 November.

Mary Phenna, Capital Appeal Fundraiser at Arthur Rank Hospice Charity said: “It’s been a real privilege for Arthur Rank Hospice to work in close partnership with such talent as Helena and Lucy, as well as over a hundred incredibly creative artists thanks to Cambridge Open Studios. It seems fitting that this finale event, including the sculpture, exhibition and auction of hearts, will take place right in the heart of our new Hospice whilst we raise funds for it! Please do come along - you could take home a wonderful piece of art which is also a part of Arthur Rank Hospice history: a reminder of the love and care which will always be part of our past and our future.”

A catalogue giving full details of the artist and each piece can be viewed via the link available at arhc.org.uk/love. To receive this by post or email please call Mary Phenna on 01223 723115

Those unable to attend, may submit sealed bids before 12 noon on Friday 4 November (including name, lot number, contact phone number or email, name of artist and the amount bid) by emailing mary.phenna@arhc.org.uk or by writing to Mary Phenna, Arthur Rank Hospice Charity, 351 Mill Road, Cambridge, CB1 3DF. These sealed bids could be exceeded during the ‘Afternoon of Art’ itself. For further information about Lucy Churchill sculptures or Helena g Anderson Photography please visit http://www.lucychurchill.com/ or http://www.helena-g-anderson.com/ respectively.

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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.

For further information, please visit arhc.org.uk

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