Kate Kirk announced as Chair of Trustees at Arthur Rank Hospice Charit

Kate Kirk

Kate Kirk will step into the role of Chair of Trustees at the Arthur Rank Hospice Charity today (Monday 1 July). Kate has been a trustee at the Charity for nine years, Vice Chair for two, and a volunteer for eleven years.

As a niece of Dame Cicely Saunders, founder of the modern hospice movement, she has a lifelong knowledge of the sector. Professionally, Kate is a writer and speaker, and co-author of two books about the Cambridge Phenomenon.

“Both the Arthur Rank Hospice at Shelford Bottom and the Alan Hudson Day Treatment Centre in Wisbech have been rated outstanding by the Care Quality Commission.” Kate Kirk said. “So I am truly honoured to have been entrusted with the role of Chair, and very mindful of the pressing need for all of our services, whether delivered in our own facilities or in patients’ homes.”

Kate will now work closely with the charity’s Chief Executive Sharon Allen OBE to develop the vision for the Charity going forward, to ensure that it continues to support those living with life-limiting illnesses or needing end-of-life care in Cambridgeshire, and grows to cope with increasing demand.

Outgoing Chair Isabel Napper commented, “This is an exciting and challenging time for hospice care in Cambridgeshire. I’m sure Kate will help maintain and build on the Arthur Rank Hospice Charity’s ethos of quality and excellence in everything it does.”

Fellow trustee John Short will now take the role of Vice Chair. The Charity has also recently welcomed two new trustees, Mark Kingstone and Natalie Acton. Mark is a tax partner in the London office of Linklaters, a global law firm, and Natalie is the Co-Chief Executive of Think Ahead, a mental health charity which recruits and trains mental health social workers.


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

Arthur Rank Hospice Charity