ITV News, Radio Cambridgeshire, Cambridge News and Cambridge TV were among the special guests at December's 'topping out' celebration for the new Arthur Rank Hospice building.
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Christmas cake was shared and mugs of tea were raised to the Hospice’s new build just before the Christmas break as construction workers and project partners joined together to celebrate what is known in the trade as ‘topping out’. To mark the occasion Arthur Rank Hospice’s CEO Dr Lynn Morgan ascended on a scissor lift to 6.3 metres, where Barnes’ Construction Director Mr Mark Hart showed them the building’s top most point – which stands in the region of 9.5 metres - and from where the full extent of the building works progress could be seen.
Historically the topping out ceremony draws on centuries of tradition, with builders celebrating the moment a structure reaches its highest point. Originally used as an opportunity to bestow good luck on a structure, today it is seen as a moment to thank the workforce, bring together the project teams and celebrate progress.
Of last month's event Dr Lynn Morgan, CEO of Arthur Rank Hospice Charity commented: “We are delighted that since we started in June, the works have progressed on schedule. It’s been incredible to see how the structure has evolved over the last six months from a dirt plot, to what we see from a bird's-eye view here today - the complete shell of a hospice building. Whilst it is very exciting to see our plans come to initial fruition, this is just the first step: there is still much work to be done, not to mention the £3.4m which is yet to be raised in order to fund the £10.5m project: so full steam ahead!”.
Mark Hart, Barnes’ Construction Director adds: “The team has been working really hard to keep the work on schedule, so today was a great opportunity to thank them. With less than a year to go until the Hospice is handed over, we have much work still to do. Now the internal walls are in, the spaces are starting to take shape. It really does allow everyone to get a real feel for how the building will work and the flow from area to area. One of the most exciting elements will be the sample bedroom and en-suite which we will fit over the coming weeks, as this will allow staff and potential funders to see how a finished bedroom will actually look."
The Hospice is planned to open to patients in late 2016, with a whole array of preview days being hosted ahead of this. The preview days will give the people of Cambridgeshire and beyond the opportunity to see the enhanced facilities which will be on offer, as a result of their fundraising and commitment to their local adult hospice.
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