Act of Dedication marks start of works at Arthur Rank Hospice
The Cambridgeshire community showed their support for the building of the Arthur Rank Hospice with the act of dedication of the land, conducted by the Bishop of Ely. Associate Louise Knights attended the event to mark the start of building work at the new £10.5million Hospice in Shelford Bottom, Cambridge.
Louise said she had been privileged to be in involved with the project; “Over the last 18 months we have had the opportunity to work with staff, volunteers, patients and visitors of the current Arthur Rank Hospice, learning and understanding how they work to provide the fantastic service they are looking at growing.
We have been inspired by the passion and reputation of the Hospice, the determination of the fundraising team and the caring nature of all of the staff and volunteers. We have got to know them and worked with them to design the new Hospice, which will be light and airy, with every bedroom having a direct connection to the gardens.
Internally the bedrooms will open into a large, double height communal space that will give patients, visitors and family an opportunity to come together. It was when a patient told me that this space is where she would like to do a jigsaw puzzle that I appreciated how important it will be, for the patients.
Now that the steel frame is under construction we are step closer to being able to provide the charity with the much needed space to grow and develop over the coming years.”
Lynn Morgan, CEO of the Arthur Rank Hospice Charity said “After many months of frantic land preparation at the site of our new hospice at Shelford Bottom, the outline of the new hospice is beginning to emerge. Having 24 beds will make a significant difference to the number of patients we can support,”
The project is expected to be completed and the hospice opening to patients in autumn 2016.