Arthur Rank Hospice’s new £10.5 million home to open its doors to the public
PUBLISHED: 15:48 07 October 2016 | UPDATED: 15:48 07 October 2016
The Arthur Rank Hospice is to showcase its new £10.5 million base before it is opened to patients next month.
The Hospice’s new home in Shelford Bottom will open its doors over three days over the coming weeks, where those in attendance will have the opportunity to see the new building first hand and gain a fresh insight into the future of hospice care in Cambridgeshire.
The new 2,500m building boasts twice the number of patient beds than the current hospice in Mill Road, Cambridge, and three times the garden space.
Over £8 million of the funds needed to build the Hospice were raised by donations by the Hospice’s supporters and fundraisers.
Building work began in June 2015, and it will be opened to the public for viewing on October 29, 31 and November 5.
Dr Lynn Morgan, CEO of Arthur Rank Hospice Charity adds: “It has been amazing to see our new hospice building become a reality in front of our eyes. I hope that our supporters and the county’s residents will take this opportunity to see it for themselves and learn more about the care we provide, every step of the way, to those living with a life-limiting illness.
“Along with specialist facilities and bespoke spaces uniquely suited to our range and breadth of care, the Hospice has been designed to try and integrate the community in very real ways: it would be wonderful if even those who have not yet experienced our care for a loved one would come along to an Open Day, discover more about what we do and help us spread the word and dissolve misconceptions about hospices and hospice care.”
Slots for the public open day sessions at the new Hospice will be allocated on a first come, first served basis and will welcome up to 1400 people in total across seven sessions.
There will be three sessions of up to 200 people each on Saturday October 29 and Saturday November 5 at 9-11am, 11am-1pm and 1-3pm, with an evening session taking place on Monday October 31 from 5-7pm.