Building a new Arthur Rank Hospice
Our current Hospice is no longer able to cope with the level of demand we are now seeing and many of its facilities, now over 30 years old, are no longer fit for purpose. To refurbish the Hospice to an acceptable level would mean closing for a year and spending £3.5 million on building work – we believe that money would be better spent going towards a new, centrally located, hospice.
We are delighted to inform our supporters on Tuesday 25 November 2013, we received confirmation that our preferred site of Shelford Bottom, a green and leafy site with good transport access will be the location for our new hospice.
In January 2014, we were able to appoint our architect which we are delighted to confirm as LSI. For examples of their previous work, please click HERE.
The charity initially anticipated the cost would be £7million, however after consultation the cost has increased to £8.9million and in December the cost was revised to £10.3 million. As of July 2015, the total cost sat at £10.5 million. The charity would still expect to get the same level of funding from the NHS to provide the same high level of care but with much better facilities.
In preparation for the project a public consultation event took place on Friday 11th July 2014 at Trumpington Village Hall.
At the end of September 2014, we appointed Barnes Construction. Barnes Construction, a family owned Ipswich company presented a very sound proposal and we look forward to working with their skilled team.
It was hoped the decision regarding planning permission would be reached by mid November but the decision was postposed until December 2014.
The charity were keen to progress the project however and the archaeological dig took place in October/November 2014, no artefacts of significance were found.
On 3 December, the charity were delighted to learn the South Cambs District Council committee had approved plans for the new hospice but, the decision made by planners at South Cambs District Council's would now be referred to Eric Pickles MP, the Secretary of State, as the site is in the green belt. Mr Pickles had 21 days to decide whether he was content for the planning permission to be issued, or whether he had objections.
On 22 December, we were delighted to receive confirmation that our plans were approved!
To hear our Chief Executive, Dr. Lynn Morgan speak about the project with Julian Clover of Cambridge 105 in these early stages, please click HERE
On 7 May 2015, building commenced and by July 2015 £6.4million had been raised to fund the project.
As of November 2015, more than £6.61million had been raised and it was hoped that the building will be watertight by Christmas.
The hospice was announced watertight on 15 December 2015 at which point £7.2million had been secured to find the project.
By May 2016, more than £7.7million has been raised, resulting in the total since required dropping between the £3 mark, a real milestone for the charity.
Building continued at quite a pace over the summer and the budget remains on budget and ahead of schedule. Handover to the charity is planned for 14 October 2016, with Open Events for visitors to come and visit planned for the following weeks.
As a result of the passion for the project and the generousity of the community more than £8.3 million has now been raised towards the build.
It is anticipated that the hospice will open its doors to patients in Mid November 2016
To keep up to speed with the latest work on site, we are delighted to offer this photo gallery of the most recent photographs from the site.
As a supporter it is likely that you have been touched by the work of the Hospice and know the incredible care and support it provides to patients and their families. If you are interested in supporting a fundraising campaign for a new Arthur Rank Hospice or would like any further information please contact the Charity on 01223 723115 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
However if you would like more information in the meantime, please click HERE to download your copy of our Appeal Brochure
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Thank you for your greatly valued support!
The role of the charity and the exciting plans we have for the hospice for the future:
In recent years the Trustees of the Arthur Rank Hospice Charity realised that in an ever changing health economy the Charity had to develop and make the best possible use of our three greatest assets – our volunteers, the staff and you, our supporters.
This powerful combination allows us to triple the amount of end-of-life care funded by the Charity and develop a strategic vision to ensure the most effective way to provide the excellent level of care which the Hospice is widely known.
Currently it costs around £5million to provide end-of-life care in the Hospice and out in the community. Around 60% of this is provided by the NHS via a grant from the Clinical Commissioning Group and the remaining 40% is raised by the community via the Charity.
We are independent:
After a long period of planning and much hard work, the hospice achieved this status on 1 August 2015. We continue to receive a contribution from the NHS and now have greater control over how we can maximise the impact of our funds and ensure our patients and their families receive the best possible care.