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Dr. Lynn Morgan, former Chief Executive of the Charity, has been recognised in Her Majesty’s New Year’s Honours List 2020. Lynn, who retired in Spring 2019 following nine years of dedicated service, first came to post in April 2010 when the Hospice was based at the Brookfield’s site in Mill Road.
Lynn was tasked with growing the Charity and, in doing so, help make the Hospice sustainable into the future. Among the many impressive achievements during her tenure, Lynn was integral in enabling the Hospice to become independent in 2015, a model adopted by 80% of UK hospices. Independence allowed the Charity greater freedom in how the combined funds, received from the NHS and from their community were spent. This empowered the Charity to react more quickly and effectively to the ever-changing needs of patients.
Concurrently, Lynn oversaw the initiation and development of a purpose-built 23 bedded hospice in Shelford Bottom, Cambridge. The new facility opened to patients in November 2016 and was officially opened by HRH The Earl of Wessex on 19 January 2018. The £10.5 million project was welcomed by the community who continue to hold the Charity, firmly in their hearts.
The Hospice and the Alan Hudson Day Treatment Centre in Wisbech form hubs for many services, which collectively reach more than 4,000 patients annually, across the County.
In Spring 2017, the Charity was presented with the Cambridge News Business Excellence Award for Social Entrepreneurship and Lynn personally won Business Person of the Year for her achievements. In January 2019, the Charity was awarded ‘Outstanding’ for its care by the Care Quality Commission (CQC).
Lynn was especially proud of the team who consistently placed the patients at the centre of all that they did through this period of significant change and beyond.
By the time Lynn retired, the Charity had grown significantly, employing 200 staff (from less than 10 initially), benefitting from the support of 500 volunteers (an increase of more than 300) and taking the turnover from approximately £1 million to in excess of £7 million.
Sharon Allen OBE, the current Chief Executive, joined Arthur Rank Hospice Charity in April 2019. Sharon had been enthused by the growth and the innovative approach of the Charity under Lynn’s leadership.
“Whilst she was CEO, Lynn worked tirelessly for Arthur Rank Hospice Charity, putting her heart and soul into developing us into the wonderful organisation we are today. The honour of an MBE awarded to her in this New Year’s list is testament to her legacy of overseeing the build of a beautiful new facility, transferring the service from the NHS into the Charity, including bringing Alan Hudson Day Treatment Centre in Wisbech in to the Arthur Rank Hospice family and creating the love so strongly held throughout the county for the charity. We are all delighted to celebrate this richly deserved award with her.”
The New Year Honours list recognises the achievements and service of people across the UK, from all walks of life. Along with the Birthday honours, they are the most significant announcements of civilian and military gallantry awards.
The Arthur Rank Hospice Charity team, past and present, are extremely proud of Lynn’s achievements and are delighted that her efforts have been recognised so publicly.