Royal seal of approval for improved patient services

  • 12 July 2022

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Duchess and Matron Michelle Knight standing by plaque

Our improved treatment centre and garden has been officially opened by Her Royal Highness the Duchess of Gloucester.

The Duchess met patients, staff, volunteers and dignitaries at the redeveloped Alan Hudson Day Treatment Centre in Wisbech on Monday. The centre is run by Arthur Rank Hospice Charity (ARHC) and has been upgraded as part of our commitment to ‘level up’ hospice services for people across the Fens. HRH unveiled a plaque to mark the official opening of the beautiful new landscaped garden and upgraded Living Well facilities.

HRH Duchess of Gloucester and female nurses

The Duchess was shown around by ARHC Matron, Michelle Knight along with the Director of Clinical Services, Sara Robins and Antoinette Jackson, Chair of Trustees. The Duchess praised the dedicated team for their vision and passion to expand services and support more people in the area.

Special thanks for staff, volunteers and supporters

Matron, Michelle Knight thanked her amazing colleagues, volunteers and supporters who have worked tirelessly on the project since 2019. The garden project was led by dedicated volunteer Kim Flint.

HRH Duchess of Gloucester yellow dress smiling in garden shaking hands nurse in background

Michelle said: “The Duchess was particularly delighted with our colourful new sensory garden. She recognised the huge difference it will make to patients, visitors and colleagues all year round.”

duchess shakes hand of patient Jane
The Duchess of Gloucester greets patient Gillian

Antoinette Jackson said: “We believe everyone should have access to the care they need, our ambition is to continue to improve services for people in Wisbech and the Fens. Thank you to all our partners and supporters for making this happen.”

Sara Robins added: “I am proud of the team and all they have achieved in recent years, during challenging times. The improvements enhance the already outstanding care provided by the Alan Hudson Day Treatment Centre.”

The opening ceremony was also attended by HM Deputy-Lieutenant of Cambridgeshire, Mrs Belinda Sutton and Cadet Warrant Officer (WO) Joseph Elliott. Along with Chairman of Fenland District Council, Councillor Alex Miscandlon and the Mayor of Wisbech, Susan Wallwork.

The £275,000 project was largely funded by the Hudson Foundation, with additional support from the Friends of Wisbech Hospital, the Robert Hall Charity and the local community. There will be a chance for local people to visit the centre at an open day being held on 20 August.