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Arthur Rank Hospice Charity has shared a special film thanking their treasured volunteers.

The film - which was created, filmed and produced free of charge by the newly formed South Cambridgeshire based production company Mill River TV – shines a light on the invaluable contribution its 500 dedicated volunteers make.

Mill River TV spent two days filming at the Hospice on separate occasions, in order to capture as full a picture as possible. In the course of filming they interviewed patients, family members and staff members, recording personal thank you messages from each. As well illustrating how vital their 531 volunteers’ support is to the charity across an incredibly diverse range of roles - the film conveys the warm home-from-home welcome received by patients, family members and friends, supporters and visitors alike.

Arthur Rank Hospice share special film thanking 500 vital volunteers (6178456)
Arthur Rank Hospice share special film thanking 500 vital volunteers (6178456)

Since the Hospice moved to its new home at Shelford Bottom the number of volunteers has swelled to over 500, with roles growing to include everything from meeting and greeting in the Hospice’s reception area to assisting with care on the Inpatient Unit, flower arranging to helping in one five charity shops, out in the community ambassadorial roles to behind the scenes office support.

Hannah Touhey, volunteer coordinator at Arthur Rank Hospice Charity, comments: “Our volunteers really are at the heart of everything the hospice does. Alongside our staff, they are integral to creating the warm, welcoming and homely atmosphere that Arthur Rank Hospice is so well known for. It’s wonderful that Mill River TV have been able to capture that on film and we were thrilled to be able to send our volunteers such a lovely thank you message this Christmas.”

Arthur Rank Hospice share special film thanking 500 vital volunteers (6178465)
Arthur Rank Hospice share special film thanking 500 vital volunteers (6178465)

Having visited the hospice before filming began, Katie Crawford-Owen, director/co-founder of Mill River TV, explains why they decided to focus on thanking its volunteers: “I wanted to make a film for the Arthur Rank Hospice as a small thank you for the kindness and support they showed our friends’ whose son was recently in their care. When I went to meet with staff to discuss the project, I was bowled over by the friendly and welcoming response from everyone I came in to contact with.

“It was immediately clear that the hospice’s volunteers really are an integral part of the team and that they contribute so much to the warm atmosphere that surrounds patients and their families. I felt it was important to acknowledge and thank them for all that they do. Working on this project was a very humbling experience and my team and I were very happy to be able to give something back.”

Arthur Rank Hospice share special film thanking 500 vital volunteers (6178458)
Arthur Rank Hospice share special film thanking 500 vital volunteers (6178458)

Arthur Rank Hospice – which cares for 3,600 patients living with a life-limiting illness in Cambridgeshire each year – recruits its volunteers all year round to help support every area of the charity’s work. Currently some volunteer roles are fully-subscribed, although vacancies may arise

over the next 12 months; others need to be filled immediately; and a number vary according to seasonal need according to the charity’s event and fundraising priorities.

As 2019 starts, the Hospice’s Voluntary Services team is actively seeking people to support the hospice in the following roles:

 Drivers to transport patients back and forth (especially in the North of Cambridge)

 Servers of Afternoon Tea on the Inpatient Unit

 Cake bakers (who bake at home and donate cakes for patients’ Afternoon Teas)

 Trainee beauticians and make-up artists for afternoons in Day Therapy

 Assistants for the Bistro (particularly on a Sunday)

 Office and administration support

 Helpers for fundraising events

Throughout 2019, various other roles will become available. To explore the full range visit https://www.arhc.org.uk/volunteering.asp . To enquire about or apply for a role, please get in touch with Arthur Rank Hospice Charity’s Voluntary Services team by calling 01223 675872, emailing


Find out more about Mill River TV who generously donated the film at https://www.millrivertv.com/ or follow them on Instagram at @millrivertv

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