An 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 today (Monday).
The centre, run by Arthur Rank Hospice Charity (ARHC), has been upgraded as part of its commitment to ‘level up’ hospice services for people across the Fens.
The duchess unveiled a plaque to mark the official opening of the beautiful new landscaped garden and upgraded Living Well facilities. She was shown around by Arthur Rank Hospice Charity Matron Michelle Knight, Director of Clinical Care 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.
Matron Michelle Knight thanked her amazing colleagues, volunteers and supporters who have worked tirelessly on the project since 2019.
She said: "The duchess was particularly delighted with our colourful new sensory garden, which was created by an army of volunteers. She recognised the huge difference it will make to patients, visitors and colleagues all year round."
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. The garden project was led by dedicated volunteer Kim Flint.
Antoinette Jackson said: "We believe everyone should have access to the care they need and 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.”
An open day will be held on August 20 for local people.
The opening ceremony was also attended by HM Deputy-Lieutenant of Cambridgeshire, Mrs Belinda Sutton, Cadet Warrant Officer (WO) Joseph Elliott, chair of Fenland District Council, Councillor Alex Miscandlon and the Mayor of Wisbech, Susan Wallwork.
To find out more about the Alan Hudson Day Centre visit the Arthur Rank Hospice Charity website.