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The Rotary Club of Cambridge Rutherford funds specialist Library at Hospice

Arthur Rank Hospice Charity are thrilled that The Rotary Club of Cambridge Rutherford, has funded one very special area of their new £10.5 million Hospice: the professional library within their Education Suite.

The library houses approximately 1500 books, reports and specialist journals with extensive back runs. It is in great demand, being used not only by the Hospice’s own medical and healthcare professionals but also by those attending training, courses and workshops delivered at its Education Centre’s and by the wider local medical community. The library lends out 200-300 items per year, a figure which will increase as the service expands further.

Knowledge for Healthcare (HEE, 2015) sets out a vision of healthcare staff, learners, patients and the public using the right knowledge and evidence, at the right time, in the right place to achieve excellence and strongly believes “Healthcare library and knowledge services are a powerhouse for education, lifelong learning, research and evidence-based practice”.  Debbie Hagon, Hospice Librarian adds “The Arthur Rank Hospice Library plays a central role in supporting these aims and those of the specialist palliative care service. The library has forged excellent relationships with local (East of England Health Libraries Network) and national (Libraries in Hospices) networks which allow us to benefit from a wider range of resources than can be physically accommodated here. The sharing of expertise and advice further strengthens the quality of the service provided”.

Debbie also provides a literature searching service to support evidence based patient care and service development, alongside administrating the ‘Arthur Rank Hospice Athens authentication account’ enabling healthcare professionals to access NHS Core Content journals and e-books: a nationally developed resource for the NHS and those working with NHS patients.

The Rotary Club of Cambridge Rutherford have long-been valued supporters of the Charity. Their donations have supported the Hospice’s increasing care costs, provided medical equipment and furniture and, just earlier this year, added a splash more colour to the new facility’s gardens by purchasing some crocus bulbs.

Donna Talbot, Director of Fundraising and Communication said: “We really enjoy working with this Rotary Club. All of the members are so very supportive of the work of the Hospice and this is evident in a tremendous fundraising total - raised in the last five years alone - of over £37,000!”

Mike Francis, recently appointed President said “Our Rotary club is proud of its long-standing support of Arthur Rank Hospice:  a commitment that goes across the club.  Many members have experienced the wonderful work and compassion that exemplifies the hospice, including its Hospice at Home service, and we are delighted to contribute to this worthy and outstanding charity.”

A plaque illustrating the Rotary Club’s support of the Library was unveiled on 24 August 2017 when the Club and its thirty plus members marked the special occasion, by inviting the Mayor of Cambridge George Pippas to their weekly lunch meeting, which was hosted at Arthur Rank Hospice’s Education Centre.

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