Meet Cambridge, the meetings and convention bureau for Cambridge and the surrounding area, is proud to be working with the Arthur Rank Hospice Charity, helping it to attract events which bring in valuable income to fund patient care.
Founded and funded by the Cambridge Colleges 25 years ago, Meet Cambridge currently has a portfolio of more than 50 venues, offering organisers a broad spectrum of meeting and conference facilities for all types and size of events.
Since 2017, it has been providing complimentary support to the Charity as a member venue, enabling it to enjoy the many marketing benefits on offer to promote its excellent facilities.
This includes access to business opportunities for new events, networking, training courses, presence on the website and on social media, representation at national and international trade shows, participation in events, including Opendoors to showcase facilities and ongoing advice and assistance.
Meet Cambridge has also helped the Charity to achieve AIM accreditation with the Meeting Industry Association, an independent endorsement of high quality facilities and service which gives event organisers added reassurance.
Its Education and Conference Centre is a modern and accessible meeting space equipped with AV and suitable for ten to 80 people. Located on the outskirts of Cambridge, adjacent to the Babraham park and ride, the facilities can be configured for theatre, cabaret or boardroom style, with catering provided by the in-house Bistro.
The Centre can be used for one or two day training courses, seminars, lectures, board meetings, away-days, team meetings or breakfast networking events.
Judith Sloane, Head of Meet Cambridge said: “It has been a privilege to work closely with Arthur Rank Hospice Charity over the last six years and assist it to attract external events that bring much-needed revenue. This means it can continue to deliver services free of charge to patients and their families in Cambridgeshire.”
Louise Higgins, Business Development Manager, added: “We are extremely grateful for the support from Meet Cambridge which has enabled us to engage with the business community and raise the profile of our Education and Conference Centre. Being a Meet Cambridge member ensures we are equipped with industry knowledge and trends as well as enabling us to network and collaborate with member venues in Cambridgeshire”.
Arthur Rank Hospice Charity supports people in Cambridgeshire, living with an advanced serious illness or other life-limiting condition and those who need end-of-life care. Services are provided free of charge to patients and their families, helping them to make every moment count.
It costs over £11.5 million to run the services each year. Whilst the NHS contributes approximately £7.1 million, over £4.4 million needs to be raised through donations, fundraising, the retail operation, hospitality and venue hire.
Working in partnership, left to right: Clive Jones, Volunteer Venue Assistant and Louise Higgins, Business Development Manager, both Arthur Rank Hospice Charity; Judith Sloane, Head of Meet Cambridge; Rosemary Hall, Volunteer Venue Host, Arthur Rank Hospice Charity; and Sarah Maycock, Venue-Finding and Marketing Executive, Meet Cambridge.