Aladdin at The Maltings 22nd December to 15th January 2017

‘Aladdin’ will work its magic for Lisa’s Fund this December and January KD Productions are kindly helping Robert Barnes and his team to raise funds and awareness for Lisa’s Fund and Arthur Rank Hospice, during the run of their pantomime ‘Aladdin’!

Throughout the 24-day run, from 22 December to 15 January, Lisa’s Fund will have a table in the bar of The Maltings Ely providing a wonderful opportunity for pantomime-goers and families to find out more about the new Hospice and it’s progress, discover more about events and initiatives they might be able to help with and donate via a collection tin should they wish. The Charity continues to work hard to raise the remaining £2.2 million required for their £10.5 million new home which opened in November.

Robert Barnes, who founded Lisa’s Fund in memory of his wife and has now raised an incredible grand total of £148,500 for the Arthur Rank Hospice Charity, adds: “I’d like to say a huge thank you Kathrine, Dan and all the KD Productions team for their support – it’s opportunities like this which make it possible to keep on raising funds and awareness for Arthur Rank Hospice Charity. Lisa and I experienced the Hospice’s care ourselves and it was so, so very important. With the wonderful support of the local community I’ve been able to carry on raising the Hospice’s profile and keep fundraising so that such essential care is available for more people like us, both now and into the future.”

Robert Barnes and Arthur Rank Hospice Charity would like to offer a huge thank you, to Kathrine, Dan & KD Productions for their wonderful support and best wishes for a successful magic-carpet-filled run of ‘Aladdin’!

For further details about the production or to buy tickets visit

To discover more about Lisa’s Fund visit, or for news from Arthur Rank Hospice’s new home see

For further information, please contact:
Robert Barnes, Lisa’s Fund
07885 087458 – – Monday-Friday 9.00-5.00pm
Dawn Easby, PR & Communications Officer, Arthur Rank Hospice Charity
01223 675875 / 07787 835140 – – Monday-Friday 9.30pm–5.30pm

1/ Arthur Rank Hospice Charity (Registered Charity No 1133354) supports people in Cambridgeshire who are living with a life-limiting illness. Our care and services are provided free of charge to patients, to help them and their loved ones to make every moment count. We are best known for delivering vital care to over 1000 patients each year through our specialist palliative Inpatient Unit, day therapy and Hospice at Home Services. However the range of services the Charity provides is much broader comprising of the Specialist Palliative Care Home Team, the Alan Hudson Day Treatment centre in Wisbech, patient and family support (including counselling, bereavement and spiritual support), lymphoedema care, complementary therapy, transport services and small grants which collectively provide more than 2000 further appointments to patients. To supplement the NHS contribution, the Charity are required to raise £2 million annually to fund the additional services provided by the Hospice. Our professional, compassionate and practical services deliver care, counselling and education, helping patients to live well and their families to live on. Please see for further information.

2/ On 11 November 2016, doors opened to patients at our new purpose built hospice in Shelford Bottom. Our services and care are now delivered from a more spacious, attractive and therapeutic environment. The £10.5 million state-of-the-art build project has been designed with great consideration for the patient’s need, whilst the vastly improved facilities allow for increased service capacity.

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I have a story to share… 16th November 2016

I have a story to share, I lost my wife Lisa to stomach cancer after a very long illness. Lisa was such a positive lady, always helping others wherever she could.

Six weeks after Lisa died I launched The Lisa Barnes Memorial Find in order to raise £100,000 for the Arthur Rank Hospice Charity. Six years on and we have managed to raise £146,000, for the hospice, not bad for a sixty six year old who also works full time!

To find out more visit our web site or the Arthur Rank Hospice Charity or google me, Robert Barnes Ely.

We have recently moved into our brand new hospice at Cherry Hinton road Cambridge. This is a wonderful 23 bed purpose built hospice. There is no secret formula to being a volunteer fundraiser, it’s simply telling the story wherever you can, and lots of hard work.

Thank you for taking the time to read this message.


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Cheque handed to Arthur Rank Hospice Sunday 6th November 2016

Robert Barnes founder of Lisa’s Fund handed over another cheque for £7,500 to the Arthur Rank Hospice Charity recently. The new hospice is truly magnificent said Robert, our first inpatients are due to arrive around the 11th November so its all very exciting right now.

Lisa’s Fund has had a very busy summer organizing and attending so many and varied events, from a Motown night at the Maltings to The Maddingly Summer Ball, Aquafest riverside event to the Apple Festival, oh and lets not forget the Haddenham steam engine rally. All of which has brought in a huge amount of donations from the people of Ely and the surrounding area.

I would like to once again thank all those who have given so generously to Lisa’s fund we have now raised a total of £146,000 in the last six years.

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Sixth anniversary of Lisa’s fund Sunday 30th October 2016

To celebrate the sixth anniversary of Lisa’s Fund, two of the volunteer fundraising team decided to do a little celebrating of their own. Jade Shepherd from Ely and Ernie Barlow from Mepal decided on a joint birthday party. Jade who is thirty and Ernie who is eighty asked the guests to bring along donations for Lisa’s Fund in place of presents.

The whole evening was a great success with everyone having a good time said Robert Barnes founder of Lisa’s Fund, Lisa always enjoyed a party and this seems such a fitting way to celebrate the sixth anniversary. “As the evening drew to a close I was amazed when Ernie announced the overall amount raised on the evening was £1,985.00. Ernie, not liking odd numbers, added another £15.00 making a grand total of £2,000.00. Two very kind people celebrating with their friends have tonight made a huge difference to the patients using the facilities at the Hospice” said Robert, “I cannot thank you all enough”.

Robert would also like to take this opportunity to thank the army of volunteers who have always been there lending a hand helping make Lisa’s Fund the success it is today. Robert said that he remembered in the beginning saying we would raise £100,000 but once the ball is rolling it seems almost impossible to stop, plus the need is even greater and will continue to be so.

Our new Hospice is now complete, two weeks ahead of schedule and on budget, with the first patients expected to move in on 14th November, it will be double the size of Mill Road and is the most up to date Hospice in the country, therefore fundraising will need to continue.

Lisa’s Fund has managed to raise a staggering £146,000 in the last six years.

Pictured are Jade Shepherd and Ernie Barlow.

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Cambridge street collection Saturday 10th September 2016

Robert will be out and about in Cambridge collecting for the Hospice. He will be near the market place outside Boots and M&S. If you see him stop and ask him how the new hospice is comimg along, and please pop something in his collecting box. Thank you.

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Update to fundraising Friday 22nd July 2016

Robert has announced that the total raised to date for the Arthur Rank Hospice stands at £138,000! Wow! well done Robert and a huge thank you to everyone who has contributed to this amazing amount for a truly wonderful cause.

Support the new hospice

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Addenbrookes collection Thursday 13th October 2016

Robert will be a Addenbrookes outpatients department collecting for the Arthur Rank Hospice. Stop and say hello.

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Haddenham Steam Engine Rally weekend 10/11th August 2016

Gates open at 9am

A traditional steam an country fair has something for everone. With over 600 exhibits from steam engines, vintage cars, tractors and lorries to the old tyme fair with steam driven gallopers and Ken Fox’s world famous Wall of Death.

The rally also boasts over 75 trade stands, a craft tent, catering stands, a bygones tent and a beer tent.

Robert will the there helping to support the Arthur Rank Hospice so go along to see him and say hello and join in the fun.

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Cambridge street collection Saturday 27th August 2016

Robert will be out and about in Cambridge collecting for the Hospice. He will be near the market place outside Boots and M&S. If you see him stop and ask him how the new hospice is comimg along, and please pop something in his collecting box. Thank you.

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Madingley Hall Summer Ball Saturday 20th August 2016

Starting at 7:30 the evening will be packed with live entertainment, good food and drink and fantastic games and activities.

Live music from the Umbrella Big Band

Tickets cost just £50 and include a supper and wine reception.

There will be a raffle and a games garden, all in aid of the Arthur Rank Hospice

Tickets and accommadation are available from or call 01223 746222

Support the new hospice

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