Published: 25 September 2015 at 09:06
Dame Esther Rantzen is impressed with state-of-the-art university facilities
Dame Esther Rantzen said her charity The Silver Line will benefit from a partnership with Anglia Ruskin University during a visit to the Chelmsford campus this week.
Television personality and philanthropist Dame Esther was shown around by Professor Patrick Geoghegan, the chairman of The Silver Line and former chairman of the Postgraduate Medical Institute (PMI) at Anglia Ruskin.
The visit was to explore how the charity, which supports people suffering from loneliness, could benefit from Anglia Ruskin's expertise and state-of-the-art facilities. After meeting Vice Chancellor Professor Michael Thorne, the Dean of the Faculty of Medical Science Dr Ruth Jackson and Director of the Patrick Geoghegan Health and Wellbeing Academy Professor Richard Aspinall, Dame Esther was shown some of the facilities in the PMI including the Simulation Suite and the Gait and Motion Analysis Laboratory.
The former That's Life presenter even had the opportunity to try and save the life of a stroke "victim" using a high-tech simulator used to train medics across Essex, under the guidance of Dr Iris Grunwald.
Dame Esther said: "I'm hugely impressed with the whole university and how good-looking it all is, it makes me want to be a student again!
"The partnership between The Silver Line and Anglia Ruskin University is really important. Our aims are the same – we want to improve the quality of life and improve health outcomes for people. We want to make later life more fun."
Professor Thorne said: "Here at Anglia Ruskin we are already working on projects with The Silver Line, such as the Smart Living Accelerator, to reduce loneliness. It was fantastic to welcome Dame Esther to Anglia Ruskin University so she could see first-hand the set-up here and the work we are doing.
"I believe this partnership will be of great benefit to both Anglia Ruskin and The Silver Line."
Professor Geoghegan said: "I am delighted that Anglia Ruskin has shown so much interest in supporting some of the most vulnerable people in society, and I look forward to a long-lasting relationship between both organisations."