Crowds go yellow to help Dorothy’s Dream to become a reality

DOING IT FOR DOROTHY Lake Road Health Centre staff, from left, Lee Norval, Carole McGovern and Jane Harvey.  Picture: Ian Hargreaves (112965-1)

DOING IT FOR DOROTHY Lake Road Health Centre staff, from left, Lee Norval, Carole McGovern and Jane Harvey. Picture: Ian Hargreaves (112965-1)

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SCORES of people sported the colour yellow in support of the appeal to make Dorothy’s Dream become a reality.

Dozens across the area wore yellow clothes and accessories for the Rowans Hospice’s Go Yellow Day for Dorothy yesterday.

ALL DRESSED UP Staff at The Rowans all in yellow.    Picture: Malcolm Wells (112957-3030)

ALL DRESSED UP Staff at The Rowans all in yellow. Picture: Malcolm Wells (112957-3030)

From T-shirts and scarves to hair bands and yellow nail polish, people pulled out all the stops to help the Rowans finish its yellow brick road and launch a new hospice at home service.

Staff at the Purbrook hospice shone bright for the day and donated £2 each, or more, to the appeal.

Events fundraiser for the hospice Ali George said: ‘Staff and volunteers brought the sunshine into the hospice in various shades of yellow from deep golds to lemon pastel.

‘The collection bucket went round the hospice.

‘There were lots of generous contributions beyond the £2 requested.

‘Our nine charity shops went yellow with staff and volunteers dressed in yellow and the window displays featured a yellow theme too.’

Other groups to take part in the Go Yellow Day included the Lake Road Surgery in Portsmouth.

Receptionist at the surgery Carole McGovern said: ‘It’s been good fun. About 15 to 20 staff wore yellow and so the surgery looked bright.

‘Some people wore yellow T-shirts, or scarves or hair ties – everyone’s made an effort.

‘Staff donated £2 to wear yellow and then patients dropped money into collection boxes.

‘Even if we can raise £50, we’ll be pleased.’

She added: ‘Lots of patients have been asking about the Dorothy’s Dream appeal and we’ve been telling them what it’s about which is hopefully helping raise awareness.’

Meanwhile the Spinnaker Tower in Gunwharf also showed its support for the Rowans’ appeal by shining yellow last night – hoping to bring attention to the appeal.

The hospice has now raised almost £750,000 of the £1m needed to launch the new home service.

The service will allow people who want to die in the comfort of their own homes, to do so with the support of Rowans nurses.

The whole Dorothy’s Dream appeal has been based on the famous line from The Wizard of Oz – there’s no place like home.

The service is set to be launched next month and will revolutionise end-of-life care in the Portsmouth and South East Hampshire area.

If you would like to help the hospice reach the magic million, call (023) 9223 8531, email fundraising@rowanshospice.co.uk or visit rowanshospice.co.uk.

You can also make a donation by texting Dream to 70800 to donate £5.

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