Firefighters get behind Rowans Hospice’s £1m big push

READY Amanda Mahoney of The Rowans with firefighters Andy Hunt, Kevin Lloyd-Spencer, Alan Patrick, Simon Lovelock, Glen Willie and Martin Earle.     Picture: Paul Jacobs (112440-1)
READY Amanda Mahoney of The Rowans with firefighters Andy Hunt, Kevin Lloyd-Spencer, Alan Patrick, Simon Lovelock, Glen Willie and Martin Earle. Picture: Paul Jacobs (112440-1)

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THESE firefighters are on red alert – to help out with The Rowans Hospice’s big bed push.

The Cosham fire station crew, along with firefighters from Emsworth, will be lending a hand during the hospice’s fundraising event next week in aid of the Dorothy’s Dream appeal.

They will follow the bed from the hospice in Purbrook Heath to Canoe Lake in Southsea, in a fire engine.

And they will also take it in turns to have a go pushing the bed along the way.

Cosham firefighter Glen Willie, said the group was only too happy to get involved after hearing about the event.

He said: ‘We always support The Rowans and will do anything we can to help them.

‘When we heard about the bed push we thought it would be a great thing to get involved in.

‘Everyone’s looking forward to it, it should be a good day.’

He added: ‘We all think The Rowans does a fantastic job and this new hospice at home campaign is a great idea.’

The firefighters will join dozens of Rowans’ staff and volunteers for the bed push – which the hospice hopes will help to hit the £1m target for the Dorothy’s Dream appeal which will provide a hospice at home service.

Lesley Woodcock, community fundraiser for The Rowans Hospice, said: ‘We are really grateful that the firemen from Cosham and Emsworth will be helping the nurses push the bed and also providing a fire engine for the route.

‘It is really exciting how The Big Push to raise the £1m is growing and the whole community is giving its support to Dorothy’s Dream.’

The Rowans Hospice’s bed push will take place on Saturday, July 23.

It will start at the hospice in Purbrook Heath at about 8am, and then head through Widley to Cosham, through North End, on to Commercial Road, passing through the Portsmouth Historic Dockyard, and finishing at Canoe Lake about 3pm. Donations will be collected along the way.

The public is then invited to join the bed pushers at Canoe Lake for a Big Picnic.

Meanwhile the hospice is also encouraging members of the community to hold their own Big Push events to help reach the magic million.

People can hold fundraisers at home, work or school.

Events could include things like fundraising parties, sponsored bike rides, car washes or buggy pushes, or cakes and book sales.

The hospice needs to raise about £300,000 to reach the million and get the new home service up and running.

It will completely revolutionise care for the terminally ill in our area, giving people the choice to spend their final days at home, surrounded by friends and family, if they wish to.

Already senior nurses have been recruited for the service, who will lead the teams providing care across our area. The service is planned to launch in September.

You can follow the progress and plans for the bed push and events being organised for the Big Push day at rowanshospice.co.uk.

For more information or a fundraising pack, or to make a donation to the Dorothy’s Dream appeal, email fundraising@rowanshospice.co.uk, call (023) 9223 8531, or text Dream to 70800 to donate £5.