Get ‘reddy’ for ruby day to back hospice at home campaign

ALL DRESSED UP From left, Hayley Nobbs, Helen Hofman, Janet Rutter, Adrianne Pike, Nikki Whyte and The Rowans chief executive Ruth White.  Picture: Allan Hutchings (120057-163)
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WHETHER it’s shoes, socks, jeans, jumpers or even underwear, here’s your chance to dress up in red and raise money for The Rowans Hospice.

For the second year, the Purbrook hospice is asking people to take part in Ruby Slipper Day.

Proceeds from the fundraiser will go to the Dorothy’s Dream appeal and support its newly-launched hospice at home service.

The scheme gives terminally-ill people the choice to spend their last days in the comfort of their own home. In all £1m is needed to keep the service going. Since it started four months ago, the hospice has taken 85 queries for the scheme.

This year’s Ruby Slipper Day event takes place on Friday, February 10.

Businesses, colleges and schools are being asked to wear something red – it doesn’t have to be slippers – on the day in exchange for a small donation.

Lesley Woodcock, community fundraiser for hospice said: ‘Last year’s Ruby Slipper Day was successful and helped towards setting up our hospice at home service.

‘Now that it is a reality we can see the evidence that this service is making a big difference to patients and their carers and families.

‘We therefore hope everyone will get behind this initiative by wearing something red on February 10 and donate towards this vital service.’

Last year, 58 businesses and schools took part and raised more than £7,500 for the appeal. The hospice hopes to repeat the success.

Details on how to register your group for the event have been given above.

Dorothy’s Dream appeal was launched in September 2010. So far £763,000 has been raised, but in order to maintain the service the remaining £237,000 needs to be gathered.

NO PLACE LIKE HOME

DOROTHY in the Wizard of Oz famously said there’s no place like home.

And that’s why the Rowans Hospice appeal to give terminally-ill people the choice to spend their last days at home is called Dorothy’s Dream.

Ruby Slipper Day is one of a number of fundraising events in aid of the appeal, which is backed by The News. Participants are asked to donate £2 to the Rowans Hospice’s Dorothy’s Dream appeal on the day. School children are invited to make a donation of £1.

The hospice will also draw up a roll of honour for those who take part.

To register, visit the rowanshospice.co.uk and fill out an online form.

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

You will be charged £5 plus one message at your standard network rate.

To find out more call (023) 9223 8531.