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SWAPPING black and white uniforms for red, this cafe lived up to its name for a day.

Staff in Cafe Rouge, at Gunwharf Quays, Portsmouth, dressed in red to support The Rowans Hospice.

Staff at Cafe Rouge in Gunwharf Quays wore red  raising money for The Rowans Hospice Red Ruby Slipper Day.''Pictured are: (l-r) Maggie Valaskova, Halina Pastusiak, Aimee Ralston and Tom Wright in their red clothes.''Picture: Sarah Standing (14440-1380)

Staff at Cafe Rouge in Gunwharf Quays wore red raising money for The Rowans Hospice Red Ruby Slipper Day.''Pictured are: (l-r) Maggie Valaskova, Halina Pastusiak, Aimee Ralston and Tom Wright in their red clothes.''Picture: Sarah Standing (14440-1380)

Ruby Red Day took place yesterday, in which people are encouraged to wear any item of red, in exchange for donating money.

Craig McCloud, deputy manager for the restaurant, said: ‘The new Rowans hospice charity shop opened opposite us a few weeks ago.

‘It’s a great charity, and we heard about Ruby Red Day.

‘We decided to take part, as even though it’s called Cafe Rouge, our uniforms are black and white.

‘But we had staff members come in wearing red tops, trousers, accessories – anything really.

‘It was a lot of fun, and we hope we have raised some money for the hospice.’

Each year schools, businesses and organisations, take part in the fundraising red day.

This year, the Purbrook hospice said it is unsure how many took part, as people did not preregister.

Karen Murphy, community fundraiser for the hospice, said: ‘Ruby Red Day has been a great success with many businesses, nurseries, schools and colleges taking part.

‘We invited the local community to show their love for their hospice by wearing something red and making a small donation.

‘We would like to thank everyone for their support.’

Any money collected can be handed in at The Rowans Hospice in Purbrook Heath Way, Purbrook, or at any of its charity shops.

The hospice would also like to remind people about its next fundraiser coming up.

Race with Rowan takes place on Saturday, March 1.

More than 200 people have already signed up on either a 5k or 10k route and there are still spaces available.

Chief executive Ruth White said: ‘This promises to be a great day for all the family.

‘We would love to invite those who are able to take part to raise much-needed funds in our 20th anniversary year.

‘More than 200 people are already signed up, but there are still spaces on both the 5k fun run and the 10k timed road and trail race so don’t miss out.’

The 5k fun run is suitable for all ages and abilities.

The 10k timed road and trail race is suitable for anyone over 16 years of age.

To register, call (023) 9223 7142, or visit the hospice website rowanshospice.co.uk