Cash boost for Rowans to carry on transport

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PATIENTS will continue to get transport to a hospice day care centre, following a £3,000 cash boost.

The Rowans Hospice was invited to submit an application for funding from the Lloyds Bank Community Fund.

Following a public vote, the Purbrook hospice took first place out of four short-listed good causes, and was granted £3,000.

It will be put towards specialist patient transport, which will pay for wheelchair-accessible taxis to and from the hospice.

Tracy Jeffery, day care manager at the hospice, said: ‘Day care provides an opportunity for individuals to engage with social and therapeutic interventions, while giving carers a day of rest and recuperation.

‘People who are diagnosed with a life-limiting illness often find their world is turned upside-down.

‘With care and support from The Rowans Hospice team we help patients to prioritise and focus on what is important and meaningful, living each day to the full.’

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