Fundraiser nets thousands for The Rowans Hospice

From left, Amanda Mahoney from The Rowans Hospice, Paul Russell from Lockheed Martin UK, Ian Snook and John Thurman from BAE Systems and Tara Dacunha from The Rowans Hospice
From left, Amanda Mahoney from The Rowans Hospice, Paul Russell from Lockheed Martin UK, Ian Snook and John Thurman from BAE Systems and Tara Dacunha from The Rowans Hospice
Alex Wardle, from Lee-on-the-Solent, collapsed at home and tragically died in March 2016, aged 23. 

From left: Alex's father, Stephen Wardle, sister Gemma Wardle, Alex Wardle and his mother, Denise Wardle.

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A HOSPICE has been bowled over by money raised from a cricket match.

The annual Lockheed Martin and BAE Systems charity cricket match and raffle raised £2,200 for The Rowans Hospice.

Now in its eighth year, the fixture has raised more than £16,000 for the Purbrook hospice.

The Steve Rowling Memorial Trophy cricket match was started in 2005 after Mr Rowling died from cancer.

In his final days he was looked after by The Rowans.

Mr Rowling was an employee of BAE Systems in Waterlooville.

He played cricket for the company’s cricket team for 15 years before he died in 2003.

Paul Russell, Lockheed Martin’s integrated systems commercial director, said: ‘The Rowans Hospice is an amazing charity.

‘To be able to raise funds for an organisation that is so vital to our community is important to each and every one of us.

‘The charity has supported several individuals with an attachment to Lockheed Martin, whether it is family members, friends or former work colleagues.

‘The memorial trophy allows us to remember those we’ve lost, the valuable time they have spent at the hospice and thank the charity.’

This year BAE won the match for only the second time in the tournament’s history.

Hannah Wilding, events and community fundraising manager at the hospice, said: ‘We’re extremely grateful to both Lockheed Martin and BAE for their continued support.

‘They raise vital income to provide services for people affected by life-shortening illnesses in the Portsmouth 
area.’