The Big Push is now on to help Dorothy reach that magic million

BIG PUSH Ann Cooper, centre head of fundraising at The Rowans, with health care assistants Sue Scott, left and Helen Copping, right,  who are hoping the charity's bed push rakes in lots of cash.     Picture: Steve Reid (112299-735)
BIG PUSH Ann Cooper, centre head of fundraising at The Rowans, with health care assistants Sue Scott, left and Helen Copping, right, who are hoping the charity's bed push rakes in lots of cash. Picture: Steve Reid (112299-735)

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WE’RE more than two-thirds of the way there – and now it’s time for the final Big Push to reach our £1m Dorothy’s Dream target.

Staff and volunteers at The Rowans Hospice are celebrating smashing the £700,000 mark for the appeal which will enable them to start a new service to care for the terminally ill in their own homes.

But, now the race is on to hit the magic £1m so the new service can be launched this September.

Ruth White, chief executive of the hospice, said: ‘Everyone at the Rowans is overwhelmed by the support we have received from the public, and with the generosity of readers of The News, the Dorothy’s Dream Appeal has raised more than £702,000.

‘The appeal now needs the big push to reach the million, which will secure funding for this new service over the next two years, helping more people to remain at home in their final days of life.’

A key event on the fundraising diary is Saturday, July 23, when the hospice’s bed push will take place.

This will see Rowans staff and volunteers pushing a bed from the hospice in Purbrook Heath to Canoe Lake in Southsea, hoping to raise thousands.

Pictured on the front page preparing for the Big Push are senior staff nurses Debbie Langley, Sarah Hughes, Sue Sills and Lesley Clayton, with income administrator Lesley Clayton as Dorothy.

Other teams will also take it in turns to push the bed, including firefighters and military personnel.

And people can hold fundraisers at home, work or school, and ideas could include parties, sponsored bike rides, car washes or buggy pushes, or cakes and book sales.

Hospice staff are then inviting everyone to a picnic after their bed push, where people can bring along money they have raised.

The bed push will start at the hospice at 8am and head to Cosham, through North End, Commercial Road, and through Portsmouth Historic Dockyard, finishing at Canoe Lake at about 3pm.

For more on the Big Push, to register an event, or to make a donation to the appeal, call (023) 9223 8531, email fundraising@rowanshospice.co.uk or visit rowanshospice.co.uk. Texting Dream to 70800 donates £5.