Hospice launches third fundraiser Ruby Slipper Day

WELL RED Andrew Cordery, Sue Cass, and Des Walsh from the Rowans Hospice Shop in Fratton Road, get ready for last year's Ruby Slipper Day. Picture:Steve Reid (120460-893)
WELL RED Andrew Cordery, Sue Cass, and Des Walsh from the Rowans Hospice Shop in Fratton Road, get ready for last year's Ruby Slipper Day. Picture:Steve Reid (120460-893)

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IT’S time to sparkle in red as Ruby Slipper Day returns for a third year.

Schools, businesses and organisations are all being encouraged to wear red and raise money for The Rowans Hospice on May 24.

People donate £2 or more, which goes to the Purbrook-hospice – alongside organising other fundraising events.

Sophie Gunner, fundraising assistant at the hospice, said: ‘It’s simple and really easy to organise.

‘You could wear a red hat, shoes, tie, dress or onesie; dress up or dress down; challenge your colleagues to wear the brightest red outfit or most items of red clothing and show your support for The Rowans Hospice.

‘Encourage as many people you know to wear something red.’

Timber door manufacturer Ahmarra, in Farlington, will be supporting Ruby Slipper Day, by dressing up in red clothes including ruby slippers, and holding a cake sale for staff.

Tim Doran, managing director of Ahmarra, said: ‘The Rowans Hospice is a charity that our staff have enjoyed supporting for many years.

‘Ruby Slipper Day gives us an opportunity to show our support for such a worthy cause as well as bringing a bit of fun into the workplace.’

The company has promised to donate £10 for every staff member who wears something red on the day.

‘Ahmarra is delighted to support The Rowans Hospice as our chosen charity of 2013,’ added Tim.

‘We look forward to working together to raise as much money as possible for such a great cause.’

The day was originally organised to help raise money to launch Dorothy’s Dream – a hospice at home service.

Last year the service, which gives terminally-ill people the choice to pass away peacefully at home, was agreed to run permanently after a pilot-scheme.

Now the hospice needs to raise £500,000 a year to keep Dorothy’s Dream going.

To register to take part, visit rowanshospice.co.uk, email fundraising@rowanshospice.co.uk or call (023) 9223 7142.

If you’re planning on wearing red, or organising an event, email details to priya.mistry@thenews.co.uk or call (023) 9262 2130.