Hospice wants final ‘big push’ to reach million pound target

ON THE MOVE From left, senior staff nurses Helen Hofman, Sam Jones and Sharron Lynch with matron Jane Hurst pushing events fundraiser Amanda Mahoney
ON THE MOVE From left, senior staff nurses Helen Hofman, Sam Jones and Sharron Lynch with matron Jane Hurst pushing events fundraiser Amanda Mahoney

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HOSPICE staff are calling for a ‘big push’ to help them reach their £1m target.

So far The Rowans Hospice’s Dorothy’s Dream appeal has raised more than £675,000 – enough to begin recruiting nurses to care for dying people in their homes.

But about £325,000 still needs to be raised and the campaign just needs that final push to get there.

So to hit a million, hospice staff are set to take on a fundraising challenge – a bed push.

A team of 25 staff will push a bed from the hospice in Purbrook Heath to Southsea, hoping to collect thousands of pounds in donations along the way.

Supported by the police, fire service and navy, they will weave their way through Cosham, North End, Commercial Road, past the Historic Dockyard and will finish at Canoe Lake where there will be a picnic for all to attend.

The hospice is also encouraging clubs, societies, nurseries, schools and businesses to hold their own Big Push events for the Dorothy’s Dream campaign, which will provide a service to support people to die in the comfort of their own homes.

Lesley Woodcock, community fundraiser for The Rowans, said: ‘We’re really excited about The Big Push as it is an event that everyone can take part in.

‘Whether it is holding their own activity at home, work or school, taking part in an organised event or coming along to our picnic in the park at Canoe Lake, everyone can have fun whilst raising money for Dorothy’s Dream.’

The hospice says fundraising events could include groups of mums and babies holding a sponsored buggy push, or a nursery might like to get all their children on scooters and trikes for half an hour.

Work colleagues could also get on their bikes for a sponsored cycle to work or wash all the cars in the car park for a donation.

Other fundraising ideas include a sponsored beard grow or shave, a cake or book sale or a sponsored silence.

The bed push takes place on Saturday, July 23.

People are invited to Canoe Lake for the picnic at about 3pm – where you can hand in donation money and celebrate the huge achievements of the day.

As reported in The News yesterday, the new hospice at home service is set to start in September this year.

The £1m funding will guarantee it can run for two years and then it’s hoped it will secure government funding.

You can follow the progress and plans for the bed push and events being organised for the Big Push day at rowanshospice.co.uk.

For a fundraising pack email fundraising@rowanshospice.co.uk or call (023) 9223 8531.