It’s red all over on ruby fun day

RED-FACED Farlington Day Nursery room assistant Russell Phelan gets some extra red make-up from Daisy Golds, four, for the Rowans Hospice Ruby Slipper Day.     Pictures: Steve Reid 110609-716
RED-FACED Farlington Day Nursery room assistant Russell Phelan gets some extra red make-up from Daisy Golds, four, for the Rowans Hospice Ruby Slipper Day. Pictures: Steve Reid 110609-716
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DOROTHY would certainly have been proud as local people pulled out all the stops to support Ruby Slipper Day.

Whether it was a pair of crimson shoes, a scarlet hat, or red from top to toe, employees at businesses across the area gave a united show of support for The Rowans Hospice in Purbrook.

People donated money to the hospice in return for wearing something red for the day.

The fundraiser yesterday was to add to the kitty for the hospice’s £1m Dorothy’s Dream campaign – which aims to provide a service to support people who want to spend their last days in the comfort of their own homes.

April Waugh, 29, from Mill Hill Children’s Centre, donned red shoes, red tights, a red skirt and a red cardigan.

Thankfully red is one of her favourite colours.

Mrs Waugh told The News: ‘I like my red – so it was easy for me!

‘We had some parents in this morning and they were wearing red and so were their children.

‘We have lots of people wearing red today. Red is one of my colours, but some people don’t have it their wardrobe so they have been able to experiment.’

Meanwhile, staff from The Directory Group, an advertising company based in Petersfield, drew lots of attention as they dressed as characters from The Wizard of Oz.

It is hoped the event will have raised hundreds of pounds.

Denise Kircher, catering manager at Portsmouth University, which took part in the event, said: ‘We decided to be part of the Ruby Slipper Day, as it helps us to highlight to others the good work being done by the Rowans, and also allows staff to take part in an event while having a bit of healthy Friday fun.’