Rowans fair is roaring success

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THOUSANDS of people turned out to support The Rowans Hospice’s popular summer fair.

It was a day of fun in the sun for families who turned up at the event, near the hospice’s Purbrook base.

Hospice Flower Team, Shiela Hawes, Jean Partridge, Jenny Border and Audrey Neal at  ''The Rowans annual summer show and summer f�te at Purbrook Heath. Purbrook.''Picture: Allan Hutchings (132416-479)

Hospice Flower Team, Shiela Hawes, Jean Partridge, Jenny Border and Audrey Neal at ''The Rowans annual summer show and summer f�te at Purbrook Heath. Purbrook.''Picture: Allan Hutchings (132416-479)

Members of the Portsmouth City Band entertained visitors with music, while others enjoyed some traditional games and homemade cakes.

Amanda Mahoney, fundraising manager at the hospice, said: ‘It has been another brilliant year.

‘It has been a great day out for all the people and families who have come along.

‘We rely on events like this and the support people give in order to keep running.

‘I want to say a big thank you to everyone who has turned up to support us this year.’

Last year, the event had to be postponed because of heavy 
rain.

But this year there was hardly a cloud in the sky, and not a drop of rain in sight, drawing in the crowds and giving the hospice a much-needed cash boost.

Kelly Dodd, 29, of Juniper Square in Havant, said: ‘It’s a lovely day and I have really enjoyed it here.

‘The hospice does a lot for people in this area and if it wasn’t for people coming along to events like this they probably couldn’t do what they do.’

There were dozens of stalls at this year’s event selling tasty treats and gifts.

Youngsters enjoyed fairground rides and games of welly-throwing, while volunteers sold flowers and cakes from stalls in the 
field.

The event was officially opened at 1pm by the mayor of Havant, Councillor Paul Buckley.

The Rowans Hospice, based in Purbrook Heath Road, is a voluntary hospice which provides free specialist care to people with life-limiting 
illnesses. The hospice cares for people who live in the Portsmouth and south-east Hampshire areas.