Worth the wait – delayed Rowans Hospice summer fete brings crowds

SMILES Hospice staff Lyn Kennard, Lisa Oldham, Hannah Dawson, Jaquie Upton and Zena Dawson dress up and, inset, Caitlin Mahoney meets Peppa and George Pig. Picture: Steve Reid (122908-474)
SMILES Hospice staff Lyn Kennard, Lisa Oldham, Hannah Dawson, Jaquie Upton and Zena Dawson dress up and, inset, Caitlin Mahoney meets Peppa and George Pig. Picture: Steve Reid (122908-474)

Bells ring out in tribute

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THOUSANDS of people turned out to support this year’s postponed summer fete in aid of The Rowans Hospice.

The annual event was due to take place in July. But persistently heavy rain forced the organisers to put it off.

SMILES Caitlin Mahoney meets Peppa and George Pig. Picture: Steve Reid (122908)

SMILES Caitlin Mahoney meets Peppa and George Pig. Picture: Steve Reid (122908)

Despite a bit of light rain yesterday, it didn’t stop people turning out to support the hospice at the event in Purbrook Heath.

Ali George, events fundraiser for the hospice, said: ‘It was a shame that we had to postpone but I’m so pleased that we were able to re-schedule. We were delighted that the community responded and were able to support us in this way.

‘It’s a lovely community afternoon. This is The Rowans Hospice at its best.

‘It’s the one event that’s in our diary that you don’t have to be fit to participate in. We are just asking people to come and enjoy an afternoon out.

‘It’s an opportunity for the hospice to say thank you to the community.’

The event was opened by the mayor of Havant, Councillor Gerald Shimbart.

There were more than 50 traditional stalls, face painting, a bouncy castle, cakes and ice creams.

There was also entertainment from the Portsmouth City Band and a dog show, while children met Peppa Pig and George.

Last year’s mayor of Havant, Cllr Ken Smith, presented a cheque for £10,000 to the hospice – part of £24,416 he raised during his mayoral year.

Susan Bruce, 64, who attended the fete with her daughter and twin grandaughters, said: ‘We always come to support the hospice.

‘My mum died of cancer and this is a good cause. I think it’s brilliant.

‘It’s a good afternoon out with the children.’