Cricket match is held to help hospice

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TWO firms have handed over a £2,750 cheque to The Rowans Hospice.

Staff and their families at Lockheed Martin, which has a site in Whiteley, and BAE Systems raised the money through a charity cricket match as well as other fundraisers during the year.

The match, called the Steve Rowling Memorial Trophy, happens each year and has raised more than £19,000 since it started 10 years ago.

Mr Rowling, a BAE employee, was cared for at the Purbrook hospice before he died 2003.

He played cricket for the site cricket team for 15 years.

Paul Russell from Lockheed Martin said: ‘To continue raising funds for an organisation that is so vital to our local community is important to each and every one of us.

‘The memorial trophy provides the opportunity to remember those we’ve lost, the valuable time they have spent at the hospice and thank the charity.’

The Rowans thanked the firms for the donations.