Fareham pub’s festival held in memory of popular customer

Denise and her husband Tim are hoping to raise 10,000 for Rowan's Hospice which cared for frequent customer Doreen before she died in January last year - (L-R) Dean McFarlane, Nyomi Alcroft and Graham Alcroft.
Denise and her husband Tim are hoping to raise 10,000 for Rowan's Hospice which cared for frequent customer Doreen before she died in January last year - (L-R) Dean McFarlane, Nyomi Alcroft and Graham Alcroft.
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A COMMUNITY packed out at a Fareham pub to raise £10,000 for a hospice and remember an old friend

Heathfest, at the Heathfield Arms, pulled out all the stops as friends and families rallied round to support Rowans Hospice, which cared for Doreen Allen who passed away there in January last year.

Landlords of the pub Denise and Tim Haimes came up with the idea in order to give something back to the hospice and remember Doreen.

On a warm sunny day, there was something for everyone as children and adults alike competed in tug-of-war, took on the bucking bronco challenge, indulged in a spot of face painting, were mesmerised by the magic and dog shows or had a flutter on the raffle and tombola.

The unlucky ones suffered some medieval torture as they were sent to the stocks where sponges were launched at their faces.

And with live music on stage performed by talented local musicians, the people of Fareham were able to kick back and enjoy the special atmosphere over a drink or two.

On top of that, people were handed a golden opportunity to win a £20,000 conservatory, generously donated by Fareham business Novaseal.

Sharon Wilson, one of the committee members who organised the event, said: ‘It’s been a massive turnout - we were so glad to see so many people. Doreen would have been happy.

‘Everyone has been so generous in helping put on the event whether it’s nearby businesses, volunteers or people turning up to show their support as well as the musicians performing for free.’

Singer Erin Newman, 17, of Gosport, played a couple of sets at the pub with her band Wyte Stag before heading off to perform at Victorious Festival. She said: ‘It’s been a lot of fun playing here - everyone has been having such a good time.’

Gary Grundy, 49, managing director of Novaseal, said: ‘I just wanted to give something back and help raise money for an old friend. It’s been a fantastic event and I’m delighted to donate the conservatory. I’m grateful to Tim Haimes who will be helping to do the base work when it’s installed.’