First hospice awareness week will be launched

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ROWANS Hospice will be opening its doors to the public as part of a national hospice awareness week.

The first ever Hospice Care Week takes place from October 8 to October 14, and aims to address misconceptions people may have about what hospice care is.

On Saturday, October 8, the hospice in Purbrook Heath Road, Purbrook, will be opening its doors from 10am to 1pm.

Chief executive Ruth White said: ‘From being there through the hard times to helping celebrate the good times, The Rowans Hospice helps people in Portsmouth and South East Hampshire area with life-limiting and terminal illnesses to live well until they die, and supports their families too.’

To mark Hospice Care Week, staff members are asking people to sum up what hospice care means to them in one word.

People can send their word via social-networking site Twitter, by tweeting to RowansHospice, followed by #hospicecareweek, or by emailing

For more information on the One Word Challenge and all Hospice Care Week events, visit