Hospice welcomes record number of open day visitors

Theresa Paddon with her two children, Lee, 18 months, and Darren, three, at their home in Leigh Park

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MORE than 220 people were given a tour of a hospice to see first-hand the care given to patients.

To mark National Hospice Week, The Rowans, in Purbrook, opened its doors on Saturday to visitors for its annual open day.

The Rowans chief executive Ruth White said: ‘Hospice care is much more than what is offered within a building, it is an approach which reaches far out beyond its walls. It is about people and communities – from the people who support and work in partnership with their local hospices, to the patients, friends and families who rely on them. Together, we are all hospice care.’

DJ Darren Gamblen from Express FM began a 48-hour broadcast marathon this morning to raise awareness and funds for the hospice. To sponsor him go to justgiving.com/darren-gamblen1.

For fundraising ideas go to rowanshospice.co.uk or call (023) 9224 8006.