Rowans Hospice

Rowans Hospice
Course members with (fifth from left) Rowans Living Well Centre deputy manager Lesley-Ann Morgan and (third fromright) lecturer and college chef Laura Skye

Sharing fond memories and learning new culinary skills

On January 18, the Rowans Hospice’s third cookery course for the bereaved will start. The eight-week course, taught at Havant and South Downs College and supported by Kenwood through a grant from the Hampshire and Isle of Wight Community Foundation, provides an opportunity for the bereaved to learn new skills and recipes.
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Biff Pearce has taken part in the Great South Run to raise funds for the Rowans Hospice. Read his story at

A new year is the perfect time for a new fundraising challenge for Rowans Hospice

Do something amazing this year by pledging to undertake one of the Rowans Hospice’s exciting new events for the Silver Jubilee Appeal. You’ll be challenging yourself whilst also raising money to build a care environment equipped to cope with the increasing demands your local hospice is now facing. It’s a win–win situation and a positive start to 2019.
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Daring Doris Long MBE, a world record holder after abseiling down the Spinnaker Tower at the age of 101 in 2015 to raise money for the Rowans, with Hospice Companion Ruth Davies

‘I think it’s the little things that make being a Hospice Companion so special’

When ‘Daring’ Doris Long MBE, aged 104, went home after being in the Rowans for rehabilitation care, Hospice Companion co-ordinator Kate White arranged for Ruth Davies, a Hospice Companion for more than six years, to pop in to see Doris in her own home. ​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​
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Wendy Groombridge

‘Help for carers at the Rowans gave me a chance to relax and also a real sense of support’

Wendy Groombridge and her sister Carol Noyce have become familiar faces at the Living Well Centre, taking part in the arts and craft sessions. On Carers’ Right Day, which includes in its key aims raising awareness of the needs of carers, Wendy shares her experiences as a primary carer, talking about how the Rowans has supported her and highlighting a need that will resonate with all carers – the time to be herself.
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Myra Johnson with her son Trevor before their abseil at the Spinnaker Tower

‘David knew that he’d be looked after and cared for at the Rowans’  

When Myra Johnson’s husband David was readmitted to the Rowans Hospice for end-of-life care, he told her he wasn’t frightened – he knew it was a place where he’d be looked after and cared for. Here Myra kindly shares her story, which shows how Rowans Hospice offers support to patients with life-limiting illness and carers throughout every stage of their journey and into bereavement.  
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Comedian Rory Bremner addresses the crowd during the handing over ceremony at The Rowans Hospice, Purbrook in August 1994

How Rowans Hospice was built by the community for the community  

It was 1994 that saw the opening of a dedicated hospice for Portsmouth and the surrounding area. It also marked the success of the community working together collectively to address a community need. The actual campaign for the Hospice started in 1972, headed up by a group of nurses from Somers Town Health Centre who worked tirelessly to get the need of a local hospice known.  
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Irene Shenton and Daphne Bromback

Holistic approach of the Rowans aims to reduce stress levels  

Stress is natural response for both patients and those around them when faced with the diagnosis of life-limiting illness. If stress gets overwhelming, this can have serious negative effects. Our holistic approach to hospice care means that at the Rowans we go beyond just treating the physical diagnosis of a patient. We also care for the patient, their carer and their family’s emotional, spiritual and psychological suffering. We offer support, advice and services from diagnosis; endeavouring to be alongside patients, carers and their family every step of the way. This approach is clearly evident through the services offered at Rowans Living Well Centre. From well-being, social and skills groups to creative and complementary therapies, the centre provides a haven for people affected by life limiting and progressive illness and those who support them. The nurses, staff and volunteers that run the centre all focus on helping people to live well. Key to this is relieving the stress during a very stressful time. Here Registered General Nurse Helen Slater, local artist and Arts & Crafts Group volunteer Nicki Turner and Irene Shenton, who attends the Living Well Centre, share their experiences of the centre.  
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