Rowans marks hitting 20 with year of events

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FOR the past two decades The Rowans Hospice has been providing care to people suffering from life-threatening illnesses.

And to mark its 20th anniversary next year, the Purbrook hospice wants to raise £500,000 to ensure services keep on running.

A programme of events to celebrate 20 years of providing hospice care in Portsmouth and south east Hampshire is also being planned.

These include a pop concert, a gala evening and a walk of reflection from Santiago de Compostela to Finisterre, in Spain.

The Rowans is planning to build a Living Well Centre next to the hospice, where families will be able to talk in a relaxed and welcoming setting.

The Department of Health has provided funding of £510,000 and the opening takes place on October 25, 2014 – marking the exact date of the hospice’s 20th anniversary.

Chief executive Ruth White said: ‘Over two decades, our loyal supporters have readily and whole-heartedly taken part in fundraising events that have brought people together for the good of our community.

‘Through their generosity we have expanded all areas of the hospice.

‘I’d like to take this opportunity to thank everyone and invite them to share in our success by celebrating with us over the coming year.’

There are various ways in which the appeal can be supported.

People can become a Friend of the Hospice, with either a one-off gift or an on-going monthly donation, by sponsoring or attending an anniversary event or by purchasing bespoke ‘heart of the hospice’ products.

The Rowans opened with eight beds, and has grown to a 19-bed in-patient ward. It also offers a hospice at home service.

For more information about the anniversary celebrations, contact Morna Clarke-Hughes, on (023) 9223 8533.