The Rowans Hospice enjoys successful event at Portsmouth venue

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  • The Rowans host fete at Lakeside North Harbour for the first time
  • The charity has to raise almost £5 million for events each year
  • The fete catered for all
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THOUSANDS of families flocked The Rowan Hospice’s annual summer fete which was held at Lakeside North Harbour for the first time.

People were entertained by vintage cars, dogs shows and bouncy castles.

Al view of the Rowans Hospice Summer Fete Picture Credit: Keith Woodland. 161244

Al view of the Rowans Hospice Summer Fete Picture Credit: Keith Woodland. 161244

And visitors could relax and enjoy a glass of Pimms.

Rowans honorary chairman Ian Young said: ‘We are delighted and really appreciative of the support that we have from the local community for the hospice.

‘We get £800,000 from the NHS and have to find the rest of our funding ourselves.

‘So many people have been touched by the hospice one way or the other and the day was also about celebrating the community coming together.

‘We are delighted and really appreciative of the support that we have from the local community for the hospice.’

Ian Young

‘It’s our first event at Lakeside from Purbrook and we really appreciate that they have allowed to hold the event for free.’

Lord Mayor of Portsmouth Councillor David Fuller, said: ‘The event has been a great day and it is a marvellous event that The Rowans puts on.’

Ruth White, chief executive of The Rowans, said: ‘It is wonderful to see so many people come and support us at the new venue.

‘There’s something for everyone here and anything we can do to raise the money collectively is a great help.’

From left, Sarah Bryant, Carol West, Anne Powell, Anne Gains and Martin Chivers

From left, Sarah Bryant, Carol West, Anne Powell, Anne Gains and Martin Chivers

Jim and Liz Cook set up their business, Jimmy’s Helping Hands, after their late son Jimmy Jnr died. He received care from The Rowans.

Jim said: ‘We give a percentage of the money from each job we do to The Rowans to give them something back for the support they have given to our family.

‘Jimmy was at home when he was ill and they did more than they needed to do.

‘People were always coming round all of the time to see how he was or dropping off medication.’

Liz said: ‘We had bereavement classes after our son died which were all free and I don’t think I could have got through it without their help.’

The Pimms tent proved popular with fete-goers, as well as the raffle prizes, all of which were donated by local businesses.

Penny Tow, ambassador for The Rowans, said: ‘We’re so grateful for everything that we have been given and cannot thank them enough.

‘Our tent raised £2,700 last year and we’re hoping that we can beat that.’

The Rowans Hospice offers extensive services for the terminally ill, as well as their families.

Established in 1994, The Rowans needs £5.5m per year to run its services and they’ve helped countless number of families from across the area.