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GET reddy – there’s still time to sign up to The Rowans Hospice’s ruby-themed fundraising day.

Dozens of people are set to take part in the Ruby Slipper Day on Friday in support of the hospice’s Dorothy’s Dream campaign – which aims to provide a service to support people who want to spend their last days in the comfort of their own homes.

About 20 businesses have already pledged their support, with employees planning to wear something red for the day and donate money to the hospice’s £1m fundraising appeal. Staff at Mill Hill Children’s Centre in Waterlooville, are among those taking part.

April Waugh, from the centre said: ‘We always like to support The Rowans because it’s a good local cause.

‘The Dorothy’s Dream campaign is a fantastic idea too and we all fully support it.

‘Everyone’s looking forward to taking part in the Ruby Slipper Day. It’s a great, fun way to raise money.’

Other businesses and groups which will be taking part include the University of Portsmouth, which is also going to be doing a raffle on the day to raise money.

And staff from The Directory Group, an advertising company based in Petersfield, will be going out dressed as characters from The Wizard of Oz, and giving people chocolate hearts in return for a donation.

Ann Cooper, head of fundraising and marketing at The Rowans, said: ‘We’re encouraged by the way people have responded to this event.

‘It’s not too late to sign up, so if you’d like to join in please give us a call.’

The hospice’s home service was set to be launched this spring, but it now looks likely to be pushed back to autumn this year.

Ruth White, chief executive of the hospice in Purbrook Heath, said: ‘Patients and their families are eager to see this service start, however we need to ensure that we have raised sufficient new income to maintain our current services.

‘The commitment to provide this service is strong as we so much want to help more people in their own homes.

‘However in the current economic climate raising income is difficult.

‘But with the help of readers of The News, we can achieve this for our community.’

People taking part in the Ruby Slipper Day are asked to donate £2 to the Dorothy’s Dream appeal on the day.

To register for the fundraiser visit or call (023) 9225 0001.