MORE and more groups of people are getting behind The Rowans Hospice’s Big Bed Push.
Pubs from across the area have given the event – which is in aid of the Dorothy’s Dream hospice at home appeal – their backing by agreeing to fundraise on Saturday while the bed push takes place.
They will also venture out on to the streets to cheer the bed pushers on as they go past en-route.
Among the pubs taking part is The Trafalgar in Edinburgh Road in Portsmouth city centre.
Manager Mark Freeman said: ‘We always like to do things for charity and the local community and The Rowans’ hospice at home appeal is a great campaign to get behind.
‘On the day all the staff will be wearing Rowans T-shirts and collecting as much money as possible and when the bed goes past we’ll go out and cheer them on. We’re all looking forward to it.’
Other pubs which will be raising money on the day include The First Post in Cosham; The Portsbridge in Cosham; The Green Posts in North End; The Mischief in North End; and The Ship Anson in Portsmouth.
Community fundraiser for The Rowans Lesley Woodcock said: ‘We’re really grateful for the support that the pubs are giving us for the Big Push.
‘Portsmouth is famous for its pubs so it’s great that the community can get involved in fundraising by visiting their local and having a good time.’
The public will be able to support the bed push by cheering the bed pushers on along their way and meeting the team at four gateways where they can make donations.
The gateways are at Cosham High Street, where the bed will arrive at about 10am; Commercial Road where the bed is expected to arrive at about 11.30am; the Historic Dockyard at 12.30pm; and the hover terminal on Clarence Esplanade on Southsea seafront where the bed push team will arrive at about 2pm.
The bed pushers will then make the final push along the seafront, arriving at Canoe Lake at about 3pm, where there will be a picnic. The hospice has organised the Big Bed Push to help reach their £1m target.
If you would like to donate to Dorothy’s Dream, call (023) 9223 8531, visit rowanshospice.co.uk or text Dream to 70800 to donate £5.