Meerkat surprises gym-goers to promote Starlit Walk

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SPORTY children got a nice surprise when Rowan the Meerkat stopped by to drum up interest in a charity walk.

Rowan is the mascot for the children’s service at The Rowans Hospice, a charity in Purbrook that helps people with life-limiting illnesses.

Children with Rowan the meerkat at the football pitches outside the Roko gym    Picture: Habibur Rahman

Children with Rowan the meerkat at the football pitches outside the Roko gym Picture: Habibur Rahman

He was at Roko, in Copnor, on Saturday to promote the Starlit Walk, a sponsored walk for children due to take place in Portsmouth on October 27.

Shirley Ellis, Roko sales manager, said: ‘This was a fantastic opportunity to be involved with The Rowans and raise awareness.’

Teresa Jeffery, fundraiser at The Rowans Hospice, said: ‘The walk is such a magical event.’

For more on the walk, go to rowanshospice.co.uk