Mums get dressed as Dorothy to bring in hundreds for appeal

DRESSED UP From left, Amanda Boyle and Rebecca Shaw as Dorothy for Dorothy's Dream
DRESSED UP From left, Amanda Boyle and Rebecca Shaw as Dorothy for Dorothy's Dream
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DOROTHY from Kansas may have been a little girl – but grown adults slipped into her outfit for a fundraiser in aid of The Rowans Hospice.

Parents of children at St John’s College in Southsea didn’t need to click their heels to make their wishes come true as there was plenty of interest in their cake sale and amazing raffle prizes.

And to make the picture complete, one parent dressed as the Wicked Witch and there was even a yellow brick road laid out at the entrance to the school in Grove Road South.

The fundraiser, in aid of the £1m Dorothy’s Dream appeal to provide a service to support people wishing to die in their own homes, proved a huge success raising £1,700.

Rebecca Shaw, whose children Josh, 14, Finley, 10, and Archie, seven, go to St John’s College, said she enjoyed transforming herself into Dorothy.

She said: ‘We all had such a fantastic day and we are chuffed to bits to have raised so much money for an excellent cause.

‘I think our children particularly enjoyed seeing us prancing around in outfits.’

Ms Shaw said the biggest selling point of their day was the raffle which included tickets to see The Wizard of Oz and Wicked in the West End, Barbara Tipple jewellery and a stay at the exclusive Captains Club hotel in Christchurch.

Staff at the hospice were over the moon to hear how much the fundraiser had brought in.

Amanda Mahoney, PR and events fundraiser from The Rowans, said: ‘St John’s College obviously had great fun fundraising for Dorothy’s Dream.

‘They have supported The Rowans for many years and it’s great that they have chosen to support the hospice at home appeal too.

‘All of these events organised by schools and colleges are vital in helping us to achieve our £1m target and we are extremely grateful for the support of the local community.’

The new home service is likely to begin in the autumn.

For more information about Dorothy’s Dream and to make a donation call (023) 9223 8531.