The dream is within sight of becoming a reality

It’s important the parade continues – but safely

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By any stretch of the imagination, it is already an incredible achievement. More than £700,000 has been raised for the Dorothy’s Dream appeal run by The Rowans Hospice at Purbrook and the £1m target is getting closer and closer each day.

The amount of money raised to enable the hospice to start a new service to care for terminally-ill people in their own homes is astounding.

And given the generosity already shown by thousands of people in this area, we are confident that the appeal we are proud to support will soon reach the magic million mark.

In support of that, we are today helping The Rowans to publicise the final Big Push – the bid to inspire one last round of fundraising and donations that will enable the appeal to reach its target.

The name comes from the sponsored bed push that will be held on July 23, in which teams will take it in turns to manhandle a bed from the hospice at Purbrook to Canoe Lake in Southsea.

It’s a great visible way to raise awareness of the cause and we are sure that thousands of readers of The News will again show their generosity in supporting it.

That willingness to give is not lost on hospice staff, with chief executive Ruth White saying: ‘Everyone at The Rowans is overwhelmed by the support we have received from the public and, with the generosity of readers of The News, the Dorothy’s Dream Appeal has raised more than £702,000.

‘The appeal now needs the big push to reach the million, which will secure funding for this new service over the next two years, helping more people to remain at home in their final days of life.’

As well as donating, people can also help by staging their own Big Push events at home, work or school.

All will help swell the coffers of the appeal.

In times of economic difficulty, readers of The News have shown that they appreciate the help given to so many by staff and volunteers at The Rowans.

Thanks to their generosity, the final target is in sight, and we hope soon to be reporting that the goal has been reached.