Rowans gets £1,400 thanks to Southsea pub-goers

ART Rusty Sheriff and Tom Hussey, with art by Rob Waterfield at the fundraiser
ART Rusty Sheriff and Tom Hussey, with art by Rob Waterfield at the fundraiser
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GENEROUS pub punters and music lovers dug deep to raise money for the Rowans Hospice.

The Southsea Christmas Covers Party was held at the One Eyed Dog, Elm Grove, Southsea.

It raised nearly £1,400 for the hospice in Purbrook, which specialises in improving the quality of life of people with cancer and other life-limiting illnesses.

Organiser Rusty Sheriff, 33, from Southsea, said: ‘When I was at university in Nottingham, I came across a similar night. We have enough creative talent in Southsea so I thought that the concept would work well here too.

‘I wanted to raise money for a local charity and one of my friend’s dads had used the Rowans Hospice so, although I haven’t been directly affected by their work, I know what good work they do in this area.’

Eight bands, all from Portsmouth, took to the stage with three cover songs in different styles.

Highlights included Contra performing Kiss From A Rose by Seal, Red Seals singing Hello by Lionel Richie and Protein Window performing Neil Young’s Rockin’ in the Free World.

Other bands to play included Watashi Calcutecs, Battery Hens, Capsized, Shooting Fish and Udy and the Brailettes.

A raffle with prizes donated from local businesses and artists added to the coffers.

Prizes included a flight over Portsmouth and the Isle of Wight, a photo shoot from Diana Goss, a voucher for Rosie’s Vineyard and artwork from the Portsmouth Creative Movement.

Contributing artists were My Dog Sighs, Robbie Waterfield, Daniel Cook, Lost Days, Leila, Chantelle Cheshire, and Rusty Sheriff himself.

Rusty said: ‘It was massive. I’ve never seen the One Eyed Dog that full. We were blown away by the amount of money we raised and by the local support.’

Landlord Joe Collis, 29, said: ‘I’m pleased that we were able to host an event that raised so much for such a good cause. The Rowans Hospice does amazing work.

‘The night was great and I’m already looking forward to hosting next year’s.’

This year was the third time the event had been held.

Rusty said: ‘I’m already planning next year and I’m sure it will be even bigger and better.’