Rowans Hospice staff put on a spread in aid of Big Push event

BED TIME Hospice staff Ali Corbett, Ann Cooper, June Samson, Lesley Wodcock and Erika Lipscombe with their giant sheet
BED TIME Hospice staff Ali Corbett, Ann Cooper, June Samson, Lesley Wodcock and Erika Lipscombe with their giant sheet
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WHEN it comes to fundraising ideas, the Rowans Hospice has got it covered – with this giant sheet.

The hospice is inviting people to sign the bedsheet, which will be used in the big bed push event next week.

Members of the community can sign it, write a good luck message or an ‘in memory of’ dedication, in return for a donation of £1 to the Dorothy’s Dream Appeal.

The appeal, backed by The News, will fund a new service to support people who wish to spend their final days in the comfort of their own homes.

The bedsheet will be available to sign at the hospice’s annual summer fete this Sunday, where Rowans’ staff hope crowds of people will turn out to show their support.

Head of fundraising at the hospice, Ann Cooper, said: ‘Thanks to the community we have already raised £703,000 towards our £1m target for a Rowans Hospice at Home service.

‘We know that this service is desperately needed because people tell us how important it is to have choice for end-of-life care.

‘The service will start in September giving patients the choice to die peacefully and with dignity in the comfort of their own home, surrounded by those who are important to them.

‘Please come and visit the bed at the fete on Sunday and sign the sheet to show your support for the appeal.’

The event takes place on Purbrook Heath, directly opposite the hospice, from 1pm to 4pm.

There will be stalls and a packed programme of arena entertainment, including a dog show.

More than 50 exhibitors will be at the fete with games, crafts, refreshments and tombolas.

The Mayor of Havant Councillor, Ken Smith, will officially open it at 1pm and The Rowans Hospice Grand Summer Draw will take place at 3.45pm.

Tickets can be purchased for £1 up until the draw takes place and prizes include a holiday for six people in Montegolf, Spain; a 40inch flat screen TV; a notebook laptop and a crossing to France with Brittany Ferries.

You can also find out more about the bed push event which will take place on Saturday, July 23.

The event will see teams of Rowans’ staff and volunteers push a bed from the hospice, through Cosham, North End, Commercial Road, Portsmouth Historic Dockyard and ending at Canoe Lake in Southsea.

There, the Rowans team will host a big celebratory picnic which everyone is invited to.

For more information about the fete and bed push, and how you can help, visit or call (023) 9225 0001.