IT holds a special place in people’s hearts – and now The Rowans Hospice is marking its 20th anniversary in style.
The charity has arranged for the work of world-renowned sculptor Philip Jackson to be on display at Portsmouth Anglican Cathedral until the end of the month. And on Friday night guests from the community were invited to a launch party at the historic venue to get a preview of Mr Jackson’s creations before being shown to the public.
Guests included Mr Jackson himself, as well as the Deputy Lord Mayor of Portsmouth, Cllr David Horne, and the Mayor of Havant, Cllr Marjorie Smallcorn.
Mr Jackson is known for bringing the famous Falklands War Memorial statue, The Yomper, to Southsea, and has a global reputation for works including Queen Elizabeth on The Mall and Sir Bobby Moore at Wembley Stadium. Amanda Mahoney, of The Rowans Hospice, said: ‘It’s a celebration of our 20th anniversary, and we were looking to do something a bit special and a bit different for it.
‘We are very fortunate and very grateful that Philip Jackson has given us these statues.
‘The response at the launch was exceptional. Everyone really enjoyed looking at the statues and people got the opportunity to meet Mr Jackson and speak about his work.’
Visitors can attend the exhibition at the cathedral between 10am to 6pm, starting today until the end of the month.
The exhibition is open from midday to 4pm on Sundays.
Donations can be made on the door. A slice of the money made from the sale of any work at the exhibition will be donated to The Rowans.