Wear red for a day to make Dorothy’s Dream a reality

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STAFF at The Rowans Hospice are calling on people from across the area to go red and help Dorothy’s Dream come true.

The hospice has launched a Ruby Slipper Day to raise money for its £1m appeal to provide a service to support people to die in the comfort of their own home.

Businesses, schools and colleges are being asked to simply wear something red on the fundraising day on Friday, February 18 – and it doesn’t have to be ruby slippers.

Head of fundraising and marketing at The Rowans Ann Cooper said: ‘We came up with the idea for Ruby Slipper Day as it is something that anyone can do.

‘It links with our theme from the Wizard of Oz – “There’s no place like home” – where Dorothy clicks her heels together to get back home.’

Speaking of the new home service she added: ‘We know that when facing the end of life, many people would choose to die in their own home and The Rowans at Home service will give people that choice.’

The Rowans launched its Dorothy’s Dream appeal in September. Since then it has raised £573,196.

As reported, trustees of the hospice have pledged £250,000 of charitable reserve money to the campaign.

And the rest has been raised through generous donations from across the community.

The home service, which is set to be launched on April 1, will see teams of nurses providing home care for terminally-ill patients across the area.

They will give patients and their families the extra, expert and specialist support so many people miss out on.

The extra support will allow many people to get their wish to die at home.

Already several groups have come forward to take part in the Ruby Slipper Day, including South Downs College, Groupama Insurance in Portsmouth and Barclays Bank in North End.

Anyone else who would like to support the campaign to provide the home service can register now to take part in the fundraising day.

Participants are asked to donate £2 to the Dorothy’s Dream appeal on the day.

School children are invited to make a donation of £1.

The hospice will also draw up a roll of honour and give credit to all those who take part. To register, visit the rowanshospice.co.uk and fill out an online form.