Tragedy inspires friends to fundraise for hospice

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FRIENDS are making last-minute preparations for their annual fundraising event for a vital hospice.

he group, from Clanfield and Petersfield, hold a Christmas fair each year to support The Rowans Hospice.

Organiser Sarah Bolton, has more reasons than some to promote the work of the hospice after the news of her husband’s diagnosis of terminal cancer last year.

She said: ‘The Rowans Hospice at Home service allowed Pete to spend the final days of his life pain-free, in peaceful surroundings with people he loved.

‘I would wish that for anyone else in a similar situation.’

Last year was the first event and raised a fantastic £6,700.

Sarah added: ‘The Rowans made a big difference to my family and continue to do so for so many others who tragically find themselves in need of support.

‘The hospice is dedicated to improving the lives of people living with life-limiting illnesses, their families and carers in Portsmouth and south east Hampshire.’

The fair will be held at Petersfield’s Festival Hall, on November 12, from 10am until 4pm.

There will be a mix of stalls selling gifts, accessories, homeware, cards, candles, hand-made bags, books, home-made foods, clothes, health and beauty, jewellery, art and even a pet-themed gift and treat range.

As well as a raffle there is an extra special raffle for a limited edition painting donated by artist Lynne Davies, from Denmead.

She chose to donate her latest painting entitled Courage because she said it epitomises those touched by cancer.

There will also be a pop-up café serving hot drinks, home-made cakes and snacks.

The team of organisers are Sarah, Terry Maidment, Dani Butcher, Joanne Collins and Joanne Hopkins.

For more information go to facebook.com/ChristmasFayreForRowansHospice.

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