It’s nearly a year already since Rowans Hospice launched its Silver Jubilee Appeal.
A lot has happened over the past twelve months! From small change to antique silver, donations from across our community have already been given to support Rowans Silver Jubilee Appeal, which aims to raise the money needed to totally refurbish the Hospice and undertake the necessary alterations to ensure we can continue to meet the changing care needs and demands of the community.
Commenting on the past year, Ruth White, Rowans CEO said: “We want to thank everyone who has supported the Appeal so far. As always we are overwhelmed by the generosity and support that our community shows us. It is their ongoing support that makes Rowans so special, as it is truly a community hospice.”
Ruth then added: “Rowans was built by the community for the community. The Silver Jubilee Appeal marks the next big step in our development. The changes we make to the fabric of the building will safeguard our ability to deliver outstanding care to those families in our community who need us. So it is fantastic that together we are building on our foundations to create a modernised hospice, fit to care for us and for future generations.”
Thank you to everyone who has supported the appeal so far, here are some of the best bits!
Hundreds of People Took Part, Thousands of Pounds have been Raised!
Hundreds of new people took part in our new or improved fun and fabulous fundraising events and hundreds of cups of tea have been sipped to raise money to refurbish your local hospice.
To date, UV Foam Blast, Danceathon, Silver Jubilee Tea Parties and our first Silver Auction at Nesbits has raised over £46,000.
Al’s Bar in Portchester were one of the first local businesses to sign up to the Silver Jubilee Appeal Corporate Challenge. They donated £6,000 last September, only to donate a further £5487.57 a year later after holding a 12-hour darts, snooker and pool marathon fundraising event.The following companies have all taken on the corporate challenge, committing to raise £2,500 in one year for Rowans Silver Jubilee Appeal. From arranging charity balls and golf days to donating every penny paid by diners for their evening meals and signing up a team to take on the Great South Run, local businesses have been amazing. To date they have raised nearly £56,038 towards the Appeal.
Through the partnerships with The News, Rowans has had the privilege to share the stories of so many people in our community that have or are being supported by them.
Their stories have given an insight into the level of care Rowans give and they have helped dispel myths, such as Rowans is just a place you go to die. They have also helped to inform people about the range of services and support that we offer to people in our community, from the moment of finding out that they or a loved one has a life limiting illness, to demonstrating the ongoing support Rowans give to family when a loved one dies.
Thank you to everyone that has shared their story. The News looks forward to sharing more stories from our community over the next year on Rowans’ monthly page.
Building Work Starts
Monday 29 July witnessed local contractors T Coleborn & Sons Ltd arrive on site at Rowans Hospice to start Phase 1 of the ambitious refurbishment project. The contractors are now already nine weeks in and significant progress has already been made, with the central courtyard already excavated and additional bedrooms added to replace those in the current patient entrance extension. The building work is anticipated to take 85 weeks to complete and will involve the total refurbishment and modernisation of the in-patient ward.
Silver Jubilee Auction – Building On Success
The community response to the unwanted silver campaign, launched earlier in 2019, has been incredible. Rowans received its first donations of unwanted silver the day the campaign was launched!
Run in partnership with Rowans, Local Auctioneers Nesbits and The News, it has already raised over £5,000. The final Silver Jubilee Appeal auction of the year will be held on Wednesday 9th October and hopes to build on this success, offering people the chance to also donate their unwanted gold or broken jewellery.
Roses Are Nearly In Bloom
Local designer and artist Jamie Cullimore has handcrafted 725 Silver Jubilee Roses, which will form part of an outdoor sculpture to be unveiled within the beautiful grounds of Rookesbury Park at the end of October.
Made of recycled metal, each handcrafted rose will be included to form the stunning display, and can be purchased for a suggested donation of £30.
Christmas Concert by Candlelight
The Christmas Concert by Candlelight started our exciting calendar of Silver Jubilee Appeal events last year and returns again this December.
The Renaissance Choir and Portsmouth Cathedral Choir performed a programme full of wonderful music to a full house last December, raising over £3,000 for Rowans Hospice Silver Jubilee Appeal. Due to the success, the event is taking placing again this year on Saturday 7 December.
Tickets can be purchased online or from Portsmouth Cathedral.