Matthew Webb, was a Biochemist in the Royal Navy for 33 years. He died in August 2016 at Rowans Hospice, leaving behind his wife, daughter and two sons. Three years on, his wife, ex-navy nurse, Louise Webb and daughter, Megan Webb have been fundraising for the hospice. To date, the incredible duo have raised over £30,000 for the local charity.
Fundraising is in the blood!
“We have always raised money for charity, it is kind of in our blood,” says Megan.
Louise, Megan’s Mum, explains: “Yes we have always fundraised for several charities. Megan has two brothers, Richard and David. David has mild Cerebral Palsy. He used to go to “Kids” in Fareham, so Matthew always did a lot of fundraising for SCOPE and various other charities. However Megan and I have always been involved in fundraising for Rowans, even before Matthew passed away in the hospice.”
“You never know when you might need the hospice, if at all. However when Matt passed away in the Rowans, we experienced their care first-hand. So Rowans means so much more to us.”
Matthew was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer and his illness was rapid. As Louise goes on to explain: “As we both were medical, we knew exactly what was going on when he was ill. He was only ill for six weeks and spent his last five days of his life in the Hospice. Due to distance, I slept there for four of the nights.
On entering his room, Matthew sat in the chair and sighed. It was like a whole weight had been lifted off his shoulders. He just turned to me and said: ‘It is really comfortable here.’ His room looked over the garden, which Matthew, as a big gardener, really appreciated.
We all felt looked after, as the staff and volunteers did anything they could for you, always going above and beyond. I was a nurse for 18 years, and I recognise they are a very special kind of nurse, at the Rowans. They have such a lovely way about them and with how they deal with patients and the families.
The service and care is just first class. I think people underestimate the kind of work that they do there and what services they provide. The common perception is you just go to a hospice to die but it’s not. You get support for the whole family as well as the patient. They offer support from the moment your loved one is diagnosed and into bereavement.
So it feels really rewarding to know that we are helping to fund this special care for others through our fundraising.”
Catalogue of Fundraising Ideas
The wonderful mum and daughter act are not short of fundraising ideas.
Their annual garden sale in June, is a popular local event, which this year alone raised £1300. Another key annual highlight is their themed annual charity night, held at Bay House School.
Louise admits that “The first year was a bit of a combined effort, but the last two years Megan has organised this single handily. She is fantastic. Matt and I were organised but Megan, she is Miss Organised!” This year the theme was a 1920’s Gatsby Night, which was another hit, raising a grand total of £3,500.
Megan and Louise, can also be spotted heading off in the early hours of a Sunday morning with a car packed full of donations, which they sell at car boot sales across the area! “We travel to Bedhampton, Bordon, Hedge End and even Romsey”, states Louise, before adding “We love it. We are like a double act.” To which Megan states “We really enjoy it, it’s nice to do different things and it’s rewarding knowing we are raising money for Rowans, a great local charity.”
Bursting with energy, enthusiasm and passion, Megan and Louise are joy to be around. They are an amazing fundraising double act.