The timeline clearly illustrates that Rowans Hospice is your local charity – inspired, created, driven by and for the local people. Without your generous support, which has complemented awards and special grants won from public bodies, business and charitable trusts, the ongoing development of Rowans Hospice over the last 25 years would not have been possible. THANK YOU for your wonderful support.


Fundraising begins for a local hospice, led by Christine Banerjee and nurses at Somerstown Health Centre


Lord Mayor John Marshall launches appeal for Portsmouth Area Hospice 


The Hospice Appeal is awarded Charitable Status


Council of Management for the Hospice is formed with Ian Bott as Chairman


Support Groups are formed in Portsmouth and Hayling Island.  The first charity shop is run from the Appeal offices in Fratton. Friends of the Hospice is established by Louisa Taylor who founded and Chaired the first fundraising Committee. The First Summer Fete, in aid of raising money for the Portsmouth Area Hospice appeal, takes places on Castle Field.


Squire Robin Thistlethwayte generously donates 3.2 acres of land to build a Hospice for the local community The first Rowans Hospice Shop is opened in Fratton, creating a vital source of income for the hospice fundraising appeal.


Building begins on the Hospice, now named ‘The Rowans’. At the Turf Cutting ceremony a £3million Appeal is launched to cover future running costs. 


The foundation stone is laid after ten years of fundraising. Within ten months the building work is completed and Rowans Hospice opens its doors on the 25th October 1994 to welcome its first patients.

On 25th October a staff include: Ruth White, Helen Boxall, Jenny Redman, Jenny Russell, Erika Lipscombe, Huw Jones, Julia Porter, Jo Mai and Juliet McCormack who are still working within the Hospice today


One the 1st November 1995 the Hospice is officially opened by the HRH Princess Alexandra Rowans Day Care service begins and offers support for people from the community, who are dealing with all aspects of progressive serious illness, to find a ways to remain as independent as possible whilst coping with their illness.  Twelve places are available over three days


Day Care Service expands to sixteen places over three days. Thanks to the help of Rowans volunteers the services is now able to offer transport to and from the Hospice. 


In-patient unit expands, to offer nineteen beds. Each bedroom includes en-suite to aid patients’ privacy and comfort during their stay.  The Hospice Chapel is relocated.


The Heath Centre is launched to offers a six week intensive support programme for people who have just been diagnosed with a life limiting illness.


Rowans Meerkat Service was established, thanks to funding from Children in Need. This specialist service provides support to children and young people up to 18 years old, and their families, who have a significant adult (such as parent or grandparent) will a life-limiting illness or who are bereaved.


Rowans Hospice Lottery begins. The first Moonlight Memories Walk takes place, enjoyed by 2,028 walkers who raised £353, 049.


The Day Care area is refurbished and renamed ‘The Southwick Suite’. Dietician and craft activity co-ordinator are added to the team.

Dorothy’s Dream Appeal is launched to raise one million pounds to fund the start of Hospice at Home service. The first Children’s Moonlit Meander took place, which was rebranded in 2015 as Starlit Memories Walk. A Carers Group is introduced, as Rowans Hospice continues to extend its support to the families and carers, of people in the community living with a progress serious illness.


Due to the success of the Dorothy’s Dream Appeal, the Hospice at Home pilot scheme is launched to enable high quality person-centred end of life care in the home, avoid hospital admission and facilitate hospital discharge. First Schools Project is launched.


Living Well Clinic is started within the hospice to ensure that Rowans are alongside patients, families and carers every step of the way from diagnosis. The clinics is focused on giving people the guidance and support to ‘live well’.


Rowans Hospice celebrates 20th Anniversary. Celebrations commenced with a Carol Service at Portsmouth Anglican Cathedral, followed by a raft of memorable events including an exhibition of some works by renowned sculptor Philip Jackson, an outstanding Fashion Show at Portsmouth Guildhall and a stunning Gala Dinner in the Mary Rose Museum. Years’ worth of celebration culminated with a Services of Celebration and Thanksgiving at The Cathedral Church of St Thomas of Canterbury in Portsmouth.


Rowans Living Well Centre is opened, offering a dedicated new facility which can be accessed by  anyone in the community that is affected by life-limiting and progressive illness, regardless of diagnosis.


Silver Jubilee Appeal Launched. A period to raise funds and complete the renovation of your local hospice, Rowans, for the local people.


A year to celebrate 25 years of outstanding local hospice care delivered by your local hospice, Rowans, for the local people.