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
Council of Management for the Hospice is formed with Ian Bott as Chairman
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
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.
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.
A year to celebrate 25 years of outstanding local hospice care delivered by your local hospice, Rowans, for the local people.