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Latest events

Whether you’re looking for an adrenalin-filled rush, a personal challenge, entertainment or just a chat over a cup of coffee with friends, we’ve got fundraising events to suit all tastes.

The events are listed in date order below and are open to anyone (age restrictions may apply) and show the many ways you can get involved in community fundraising.  If you would like to plan your own event in aid of The Rowans Hospice, please contact us so we can offer you help and advice. Click on any of the events from the following list for full details.

To request a Fundraising Pack or join any of the events listed, contact our Fundraising Team on 023 9223 7142 or email fundraising@rowanshospice.co.uk

(Click on event or scroll down to see full details).



Car Boot Sale at Southsea

5 July 2015 - from 7.00am to 1.30pm,

for more information contact Billy on 07961 901013

Something for everyone!

Billy Willetts is once more holding a Car Boot Sale every Sunday in aid of The Rowans Hospice. A chance to find a bargain!
They will be on the field opposite the Hovercraft Terminal. 
Pitches £8.00 cars only. Sellers on site from 6.00am.
Weather permitting.



Family Fun Day in Portsmouth

5 July 2015 - from 11.00am to 4.00pm, at the Admiral Lord Nelson School, Dundas Lane, Portsmouth, PO3 5XT

for more information phone 07775 003008

Something for all!

Affinion International are holding a Family Fun Day to raise funds for their chosen charities, including The Rowans Hospice. 
There will be entertainments for all the family!


Summer Concert 2015 at Cosham

6 July 2015 - at 8.00pm, at the Cosham Baptist Church, Havant Rd, Cosham,

With music from a variety of genres!

The Cosham Community Choir invite you to their Summer Concert 2015. Join them for a choral extravaganza in aid of The Rowans Hospice!
For tickets at £3.00 please phone 023 9264 1208 or 07910 713716. Also available on the door.
Sponsored by Biscoes-Law Ltd, your local lawyers.

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Light Opera in Waterlooville

11 July 2015 - at 7.30pm, at St George's Church, Waterlooville. PO7 7EH,

for more information and tickets contact Helen Wilkes on 07986 462241 or email landrover636@gmail.com

A fun musical evening!

The Havant Light Opera invite to their production of Princess Ida by Gilbert and Sullivan. A zany musical satire about three ridiculous warriors, two fiery kings and a priceless principal of a ladies college!
Tickets at £8.00, £4.00 for children 17 years and under.
In aid of The Rowans Hospice and St George's Church.

Spinnaker Abseil

Abseil the Spinnaker Tower!

12 July 2015 - and 13 July 2015 Spinnaker Tower, Gunwharf Quays, Portsmouth

for more information phone 023 9223 7142 email fundraising@rowanshospice.co.uk

Join our Guinness World Record Holder, Doris Long, to abseil down Portsmouth's landmark building.

Daredevils are wanted to take our Abseil Challenge to brave the 100m descent down the iconic Spinnaker Tower in Portsmouth. This event will take place on both the 12th and 13th of July.

At the phenomenal age of 101, Doris hopes to break her own Guinness World Record and raise vital funds for the work of The Rowans Hospice.

We have less than 30 places still available. The Sunday is now fully booked, so please only book to abseil on Monday 13th July.

Over 18's only, open to all who are fit and under 21 stone. If any doubt as to your condition obtain a doctor's certificate. 
Registration costs £50 and you are asked to raise £200 sponsorship.
Registration forms available from The Rowans Hospice reception or any of our shops.

Register online or download and print the 2015 Abseil registration form (PDF).


Car Boot Sale at Southsea

12 July 2015 - from 7.00am to 1.30pm,

for more information phone Billy on 07961 901013

Something for everyone!

Billy Willetts is once more holding a Car Boot Sale every Sunday in aid of The Rowans Hospice. A chance to to find a bargain!
Billy is holding them in the field opposite the Hovercraft Terminal.
Pitches £8.00, cars only.  Sellers on site from 6.00am.
Weather permitting.


Michael Buble Tribute Night

12 July 2015 - 7.30pm Kingsley's Bar, 68 Osbprne Road, Southsea

Tickets available from alan.lihou@btinternet.com or call 023 9281 4321

Steve Kingsley is kindly hosting a Michael Buble tribute night at Kingsley's Bar on Sunday 12 July 2015 at 7.30pm cost £10.00 includes canapes and sandwiches. Plus a swing live duo, the evening will be hosted by Steve Kingsley. All the money raised will go to the Hospice.


Craft and Chatter at Havant

15 July 2015 - from 10.30am to 12.30pm, at the United Reform Church, Elm lane, Havant, PO9 1PP,

for more information phone 023 9261 8528, or 07724 073134,

A relaxing morning!

You are invited to join a gathering of like minded folk for Craft and Chatter, every Friday morning during school term time.
Entry is a mere £2.00 which includes refreshments.  


Skittles and Supper at Wickham

17 July 2015 - at 7.00pm, at The Kings Head, Wickham Square, PO17 5JN

A chance to show off your skills!

The Southwick, Boarhunt and Meon Support Group invite you to be bowled over at their Skittles and Supper evening. 
Tickets in advance at £10.50 from Pages of Wickham (Newsagents) or SAE and cheque made payable to 'The Rowans Hospice' to:
Support Group - Skittles, Orchard Cottage, 34 West Street, Southwick PO17 5JN.

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Coffee Morning on Hayling

18 July 2015 - from 9.30am to Noon, at the United Reform Church, Hollow Lane, Hayling Island, PO11 9EY,

for more information phone 023 9246 9160,

Chance to catch with friends and make new ones.

The Hayling Island Support Group invite you to their Coffee Morning, to raise funds for The Rowans Hospice.
There will also be books, cakes, bric-a- brac  and a tombola.
Entrance a modest .50p, which includes tea or coffee.


Cream Tea at Catisfield,

18 July 2015 - from 1.30pm until 4.00pm, at The Old Post Office, 2 Fishers Hill, Catisfield, PO15 5QP,

for more information phone 07584 327 645,

A perfect way to spend an afternoon!

You are invited to this Cream Tea afternoon relaxing in the garden, weather permitting.
Coffee and cake will be on offer.
In aid of The Rowans Hospice.


Wood-Stock Music Weekend at Purbrook

24 July 2015 - 25th and 26th, at The Woodman, London Rd, Purbrook, PO7 5LJ,

for more information phone 023 9226 3135 or 07818 556385,

Not to be missed!

Amanda Wheeler and John Hayland of The Woodman invite you to their Music and Ale Festival taking place over the three days.
Friday, from 8.00pm listen to Dr Peppers Lazy Arse Pub Band, plus support.
Saturday, from 1.30pm, there will be It Must Be Madness, Barn Society, The Jesse Ray Band, Fourkicks, Stolen, The Glitterbugz, The Barkleys, Michelle Lewis and The Boolays.
Sunday, from 1.00pm, The Woody Jam Band, Revel Weird & Wild, The Billy Whizz Band, The Boxcar Johnnys, Charlie Forbes, Attitune Choir and Phil Hyslop.  
Plus food, stalls, bouncy castle, arts & crafts, raffle and much more! 


'Old Herbaceous' at Cosham

25 July 2015 - at 7.45pm, at St. Philip's Church Hall, Hawthorn Cresc, Cosham, PO6 2TL

for more information email cliffmullins@tesco.net

This is a 'must see' production!

Clifford Mullins, in asscoiation with Highbury Players, is giving a Drama Performance of 'Old Herbaceous', an enchanting, iconic one-man play. The life story of Bert Pinnegar, 80 year old told in his ramshackle greenhouse.
All profits divided equally between Naomi House, The Rowans Hospice and The Elizabeth Foundation.
Tickets at £7.00 available from Rick Tovery on 023 9238 7329.
By arrangement with Joseph Weinberger Ltd


'Old Fossils' Classic Motor Bike Run

26 July 2015 - starting from Horndean Technology College, Horndean PO8 9PQ

for more information and Entry Form phone Mick Bowley on 01730 261991, email wmcc.oldfossils@hotmail.co.uk

A breeze around the countryside on their magnificent machines!

The Waterlooville Motorcycle Club 'Old Fossils' will have a chance to show off their prized bikes with their annual  run around the Hampshire countryside. 
Entry Forms from Mick Bowley on the above contact number or from www.waterlooville-mcc.co.uk  
Proceeds to their chosen charities including The Rowans Hospice.

couples dancing

'Old Fossils' - 50's/60's Dance in Horndean

15 August 2015 - at 7.30pm, at Barton Hall, Horndean Technology College, Horndean PO8 9PQ

for more information & tickets phone Mick on 01730 261991, email wmcc.oldfossils@hotmail.co.uk

The 'Old Fossils' are once again holding their Annual 50's/60's Dance!

The Waterlooville Motorcycle Club 'Old Fossils' are once more taking to the floor to dance the night away in support of several charities including The Rowans Hospice, featuring 'Forever Young'.  
Tickets at £10.00 includes food are available from Mick on the above number. There will be a fully licensed bar.


Open House and Garden at Fareham

15 August 2015 - and 16th from 10.00am to 6.00pm, at 33 Greendale Close, Fareham, PO15 6ES,

for more information phone 01329 822118 or email d.clinch@ntlworld.com

An opportunity to enjoy the pleasures of an English garden in full Summer!

David Clinch's Open House and Garden event to raise funds for The Rowans Hospice, is the perfect time to stroll around an English garden in full Summer taking in the colours and the scents!


The Hayling Billy Beach Party Festival

15 August 2015 - from 2.00pm, at the Hayling Billy Pub, Elm Grove, Hayling, PO11 9ED,

for more information contact Martin on 023 9236 3757, 07976 850789 or email marvomart2014@hotmail.com

The event of the Summer!

Martin Nash of the Hayling Billy Pub is organising the Hayling Billy Beach Party Festival to raise funds for two charities including The Rowans Hospice. 
It will be a fun day with live music all day and into the evening with many bands. In addition there will face painting, a bouncy castle and fund raising events. And food by way of a hog roast, BBQ and a pizza van.
Entrance will be a modest £3.00. 


Portsdown Travel - Norfolk

24 August 2015 - 27 August 2015

A perfect break!

Portsdown Travel  4 day tour by coach with 4* half board hotel accommodation close to Norwich Cathedral.
Visits to Ely Cathedral, Sandringham,  a railway journey on the North Norfolk Railway from Sheringham, and to the heart of Suffolk at Lavenham - a real gem!
For more information contact Portsdown Travel on 023 9238 2433.
A booking form is obtainable from Portsdown Travel (Norfolk,)  Orchard Cottage, 34 West St, Southwick, PO17 6EA.


Skydive in September!

5 September 2015 - at Netheravon Airfield, Salisbury, SP4 9RY

For more information, call 023 9223 8532 or email fundraising@rowanshospice.co.uk

Fly like a bird!

Skydive! A breathtaking 2 mile high parachute jump: jumping 10,000 ft in tandem with an instructor, you will freefall 5,000ft reaching 120mph and then as your parachute opens you will experience a tranquil ride back to the drop zone!
Divers must be 16 years and over and under 16 stone.
Cost of Registration £225, which includes training and equipment, you are asked to raise a minumum sponsorship of £200 making £425 in total.
The event can also be arranged for any day to suit you. See 'Year round events.'

Summer Fete

Summer Fete

6 September 2015 - from 12.30pm to 4.00pm, on Purbrook Heath, opposite The Rowans Hospice, PO7 5RU

For more information contact Karen Kay on 023 9223 8532

Come and enjoy our annual Summer Fete! Something for all the family!

Our much loved Annual Summer Fête will have many stalls ranging from traditional tombolas to the creative and vintage and with a full programme of entertainment this promises to be a great day out for all the family. Refreshments available or bring a picnic. Free entry and organised car parking.

If you are interested in having a stall at the Fete, please complete an application form.


The Rachel Griffin Ball in Portsmouth

12 September 2015 - at the Royal Maritime Club, Queen St, Portsmouth, PO1 3HS,

A wonderful evening for good causes.

You are invited to The Rachel Griffin Ball to raise funds for The Rowans Hospice and Football for Cancer.
The evening will include a four course dinner with wine, plus entertainment from the fabulous Octaves and Disco For All.
There will be Welcome drinks from 5.30pm  with Dinner at 6.00pm. Carriages at 12.30am. Dress code is Cocktail or Evening Dress for the ladies and Suit and Tie or DJ for the men.
For tickets at £47.50 and further information please contact Andy Griffin on 07880 404365.  

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Piano Recital at Wickham

18 September 2015 - at 7.00pm, at Park Place, Wickham, PO17 5HA,

Enquiries for tickets phone 023 9238 2433, 023 9237 0647 or 01329 833043,

An evening of fine music!

Laura Dickson, Royal College of Music, is giving a Piano Recital to raise funds for The Rowans Hospice and the Hostel for Girls in Tanzania.
Laura plays Mozart, Beethoven and Chopin.  
Tickets in advance at £10.00, to include refreshments, (or £12.00 purchased at the door,) are available from Pages of Wickham, newsagents, or by sending a SAE to 'Concert', Orchard Cottage, 34 West St, Southwick, PO17 6EA. Cheques payable to 'The Rowans Hospice'.
Organised by the Southwick, Boarhunt and Meon Support Group.

young riders

The Ruby Ride

20 September 2015 - Start and finish at Lakeside North Harbour, Portsmouth, PO6 3EN

For more information email fundraising@rowanshospice.co.uk

A sponsored cycle ride with a choice of 18, 30 or 65 miles to either test yourself or have a lovely leisurely ride with your family and friends in support of the Hospice.

All three routes will start and finish at Lakeside North Harbour where you are welcome to meet up with friends and family, there will be food and drinks available to purchase. Everyone receives a t-shirt and medal on completion.

You can register online or by downloading and printing a PDF registration form. Visit The Ruby Ride web page or email fundraising@rowanshospice.co.uk if you would like more information.


Portsdown Travel - Cruising

1 October 2015 - 15 October 2015

The only way to travel!

14 nights round tour cruise from Southampton in the P&O Oriana visiting Ponta Delgada and Horta, Azores; Madeira and Lisbon, Portugal; Cadiz and Vigo, Spain; and Gibraltar.
For more information contact Portsdown Travel on 023 9238 2433 or email portsdown.travel@hotmail.co.uk. For Booking Forms please send a 9" x 4" SAE to Portsdown Travel, (Oriana 2015) Orchard Cottage, 34 West St, Southwick, Hants, PO17 6EA.  

Golden Gate Bridge

Cycle California Challenge

6 October 2015 - 19 October 2015 from San Francisco to Los Angeles,

for more information email: fundraising@rowanshospice.co.uk or call 023 9223 7142,

Take part in our Cycle California Challenge for 2015.

You will cycle from San Francisco to Los Angeles taking in the beautiful scenery of the west coast of the USA. Cycling 500 miles over 9 days with time to do some sightseeing, this is set to be an exciting challenge and a great way to see America.

The trip will cost £3,000 including a £1,000 donation to The Rowans Hospice. The cost covers your flights, bike transfer from England, transfers to and from the airport in the USA, accommodation for 13 nights including breakfast, a support team and vehicle, logistics and back up.

A deposit of £250 will secure your place - sign up today!

Contact us on 023 9223 7142 or email fundraising@rowanshospice.co.uk.

Cycle California Itinerary

Great South Run

Great South Run

25 October 2015 - 10 mile circuit around Southsea

for more information please call Fundraising on 023 9223 8532

A great experience !

Run The Great South Run in aid of The Rowans Hospice. The fast and flat 10 mile route takes in the iconic sites of the Portsmouth Historic Dockyard including Portsmouth Cathedral, Spinnaker Tower and the HMS Victory- which has played host to the Band of HM Royal Marines, who often perform for passing runners at the iconic site. The final flat stretch along the sea front has given thousands of people the opportunity to get a personal best time for more than twenty years.

Every year the event attracts a plethora of athletes, celebrities and runners raising money for good causes, with over £30 million having been raised for charity over the years.

The Bupa Great South Run has grown into a great weekend of running in the popular seaside location, along with the Bupa Junior & Mini Great South Run and the Bupa Great South Run 5k.

If you would like to be on 'Team Rowans' in this year's event you can apply for one of our Bond places. 

Encourage your children to run, as individuals or as a team from school or with friends.

If you already have a place, you can still be on our team. Please give us your details by completing and returning this form.


Year round events

Some of our events don't have a fixed date or are run multiple times through the year. Details of these events are below, including how to take part.

dinner setting

Fundraising at Abarbistro, Old Portsmouth

at Abarbistro, White Hart Road, Old Portsmouth, PO1 2JA,

phone 023 9281 1585 or email amber@abarbistro.co.uk for more information,

How many ways to raise funds?

Abarbistro, the award winning restaurant, are organising a variety of events during the course of the year to raise funds for The Rowans Hospice.
Please go to their website at http://www.abarbistro.co.uk for details and see how  generous their customers have been. When next in the area pop in to sample their food and join in their current fundraising event.  


people skydiving

Skydive on a day of your choice!

at locations around the UK, our nearest is at Netheravon Airfield, Salisbury, SP4 9RY

for more information, contact our fundraising team on 023 9223 8532 or email fundraising@rowanshospice.co.uk

Fly like a bird! On a day to suit YOU!

Help us raise funds by making an exhilarating 10,000 feet freefall tandem parachute jump! 

Imagine, freefalling  for 5,000 feet reaching speeds of 120 mph before opening your parachute for a 5 minute canopy ride taking in the stunning landscape before landing in front of spectators with friends and family having a grandstand view! 
Divers must be 16 years and over and under 16 stone.

Cost of registration is £225, which includes training and equipment, and you are asked to raise a minimum of £200 sponsorship making a total of £425.   



Portsdown Travel - Normandy

Everything from short breaks to property purchase!

Contact Portsdown Travel for more details.      



Portsdown Travel - Great British Heritage Weekends

A wide selection of Themed Weekends,

Contact Portsdown Travel for more details.


Portsdown Travel - Garden Holidays

In Europe and Worldwide!

Contact Portsdown Travel for more details.


Individual challenges

Please consider sponsoring our supporters who are taking on the following challenges:


Jane Sheehan climbs Snowdon

11 July 2015

Good luck!

Jane Sheehan with friends is climbing Mount Snowdon in Wales to raise funds for The Rowans Hospice. 
If you wish to sponsor Jane please contact her on 023 9224 1299 or 07411 602983, email Sheehan47@aol.com


Melanie Read abseils the Spinnaker Tower!

15 August 2015 at 10.30am, Gunwharf Quays

Must have a head for heights!

Melanie Read is fund raising for The Rowans Hospice by abseiling down the Spinnaker Tower!
If you would like to sponsor Melanie please contact her on 01329 665479 or 07887 550153, email mel.peaches.read@gmail.com 



Martin Reeves is riding across England on a scooter!

28 August 2015

for more information phone Martin on 07712 219659 or email reevesm35@yahoo.com

A mammouth undertaking!

Martin Reeves is taking up the ultimate challenge to ride across England on a scooter in memory of Darren Wilkie and in aid of The Rowans Hospice.. Leaving Brighton on 28th August and having completed his epic ride arrive at Mersea Scooter Rally on 4th September. 
Followed by a party on 23rd October at the Rifle Club, 205 Goldsmith Ave, Southsea, PO4 0AW, with a band, DJ and raffle. Tickets £7.00.
If you would like to help Martin please go to www.justgiving.com/reevesm35
His ride is sponsored by RPM Scooters of Hungerford.


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Adam Mortlock is running the New Forest Marathon

13 September 2015 from Brockenhurst,

Must be fit!

To raise funds for The Rowans Hospice Adam Mortlock is running the New Forest Marathon.
To support Adam please phone hinm on 07584 410579 or email adamjmortlock@googlemail.com


Cyra Burnes enters Run or Dye at Stansted

20 September 2015 at 9.30am, at Stansted Park, Rowlands Castle,

A colourful experience!

Cyra Burnes is entering the charity 5k Run or Dye event around Stansted Park.
If you would like to sponsor Cyra please contact her on 07780 462711.
To read more abot this unusual event go to the Stansted Park website.


Volunteer with us.

Whatever your age or interests, we provide many opportunities to volunteer at The Rowans Hospice. Serve meals, work in a shop, help in the hospice or drive for us.


Shop with us.

Bag yourself a bargain and support us at the same time. Visit our shops and see our great range of new and donated goods. You can donate as you shop by giving us anything you no longer want.


How to help.

Discover the exciting ways you can fundraise and get involved with The Rowans Hospice. From abseiling to family walks and business fun days, we.ve got great events for everyone.