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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).



Craft and Chatter at Havant

27 March 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.  


The Mayor of Fareham's Charity Ball,

27 March 2015 - 7.00pm for 7.30pm, carriages at midnight, at the Ferneham Hall, Osborn Rd, Fareham, PO16 7DB,

for tickets and more information phone 01329 824303,

Not to be missed!

The Mayor and Mayoress of Fareham invite you to their Charity Ball to raise funds for their chosen charities, which includes The Rowans Hospice.
Dancing to Utopia Dance Band.
For tickets at £45.00 please use above contact details. 

Citroen C1

Car Raffle

30 March 2015 -

Win a brand new Citroen C1, or 5,000, for 1!

Win a brand new Citroen C1, or £5,000 cash, in The Rowans Hospice Car Raffle thanks to the generosity of the Richmond Motor Group, who again have donated a car. 
The draw for this amazing prize will take place at 11.00am on 30th March 2015.


place setting

The Mayor of Havant's Spring Charity Dinner

31 March 2015 - carriages at 10.30pm. at the Restaurant, South Downs College, Waterlooville, PO7 8AA,

Not to be missed!

The Mayor of Havant invites you to her Spring Charity Dinner to raise funds for her chosen charities, including The Rowans Hospice. 
The event will begin will aperitifs at 6.15pm followed by a three course dinner, with a vegetarian option, followed by coffee. And a vocalist, Emma Read.
Dress will be black tie or dark lounge suit - evening dress long or short.
Tickets at £32.00 available from Mrs Anne Thurlow, the Mayor's secretary, at the Council Offices, or phone 023 9244 6152, email anne.thurlow@havant.gov.uk
Deadline for bookings is 10th March.

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Coffee Morning at Lee on the Solent

1 April 2015 - from 10.00am to 12 Noon, at the Methodist Church Hall, High Street, Lee-on-the-Solent, PO13 9HY

for more information phone 023 9255 4188,

Enjoy a coffee with friends.

Everyone is welcome to join us for our Coffee Morning with delicious home-made cakes.
Entrance including coffee and cake £2.00. All proceeds in aid of The Rowans Hospice.


Gap - Fundraising at Gunwharf Quays

1 April 2015 - 30 April 2015 at the Gap Outlet shop in Gunwharf Quays

Something for all the family.

Our thanks to Gap who are raising funds for The Rowans Hospice with various events during March and April.  
When shopping in Gunwharf Quays remember to pop in.


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The Mayor of Fareham's Charity Tea Parties

2 April 2015 - at 2.30pm in The Mayor's Parlour, in The Mayor's Parlour, Floor 8, Civic Offices, Civic Way, Fareham, PO16 7AZ,

for tickets and more information phone 01329 236110,

A perfect way to spend an afternoon,

The Mayor and Mayoress of Fareham would be delighted to see you at their afternoon Tea Party in aid of their chosen charities, including The Rowans Hospice.
These have taken place throughout their year in office.
At this last one Sandra Barnes will give a talk on Wood Carving.
Admission £4.00.


Charity Football Match & Fun Day at Paulsgrove

5 April 2015 - from 11.00am, at the Paulsgrove Social Club, Marsden Rd, Paulsgrove, PO6 4JB

for more information contact Ian on 07799 241143 or email ianheather76@hotmail.co.uk

Not to be missed!

Ian Heather is organising a Charity Football Match and Fun Day to raise funds for The Rowans Hospice.
Bring the family and support your team!


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Quiz Night with Supper at Fareham,

10 April 2015 - at 7.30pm, at the Wallington Village Community Centre, Broadcut, Fareham, PO16 8ST,

for more information and tickets please phone Maureen on 023 9234 0243

An opportunity to show off your knowledge!

The Fareham Support Group are holding a Quiz Night to raise funds for The Rowans Hospice. 
Tickets at £9.50 person, which includes a ploughmans supper with dessert, are available through the above contact details. Please purchase your tickets in advance.
And please bring your own drinks.


Tattoo Marathon at Fareham

11 April 2015 - from 10.00am onwards Eclipse Tattoo Studio, 43 Redlands Lane, Fareham PO14 1HL

for more information phone 01329 511540,

A permanent way to show you care.

This is a different way of raising money for the Hospice, Eclipse Tattoo artists are tattooing as many cancer ribbons as possible in 24 hours.
In response to a growing number of people that are requesting tattoos in memory of someone, Danny & Shelly Stevens thought they could help raise vital funds for Cancer Research and local hospice care.


Run the Brighton Marathon

12 April 2015 - around the best that Brighton has to offer,

for more information phone 023 9223 8532 or email fundraising@ rowanshospice.co.uk

Run and raise funds!

We have charity places and are looking for keen runners or supporters who are up for a challenge to help raise awareness and much needed funds for our hospice. If you would like to take part in the 2015 Brighton Marathon as part of 'Team Rowans' or join one our cheering point we'd love to hear from you.
We will support you with training and fundraising advice and The Rowans Hospice professional running vest.  
For more information contact our Fundraising Team on 023 9223 8532, email fundraising@rowanshospice.co.uk


'Rock for The Rowans' at Hilsea

18 April 2015 - from 7.30pm to Midnight, at the Broad Oak Social Club, Airport Service Rd, Portsmouth, PO3 5PB,

for tickets and information contact Feleena on 07763 009837 or email feleenaelkington@hotmail.com

Not to be missed!

Feleena Elkington invites you to a commemorative Music Gig in memory of 'Angie' to raise funds for The Rowans Hospice.
With music from Betty Blue, Rockabilly Rhythms and John, 5 x 5.

Tickets £6.50, children welcome.

classic car

The Mayor of Havant's Classic Vehicle Run

19 April 2015 - starting from the car park, Public Service Plaza, Civic Centre, Havant,

A time to remember!

The Mayor of Havant invites owners of pre-1989 vehicles: cars,  motor cycles, lorries, to take part in her Classic Vehicle Run to raise funds for her chosen  charities, including The Rowans Hospice. 
Registration from 8.45am to 9.45am with vehicles flagged off around 10.00am. The finish will be at Fort Purbrook. There will be musical entertainment by The Stokes Bay Strummers Ukulele Group.
For more information and an entry form please contact Anne Thurlow, the Mayor's secretary, on 023 9244 6152 or email anne.thurwell@havant.gov.uk 

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Coffee and Cake at Gosport

21 April 2015 - from 10.00am to Noon, at the White Hart, 195 Stoke Rd, Gosport, PO12 2JE

for more information call Margaret Stevenson on 023 9258 9410

A opportunity to relax with friends old and new!

Drop in for a Coffee Morning and enjoy quality time with friends whilst raising funds for The Rowans Hospice for a modest entrance of £2.00 which includes cake! 
Organised by the Gosport Support Group.
Check the pub menu as you might want to treat yourself to lunch afterwards! The Support Group thank the staff of the White Hart for their help and support. 

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Coffee Morning on Hayling Island

25 April 2015 - from 9.30am to Noon, at the United Reform Church, small hall, Hayling Island

for more information phone 023 9246 9160

Quiet time with friends!

Catch up with the news at this Coffee Morning organised by the Hayling Island Support Group. Entry a modest 50p, includes coffee or tea.
In addition there will be crafts, cakes, books, tombola, bacon butties and bric-a-brac.


Run the London Marathon

26 April 2015 - around the world famous London course

for more information phone Fundraising on 023 9223 8532, or email fundraising@rowanshospice.co.uk

The ultimate run!

If you have secured your own place in the 2015 London Marathon, regarded as one of the worlds's top marathons, and would like to run for 'Team Rowans', we'd love to hear from you.

To discuss, please contact Fundraising on the above number or by emailing to fundraising@rowanshospice.co.uk


'Pots of Colour' at Gosport

28 April 2015 - promptly at 1.00pm, at the David Bogue Hall, St Andrews Rd, Gosport, PO12 1QA,

for tickets and more information contact Jenny Bartlett on 023 9252 8448, or email jenny.bartlett@talktalk.net

A chance to appreciate and learn.

The Gosport Support Group presents 'Pots of Colour', a flower arranging demonstration for Spring given by David Thomson, a NAFAS National Demonstrator.
Tickets are £8.00 per person, which includes tea/coffee and homemade cake. 


Skydive in May!

9 May 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 is also planned for 5th September.

The event can also be arranged for any day to suit you. See 'Year round events.'


Portsdown Travel - Corfu

9 May 2015 - until 16 May,

phone 023 9238 2433, 01329 232915 or 07940 805431, email portsdown.travel@hotmail.co.uk

Another fine holiday for you!

Portsdown Travel invite you to join them for an eight day holiday by air to Corfu, staying in a 4* Hotel. Corfu is a stunning Ionian island nestling off the West side of mainland Greece - a real gem!  Return coaching transfer from local area.
For more information and a Booking Form please send a stamped addressed 9"x 4" envelope to Portsdown Travel Group Organiser (Corfu), Orchard Cottage, 34 West St, Southwick, Hants, PO17 6EA.

Dragon Boat Race

Dragon Boat Festival

16 May 2015 - 17 May 2015 at Lakeside North Harbour, Cosham, Portsmouth, PO6 3EN

for further information email: info@portsdragonboatfestival.co.uk

Two days of fun at the Dragon Boat Festival.

Organised  by Portsmouth and Southsea Rotary Clubs this exciting Dragon Boat Festival over two days is now an annual established event. Proceeds go towards the charities supported by Rotary including The Rowans Hospice. 
Teams must comprise of 16 paddlers plus a drummer and three reserves. 
There will be a series of heats resulting in a final with awards.
Get together with friends from  work or college and enter a team to race for The Rowans Hospice.
Visit their website at www.portsdragonboatfestival.co.uk for full details of the event and an online entry form.


Charity Music and Magic Night at Purbrook,

16 May 2015 - from 7.00pm to -10.30pm at St John's Church Hall, Purbrook, PO7 5LQ

for tickets and more information contact Roberta Porter on 023 9243 6959 or 07757 363638 or via e-mail to billy_d_porter@hotmail.com

Featuring The Huggers and Magic Simon!

Join the Waterlooville Area Support  Group in their Charity Music and Magic evening raising money for The Rowans Hospice. Including a raffle and 'Play Your Cards Right!'. Music by The Hayling Ukelele Group 'The Huggers'. 
By ticket only, admission at £10.00, which includes a Ploughman's Supper - bring you own drinks, alcohol allowed.


Art & Craft Show

23 May 2015 - 24 May 2015 at Portchester Parish Hall, Assheton Court, Portchester, PO16 9PY

for more information contact 023 9237 0647

Embroidery, Ceramics, Paintings, Woodcarvings, Sculptures.

Come along to this Art and Craft Show in support of The Rowans Hospice.
There will be a variety of craft stalls, an art exhibition and refreshments.
The event will be opened by Ruth White, the CEO of The Rowans Hospice and will be open from 9.30am to 4.30pm on both days. Entrance £1 for adults, children free.

Moonlit Memories Fundraisers

Moonlit Memories Walk

20 June 2015 - 11pm start around Southsea, Portsmouth, starting from Castle Field, Southsea


Our annual 6-mile walk or a 12-mile challenge!

Join us for a walk under a star-lit sky along Southsea Seafront, through Old Portsmouth and the Historic Dockyard where HMS Victory will be illuminated.

There is also an opportunity to light a candle in memory of a loved one in Portsmouth Anglican Cathedral.

Click here to read all about it

Spinnaker Abseil

Abseil the Spinnaker Tower!

12 July 2015 - 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 just 80 places available. 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).




Portsdown Travel - East Anglia

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.

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 Murphy 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.


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. 

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.

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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 fund raising event.  


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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:


Caroline's Big Slim

1 April 2015 at St Mark's Church Hall, Stamshaw, Portsmouth

Caroline can be contacted on 023 9266 0970 or 07523913909

A healthy way to fundraise!

Caroline Randall is setting herself a target to lose over 2 stones during her visits to Slimming World's 'The Big Slim'  and raise funds for The Rowans Hospice at the same time.
If you would like to encourage Caroline and sponsor her please get in touch through the above contact numbers. 


Lands End to John O'Groats Cycle Challenge!

5 May 2015 to 18 May

Some bike ride!

James Gisborne and James Finch, with others, are proposing to undertake the cycle of a lifetime, from Lands End to John O'Groats to raise funds for The Rowans Hospice!
If you would like to support them please contact them on 07554 001376 and 07875 967960 or email james.gisborne@btinternet.com  or jwfinch92@gmail.com


Ben Barron cycles Mont Ventoux

25 May 2015 Mont Ventoux, Provence, France,

Ben is available on 023 9294 6298,

A real challenge!

Ben Barron has taken up the challenge to cycle Mont Ventoux, a beast of a mountain often climbed during the Tour de France, to raise funds for The Rowans Hospice.
If you would like to sponsor Ben please get in touch with him.

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Wayne Gittins and The 3 Peak Challenge

29 May 2015 and 31 May,

A test of stamina!

Wayne Gittins, with friends, is taking up the 3 Peak Challenge which requires super fitness, to raise funds for The Rowans Hospice.
If you would like to sponsor Wayne please phone him on 07814 706428.


Riding the length of UK on a scooter!

28 August 2015

A mammouth undertaking!

Martin Reeves is taking up the ultimate challenge to ride the length of the UK on a scooter in memory of Darren Wilkie. 
If you would like to sponsor Martin please contact him on 07712 219659  or email reevesm35@yahoo.com
Catch up with Martin on his Facebook page under Sponsored Charity Ride.



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.