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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).


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Rowans Ride (formerly The Ruby Ride)

2 October 2016 - 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.

Our popular cycle ride is back this year with a new name - Rowans Ride! You will still have the opportunity to choose one of three routes and raise money for The Rowans 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 medal on completion.

Online registration is now open or email fundraising@rowanshospice.co.uk if you would like more information.

Hospice Care Week

Hospice Care Week

3 October 2016 - 9 October 2016


This year we are celebrating Hospice Care Week by raising awareness for hospice and palliative care around the world.
Please get in touch if you would like to hold an event for us during Hospice Care Week or get involved by texting TTRH22 £5 to 70070 to donate £5.00 to The Rowans Hospice to support local hospice care in Portsmouth and South East Hampshire.


Beer Festival

14 October 2016 - and 15th October, at Groundlings Theatre, 42 Kent St, Portsmouth, PO1 3BS,

Many fine brews on offer!

To raise funds for various charities, including The Rowans Hospice, you are invited to the 6th Portsea Island Beer Festival with over 50 beers and ciders. Music from Dicey Tilley on Friday night, Blendworth Brass on Saturday afternoon and The Spoils Saturday night.
Ticket prices: Friday, preview session, Noon to 4.00pm, £4.00, Friday 6.00pm to 11.00pm, £8.00. Saturday Noon to 4.00pm, £4.00 and 6.00pm to 11.00pm £8.00.
Tickets available from Irvings Brewery 023 9238 9988, Groundlings Theatre 0239273 7370, or from The Queens Head, Titchfield, The Hole in the Wall, Southsea, The Leopold, Southsea, The Rose in June, Copnor or The Stags Head, Westborne.


Craft and Chatter

15 October 2016 - 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.  


Coffee Morning

15 October 2016 - at the United Reform Church, Hollow Lane, Hayling Island, PO11 9EY

for more information phone 023 9246 9160

A chance to relax!

The Hayling Island Support Group invite you to their Coffee Morning  in aid of The Rowans Hospice for a modest .50p. A good time to catch up with old friends and make new ones.


Skittles Evening

15 October 2016 - at 7.00pm for 7.30pm, at the AGE UK Borrow Centre, London Road, Cowplain

A chance to show your skills!

The Purbrook and Widley Support Group invite you to test your skills at their Skittles Evening in aid of The Rowans Hospice.Tickets at £8.00, including a fish & chip supper, are available from 023 9225 2466 or 023 9264 5132. 
Please bring your own drinks and glass.

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Coffee and Cake

18 October 2016 - 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 £2.50 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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Variety Concert

22 October 2016 - doors open 6.00pm for 7.30pm until 10.00pm. at the Wymering Parish Church, Medina Rd, Portsmouth, PO6 3NH,

for more information phone 023 9237 6307 or email wymeringchurch@gmail.com

Something for everyone!

You are invited to this Variety Concert with a three course meal raising funds for The Rowans Hospice. There will be a full line-up of local acts including harpist Danielle Clarke, Chris Wrein, Pitchpipers, Alex Higgins, Blokezone, JSD KRU, Cantando Music and NYS Performing Arts.
Tickets £15.00 , £10.00 children, for dinner and concert. For concert only £7.50 or £8.00 on the door. Available from Wymering Parish Office from 9.30am to 12.30pm Mon and on Thurs 9.30 to 11.30am.




Fashion Show

26 October 2016 - at 6.30pm, at Edinburgh Woollen Mill, Dukes Walk, Waterlooville

See the latest offers!

The Purbrook and Widley Support Group, in conjunction with Edinburgh Woollen Mills, invite you to a Fashion Show in aid of The Rowans Hospice.
Tickets at £3.00 available from 023 9261 5132 or 023 9225 2485. Alternatively, you can purchase tickets or recieve more information at the Edinburgh Woollen Mill Shop on 023 9226 6468. Ticket price includes light refreshments. Goods purchased on the night receive a 20% discount.


Children's Starlit Walk

27 October 2016 - 6.30pm around Portsmouth Historic Dockyard,

for more information email fundraising@rowanshospice.co.uk

This very special event is a sponsored walk for children, accompanied by an adult.

Once again we are giving the children the chance to take part in their very own event in aid of Rowans Hospice, accompanied by an adult. Formerly known as Moonlit Memories Meander, the route of the Starlit Walk will take you into secret areas of the naval base and past HMS Victory which will look spectacular lit up at night. The children can choose whether to complete the 1.5-mile course or go on to do a second lap making it a 3-mile challenge. 

Registration is £5 per child with a sponsorship target of £25. Each child will receive a medal and a hot drink and snack on completion.

This year, the optional fancy dress theme is wear something shiny, sparkly or bright!

More information

Online registration is now open!

Xmas Tree

Christmas Fair

12 November 2016 - from 10.00am to 4.00pm, at the Festival Hall, Petersfield

for more information contact 07900 243080

A chance to find that special gift!

This Christmas Fair is an exciting event with wonderfully different stalls offering fashion, beautiful crafts, gifts, food stuffs, cafe and raffle. All proceeds to  The Rowans Hospice. Free entry.


The Rachel Griffin Ball

12 November 2016 - 5.30pm for welcome drinks, carriages at Midnight, at the Royal Maritime Club, Queen St, Portsmouth, PO1 3HS,

for more information contact Andy 07834 189358, Sam 07891 969206 or Becky 07718 378626,

A wonderful night!

The Rachel Griffin Ball to raise funds for The Rowans Hospice is an event not to be missed! Having dined there will be entertainment from The Mixtape and Discos 4 All.
Tickets at £50.00. A £15.00 deposit is required by 29th April, £17.50 payment with menus by 30th June and final payment of £17.50 by 30th September. Payments can be made by cash, cheques or BACS transfer.  
Dress code will be DJ or suit and tie for the men and cocktail or evening dress for the ladies. Rooms available at the Club quoting the event.


Christmas Market

19 November 2016 - from 10.00am to 12 Noon, at the Deverell Hall, London Rd, Purbrook, PO7 5JG,

for more information phone 023 9225 2466 or 07941 376754,

Come, look and buy! Something for everyone!

Who knows what bargains are just waiting to be snapped up at this Christmas Market  organised by the Purbrook and Widley Support Group?
Check out the various stalls - books, plants, cakes, tombola, nearly new, raffle clothes and refreshments. 


Recorder Sinfonia Concert

19 November 2016 - at 6.00pm. at the Deverell Hall, Purbrook, PO7 5JU,

for more information phone 01329 834297,

An fine event!

The Hampshire Recorder Sinfonia invite you to their Charity Concert in aid of The Rowans Hospice with a promise of good music. Tickets at £8.00 for adults, £1.00 for accompanied children and £3.50 for students, available at the door or by contacting the Box Office on 01329 834297. Includes interval refreshments. 

Woofs and Wellies

Woofs and Wellies

27 November 2016 - 9am onwards at Stansted Park, Rowlands Castle, PO9 6DX

fundraising@rowanshospice.co.uk or 023 9223 7142

Woofs & Wellies is a fun, Christmas-themed sponsored walk for all doggies around the stunning grounds of Stansted Park. Last year saw 250 dogs of all breeds and sizes walk alongside each other dressed in Christmas jumpers, Santa hats and festive decorations. Some of the humans dressed up too!

This year there will be two different routes; the first route is the same as last year and is approximately 3k, the second route, instead of walking the 3k route twice, there is a choice of a longer 6k route. You can decide which route you would like to do on the day.

All dogs taking part must be registered for the walk and are welcome to bring as many human companions with them as they like. Each dog will get a dog medal and doggy bag for taking part in the event.

Find out more.

Registration £5 per dog. Sponsorship goal £25


Music Gig and Auction,

30 November 2016 - from 8.00pm, at The Crofton, Crofton Lane, Hillhead, PO14 3QF,

for more information phone 07773 708223 or 07552 383510,

Promises to be a good evening!

Jenny White and Trish Trigwell invite you to their Music Gig and Auction in aid of The Rowans Hospice.
In the auction there will be memorabilia from both Southampton and Portsmouth Football Clubs.


Trip to London

5 December 2016 -

A great day out!

The Denmead Support Group invite you to join them for a Trip to London! Visit the Houses of Parliament,  tour of the London Christmas Lights with free time for shopping.
Tickets at £17.00. For more information please contact either Janet Read on 023 9225 7565 or Trish Bailey on 023 9225 4729.


Trek Nepal

31 March 2017 - 10 April 2017 Himalayas


Hike the Himalayas in Nepal and raise funds for The Rowans Hospice

The challenge is on to trek to Poon Hill (3,210m) in the stunning Annapurna region. The trek will take us through charming Nepalese villages where we will experience the culture of the mountain people of Nepal first hand. The challenge will be tough but the friendship and camaraderie along the way will be very special.

For more information, download the brochure Trek Nepal (3MB PDF) 


Spinnaker Abseil

Abseil Challenge

8 July 2017 - 9 July 2017 Emirates Spinnaker Tower, Gunwharf Quays, Portsmouth

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

Our Abseil Challenge is open for 2017 due to popular demand! Abseil down the Emirates Spinnaker Tower on Saturday 8th or Sunday 9th July. To celebrate our 15th anniversary, 2017 will be the year of the super heroes! The dress code is optional but to us, you are all heroes for taking that brave step over the edge onto the side of the building to raise money for Rowans Hospice.

The 2016 challenge saw 73 people descend the 94m of the building over the weekend, and have currently raised almost £27,000 with money still coming in!

You can abseil at various times throughout the day in groups of up to 6 people so you can abseil with friends, family or colleagues! Day and time slots are booked on a first come first serve basis. Whether you want to descend as Superman, Wonder Woman or the Hulk, please be warned that your capes will have to be tied up or tucked in for your safety during the abseil.

Registration £50 with a target sponsorship of £200 - online registration.


Portsdown Travel - Cruising

20 September 2017 - 7 October 2017

The only way to travel!

Departing from Southampton visiting Olbia (Sardinia), Naples, Civitavecchia (Rome) - Italy; El Ferrol, Cadiz, Ciudadela (Menorca), Palamos - Spain; Monte Carlo - Monaco; Gibraltar; returning to Southampton.

For more information contact Portsdown Travel on 023 9238 2433, 01329 232915, 07940 805431 or email portsdown.travel@hotmail.co.uk. For a Booking Form please send a 9" x 4" SAE to: Portsdown Travel, (Oriana 2017),  Orchard Cottage, 34 West St, Southwick, Hants, PO17 6EA. 


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.

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.


Portsdown Travel - Special Interest Tours

Culinary, Botany and Walking

For full details contact Portsdown Travel through their webpage.


Individual challenges

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

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Glenn Stringer Challenges

3 February 2016

A year of tough events!

Glenn Stringer with a friend has set himself a year of Challenges, one a month,  to raise funds for The Rowans Hospice.
If you would like to sponsor Glenn please do so at www.justgiving.com/glenn-stringer
Glenn is coming up for his 4th Challenge and is on target for his goal. Please continue to sponsor him through the above link.



Colin Martin runs the Bournemouth Marathon

2 October 2016

Go for it!

In memory of his father Colin Martin is running the Bournemouth Marathon.
If you wish to sponsor Colin please go to his Just Giving page at https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/Colin-Martin02

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Melanie Whittle runs the Bournemouth Marathon

2 October 2016 at 10.00am,

Must be fit!

Melanie Whittle is running the Bournemouth Marathon to raise funds for The Rowans Hospice and in memory of her sister , Vanessa. If you wish to sponsor Melanie please email melaniekent@btinternet.com, or phone 07900 685266.



Su-Mae Wheeler Skydived!

14 October 2016

A fantastic experience!

To raise funds for The Rowans Hospice Su-Mae Wheeler Skydived on 31st July.
So far Su-Mae has raised £1,216 50. If you wish to support Su Mae her JustGiving page, https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/su-mae-wheeler  will remain open for the next three months.


Scott Munro treks the Sahara

12 November 2016

An amazing experience!

Scott Munro is trekking 100k across the Sahara to raise funds for The Rowans Hospice!
If you wish to sponsor him please go to his page at www.justgiving.com/scott-munro5    
Scott has time to prepare for his epic run and welcomes sponsorship through his JustGiving page.

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The Milton Keynes Half Marathon

11 December 2016 at 10.00am,

A test of stamina!

In aid of The Rowans Hospice Jan Howe's daughter is running the Milton Keynes Half Marathon.
If you wish to sponsor her please email to jfhowe@hotmail.co.uk or phone 07778 008886.


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.