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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).



The Rowans Hospice at the All New Southsea Show

1 August 2014 - 2nd and 3rd from 10.00am till late, on Southsea Common,

There really will be something for all the family!

Southsea Common will become a fun packed showroom with the All New Southsea Show which will run over the weekend.
And there are many events under cover should it rain!
When there be sure and try your luck at the Coconut Shy run by The Rowans Hospice.



Craft and Chatter at Havant

1 August 2014 - 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.  


Gig Night at Paulsgrove

2 August 2014 - from 8.00pm, at the Paulsgrove Social Club, Marsden Rd, Paulsgrove, PO6 4JB

for more information contact Ian on 023 9261 0375 or 07799 241143

A night of good music is promised!

Ian Heather is arranging a Gig Night to raise funds for The Rowans Hospice.
Come along to hear the best of music from local bands!


Charity Fun Day at The Froddington Arms

2 August 2014 - from midday to closing, at The Froddington Arms, 55 Fratton Rd, Portsmouth, PO1 5AB,

for more information phone 07510 117200,

A fun day with something for everyone!

The Froddington Arms is putting on a great day to raise funds for The Rowans Hospice. 
They promise ' entertainment, raffle and anything we can cram in the pub'! 

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M&S Static Bike Challenge at Gunwharf Quays

2 August 2014 - during July and August, at Marks and Spencer, Gunwharf Quays, Portsmouth,

Work off those inches!

During the Saturdays in July and August Marks and Spencer staff will be excercising on their Static Bicycle Machine, between 11.00am and 2.00 pm.
Please sponsor them in aid of The Rowans Hospice.


Irene's Open Garden on Hayling

3 August 2014 - from 10.00am to 4.00pm, at 4 Avenue Road, Hayling Island, PO11 0LX

For more details phone 023 9246 9160

Relax with a stroll and appreciate the variety of colours, shapes and scents of an English garden!

What more can be said and so come and enjoy Irene's Open Garden for a modest £2 admission. Organised by the Hayling Island Support Group. 


Open Garden at Swanmore

3 August 2014 - from 2.00pm to 5.30pm, at Hill Farm House, Droxford Road, Swanmore, SO32 2PY,

for more information phone 023 9238 2433, or 023 9237 0647.

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

This Open Garden event is the perfect time to stroll around an English garden in full Summer taking in the colours and the scents!
Refreshments, with home made cakes, will be available and plants for sale.
Organised by the Southwick, Boarhunt and Meon Support Group.


Car Boot Sale at Southsea

3 August 2014 - from 7.00am to early afternoon

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 an area by the skatepark opposite the D-Day Museum. Clarence Parade, Southsea, PO5 3NT.
£8.00 for cars and small vans. 

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Coffee Morning at Lee on the Solent

6 August 2014 - from 10.00am to 12 Noon, at the Methodist Church Hall, High Street, Lee-on-the-Solent, PO13 9HY

Enjoy a coffee with friends and help raise valuable funds for The Rowans Hospice.

Come a spend quiet time with friends at the Coffee Morning in aid of The Rowans Hospice.
Entrance £2.00 includes tea or coffee and home-made cake.
In addition there will be a produce stall.

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Coffee Morning at Havant

6 August 2014 - from 10.00am to 12 noon, at the United Reform Church, Elm Lane, Havant, PO9 1PP

Drop in for a friendly chat and a coffee!

Today and every Wednesday there will be a Coffee Morning from 10.00am to 12 noon at the Church in support of The Rowans Hospice. 
The organising ladies look forward to your company, with coffee at a modest price. 
Possibly you might have some spare time to help them run these very worthwhile mornings for which The Rowans Hospice is very grateful.


Car Boot Sale at Southsea

10 August 2014 - from 7.00am to early afternoon,

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 in the area adjacent to Skatepark opposite the D-Day Museum, Clarence Esplanade, Southsea, PO5 3NT. 
£8 per car or small van.

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Southsea Golf Club's Charity Golf Day

17 August 2014 - Tee Off times from 7.00am, at Great Salterns Golf Course, Burrfields Road, Southsea, PO3 5HH

for more details please call 023 9267 0131 or email Alan at alan.lihou@btinternet.com

A chance to enjoy a round of golf with friends and raise money for The Rowans Hospice.

The Southsea Golf Club are hosting the annual  Charity Golf Day to raise funds for The Rowans Hospice. 
Teams of four, any combination. A team with a player without an EGU handicap will be eligible to play for different top prizes. Why not sponsor a hole? An ideal way to promote your business. Entry Fee is £35 per player  - £25.00 for Great Salterns Season Ticket Holders - includes coffee on arrival and a two course hot/cold buffet meal. The Prize Fund is over £1,000, with prizes for top teams, for the Straightest Drive and Nearest the Pin. And for an Ace on the 4th you can win a car! Many other prizes including golfing holidays and a set of TaylorMade Rocketbladez HP Irons.  For full details go to their website at http://www.southsea-golf.co.uk/   Organised by the Portsmouth (South) Support Group.
Click here to download an Application form.


Motorcycle Ride Out from Portsdown Hill

17 August 2014 - in the morning, from Route 66 Burger Van, Portsdown Hill

For more information contact Susan on 07970 966912 or email suzy101@virginmedia.com

Calling all bikers!

Susan Jones has organised a Motorcycle Ride Out to raise funds for The Rowans Hospice.


A Week of Fun at The Barley Mow, Southsea

19 August 2014 - 25 August 2014 at The Barley Mow, 39 Castle Rd, Southsea, PO5 3DE

for more information on any of the events contact Sandra on 07908 627427 or email dragnet69@hotmail.com

Something for everyone!

Sandra Dixon at The Barley Mow  is arranging a Week of Fun with fantastic events for everyone all to raise funds for The Rowans Hospice. 
With a Beer Festival on the 19th and Live Music on the 20th for four days!
And competitions! Come along and join in the fun! 

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Hereford & Wye Valley

19 August 2014 - 22 August 2014

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

4 days by coach - Half Board accommodation

Enjoy the Black and White Village Trail through some of the prettiest villages and most beautiful landscape in England. Visits to Hereford Cathedral, Cider Museum and an opportunity to stroll beside the River Wye, also Hampton Court Gardens and Parklands, with the River Lugg running alongside.

For a brochure please send a 9" x 4" SAE to Portsdown Travel, Orchard Cottage, 34 West St, Southwick PO17 6EA.

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Charity Cricket Day at Southsea

24 August 2014 - from 1.00pm, at St Helen's Cricket Ground on the seafront,

A perfect way to pass an afternoon!

Drop in at this Charity Cricket Day organised by the Portsmouth Cricket Club to raise funds for The Rowans Hospice. 
For more information phone Matthew Shaw on 07867 475234 or email matthew.shaw@santander.co.uk

Summer Fete

The Rowans Hospice Summer Fete

31 August 2014 - 12.30 to 4pm 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.
If you wish to exhibit please download the Exhibitor Booking Application form.

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The Rowans Hospice Grand Summer Draw

31 August 2014 - the draw will take place on 31 August during our fete on Purbrook Heath,

for more information phone 023 9225 0001

A chance to win some super prizes and help to raise funds!

The Rowans Hospice Grand Summer Draw is always a feature of our Summer Fête. This year the main prize is £1,000 cash.  There is also a Portugal Holiday for up to six, a Kenwood KMix and many more.
Tickets at £1.00 each available from all our shops and from our Reception.
Click here to read the full list of prizes.



Afternoon Tea with The Mayor of Havant

3 September 2014 - from 2.00pm to 4.00pm, at the Public Service Plaza, Civic Centre Rd, Havant, PO9 2AX,

for more information phone 023 9244 6152 or email anne.thurlow@havant.gov.uk

A relaxed way to pass time!

The Mayor of Havant invites you to take Afternoon Tea with her to help raise funds for her chosen charities, which includes The Rowans Hospice. 
There will a guest speaker.


Skydive in September!

6 September 2014 - at Netheravon Airfield, Salisbury, SP4 9RY

For more information, call 023 9223 7142 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 be arranged for any day to suit you. See 'Year round events.'

Click to download a Registration Form.

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The Mayor of Fareham's Charity Tea Parties

11 September 2014 - at 2.30pm, in The Mayor's Parlour, Floor 8, Civic Offices, Civic Way, Fareham, PO16 7AZ,

for tickets and more information phone 01329 824303 or 023 9261 4257,

A perfect way to spend an afternoon,

The Mayor and Mayoress of Fareham would be delighted to see you at their afternoon Tea Parties in aid of their chosen charities including The Rowans Hospice.
These will take place throughout their year in office.
At this one Ray Gibson will talk about the civilian life of the legendary American band leader Glenn Miller. Admission £4.00.
Ray will give the second part, Glenn Miller in the Army Air Force during WW2, next year. Watch this space! 

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The Ruby Ride

14 September 2014 - start and finish at Lakeside North Harbour, Portsmouth, PO6 3EN

For more information email fundraising@rowanshospice.co.uk

A time 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.

More information and Online registration is now open.

Email fundraising@rowanshospice.co.uk.

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The Rowans Hospice Open Morning

4 October 2014 - The Rowans Hospice, Purbrook Heath Road, Purbrook, PO7 5RU

for more information email communications@rowanshospice.co.uk

Come and find out more about your local hospice... you might be surprised

A chance to learn more about the work of The Rowans Hospice,  our services, care and support.


Santiago de Compostela - A Walk of Reflection

5 October 2014 - 11 October 2014

A chance to contemplate.

As part of our 20th Anniversary, The Rowans Hospice is offering an opportunity to take a Walk of Reflection from Santiago to Finisterre, the 'end of the world'.This a chance to reflect and to look forward to the future.  
The route starts at the cathedral in Santiago and leads through the mountains via Negreira, Cee and Corcubion to the beauty of Finisterre and on to the lighthouse. The walk takes a leisurely four days along ancient walled paths, countryside and woodland tracks. You will then return to Santiago for a day and a night to take in the sights of the city.
Join us for a walk of inspiration, of hope and of reflection.

Please note: we will be flying out on 4th October with the trek starting on 5th, returning on 11th October.

The cost of the trek is £1,000 per person,which includes a £400 minimum sponsorship target.
For more information, to register your interest, or to request a Booking Form please contact Sophie on 023 9223 7142 or email sophie.gunner@rowanshospice.co.uk
Click on the following links for Booking Form, Itinerary, Kit List and Training Guide.


Portsdown Travel - Cruise the Mediterranean

9 October 2014 - 27 October 2014

for more information phone 023 9238 2433 or 07940 805431, email portsdown.travel@hotmail.co.uk

The only way to travel!

Portsdown Travel offers another of their travel experiences from 9th to 27th October 2014 - Cruising the Mediterranean in the P&O liner 'Oriana'.
Fourteen nights sailing from Southampton calling at Cadiz, Barcelona, St Tropez, Florence and Pisa from Livorno, Palma, Majorca, Cartagena, Gibraltar returning to Southampton.
For Booking Forms please send a 9" x 4" SAE to Portsdown Travel, Orchard Cottage, 34 West St, Southwick, Hants, PO17 6EA.  

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Solent Male Voice Choir at Emsworth

25 October 2014 - at 7.30pm, at St James' Church, Church Path, Emsworth, PO10 7DP

Enjoy an evening of fine singing!

The Solent Male Voice Choir present a Musical Evening to raise funds for both The Rowans Hospice and St Wilfrid's Hospice. 
Tickets at £10.00, which includes a glass of wine and snacks, are available from the Hospice Shops, Supports Groups and at the door. The will be a raffle with a variety of prizes. 

Great South Run

Great South Run

26 October 2014 - 10 mile circuit around Southsea

To run for The Rowans Hospice, please contact the Fundraising team 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 5k1.

We'd love to have you on our team. Please download the Application form.


Children's Moonlit Memories Meander

30 October 2014 - around Portsmouth Historic Dockyard,

for more information email moonlit-memories@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 The Rowans Hospice, accompanied by an adult. The route of the Meander 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.

Due to security in Portsmouth Historic Dockyard and HM Naval Base, we are unable to take registrations on the day.

More information

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20th Anniversary Celebration and Thanksgiving Service

2 November 2014 - at 2.00pm, at the Anglican Cathedral, Old Portsmouth

A time of joy!

The Rowans Hospice invites you to join our 20th Anniversary Celebration and Thanksgiving Service. It will be a joyful occasion to celebrate all that has been given  and offered by staff and volunteers to patients, families and friends, in so many different ways over the two decades.  
It will also be an opportunity to look forward to the hope and care we will give in the future.


Portsdown Travel - Christmas on the Rhine

30 November 2014 -

An enchanting experience!

Portsdown Travel have on offer a river cruise on the Rhine, 7 nights aboard the 'AmaReina'.
For more information phone Portsdown Travel on 023 9238 2433 or 01329 232915.


Portsdown Travel - Christmas on the Danube

6 December 2014 -

A magical experience!

Portsdown Travel are offering a 6 night Danube River Cruise.
For more information contact Portsdown Travel on 023 9238 2433 or 01329 232915. 



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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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 7146 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.   

Click to download a Registration Form.


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:


Gemma Powell with friends are cycling the length of the UK

4 August 2014 from Lands End to John O'Groats

An epic ride!

Two friends of Gemma Powell, with Gemma in support, are raising funds for The Rowans Hospice by riding from Lands End to John O'Groats!
If you would like to support the group phone Gemma on 07729 691186  or email Gpowell91@hotmail.com

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The Isle of Wight Challenge!

23 August 2014 and 24th August,

Mark and Alison are tackling the Isle of Wight Challenge in aid of The Rowans Hospice.
If you would like to give sponsorship please contact them on alison1mark2@aol.co.uk or phone 01329 854200 or 079715  83805.

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Rachel Cullen runs 10 Marathons

26 August 2014 in the UK, Europe and Ireland,

Rachel must be fit!

Rachel Cullen is planning to run 10 marathons this year to raise funds for The Rowans Hospice.
If you wish to to support Rachel with sponsorship please visit her Just Giving page at www.justgiving.com/Rachel-Cullen3


Bryn Sayers and Friends are Beard Growing!

1 September 2014 ending 30 November, at The Queens Club

A curious challenge!

To raise funds for The Rowans Hospice, over the next few months, Bryn Sayers and friends are throwing away their razors and growing beards! This must be a first!
If you wish to sponsor them please contact Bryn on 07853 311962 or email brynsayers@hotmail.com  



Anjella and Jane- Lucy trek to Machu Picchu

6 September 2014

A walk to remember!

Anjella Coote and Jane -Lucy Booth are planning a trek of a lifetime with a walk in Peru to the magical Machu Picchu.  
If you would like to sponsor them please do so at their JustGiving page at http://www.justgiving.com/PharmFriends1 


London to Brighton Cycle

7 September 2014

Jason Rees is riding the 'Do It For Charity' cycle ride from London to Brighton, some 54 miles, in aid of The Rowans Hospice.
If you would like to sponsor him please contact him on 07980 369665.


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Keith Harris is Cycling to Italy!

10 September 2014

Keith is available on 07984 989341 or email chelseakeith25@tiscali.co.uk

A ride to remember!

Keith Harris plans to cycle 1,500 miles from Pompey to Pompeii  to raise funds for The Rowans Hospice!
If you wish to sponsor  Keith please do so at http://www.pompey2pompeii.co.uk/sponsorship.html 


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Matthew Taylor is riding Mont Ventoux

18 September 2014 in the Provence region of southern France,

for more information contact Matthew on 07715 279021 or email matt8975@icloud.com

A test of stamina!

Matthew Taylor is raising funds for The Rowans Hospice by riding up the famous and very, very tough Mont Ventoux, in the south of France, which frequently features in the Tour de France cycle race.    
If you would like to sponsor Matthew please do so at http://www.justgiving.com/RowansMontVentoux3  


Paul Johnson and the 3 Peaks Challenge

4 October 2014

Paul is available on 023 9284 4424, 07713 173266 or email paul.johnson1@port.ac.uk

A real challenge!

Paul Johnson with friends is taking on the Three Peaks Challenge - Ben Nevis, Scafel Pike and Mount Snowdon.
If you would like to sponsor Paul please go to his page at: http://www.virginmoneygiving.com/pbs3peaks



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. 


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.