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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).


cup of coffee

Coffee Morning at Lee on the Solent

2 September 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.


Portsdown Travel - Christmas

2 September 2015 -

A magical experience!

Portsdown Travel are offering a chance to have a Christmas get away by train travelling to Belgium, France, Italy and Spain. 
For more information contact Portsdown Travel on 023 9238 2433, 01329 232915 or 07940 805431 or email portsdown.travel@hotmail.co.uk  



Craft and Chatter at Havant

4 September 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.  


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

The Rowans Hospice 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.

A plea to all you cake makers! The cake stall would love you to bake cakes of every size, taste and colour to sell on the day! Please bring your creations to the reception at The Rowans Hospice on Saturday 5th between 3pm and 5pm. Many thanks.  


Car Boot Sale at Southsea

6 September 2015 - from 7am to 1.30pm

for more information phone Billy on 07961 901013

Something for everyone!

Billy Willett's Car Boot Sale returns after a short break, in aid of The Rowans Hospice. A chance to find a bargain!
The event takes place on the field opposite the Hovercraft Terminal every Sunday until further notice. Weather permitting.  
Pitches £8.00 cars only. Sellers on site from 6.00am.


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.  

Covers Help the Hospices Week

14 September 2015 - until 19th September

Supporting a good cause!

Covers, the Home Improverment and Timber Merchants, are holding a Help the Hospices week.
For every sale over £60.00, incl VAT, during the week, Covers will donate £5.00.
In addition they are holding a raffle. Win a Neilson's one week holiday to Turkey or £1,000 worth of Covers Home improvements. Plus other attractive prizes. 
For more details visit http://www.covers.biz/covershelpforhospices 


Fashion Show at Waterlooville

14 September 2015 - at 7.00pm, at 18/21 Wellington Way, Waterlooville, PO7 7EE,

for more information phone 023 9226 7494,

Be amazed!

M and Co invite you to their Charity Fashion Show to raise funds for The Rowans Hospice.
Tickets at £5.00 available through above contact number or from the shop.
In addition there will be a raffle, nibbles and 10% discount vouchers.

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Coffee and Cake at Gosport

15 September 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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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.

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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.

golf clubs

Charity Golf Day at Corhampton,

1 October 2015 - at Corhampton Golf Club, Shepherds Farm Lane, SO32 3GZ,

for more details and an Entry Form and Rules please contact the golf club on 01489 877279,

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

The Corhampton Golf Club are hosting a Four Ball - AM/AM Golf Day to raise funds for The Mayor of Winchester's Charities, including The  Rowans Hospice. Entry on a first come basis limited to 30 teams. Entry fee £120.00 per team of four, to include refreshments on arrival, a buffet after play with an excellent prize table an raffle.
Closing date 31st August.   


Fundraising Shopping Event in Gunwharf

1 October 2015 - from 7.00pm to 9.00pm, at Unit 3a Gunwharf Quays, Portsmouth, PO1 3TN,

Indulge yourself!

The body and home products retailer, Crabtree & Evelyn, are hosting an exclusive Fundraising Shopping Event in aid of The Rowans Hospice.
In addition to hand treatments and demonstrations there will be a free hand care gift worth £9.00, as well as drinks and nibbles and a fundraising raffle.
15% of sales on the night will be donated to The Rowans Hospice.
For more information and to buy tickets at £10.00 please call Lesley Clayton on 023 9223 8531


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.  

Dragon Boat Race

Dragon Boat Festival at North Harbour

3 October 2015 - and 4th October, at Lakeside North Harbour, Cosham, Portsmouth, PO6 3EN

for further information call 023 9223 8532 or email fundraising@rowanshospice.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. Other attractions and rides for children.
Visit their website at www.portsdragonboatfestival.co.uk for full details of the event and an online entry form.

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


Martin's Scooter Ride Gig

23 October 2015 - doors open at 8.00pm, at the Rifle Club, Goldsmith Ave, Southsea,

Celebrating Martin's epic ride!

Following his amazing scooter ride, see details of his ride in Individual Challenges,  Martin is celebrating with a Charity Night with Butterfly Collective an DJ and a raffle, all in aid of The Rowans Hospice. Tickets at £7.00.
Martin invites you to support this event by donating at http://www.justgiving.com/reevesm35  

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.


Children's Moonlit Memories Meander

29 October 2015 - 6.30pm 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.

This year, the optional fancy dress theme is Heroes!


Portsdown Travel - Northumbria

5 May 2016 - to 9 May

A perfect break!

Portsdown Travel give you an advance diary date! A five day tour of Northumbria by coach with 4* half board hotel accommodation. 
Full details available shortly.
Portsdown Travel contact details are phone on 023 9238 2433, 01329 232915 or 07940 805431, email portsdown.travel@hotmail.co.uk
Register your interest for information and a Booking form by sending a stamped addressed 9" x 4" envelope to Portsdown Travel (Northumbria),  Orchard Cottage, 34 West St, Southwick, PO17 6EA.

Spinnaker Abseil

Abseil the Spinnaker Tower!

2 July 2016 - 3 July 2016 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 94 metre descent down the iconic Emirates Spinnaker Tower in Portsmouth. This event will take place on both the 2nd and 3rd July 2016.

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.

You can now register online for our 2016 Abseil


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:


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.


muddy water

The Nuts Challenge!

6 September 2015 at 11.00am, at Swires Farm, Henfold Lane, Dorking, RH5 4RP

The name says it all!

Kelly Denwood and Jason Godfrey are entering the Nuts Challenge to raise funds for The Rowans Hospice.
The event is an assault course with the apparent aim to get as muddy and wet as posible - all in the name of sport!  Go to http://www.thenutschallenge.co.uk
If you would like to support them please phone on 01420 257955, 07860 900956 or email Kellyd_77@hotmail.co.uk


Matthew Pritchard and Friends Cycle to Paris!

6 September 2015 to 11th September

A challenging cycle event!

The MCSU Challender 2015 cycle event is to ride from Portsmouth to Paris and back raising funds for chosen charities including The Rowans Hospice.
Matthew Pritchard is taking part.
If you would like to sponsor Matthew please go to the Just Giving page on their website http://www.mcsuchallenge.com

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Joanne Hodder takes The Thames Path Challenge

12 September 2015 at 10.15am,

A very worthwhile event!

In memory of her grandparents Joanne Hodder is taking up The Thames Path Challenge from Fulham to Hurst Park.
If you would like to sponsor Joanne please contact her on 07748 642445 or email joannehodder@rocketmail.com

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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.

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Cathy Beresford runs the Beachy Head Marathon!

24 October 2015

An endurance event!

Cathy Beresford is running the Beachy Head Marathon to raise funds for The Rowans Hospice.
If you would like to sponsor Cathy please contact her on 07825 164496 or email cathyberesford@hotmail.co.uk

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Mathew Heal runs a Marathon

25 October 2015

Good Luck!

Mathew Heal is running the Bristol to Bath Marathon to raise funds for The Rowans Hospice's Meerkat services.
If you would like to sponsor Matthew please contact him on 07827 274343 or email mathewheal@btinternet.com

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Fiona and Rebecca cycle Florida

10 December 2015 to 16th December

A marvellous trip!

Fiona and Rebecca Crayden are riding 400 miles up the east coast of Florida in memory of Gwen Linkhorn.
If you would like to sponsor Fiona and Rebecca please contact them on 023 9243 0327, 07725 615681 or email rebecca.crayden@hotmail.co.uk



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.