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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

28 August 2016 - from 7.00am to 1.00pm, at Pier Rd, Southsea

for more information phone Billy on 07961 901013

Bargains Galore!

Billy Willett's Car Boot Sale in aid of The Rowans Hospice is back!  A chance to find that bargain!
The event takes place on the field opposite the Hovercraft Terminal every Sunday from April until October*, weather permitting.  
Pitches £8.00 cars only. Sellers on site from 6.00am.



National Watersports Festival

2 September 2016 - 4 September 2016 the venue is the 'Inn on the Beach', Hayling Island, PO11 0AS

The ultimate intermediate watersports pilgrimage!

This  National Watersports Festival is to celebrate 10 years! It will involve windsurfing , stand-up-paddle and kayak. There will be taster sessions, night event, trade exhibitions, retail, technique clinics, meet the pros, bands, prizes galore with camping and bands. 
For more information and register visit www.nationalwatersportsfestival.com
Supporting The Rowans Hospice.


Skydive for The Rowans Hospice!

3 September 2016 - 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 2.5 mile high parachute jump: jumping 13,000 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 minimum sponsorship of £200 making £425 in total.
The event can also be arranged for any day to suit you. See 'Year round events.'



Challenge 41, a Family Fun Day!

3 September 2016 - from 10.00am till late! at The Lifeboat Inn, Sea Front, Hayling Island, PO11 9HL,

Something for everyone!

In memory of her sister, Rebecca, Samantha Eames is organising Challenge 41 in aid of The Rowans Hospice.  A fun day for all the family with various activities and events. 

Summer Fete

The Rowans Hospice Summer Fete

4 September 2016 - opening at 1.00pm, at Lakeside, North Harbour, Western Road, Portsmouth PO6 3EN

For more information contact Fundraising on 023 9223 8532

Come and enjoy our annual Summer Fete at its new venue! Something for all the family!

Please note that our much loved Annual Summer Fête has moved to a new venue, we will still 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. Free entry and organised car parking.
If you would like a stall, please contact Fundraising on the above number.

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 3rd between 3pm and 5pm. Many thanks.  


Craft and Chatter

6 September 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.  

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Coffee Morning

7 September 2016 - from 10.00am to Noon, at the Methodist Church Hall, High St, Lee- on- Solent, PO13 9BZ,

For more information contact Jean on 023 9225 4188,

Enjoy a coffee with friends.

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


The Bandeoke Factor

8 September 2016 - from 7.30pm, at the Wedgewood Rooms, 147b Albert Rd, Portsmouth,

for more information phone 07528 686583.

A night to remember!

Live Karaoke Band presents 'The Bandeoke Factor '  - a promational event for band with fundraising for The Rowans Hospice. Entrance £2.00 per person.


Garage Sale

10 September 2016 - at Horseshoe Cottage, Furzeley Corner, Denmead, Waterlooville, PO7 6TS

for more details phone 07947 611699,

Find that bargain!

The Denmead Area Support Group are arranging a Garage Sale to raise funds for The Rowans Hospice.

Thames Path Challenge

Thames Path Challenge

10 September 2016 -

To register for the event, visit www.thamespathchallenge.com

Take part in this Ultra Challenge of 100km walking along the Thames Path and raise money for The Rowans Hospice!

Take part in the Action Challenge's Thames Path Challenge - following England's greatest river, the route starts from Putney Bridge to Runnymede, and then on to Henley, covering 100km. If that is a little too far, three quarter, a half or quarter route options are also available.

This is a tough challenge - walk it, jog it or run it - it's your challenge, your way!

To join, you will pay an initial registration fee online per person or per team member. This secures your place and is non-refundable, and then commit to a minimum sponsorship target.

  • Full Challenge (100km) - registration fee £69 and fundraising target £395 per person
  • Three Quarter Challenge (75km) - registration fee £59 and fundraising target £345 per person
  • Half Challenge (1st or 2nd - 50km) - registration fee £49 and fundraising target £250 per person
  • Quarter Challenge (25km) - registration fee £39 and fundraising target £150 per person

For more information and to register, visit www.thamespathchallenge.com

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Charity Golf Day

11 September 2016 - Tee time from 7.30am, at Great Salterns Golf Course,

A event not to be missed!

Golfers are  invited to sign up for the 10th Anniversary of the Charity Golf Day supporting The Rowans Hospice, hosted by the Southsea Golf Club and supported by Portsmouth City Council.
Teams of four - split 6's event, any combination of men, ladies, juniors or seniors.
Many competitions, with surprise competions to celebrate 10 years of the Rowans Day at Southsea Golf Club. The prize fund will be over £1,000.
Entry Fee £35.00 per person, (£25.00 for Great Salterns Season Ticket Holders), includes coffee on arrival and a two course hot buffet meal.
Entries will close when event is full - first come first served.
For more information and an Entry Form please contact Alan Lihou on 023 9281 4321 or email alan.lihou@btinternet.com  


Covers are helping Hospices

12 September 2016 - until 17th at the various Covers depots in the South

Shop for a good cause.

Covers, the Timber & Builders Merchants, are raising money to Help Hospices in their local area. For every customer they will donate £1.00 and at the end of the week they will also donate £20,000 to be allocated to various hospices including The Rowans Hospice.
Raffle tickets on sale with grand prizes including  a London Theatre break and £500 Covers Home improvements subject to Terms and Conditions.
For more information go to www.covershelpforhospices.co.uk  


Fashion Show

16 September 2016 - at 7.30pm, at the Wallington Village Community Centre, Broadcut, Fareham, PO16 8ST

A chance to see and buy!

Bon Marche of Fareham and kindly sponsoring a Fashion Show in aid of The Rowans Hospice. A fun evening viewing the latest Autumn fashions.
Tickets at £5.00, including refreshments,  are available by phoning 01329 280813 or 023 9234 0243.


Harvest Market

17 September 2016 - from 10.00am to 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 Harvest Market  organised by the Purbrook and Widley Support Group?
Check out the various stalls - books, plants, cakes, tombola, nearly new, raffle clothes and refreshments. 


Coffee Morning

17 September 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.

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Coffee and Cake

20 September 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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Piano Recital

23 September 2016 - at 7.00pm, at Park Place, Wickham, PO17 5HA

for more information phone 023 9238 2433 / 023 9237 0647 / 01329 833043

An evening of fine music!

Laura Dickson and Niamh Beddy are giving a Piano Recital in aid of The Rowans Hospice and Hostel for Girls in Tanzania. 
The two pianists will play Chopin, Liszt and Classics.
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.


Ladies Fashion Show and Pop up Shop

24 September 2016 - doors open 6.00pm for 7.00pm start, at Horndean Technology College, Barton Cross, Horndean, PO8 9PQ,

A fabulous evening!

The Salon of Clanfield with Colours Fundraising Fashion Show invite you to a Ladies Fashion Show & Pop up Shop celebrating 30 yeras with style in aid of The Rowans Hospice.
Ex- High St Fashion at 50% or more off, clothing available to try on and buy. In addition there will be a raffle with great prizes. a bar, vintage hair style bar, live music, dance performance and craft stalls.
Tickets at £10.00, (5 for £40.00), with a goody bag, available from The Salon, Clanfield, 023 9259 4694, or Horndean Technology College on 023 9259 9753.


SuperHero Walk-a-Thon

24 September 2016 - from 10.00am to 1.00pm, as they move office from 10 High St, Fareham to Funtley Court, Funtley Hill,

To celebrate their move of office Right At Home Solent are holding a SuperHero Walk - a - Thon, in aid of The Rowans Hospice. If you wish to sponsor them please contact Amy on 01329 233755.


Beetle Drive

28 September 2016 - at 7.30pm, at the Denmead War Memorial Hall, Hambledon Rd, Denmead, PO76PW,

A family favourite!

The Denmead Support Group invite you to the timeless family game of Beetle Drive, raising funds for The Rowans Hospice. Entrance a mere £2.00.

young riders

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 to Rowans Hospice to support local hospice care in Portsmouth and South East Hampshire.


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.

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


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.



Rob Ward has Challenges

30 August 2016

A busy time ahead!

Rob Ward is raising funds for The Rowans Hospice and has set himself personal goals by taking on various challenges over the next few weeks. Starting with the Liphook Bike Ride, followed by the Isle of Wight, the Petersfield Ups and Downs and then the Prudential Ride London.  
If you wish to sponsor Rob please contact him on 07754 364277 or email rob.ward88@btinternet.com


Keiran Moynihan Rides Pier to Pier

3 September 2016

Some cycle!

In memory of his mother Keiran Moynihan is riding 140 miles from Hasting Pier to Bournemouth Pier.
If you wish to sponsor Kieran please contact him on 07500 046284 or email keiranmoynihan@ymail.com

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Carrina Whitwick and the Nuts Challenge

3 September 2016 and 4 Sept - all day, at Squires Farm, Dorking,

A really hard event!

Carrina Whitwick of Mountjoy Ltd, is entering the epic Nuts Challenge in aid of The Rowans Hospice.
If you wish to sponsor Carrina please contact her on 023 9231 3735.


Kevin Howe cycles London to Brighton

11 September 2016 sratr time 9.00am,

Have a safe ride!

To say 'thanks' for caring for his father Kevin Howe is riding in the London to Brighton Cycle Ride. If to wish to sponsor Kevin please contact him on 07915 392197,


Harry Brickwood will cycle from London to Brighton,

11 September 2016

Not all downhill!

In aid of The Rowans Hospice Harry S Brickwood is entering the the London to Brighton Cycle Ride.
If you wish to sponsor Harry please contact him on 07986 241280 or email harry-hsb@hotmail.co.uk   

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Michelle Howe cycles London to Brighton

11 September 2016 at 9.00am,

A hard ride!

To raise funds for The Rowans Hospice Michelle Howe is riding the London to Brighton Cycle challenge.
If you wish to sponsor Michelle please contact her on 07464  964432 or email michhowe0@sky.com  

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The Grant Family run a Marathon

11 September 2016

Keeping fit!

In aid of The Rowans Hospice  The Grant Family are running the New Forest Marathon.
If you wish to sponsor them please contact Ryan Grant on 07921 002192 or email ryandgrant@hotmail.co.uk


Mark and Yvonne Chaffer and the Tough Mudder

17 September 2016 on a farm in West Sussex

It is all that you think!

Mark Chaffer and his wife, Yvonne, are running the Tough Mudder 1/2 London South. Five miles of mud and rough terrain all in aid of The Rowans Hospice. They deserve all the support they can get.
If you wish to sponsor them please email markchaffer666@hotmail.com



Emma Patterson drives the Mongol Rally!

23 September 2016

Some trip!

Emma Patterson, one of a team of three, will drive the 2016 Mongol Rally, 10,000 miles from London to Siberia, without back-up, in a 18 year old Nissan Micra!  An amazing challenge! All to raise funds for The Rowans Hospice. Will take many weeks to complete!
If you wish to sponsor Emma please go to http://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/Emma
Follow the progress of the Rally at http://www.theadventurists.com/mongol-rally/

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Alexandra Winter walks the London Marathon

24 September 2016

Not just an easy stroll!

In aid of The Rowans Hospice Alexandra Winter is entering the London Marathon Walk.
If you wish to sponsor Alexanra please contact her on 07949 900305 or email awinter125@gmail.com


Colin Martin runs the Bournemouth Marathon

2 October 2016

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


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.


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.