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Dorothy's Dream Come True

6 March 13

Thanks to a gift of £200,000, The Rowans Hospice is delighted to announce that the Dorothy’s Dream Appeal to set up The Rowans Hospice at Home, has reached its £1million target.

The Appeal was launched in September 2010 and The Rowans Hospice at Home service began a year later in September 2011. The Board of Trustees took the bold decision to continue the service into perpetuity, despite the fact that the Appeal was short of its target. Their commitment to providing the best quality end of life care meant that, even in a difficult economic climate, the service could not be withdrawn having cared for over 300 patients in the first year.

Now, thanks to a generous gift of £200,000, The Rowans Hospice at Home service is fully funded to June 2013. Beyond that, The Rowans Hospice will need to raise an additional £500,000 per annum on top of the £4.1 million already needed to run the Hospice each year.

Ruth White, Chief Executive of The Rowans Hospice, said: "This is an incredible gift and completes the £1 million Dorothy's Dream Appeal. It is really overwhelming and very humbling that the Executors of this Will chose to support the appeal with such a generous gift. The Rowans Hospice at Home service has been very well received by the community and we are extremely grateful for their support. Also I would like to thank The News for acting as our media partner and backing the Appeal which has resulted in incredibly generous donations from the public.

"We are holding a Voices Concert on Friday 8th March to celebrate reaching the Appeal target and the success of The Rowans Hospice at Home service. This will be a musical extravaganza featuring local choirs and groups performing a wide variety of songs to suit all tastes. I hope that supporters of our Dorothy's Dream Appeal will come along and celebrate with us."

Ian Young, Honorary Chairman of Trustees, said: "We know that, given the choice, many people would prefer to die at home. The response to our Dorothy's Dream Appeal reflects this vision of a dignified death at home with those who are important to us. I would like to express my appreciation for all the support in helping us reach our target."

Erika Lipscombe, Matron of The Rowans Hospice, said: "The Rowans Hospice at Home service is now a fully integrated part of the Hospice offering a holistic range of services for people with life-limiting illnesses and their carers, family and friends. This funding is vital for the continuation of the service which has helped 435 families so far. The team is incredibly grateful for this extraordinary gift which will make a huge difference to so many families in the Portsmouth and South East Hampshire area. We will continue to work in partnership with community services to ensure people have choice in their preferred place of death.

"Almost half of the patients referred to The Rowans Hospice at Home service were previously unknown to The Rowans Hospice which means that there has been an increase in access to hospice care in our area. Additionally, with the introduction of crisis management support, the service has helped to prevent unnecessary and unwanted hospital admissions and facilitated hospital discharges."

For more information about The Rowans Hospice at Home, visit www.rowanshospice.co.uk.

Tickets for the Voices Concert on Friday 8th March at Barton Hall, Horndean, are available from Fundraising on 023 9223 7142 at £10 each.

 

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