Julie’s Fundraising Story

March 12th, 2024 Posted in Blog
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Julie Bishop lost her husband at the Hospice in 2018. Since then, Julie, her family and her husband’s friends have been supporting the Hospice through a Fundraising Charity Golf Day, raising over £16,000 to date.

Julie kindly wanted to share her story with us:

My husband, Terry, was diagnosed with stage 4 bowel cancer in February 2016 and after a 2.5-year battle, spent his final days at the Rowans Hospice, where he was given such wonderful care. Terry died on 07 July 2018. He was a much-loved husband, father, granddad, brother, uncle and friend to many.  

Terry was passionate about his long Army career and his Army family was very important to him. He was also a keen member of the regiment’s Golf Society, taking part in their Golf tournaments whenever he could.  

At the end of May 2018, just six weeks before he died, he was keen to travel to Kent to play golf with the Society. 

AwardsHe was determined to be there alongside his ‘mates’. Terry completed 24/27 holes on the golf course. Those playing with him that day were completely taken aback by his determination and positivity despite being so ill. After he died, I was approached by two of his closest friends at the PWRR Golf Society, Robert Jeffery and Paul Whistler, who wanted to dedicate an annual tournament in memory of Terry, where competitors would play not only for the usual awards, but for the ‘Terry Moore Memorial Cup’. This was to acknowledge his commitment, courage, strength of character, and friendship. 

The first of these events was held in Okehampton in September 2018, when Terry’s son, Sean, and I travelled down to make the awards at the end of the tournament. The following year, Robert and Paul, having heard about the work of the Rowans, began planning a much bigger fundraising event for October 2019 which included a dinner, entertainment, presentations and an overnight stay as well as the golf event. This was so successful that these fundraisers continued to run in 2021, 2022 and 2023 (COVID-19 prevented the 2020 event).  

 

Gala dinnerThe latest event was held at Tudor Marriott Hotel and Golf Resort in October 2023, where funds and donations raised another £4,480.00! This year we expect to take the total raised, over the years, to well over £20,000, including some Gift Aid.  

We would like to thank Robert and Paul for their efforts to keep Terry’s memory alive, and for their tremendous hard work in organising these events. My thanks, too, go to all our friends and family who come to support the events and give so generously to the cause. And we will all be eternally grateful to the Rowans Hospice and everyone who works there – you are just amazing. 

With our gratitude, Julie and the Moore/Bishop families.”  

 

Thank you to Julie for sharing her story and for supporting Rowans Hospice.  

It costs around £7 million each year to run our Clinical Services free of charge. As a Charity, 90% of our income is generated via donations, grants, legacies and our retail shops income, so your support is incredibly valuable to us to help us keep delivering our services. 

If you have been inspired by Julie’s husband story and would like to share your story or fundraise for Rowans Hospice, get in touch with our Marketing or Fundraising Teams. We would love to hear from you! 

To share your storymarketing@rowanshospice.co.uk
To fundraisefundraising@rowanshospice.co.uk

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