The Renaissance Choir and Portsmouth Cathedral Choir performed a programme full of wonderful music to a full house on Saturday 8 December, raising over £3,000 for Rowans Hospice Silver Jubilee Appeal.

Portsmouth Cathedral provided a wonderful candlelit venue for this delightful concert, filling the audience with festive cheer and raising vital money to support this Appeal which will see Rowans Hospice fully refurbished.

A beautifully arranged programme of music was performed, including music from 17th – 21st century, and the audience had the opportunity to join in with the choirs for a number of carols including Hark the Herald Angels Sing and O Come All Ye Faithful. Soloist Catherine Bilton also delighted the audience.

Elizabeth Emms, Honorary Chairman of Trustees at Rowans Hospice said, “The Christmas Concert was highly successful. The quality of the event was very high and so obviously enjoyed by all of those present. It also served to extend the profile of Rowans Hospice and our Silver Jubilee Appeal.”

Rowans Hospice would like to thank both choirs for their wonderful performance, and Blake Morgan and Makro for their generous donations which helped to make this event such a success.

Additional notes

Rowans Hospice is a local charity which provides specialist hospice care and support to patients with life-limiting illnesses resident in Portsmouth and South East Hampshire, their relatives and carers. All the care given is without charge.

In 2018, the Silver Jubilee Appeal was launched to raise £7.5 million to completely refurbish the Hospice, ensuring that it is equipped to continue caring for the local community today, tomorrow and in the future.

Rowans Hospice strives to create an environment which is conducive to the physical, social, emotional and spiritual well-being of all people referred.

Rowans Hospice team works with the NHS specialist palliative care teams to achieve optimal quality of life for families affected by life-shortening illnesses both within the community and at our Hospice. With the support of volunteers and other care services the Hospice supports families during illness through to bereavement.

It costs £6.5 million each year to provide hospice care and to ensure the hospice building and grounds are well maintained, offering a haven for rest and recuperation. Although Rowans Hospice receives some statutory support from the NHS and Social Services, the majority of the money still needs to be fundraised each year. This would not be achieved without help and support from the local community.

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