The Renaissance Choir and Portsmouth Cathedral Choir performed a programme full of wonderful music to a full house on Saturday 7 December, raising £3,697 for the Rowans Hospice Silver Jubilee Appeal – an ambitious capital appeal to raise funds to redevelop the hospice building to ensure it is fit for future care.

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 from the 17th to the 21st century and carols to celebrate the festive season.

Save the date for next year. The 2020 concert will take place on Saturday 19th December.

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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