Hospice bowled over by charity efforts
Above: Lockheed Martin UK and BAE Systems’ cheque presentation (left to right: Ian Snook from BAE Systems, Paul Russell from Lockheed Martin UK, Lesley Clayton from The Rowans Hospice and John Thurman also from BAE Systems)
The Rowans Hospice has been bowled over by the determined fundraising efforts of Lockheed Martin UK and BAE Systems.
The annual Steve Rowling Memorial Trophy cricket match and a raffle earlier in the year raised £2,750 for hospice. During the last nine years, due to the generosity of the players, supporters and their work colleagues, more than £19,000 has been raised in total towards local hospice care.
Steve Rowling was an employee of BAE Systems at their site in Waterlooville. He played cricket for the site cricket team for 15 years before he passed away in 2003. In his final days he was looked after by The Rowans Hospice, which proved the inspiration for the first charity match in 2005.
Paul Russell, Lockheed Martin UK – Integrated Systems commercial director, said: “To continue raising funds for an organisation that is so vital to our local community is important to each and every one of us. The charity has supported family members, friends and former work colleagues with an attachment to Lockheed Martin - it means a great deal! The Memorial Trophy provides the opportunity to remember those we’ve lost, the valuable time they have spent at the hospice and thank the charity.”
Ally Calver, donor relations manager at The Rowans Hospice, said: “We are extremely grateful to both Lockheed Martin UK and BAE Systems for their continued support for The Rowans Hospice raising vital income to provide services for people affected by life-limiting illnesses in Portsmouth and South East Hampshire.”
This year’s match was a slightly one-sided affair with the Lockheed Martin side winning back the trophy in determined fashion after “loaning” it to BAE for only a single year.
To find out more about The Rowans Hospice, go to www.rowanshospice.co.uk