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Light Up a Life

When: 1st – 24th December 2013
Time: Various
phpThumbChristmas is a very special and poignant time to remember family and friends we have lost.

Rowcroft’s Light up a Life offers a unique opportunity to honour those special to us by making a dedication in a Book of Light or by dedicating a Light on Rowcroft’s Tree of Light. This is open to everyone, not just those touched by hospice care.

Rowcroft’s Tree of Light stays illuminated throughout Christmas remembering those we love and miss. The tree is situated in the grounds of the hospice, outside the Rainbow building.

You are invited to join us at one of the special Light up a Life celebrations taking place across South Devon:

1st December at 3pm – Torquay, Central Church

1st December at 5pm – Brixham, Lupton House

4th December at 7.30pm – Dartmouth, St Saviour’s Church

5th December at 7.30pm – Bovey Tracey, Church of St Peter, Paul and Thomas of Canterbury

8th December at 4pm & 5.30pm – Torquay, Rowcroft Hospice – please call 01803 210841 to reserve a place.

10th December at 7pm – Newton Abbot, Avenue Methodist Church

14th December at 3pm – Teignmouth, St Michael’s Church

15th December at 3pm – Buckfast Abbey


The Rowcroft Winter Ball 2013










14th December 2013
The Palace Hotel – Torquay

A sophisticated night out to welcome in Christmas. A black tie evening which includes a champagne reception, five course banquet, live entertainment, Devon’s top party band, casino and a raffle of top prizes. Tickets go on sale on Monday 1st October and are sure to sell fast.

Tickets will be priced at £50 per person – please contact Jess Goodwin on 01803 217644, email [email protected] for more details.

Musicians needed for major new event

Rowcroft Hospice is looking for local musicians who would like the chance to play alongside national acts at The Colour Rush, a major new event that is coming to South Devon this summer.

Prior to the Colour Rush, ‘Colour Rucks’ will be taking place in live music venues in Totnes, Newton Abbot and Torquay during July and are open to bands or solo artists who perform original material. Six acts from the Rucks will be chosen to perform at the Colour Rush in Youngs Park, Goodrington on Saturday 7th September.

The local acts will get to support We Are The Ocean, who are fresh from supporting Muse as part of their European tour. The band have a huge following and are signed to play lots of the festivals this summer.Other bands confirmed so far include Treetop Flyers and Lonely the Brave.

The Colour Rush is the first event of its kind in Devon and is organised by and raising funds for the South Devon hospice, Rowcroft. Participants take part in a 5 km colour run around Goodrington, Paignton which will see them covered in different coloured powder paints. The run is then followed by the live Colour Rush after party at Youngs Park – a festival-style music event with bands and acoustic acts performing across two stages.

Ric Yerbury, Rowcroft Events Manager said: “The Colour Rucks are not a battle of the bands contest, but an opportunity for us to find local bands and artists who will fit best at this year’s Colour Rush event in September. Apart from gaining a slot at the main event, there will be opportunities to do some recording at either 4th Floor Studios in Torquay or Ocean Studios in Paignton. The winners will receive industry advice and support and if they wish can have a track included in a release to be made later in the year with funds going to Rowcroft”.

The Colour Rucks will take place on:

25th July, The Barrel House, Totnes

27th July, The Jolly Farmer Newton Abbot

28th July, Apple & Parrot, Torquay as part of the Parrotfest

Entry is free but bands and artists must register for the Colour Rucks by Friday 12th July. The bands selected from this process will be announced on August 1st.

For the latest news on the Colour Rush event or to book your tickets, visit or find ‘The Colour Rush’ on Facebook

Wear for Care!

This June, Rowcroft Hospice is launching a brand new awareness and fundraising campaign called Wear for Care, giving local businesses and schools the opportunity to put a colourful twist on the traditional ‘mufti day’ and make a donation towards their local South Devon hospice.

Rowcroft is encouraging the community to take part in Wear for Care on the 17th July 2013, or a day of your own choice. Katy Winter, Community Fundraising Officer said, “Whether you go for it in fancy dress, wear a wig or simply brighten up your usual outfit with some bright lipstick or silly socks – all we ask is that you stick to blue, purple and gold to show your support for Rowcroft.”

Rowcroft Hospice is based in Torquay, but its reach extends far beyond the walls of the building and their care is delivered across the South Devon community, covering 300 square miles. The hospice supports over 1,800 people living with life-limiting illnesses and their families each year through a wide range of services which are all provided free of charge. These services can only be provided thanks to the generosity of the local community who provide the majority of the funds needed each year.

However colourful you choose to be, every pound raised will ensure that Rowcroft Hospice can continue to support and enable people to carry on when, perhaps, at the time carrying on seems unthinkable.

If you would like to take part in Wear for Care, please contact the Community Fundraising team on 01803 210846 for your fundraising pack complete with posters and ideas to help make your day a colourful success.

Image: Simon Key, Marketing Officer and Hayley Norrish, Community Fundraiser show how easy it is to take part

Torbay Holiday Helpers Network – THHN

•    The Torbay Holiday Helpers Network gives free action packed holidays to families who have children suffering from serious illness, to bereaved families who have lost a child or parent and to families who have a terminally ill parent.

•    The THHN is a fantastic network of businesses, groups and individuals who offer their products & services for free.

•    They enable us to offer truly special holidays to some wonderful people who really do deserve a chance to spend some quality time together as a family.

•    Thanks to everyone in our fantastic network we believe we do some great work.  But, don’t just take our word for it….

“We have just returned from a wonderful family holiday.  We cannot endorse highly enough the good work of the charity which is providing many happy memories for families such as ours.  So thank you THHN for your generosity and we hope to see you again one day.”

“You really have helped to create wonderful, happy memories, which we will cherish forever”

“We can’t put into words how grateful we all are to you – and everyone involved in THHN for giving us a week of fun, laughter and memories that we will treasure forever.”

“Thank you to all the local businesses that made the holiday all the more enjoyable and special.  For the first time in 6 months we have found ourselves able to smile and actually have fun as a family again.  Those memories are priceless and have given us hope for the future.  Thank you so much”

“Whatever happens to our family this year, next year or any time now, we’ll have these memories and nothing can take it away, no matter how difficult and traumatic things can be.  The wonderful thing about the THHN is that many people give what they can – be it a week in their hotel, a fish and chip meal, a cream tea or a free pass to their attraction.  Put all this together and a family gets the holiday of a lifetime!”

Since 2009 we have given over 300 families some wonderful holidays
and wonderful memories. For some it has sadly been the last holiday they have taken as a complete family, before losing a loved one to a cruel illness! We want to keep doing this.
Please get in touch to see how you can help.

Contact THHN

Head Office:

Torbay Holiday Helpers Network
16 Babbacombe Road

Tel: 01803 325152  Fax: 01803324780   Email: [email protected]

Rowcroft Easter Egg Trail in Newton Abbot Town Centre – only runs until 7th April so hurry!

Rowcroft Hospice have teamed up with the Mid Devon Advertiser who are printing entry forms to our Awareness Raising Easter Egg Trail exclusively within their Junior Times Pages.

A copy of the paper can be picked up for free in the Rowcroft Hospice Shop in Newton Abbot and the form will direct you to participating shops. All you have to do is locate a Rowcroft Egg within each of our participating shop windows, fill in the answers to the Rowcroft themed questions and return to the Rowcroft Shop on Bank Street. All entrants will be given a free creme agg at the end of the trail.

There will also be a chance to win an amazing hamper of prizes, as donated by each of the shops taking part, with goods worth over £200!!

Pick up your paper today and get involved – it’s FREE!

The Summer Ball in aid of Rowcroft Hospice

The Summer Ball in aid of Rowcroft Hospice
Friday 3rd May at the Newton Abbot Rugby Club Marquee – 7pm
Organised by Newton Abbot Rugby Club, Sponsored by Pavey Group, Kitson’s and Francis Clark.

£40 per person
including 4 Course Meal
Live Music by local band Taylor & Made

Black tie dress code.
The event will be suitably glamorous with lots of extras on the night to keep everyone entertained.
Book your tickets now to avoid disappointment: call 01803 217632 to book, or visit for more info

Rowcroft Myth Busting Evenings

17th April Highweek Village Hall 2 pm – 4 pm
18th April Newton Abbot Council Chambers 6 pm – 8 pm

Do you want to learn more about your local hospice? There’s a lot about our care which might surprise you! We’ve decided to hold two Myth-Busting talks in the Newton Abbot area, where you’ll be able to learn all about the work of Rowcroft in and around your area.

Hear from Jo Pope, Multi Disciplinary Team Leader and Giles Charnaud, Chief Executive – you’ll also have the opportunity to ask questions.

There will be a talk which is free to attend, and there will be refreshments provided.

We are trying to make residents of Newton Abbot and the surrounding areas aware that we are your local hospice, covering 300 square miles of South Devon, not just Torbay. Everyone is welcome.

Rowcroft – Forthcoming Fundraising Events

Care for a Cuppa

25th – 31st March 2013

Raise money by raising a mug! Have a cuppa with friends, family and colleagues in aid of Rowcroft Hospice. Simply hold a coffee morning or tea party, charge people for their drinks and before you know it, you’re a fundraiser! You could even sell cakes and crafts, have a raffle or choose to celebrate Easter. You can do this at home, work or in the local café – anywhere that might Care for a Cuppa! For more information and a fundraising pack, please contact Laura Cameron on 01803 210846 or .

Challenge Events 

Dates throughout 2013

Rowcroft Hospice is looking for adventurous people to get stuck in with something exciting for 2013! Climb Ben Nevis, walk the Great Wall of China, survive in the Sahara or jump out of a plane! All of these trips, and more, are open to people like you. For more information, visit

The Sleep Walk 

Saturday 6th July

The Sleep Walk is back for 2013!

The third annual sponsored Sleep Walk will hit the Bay on Saturday 6th July 2013.

Last year’s night walk was the biggest ever with 2000 ladies signing up to support Rowcroft Hospice. It was a truly amazing night and an incredible £200,000 was raised!

2013 sees Barbara the Sheep celebrate all that is baaaa-rilliant about the traditional Great British seaside…think sand, sea, deckchairs and sticks of rock! You can choose to walk five, ten or fifteen miles and it is an event for all, no matter your fitness levels. It’s about coming together for a great cause and having a fantastic time!

For more information call the Sleep Walk team on 01803 217641 or visit to register.

Rowcroft Skydive 

Saturday 27th April and Saturday 28th September 2013 or any date you fancy!

Dunkeswell airfield, near Honiton.

The ultimate challenge! Jump from 10,000ft in this tandem skydive over the incredible scenery of the Devon countryside! All we ask is that you are over 16, raise a minimum of £395 in sponsorship and in return you get to jump for free!

If you can’t make the dates in April or September, then don’t worry. Just get in touch and we can arrange your very own skydive day through the year; perfect if you have a special date you want to commemorate.

For more information and a booking form email [email protected] or call Jess on 01803 217644.

RNLI Boxing Day Walk in the Sea

RNLI  Boxing Day Walk in the Sea
26th December
Sea Front by the Teignmouth Pier

Registration 10.15am
Fancy Dress Judging 10.45am
Walk in the Sea 11.00am

Hot refreshments and Bacon Buttys available.

All funds raised are  for the Teignmouth RNLI Lifeboat

Sponsor forms available from Lorraine Lizius 01626 777741 /  or
Fairweather News, Tourist Information Office and Lifeboat Shop in Teignmouth.