Please support our new campaign and help us 'Raise for Rowcroft'

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Raise for Rowcroft - Credit: Rowcroft Hospice

The Torbay Weekly is proud and delighted to announce a special partnership with an extra-special organisation this week.  

At some time or another Rowcroft Hospice will have touched the lives – and hearts - of every family in Torbay and South Devon.  

Like all other charities locally and up and down the country it has struggled in the grip of the pandemic in the past year. 

It has been battered financially. Its charity shops have been forced to close and most of its major and main fund-raising events and activities either cancelled or severely curtailed.  

Now the Torbay Weekly and Rowcroft are uniting in a ‘Raise for Rowcroft’ campaign and making the hospice our charity for the next 12 months with the intention of raising as much money as we can.  


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At the heart of the community together - Credit: Rowcroft Hospice

The Torbay Weekly may be relatively young but we pride ourselves at being at the heart of the community – exactly the same as Rowcroft Hospice. An ideal partnership.  

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Rowcroft chief executive Mark Hawkins said: “I am just so delighted that Torbay Weekly have partnered with us to support us during these unprecedented times. We are the community's hospice and proud to provide specialist palliative and end of life care to everyone in our community who needs us.  

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Rowcroft chief executive Mark Hawkins - Credit: Rowcroft Hospice

“Over the last year, it has been a joy to read all about the amazing lengths our community have gone to to support us and fundraise for us. Reading about remarkable acts of kindness has helped to lift our spirits in challenging times, knowing that we have the full support of our community in Torbay. We are just so thrilled to have the support of Torbay Weekly and their readership.” 

We are asking you to raise money in any way you can think of including sponsored events (abiding by Covid restrictions, of course), challenges or straightforward donations.  

We will promote and publicise all that is happening alongside human interest stories showing how we are doing and your money is spent. 

Each year it costs £8.8 million to keep Rowcroft services going.  

In 2021, due to the pandemic and associated lockdowns, the hospice had a shortfall in income of £2.15 million. This was mainly because its shops needed to close. Also, events were cancelled and its community supporters were unable to hold their usual coffee mornings, cake sales and so on. Companies were unable to fund-raise and funeral collections did not happen.  

However, the hospice was able to benefit from around £1.75 million of support from Government grants and the furlough scheme.  

A spokesman said: “We were amazed by the support of our local community who responded to our appeal; found inventive ways to still raise money – hopping 2.6 miles, making a selling face masks, running around their gardens etc.  

“We also diversified our events – holding a virtual Sleepwalk where 800 women walked raising over £60,000; and we put on our first Stand-up Paddleboard event.” 

It costs around £832 a day for one patient to stay in the hospice its Inpatient Unit. On average people stay for 10 days. The IPU costs £7,500 a day to run.

It costs on average £1,250 to care for a patient through the Hospice at Home service.  

Each time one of the hospice community team visits a patient, it costs around £200.  

Last year, 186 people were referred to its bereavement services. They will have 10 sessions with hospice volunteers. And 80 per cent of patients will be cared for in their own homes.  

In normal times, 1,345 healthcare professionals will use the hospice education services. Courses have been moved our courses online.  

As you can see, Rowcroft does a huge amount of work. To do that it needs support. 


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A new campaign - Credit: Rowcroft Hospice

Torbay Weekly Editor Jim Parker says: "The hospice does an unbelievable job. Times have been tough for it during the past year and that's why want to help.

"The hospice sits at the heart of the community. I am delighted to say the Torbay Weekly has been well-received by that community and we are hoping that will make for a powerful partnership ans raise as many funds as we can."

Over the next days, weeks and months there will be a variety of calls to action.  If you let the Rowcroft team know you are raising money because of the Torbay Weekly campaign they can track the money raised and we will be able to give you a monthly running total.  

People will be encouraged to do their own events – cake sales/ sponsored events etc. They can contact the fundraising team who will steward them and support them.   

People will be encouraged to donate – they can do this over the phone or through the website – and they need to add 'Raise for Rowcroft' so that the hospice knows it is because of the partnership. 

Please support our Raise for Rowcroft campaign. Contact details for fundraising team are or by ringing 01803 217450.