Fareham pub hosts family fun weekend to raise money for Rowans Hospice in memory of beloved local resident

This bank holiday weekend, the Heathfield Arms in Fareham will be holding a weekend of family fun, “Heathfest”, in aid of Hampshire-based charity, Rowans Hospice on the 25th and 26th August. There will be a host of activities on offer for families all weekend, including live music from five different bands across the two-day festival.

Rowans Hospice is a local charity that provides quality care for those living with cancer and other life-limiting diseases in the Hampshire and Portsmouth area. In January this year, a well-known Fareham resident and frequent pub-goer of the Heathfield, Doreen Allen, sadly passed away. In her memory, experienced licensee Denise Haimes is aiming to raise £10,000 for Rowans Hospice from the festival.

Families can enjoy a hog roast as well as hotdogs and burgers, all sourced from local suppliers. For the children there will be face painting, tug of war and lots of fun-filled entertainment. Adults won’t miss out either – there will be a Bucking Bronco in the pub garden for the brave-hearted!

There will be also be prizes up for grabs with a tombola and raffle on site. Local conservatory company Novaseal has kindly donated the top prize worth an exciting £20,000 in aid of “Heathfest”!

Commenting on the family festival, licensee Denise Haimes said:

“As long-time friends of Doreen, Tim and myself at the Heathfield Arms feel honoured to be hosting this event in memory of Doreen. She was a well-loved regular and dear friend at our pub, and we wanted to do something special in celebration of her life and raise some money for the Rowans Hospice in the process.”

Commenting on the event, Business Development Manager at Admiral Taverns Anna Clissold said:

“It’s wonderful to see the Heathfield Arms putting on a personal event for a beloved local and pub regular, which will be perfect for families. The pub is a central hub for the community and they offer a fantastic amount of support to the locals.  The festival is a testament to this fact and I’m looking forward to a great afternoon supporting a very worthwhile cause.”