The hospice which organised a special screening of Star Wars for a dying fan, have allowed ITV Meridian behind the scenes.

Rowans Hospice in Purbrook near Waterlooville makes dreams come true for everyone they care for.

It has an entire building dedicated to living well, with light, colour and laughter filling the atmosphere.

The walk-in centre offers exercise classes, complementary therapies, emotional and practical support to anyone with a life-limiting disease, carers or the bereaved.

Carole spends every Wednesday at Rowans Hospice doing crafts and then goes home.

I've got COPD, diabetes, Crohn's disease and I'm a chronic asthmatic.

Carole Vassallo

92-year-old Rita is still coming to classes two years after her husband Derek died of pancreatic cancer.

From the time you come through the door you're welcomed with so much love and affection and in here they're absolutely gold."

Rita Wright

That's what we try and do here at the hospice so that people have got happy memories to associate with that sad time. Something that will still bring a smile to their face when they look back and remember their loved ones passing away."

Lisa Davies, Healthcare support worker
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It costs more than £7 million a year to run Rowans Hospice, 85% of that comes from donations.

The hospice is running a silver jubilee appeal which aims to raise £7.5 million for refurbishment work.

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Interviewees: Carole Vassallo & Rita Wright & Lisa Davies, Healthcare support worker & Ruth White, Chief Executive & Debbie Hulbert, Corporate supporter & Karen Brickell, Ward Manager