Donations by Mulberry to @DorothyHouseHC Hospice Care Raise £7,356 in funds over four years.

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This week, Dorothy House Hospice Care announces that a local Somerset factory and its staff at Mulberry in Chilcompton, have helped to raise £7,356 for the hospice over the last four years. Every year, Mulberry has donated a top of the range, luxury handbag as the main raffle prize for the charity’s Bath Moonlight Walk event and in total these raffles have raised £3,364 since 2013. Staff at Mulberry in Chilcompton also raised a further £3,992 (including matched funding) by taking part in other fundraising activities such as a Dorothy House Fire Walk and a Bake Sale.

The women-only sponsored 8km Moonlight Walk, now in its eleventh year starts from the SouthGate Shopping Centre in Bath at 10pm on Saturday 9th September. The event opens at 8pm with stalls offering fabulous merchandise and a raffle competition to win a beautiful Mulberry Bayswater handbag in Midnight blue, which retails at over £1,000. The ‘Butlers in the Buff’ boys are making a return visit this year and will be handing out free donuts and chocolates to Walkers.  Dorothy House’s Frome Friends Group will be selling raffle tickets all evening and the winner of the luxury handbag will be announced at the end of the Walk.

The Walk is open to women, aged 14 and over and standard registration costs £20 and all entrants receive an exclusive t-shirt before the event. Children aged 16 years and under must be accompanied by a paying adult and walkers are requested to pledge a minimum of £40 sponsorship or make a donation in lieu of sponsorship.

The Bath Moonlight Walk is Dorothy House’s biggest annual fundraiser and last year attracted almost 800 entrants who raised over £95,000 to help the Hospice care for people with life-limiting illnesses.  Entries are open at www.bathmoonlightwalk.org.uk.

This year’s theme for the Moonlight Walk is ‘Saturday Night Diva’ and aims to bring women together to celebrate life and support the ‘sisterhood’ of people who are affected by, or instrumental in, the provision of end of life care in our community. Friends, mothers, daughters, aunts, grandmas and sisters will be hitting the streets for the Walk dressed in their best glittery disco gear to celebrate the vital work of Dorothy House and share a great night out.

To find a vintage bargain to wear on the Walk look for your nearest Dorothy House charity shop at www.dorothyhouse.org.uk/shops

Rob Billington, Group Production and Sourcing Director for Mulberry said: “We’re delighted to support local hospice, Dorothy House, as the quality of their care is well regarded and appreciated by so many of our staff at The Rookery factory in Chilcompton. We are pleased to have several staff members taking part in the Bath Moonlight Walk again this year and wish the event and the hospice every success in the future.”

Emily Knight, Events Fundraiser, Dorothy House Hospice Care said of Mulberry’s donation: “We are extremely grateful to Mulberry for their generous and ongoing contribution to the Bath Moonlight Walk over the years, each year the handbag raffle grows in popularity and raises substantial funds.  Entries are open for the Walk on 9th September so don’t forget to sign up for a fun ladies’ night out while supporting your local hospice, for every £1 we receive from the NHS we have to raise another £4.”

Current and previous Mulberry employees, Rosie and Emma Wollacott from Kilmersdon near Radstock are taking part in the Bath Moonlight Walk for the fourth time: “We’ve been supporting Dorothy House ever since our Granddad was cared for by the hospice before he died in 2007. However when two of our Mum’s best friends Kate and Carole were helped by the hospice we learnt about the extensive care and bereavement support they provide for families, carers and children as well as patients. We’re looking forward to doing our fourth Moonlight Walk and we’re excited that our Mum, Trina, will join us for the first time this year.”

To book tickets for the Bath Moonlight Walk visit www.bathmoonlightwalk.org.uk or to find out more about Dorothy House Hospice Care please visit  www.dorothyhouse.org.uk.

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