Be a hero and join the Hospice Care Hero Walk to support @DorothyHouseHC

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Nurses and medics at Dorothy House getting ready for the Hospice Care Hero Walk at Bath Spa Uni on 7th Sept 2019

Charity, Dorothy House Hospice Care, invites local people to be heroes for a night and take part in their ‘Hospice Care Hero Walk’ fundraiser previously known as the Bath Moonlight Walk. The event takes place between 5pm-10pm on Saturday 7thSeptember in the stunning grounds of the Bath Spa University Campus at Newton Park near Bath. Registration opens at 5pm and the walks start from 6pm.

 

Walkers can dress up as their favourite superhero and enjoy hero-themed fun zones as they walk their chosen 1km, 5km or 10km route in the beautiful countryside around the University campus which features a lake, woodlands, meadows, scenic views and a castle. At the start there will be food and drink stalls, a merchandise stall selling superhero masks, capes and glow bands, some mystery guests will mingle with the crowds and a DeLorean sports car will be on show along with a Selfie Wall for photos.

 

Along the walking routes there will be a Music Zone by the lake, a snow machine in the Frozone plus a Bubble Zone you can dance through at Newton Farm Foods and a Ye Olde Hero Zone at the castle. There will also be a Memory Area to reflect and remember loved ones.

 

All walkers will receive a free gift before the walk and a free ‘superhero’ drink after the walk. Spectators, supporters, walkers, staff and volunteers are invited to join the hero-themed after-party for a silent disco. There will also be a raffle to win a luxury Mulberry handbag, delicious street food, a prosecco stall and drinks bar so bring your family along to cheer you on and enjoy the fun. If you can volunteer your time to be a marshal at this event please contact Emily.knight@dorothyhouse-hospice.org.uk.

Tickets are £20 for walkers over 12+ years, child tickets are £10 for 2-11 years. Entry is free for spectators and children under 2 years and dogs on leads are welcome to participate. There is plenty of parking on site and some public buses run to the university throughout the event, see the website for more transport details. To sign up or find out more visit www.hospicecareheroes.org.uk

Emily Knight, Event Fundraiser at Dorothy House said: “Signing up for the Hero Walk will help us fund vital patient care for more people as the Hospice aims to double its patient numbers by 2025.  The walk is a fantastic way to celebrate all the heroes involved with Dorothy House such as our patients, family members, carers, fundraisers, nurses, staff and volunteers. We can’t wait to see everyone donning their superhero outfits and enjoying a walk in the gorgeous grounds of Bath Spa University before relaxing with a well-earned drink at our after-party.”

 

Walkers are signing up to take part in the Hero Walk for many reasons, some to share a fun, Indian Summer evening with friends and family, some to remember a special person in their lives or to thank and celebrate the heroes providing nursing care, fundraising or volunteering at Dorothy House. What will your reason be for signing up?

 

Steph Millard from Bath is taking part in the Hero Walk in memory of her 33 year old brother Benj Millard, who was cared for by the Hospice earlier this year, Steph said: “Dorothy House were incredible in Benj’s last days, they showed him the upmost dignity, respect and care. Every single member of staff at the Hospice continue to support our family in these difficult times so to say their work is phenomenal is an understatement. I am looking forward to taking part in the Hero Walk along with a huge team of Benj’s family and friends called ‘Team Thanos’ and we will be walking in memory of Benj and raising vital funds for our outstanding local Hospice.”

 

Mel Coombe, registered nurse on the Inpatient Unitat Dorothy House said: “We are here to support people with a life-limiting illness and we do whatever we possibly can to help patients and their families. If you think things are pretty rotten in your own life, to come here and see how patient’s nobly address their end of life and how they maximise the time they’ve got available – it’s incredibly inspiring.”

 

The Hospice’s work touches many people’s lives and all their care is free of charge so fundraising and sponsorship is vital to the charity, £56 could pay for two hours of a Dorothy House Nurse Specialist delivering care to patients in the community. Providing Hospice services requires significant funds and for every £1 received from the NHS, Dorothy House has to raise a further £5.

 

Sign up for the Hero Walk today at www.hospicecareheroes.org.ukand be a Hospice Care Hero.

 

 

 

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