Dorothy House CEO invites local businesses to join 180-mile trek

Hospice charity, Dorothy House, has invited local businesses to join its ‘One Man and His Dog’ walking tour as it launches it’s ‘Everyday, Everyone’ plan for 2018-2025.

From 17 October to 2 November, Dorothy House chief executive, John Davies and his springer spaniel Myrtle will embark on a 180-mile walk, visiting all 28 Dorothy House shops in 20 towns and spanning the hospice’s 700 square mile region.

The ‘Everyday, Everyone’ plan for 2018-2025 aims to deliver outstanding palliative and end-of-life care across Bath and North-East Somerset, Wiltshire and Somerset. During the walk, John and the Dorothy House team will “share the hospice’s vision for the future,” meet with local businesses, charities and community groups and raise vital funds for patient care.

All companies are welcome to get involved in the ‘One Man and His Dog’ walking tour by joining in a ‘short leg’ of the walk, attending talks or social events and donating funds via https://localgiving.org/fundraising/onemanandhisdog/

People can also follow John and Myrtle’s progress on Dorothy House social media channels to view highlights of their adventures and to find out how and where they can join in.

The ‘Everyday, Everyone’ plan is the outcome of a two-year review and analysis into local care needs which revealed that demand for palliative and end of life care is set to grow by a third between 2018-2025.

The walking tour will visit around twenty local towns in the region starting and ending in Bath with celebration events on 17 October and 2 November.

John Davies, chief executive at Dorothy House said of the tour: “I’m excited to be walking the Dorothy House ‘patch’ and look forward to meeting and walking with the public, local businesses, charities and community groups on my travels to share our vision for the future. Our bold new strategy provides a solid platform for us to meet the challenges facing hospice care through partnership, innovation and smart financial stewardship.”

Ted Wilson, community and joint commissioning director and group director of N&E Wiltshire Group, NHS Wiltshire Clinical Commissioning Group, said: “Within Wiltshire, we want to make sure effective and compassionate care and support is in place for people who are approaching the end of their life. Collaborative and integrated working is therefore of fundamental importance in order to meet patients’ needs and wishes during the final stages of their lives. ”

To get involved in Dorothy House’s walking tour visit https://localgiving.org/fundraising/onemanandhisdog/.

Pictured above: Staff at Dorothy House along with John Davies and his trusty springer spaniel, Myrtle (foreground)

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