Providing outstanding palliative and end of life care in our local community

Our care

We're here, for as long as you need

We provide palliative and end of life care to adults (18+) with a progressive, treatable but not curable life-limiting illness or with severe frailty, and also their family (including children) and carers.

We care for people across our 700sq mile catchment area which covers Bath & North East Somerset (BaNES), and parts of Wiltshire and Somerset. Our services provide physical, psychological and/or spiritual support, and are free of charge. We’re available day and night to ensure that you have the right care, at the right time.

When someone is ill, it’s not just the patient who is affected. Life can be turned upside down for the family and for friends and carers. That’s why we’re here for you, for as long as you need.

Donate now

Your donation will help us care for even more patients and their families when they need it the most. Not only will it support people at the Hospice at Winsley House, but it also supports your community and those that wish to be cared for at home. Thank you.

How you can support us

Fireflies in Firefly Wood lit up at dusk

Dedicate a light on a Firefly

Dedicating a light on a Firefly is a wonderful way to celebrate the life of a loved one and reflect through a time of remembrance. The Firefly lights are your space to visit whenever you wish. Both here in the woods at Winsley House, or via our 24-hour webcam, connecting you with our serene woodland space, alight with Fireflies wherever you are.

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Get involved

From paddle boarding on the River Avon to exhilarating treks abroad, we have a variety of exciting ways you can help us raise funds for the Hospice. By participating in one of our events, organising your own event or by playing our lottery, you will be helping to support those who need us most in our community. Get involved today and sign up to one of our events!

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Volunteer

Our team of more than 1,200 volunteers give their time so we can continue to offer free care to people with life-limiting illnesses. Volunteering is a fantastic way to learn new skills, meet new people, and give back to your community. From assisting the teams in the Hospice at Winsley House to supporting in our charity shops, we'd love to have you on board.

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Leave a gift in your will to Dorothy House

1 in 5 of our patients is cared for with thanks to gifts in wills. Every gift, no matter the size, makes a difference. It's your generosity that helps us to provide specialist care and to be there for those in need when it matters most. You can also download our free gifts in wills guide for more information on leaving a gift in your will to Dorothy House..

Discover our Interactive Nature Trail

The Dorothy House Interactive Nature Trail is the next step in our ambition to open up the site to anyone wishing to find a wellbeing space to reflect in nature, or to find serenity in grief.

Families can get stuck into our augmented reality app, discover the extraordinary habitats of our resident creatures, and learn more about the natural cycles of life and death.

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Wingwalking for end of life care

Having accomplished kayaking in Antarctica and three polar plunges at 70 years old, Freda’s adrenaline-fuelled appetite gets her stepping out of her comfort zone! This time, instead of taking the bitter plunge, Freda soared through the skies for Dorothy House raising an incredible £2,076 Wingwalking for end of life care.

From seeing an event poster in her local supermarket to reaching heights of 800ft, Freda told us all about her journey from the supermarket to the skies, and why it was important to her to raise vital funds for Dorothy House Hospice Care.

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Join our Monthly Givers

Help us to ensure that nobody in our community has to face death alone with a regular monthly donation to the Hospice.

As a Monthly Giver to Dorothy House, you will be joining our amazing group of supporters who believe in our care, and want to help make sure that we can continue to reach more people, now and into the future.

The care that your money could help provide is invaluable. Our patients only get one chance to have a good death, and the memory of how a loved one dies remains with their family forever.

Join today

Hospice care and virtual reality

Dorothy House is proud to be a part of the Immersive Technology in Healthcare Team – a Virtual Reality (VR) project, funded by the Masonic Charitable Foundation via Hospice UK and their ‘Re-imagining Day Patient Services’ funding programme. The project trials the use of virtual reality to help reduce symptoms and improve relaxation in patients.

Using 360°cameras, the project team has been creating immersive videos that virtually transport patients outdoors.

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Upcoming events

The Dorothy House Podcast

In this episode, Fin's mum Sandie and BA (Hons) Photography Course Leader, Stephen Vaughan, share their painful but deeply inspirational story about Fin, who died on 25 March 2022, aged 31, following the diagnosis of a brain tumour in 2018. On Friday 20 October, Bath Spa University launched an exhibition and 100-page publication of work by Fin, titled ‘With This Breath’. This formed part of his legacy, something that concerned him before his death, and a project which has been fully realised. “It was an incredibly courageous and beautiful piece of work that was unflinchingly honest and deeply moving,“ says Stephen.

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