We have engaged a volunteer group of Ambassadors to provide continued and consistent support who have the knowledge, skills and experience to engage with the wider community in support of Dorothy House. They will represent the hospice and raise awareness of our vision and be proactive in helping to advance our charitable aims.
DR IMOGEN BATTERHAM
I lived my childhood in Dorset, studied Medicine at Kings in London arriving in Bath as a Partner at Combe Down Surgery (CDS) in 1993 having completed my GP training in Exeter. We are lucky in Bath in having excellent GPs, community services and DH resulting in it being, rewarding, inspiring and a privilege to be involved with people as they conclude their lives. I was a trustee at DH for eight years, and have contributed to the BANES GP community in various roles. I left CDS in 2017 after the surgery received an outstanding CQC rating the previous year. I am now working at Lovemead Surgery in Trowbridge and am involved with teaching medical students in Bristol. I am a trustee for a health and environment project in India. I have travelled widely mostly walking and cycling and love the garden. Having spent a year making ballet costumes in London at 19, I continue with many creative pursuits. A ‘good death’ brings huge benefits to anyone and their families and I look forward to working with DH to help as many people as possible achieve this.
My late husband Billy and I moved to Bath in 2002; I’d had a long career in advertising and marketing in London, he in merchant banking. We bought a flat in central Bath and I very much enjoy all the varied activities of the city.
I’ve had a long-term interest in health care, starting because my parents were a nurse and a surgeon and I did voluntary work at “his” hospital. While working in London I was able to serve as a non-executive director at an acute hospital Trust and also at what was then called a community Trust. In Bath I extended this interest by becoming a Trustee at Dorothy House from 2005 to 2014. I continued this involvement through the Dorothy House trading company (that deals with the goods the shops buy in new, rather than the (oh so appreciated) donations). During 2018 both Billy and I were wonderfully supported by the hospice – and the NHS – and as an Ambassador I hope to continue to promote all aspects of Dorothy House’s work and care.
After a career in finance, I moved from Tokyo to Limpley Stoke where I work with an array of local businesses, charities and community groups. Dorothy House has been the jewel in the crown and I have had the honour of being a Trustee, Treasurer, Chairman, Consultant and, now, Ambassador. I am married to a Dorothy House Bereavement Counsellor and have four (reasonably) grown up children, two cats and a dog. My interests include: running Bath half marathons, tennis, squash, travelling and writing Wessex crime noir novels.
SIR RUPERT DEWEY
A qualified solicitor for many years specialising in commercial and residential property as well as private client work, I spent ten years in London working for a large commercial firm before moving to Bath in 1980. More recently, I set up and ran an international trading company specialising in the horticultural sector. I am a former trustee of Dorothy House and have been involved in many large fundraising projects over the last fifteen years. I am married with three grown up children and one grandchild.
I played Rugby professionally for Leicester Tigers, Bath and England before retiring through injury in 2013. A keen cook living in Bath and working as a project manager for a building contractor. My partner and I have a 3-year daughter whose endless energy keeps me fitter than when I was playing Rugby.
STEPHANIE MILLWARD MBE (Paralympic Swimming Champion)
“Stephanie’s story is one of the most inspiring in British sport” – Oliver Holt, Daily Mirror
Diagnosed with MS aged 17, I have battled my illness to become a multi-medal winning Paralympian and a World Champion four times over. I was previously featured in the British international team as a non-disabled swimmer breaking the British record for 100m Backstroke when I was only 15. Since my diagnosis, I have overcome many obstacles to rise to the very top of my sport. Winning four silvers and a bronze at London 2012 games, I went on to excel in Rio 2016 achieving gold, silver and bronze medals. I am passionate about helping people achieve their dreams and I visit many schools and organisations telling my story and inspiring others to strive every day. My achievements were recognised by being made an MBE in 2016.
I became Dorothy House’s first sporting Ambassador in 2017 and have enjoyed visiting patients and promoting the charity to other young people in the area. Originally from Castle Douglas in the South West of Scotland, I moved down to Bath in 2012 to pursue my dream of becoming a full time Modern Pentathlete and to study at the University. Modern Pentathlon is an Olympic sport combining five separate disciplines: swimming, fencing, horse riding, running and shooting. While combining my studies and sport, I graduated with a BSc degree in Sports Performance in 2015. Since then I have been training full time while competing all over the World, representing Great Britain. Last year, I had my best World Cup finish coming 10th and also won a Silver medal in the Mixed Relay at the second World Cup in Egypt. My long term goal is to work towards selection and compete in the Tokyo Olympics in 2020.
Having completed my A Levels at Millfield School, I started a career in Professional Cricket with Somerset CCC and represented England at U19 level. Stress fractures in my lower back cut short my career so I re-trained into financial services which eventually led to founding the Fidelius Group based in Bath, Exeter, Cheltenham and London. I now provide business advice and investment to growing local businesses and recently founded Paragon Structures which builds modern, environmentally friendly and cost effective sports facilities. My beautiful wife, Amanda Chester, and fantastic mother passed away at Dorothy House in 2015 having been diagnosed with Endometrial Cancer. She often referred to the nurses as Earth Angels. With our children Oscar 28, Scarlett 22 and Sebastian 15, we work together to raise funds and awareness of the great care Dorothy House delivers every day. I am passionate about nutrition and exercise and their beneficial effects on physical and mental health. I love to travel especially with a bike, golf clubs, skis or Yoga mat and hope one day to be a competent guitarist.
REV NIGEL RAWLINSON
I qualified in medicine from Cambridge (Emmanuel C. and Addenbrokes Hospital) in 1980. After a career in surgery, research (which failed) and then A&E (Consultant in Emergency Medicine, BRI), I moved into palliative care as a junior doctor in 2008. I worked in Dorothy House. I returned to the Christian faith in 1980 (aged 30), and some years later started a four year theological training, to be ordained, and to continue working in the “market place” as a self-supporting minister. This gave a fascinating insight into the spiritual needs of many people in everyday life. As one army padre colleague recently said to me “Nigel, there are no atheists on the battlefield”. I have seen in my work that there are few “convinced atheists when the chips are down”. This enquiry and support need great care. There are many reasons why people find “church difficult”, and yet still seek the “certainty of hope in the mystery of God”. Dorothy House provides this spiritual care in an excellent way – reaching to all – patients, relatives and staff – inclusively. I am non-denominational and found my ministry on unity, compassion and prayer. I moved into full time ministry (leaving Dorothy House) in 2016. I am delighted to keep my links with the hospice as an Ambassador. I am married to Pat, and have two grown up daughters, one son-in law and one grandson.
I moved into central Bath from the Mendips two years ago with my wife, two teenage sons and a Labrador. I run two consultancy businesses which specialise in business advice to the legal sector which is a market I have worked in for over 20 years. Outside work, I have season tickets at the Rec, am a vice-president of Frome RFC and have managed a number of charitable projects. Notably, I organised the fundraising, design and construction of a new nursery school in Mells, where I used to live, as well as chairing the local Cub and Scout group there for many years.
I am the brother of Prue Dufour, the founder of Dorothy House, and have many memories of the early days of Dorothy House. I have watched the growth and development of the work of the hospice with unstinted admiration, especially through the dedication of the staff and the labours of thousands of volunteers. For the past 12 years, I have been involved with the Malmesbury Friends of Dorothy House, fundraising, attending functions and speaking engagements. Recognising the ever present need to spread the word of the work of Dorothy House and its service to the community, I hope to contribute to this as an Ambassador for the Hospice.
I joined Dorothy House as a Trustee and subsequently Treasurer over 10 years ago after my father died of cancer and through that my eyes were opened to the fantastic role that Dorothy House plays in our community for palliative care, being the only provider of this service in our area sitting alongside the RUH. Also I very quickly realised that we are massively reliant on both individuals and companies to keep us funded on a continuous basis for everything we do. I have been truly amazed over the years at the progress we have made and how the team never stops looking for ways to reach out to those in the community that need us. I live in Limpley Stoke with my wife, our three boys having now flown the nest. I have more than 30 years’ experience at senior board level, particularly within the renewable energy and service sectors. Though I am now retired, I keep busy with a mixture of non-executive board positions and with cycling, walking and travelling off the beaten track, in between finding time to see our boys up and down the country!