Head and shoulders portrait of Rosie

Rosie’s story

Rosie has taken part in lots of fundraising events recently to raise money for Dorothy House after seeing first-hand the support that the hospice gives to people with life-limiting illness and their families.

Rosie took part in the Bath Moonlight Walk this year for the fourth time: “I really enjoyed doing the Moonlight Walk with my Mum, Trina, and two other friends – Sammie and Jill. My family have been supporting Dorothy House since 2007 when our Grandad was cared for by the hospice.”

Rosie works for local luxury goods manufacturer Mulberry, who are also very much involved in fundraising for Dorothy House. Since 2013, Mulberry has donated a top of the range, luxury handbag as the main raffle prize for the Moonlight Walk and, in total, these raffles have raised £4,564 in the last five years including £1,200 this year.

Staff at Mulberry in Chilcompton also raised a further £3,992 for Dorothy House (including matched funding) by taking part in other fundraising activities such as the Dorothy House Fire Walk and a Bake Sale. In total, the Somerset-based Mulberry factory and its staff have helped to raise £8,556 for the hospice over the last five years.

Rosie’s friend Kate was also cared for at Dorothy House before she died in 2014. Kate’s husband, Richard, and her two children, Lauren and Josh, then aged 11 and 9, received support from the hospice during and after Kate’s illness. Kate’s husband Richard said: ‘Having the support of Dorothy House staff during Kate’s illness and final days was a great comfort and gave the family reassurance. The staff really helped to lighten my load particularly in helping me to talk to the children clearly about what was happening.”

Rosie says: “We were struck by how important it was for Lauren and Josh to have their individual Memory Boxes which they made with their mum to keep and open up whenever they wanted to feel close to Kate, it made a huge difference to them.”

Rob Billington, Group Production and Sourcing Director for Mulberry said: “Several staff members took part in the Bath Moonlight Walk again this year. We’re delighted to support 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.”