Dorothy House Hospice Care has appointed its first sporting Ambassador, Jo Muir, who is an International Modern Pentathlete and GB squad member. Jo’s role will be to champion the care we provide for patients, their families and carers, and to support our fundraising activities and events.
Jo has successfully competed for Great Britain on numerous occasions since 2013 including most recently gaining 5th place in the Senior European Championships and 2nd place in the Senior World Championships Relay in 2016. Her long term goal is to work towards selection for the Tokyo Summer Olympics in 2020.
Based in Bath, 22 year old Jo graduated from The University of Bath with a BSc degree in Sports Performance in 2015. She now trains full time at the University’s Sports Training Village in the National Training Centre for Modern Pentathlon which helps Jo develop her skills in five sporting disciplines: running, swimming, fencing, horse riding and pistol shooting. Jo grew up in Castle Douglas in Dumfries, Scotland and became interested in competing in the Modern Pentathlon after taking party in Pony Club tetrathlons and school triathlons and biathlons.
Jo will support Dorothy House over the next four years and her first public role as our Ambassador will be to attend the start of the fifth annual Bath Men’s Walk on Saturday 18th March. Around 600 men will walk 8 miles from Winsley to Bath to raise funds for Dorothy House and the Bath Rugby Foundation, their reward is to watch two exciting Six Nations matches screened at the Rec along with a free pie and a pint. To sign up for the Bath Men’s Walk, please visit www.bathmenswalk.co.uk.
John Davies, CEO at Dorothy House Hospice Care said of the new Ambassador role: “We’re delighted to have the very talented and inspirational Jo Muir on our team and are looking forward to working with her as she trains for the Tokyo Olympics in 2020. It’ll be fascinating for our staff, supporters and patients to follow her progress. Jo’s dedication, perseverance and passion for her sport will bring great inspiration to our donors and patients as they strive to overcome challenges in their own lives.“
Modern Pentathlon athlete, Jo Muir, said: “I chose to support Dorothy House because it is a great charity and the care they provide is second to none, as confirmed by their recent Outstanding rating from the Care Quality Commission (CQC). Due to personal family circumstances I know how important their work is, not just for patients but also for their families. I’m very honoured to support Dorothy House and I’m keen to get involved and spread the word about their great work.”