Category Archives: Dorothy House

Cooking at the Bath Rugby Walk

Last Saturday Devizes Rotary, with the help of a couple of Devizes Lions, were again invited to cook at the Bath Rugby Walk, which as usual started at Dorothy House in Winsley, and ended at the Bath rugby ground. It was a great day for all concerned, and once again we donated all profits (almost £600)  to Dorothy House and the Bath Rugby Foundation.

Here’s a note from Emily Knight, the organiser of the event:

Hi Cliff and the Rotary Club of Devizes dream team

Thank you SO much for all your help and hard work on Saturday providing the delicious food for the walkers and volunteers at the Bath Rugby Walk.  As always, it was a complete pleasure to work the with professional, fun, kind, hardworking and totally fabulous Rotarians.  You are a shining light for us all and show what camaraderie and delight can be gained by giving up your precious time to help others.  Please can I clone you?!

In the end we had 545 people sign up to walk, with 506 actually walking on the day.  Last year we raised over £56,000 from the event for the two charities and we’re hoping to match that again this year.

We couldn’t have made the day so successful without the legendary addition of the Rotary Club of Devizes, and on behalf of Dorothy House and the Bath Rugby Foundation we just wanted you to know…we love you!!!!

And finally…..volunteers don’t get paid, not because they’re worthless, but because they’re priceless.

Kind regards


Emily Knight
Events Fundraiser
Dorothy House Hospice Care
Winsley, Bradford on Avon, Wiltshire, BA15 2LE

Devizes Rotary at the Bath Men’s Walk

The Devizes Rotary cooking team were in action in the cold and snow at the Bath Men’s Walk last Saturday. Here’s a note from from Emily Knight, the organiser of the event:

Hi Alan and all the team

Thank you SO much for all your help at the Bath Men’s Walk on Saturday.  We certainly dodged a bullet in terms of the snow settling and thank goodness the walk wasn’t on Sunday!

I’ve had such fantastic feedback from the walkers saying how delicious your food was and I can’t thank the Rotary Club of Devizes enough for your incredible generosity, support and hard work.

We had 541 walkers sign up in the end and what a day it was with pints, Mexican outfits, Irish hats, flat caps, banter, rugby and such an amazing team spirit.

Last year the Bath Men’s Walk raised over £60,000 (split 50/50 between the two charities) and we’re hoping to reach that again this year.  How wonderful that you and the walkers all did something so positive to not only help Dorothy House’s patients, families and carers but also raise vital funds for the Bath Rugby Foundation to enable them to empower young people to succeed in the community, using rugby to improve Health, Education, Employability and Inclusion in the South West.

What a team of absolute legends you are, and I really hope you warmed up ok afterwards!!!

Kindest regards


Devizes Rotary Cooks at the Bath Men’s Walk

A couple of months ago the Devizes Rotary Cooking Team were asked by Emily, at Dorothy House, if we would come and cook bacon and egg baps at the start of the Bath Men’s Walk which was held on the 18th of this month. Well, how could we refuse?!

So, along we went to Winsley House on a chilly morning, blustry morning, where business was excellent so that we managed to raise £350 – all the profit from the event – for Dorothy House and the Bath Rugby Foundation.

Here’s an extract from an article in the Gazette and Herald on 20th March:

Emily Knight, Event Fundraiser at Dorothy House Hospice Care said: “The Bath Men’s Walk was a brilliant success with a great atmosphere from the start. The funds raised by the Walk will help Dorothy House continue to give our patients, their families and carers the specialist palliative and end of life care they need.

“We also had the Devizes Rotary Club come along in the morning to make bacon butties for everyone, and all of the money they made they gave straight to Dorothy House which was lovely.”

Another satisfied customer … 🙂

Cooking in aid of Dorothy House

Having had bacaptured weather for the main bank holiday weekend of the Devizes International Street Festival and Carnival for the past two years, surely it would be kind to us on Sunday 28th August when we had a stall on The Green selling chilli in aid of Dorothy House?

Once again things started reasonably well. We’d erected our gazebo and set out a table for David from Dorothy House to sell his raffle tickets, and were hopeful that we’d also be able to sell some of our chilli, knowing that all profits would go to helping Dorothy House with the great work that they do.

At first the rain was only light so our neighbours – Fullstop Acrobatic Theatre – were able to put on a great show:

However it soon began to come down pretty heavily, and when Mayor of Devizes Jane Burton came into our gazebo to shelter, we got her to do a bit of chilli stirring for us!


Unfortunately there weren’t too many takers for our chilli given the weather conditions, but when the rain did finally manage to ease off a little, another neighbour – this time part of the Dizzy O’Dare team – delighted the crowd when he disappeared into a giant balloon!

I reckon this just goes to show that even when the weather’s not great it seems that there’s never a dull moment at the Devizes International Street Festival!