Mashy’s Marchers raise over £4,500.

Mashy’s Marchers joined 550 other walkers and took part in the seventh annual Bath Rugby Walk on Saturday 23rd February in memory of their much missed colleague and friend, Stuart Morgan-Nash.

The walk which is usually a “men only” event was open to women and children over 12 and was held to raise vital funds for two local charities, the Bath Rugby Foundation and Dorothy House Hospice Care.  The Bath Rugby Walk is an eight mile walk along the Kennet and Avon canal path and starts from Dorothy House in Winsley where there was hot food provided by the Rotary Club of Devizes. The walk finished at the home of Bath Rugby where there was a welcome drink and a pie! One of Stuart’s favourite foods.

It was easy to spot Mashy’s Marchers as they were all sporting a flat cap. It was wonderful to see the flat caps clustered together at the start of the walk, a fitting tribute to a wonderful man.

Matthew Fothergill​, Head of Key Stage 2 and organiser of the Mashy's Marchers team said of the walk, “The walk was a fantastic event, made even better by the perfect weather.  We were all able to share memories of Stuart; it was lovely to walk with members of his family and meet others for the rugby at the Rec. I know plenty of Stuart's friends would like to make this an annual event to remember Stuart and continue to raise money for such great charities”.

Year 7 pupil, Niamh Crinion, said "I was so happy to be able to do the walk to support Dorothy House Hospice as they have been so good to my friend Ella and her family. They looked after Ella’s dad and have been a great support to Ella, India, Austin and Nikki since he died. We set off in our flat caps as a tribute to Stuart as he loved his caps and the sun was shining down as we all walked the 8 miles along the canal. Although emotional it was a wonderful day and we all had lots of laughs along the way".

Emily Knight, Event Fundraiser at Dorothy House Hospice Care said: "This year's Walk was a great success with 550 people taking part in the sunshine. The funds raised for Dorothy House will help us provide patients and their families with specialist palliative and end of life care”.

Stephanie Sheppard, Head of Prep English commented on the atmosphere, “It was wonderful to see so many of us walking in memory of Stuart. The atmosphere on the day was so positive and there was a wonderful atmosphere throughout the walk. Members of the public stopped us to chat and were delighted to see so many people doing something constructive to support such a worthy cause. Stuart was certainly shining down on us and we only hope we can make a little bit of difference to families going through a similar battle”.

Stella Aldridge, Deputy Head of Development and Alumni joined the Marchers and spoke fondly of Stuart and the Warminster community, “Putting on flat caps and joining the other Marchers definitely gave us a sense of the warmth that is felt for Stuart and his family. The feeling of being part of a wider family community was prevalent as young and old made their way along the banks of the canal with the sun shining. The team spirit was evident and made for a wonderful walk with the knowledge that we were all doing it for such a great cause”.

Well done to #Mashysmarchers!