With 541 men taking part in the Bath Men’s Walk at the weekend, Bath Rugby Foundation and Dorothy House Hospice Care are on track to matching last year’s total raised funds of £45,000, if not exceeding it.

The eight-mile walk along the canal path from Winsley to Bath was followed by a screening of two Six Nations matches at the Bath Rugby ground.

The individual walker who raises the most money will win a pair of tickets to The Clash on 8 April, a long awaited match between Bath and the Leicester Tigers at Twickenham. Similarly, the top fundraising team will win 10 pairs of tickets for this legendary match.

Ex-England rugby player Duncan Bell attended the walk to support these two well-loved charities. Other locals who supported the walk were ITV weatherman Bob Crampton, director of Rugby Todd Blackadder, and Tabai Matson, head coach of Bath Rugby.

Participant Kevin Down said: “I took part in the walk in memory of my wife and to give something back to Dorothy House, all their staff are amazing and we couldn’t have wanted for better care for Gill. I hope that, as well as giving us a storming day of walking, chatting and rugby, the funds raised by the Bath Men’s Walk will help the Hospice continue to support families through a difficult time in their lives.”

For more information on Bath Rugby Foundation visit: bathrugbyfoundation.com or on Dorothy House Hospice Care visit: dorothyhouse.org.uk.

Main image: Mervyn Clingan