The Forever Friends Appeal are celebrating some New Year’s cheer this January as the local charitable fund Friends of Huck reach their £100k target for Cancer Care Campaign. This mammoth achievement has helped The Forever Friends Appeal to reach the £7.1million mark of their £8.5m fundraising target for the Cancer Care Campaign.

Tim Hobbs, Head of Fundraising at The Forever Friends Appeal, comments: “We are thrilled and delighted that Friends of Huck have helped us reach this important milestone.  The group’s incredible efforts have raised £100k for the new Cancer Centre and taken us past the £7m mark in the Campaign.  We have greatly enjoyed working with the Friends of Huck over the years, Mark and Emma have been a source of real inspiration to all who have supported them. We now have £1.4m to go to reach our minimum target for the new Cancer Centre and we are confident that the dedication and generosity of supporters such as the Friends of Huck will help us get there!”

Friends of Huck was founded by Motocross champion Mark Hucklebridge (Huck) and his wife Emma from Colerne following Mark’s battle with cancer. In November 2010, when Mark (then aged 31) had to tell his family and friends he had been diagnosed with cancer, it was a terrible shock for everyone involved.  Consequently over these past five years since his first diagnosis, Mark and Emma have been joined by hundreds of their friends, family and colleagues to support their fundraising efforts for a charity very close to their hearts – the RUH Forever Friends Appeal.  Mark has undergone chemotherapy, radiotherapy and surgery to help fight the spreading cancer, and is therefore very passionate about The Forever Friends Appeal’s current major fundraising campaign to raise £8.5million to help build a pioneering new Cancer Centre for the Royal United Hospital in Bath.

Friends of Huck are very lucky to be involved in a network of people that support their fundraising events. As a charity they have been overwhelmed by the support given by people running half marathons, holding motocross events, auctions, shooting clays, baking cakes and filling collection pots, gymkhana’s, boxing challenges – you name it they have done it. Mark Hucklebridge, Founder of Friends of Huck, comments “The dedication by these selfless people is unbelievable and the charity would not exist without their generosity. We are continually looking for more people to hold events, or take on new challenges, to keep the charity alive and fresh. At this time we would like to thank a few special people and companies that have gone above and beyond to raise money:

M J church

Kawasaki Motors

Marshfield MX Club

Motoxtreme

Wyatt Fencing

Dingmaster

Hucklebridge Events

Chambers Engineering

Nigel Roberts

Fight Like A Girl

Arenacross UK”

The work of the Appeal and the efforts of its supporters such Friends of Huck were highlighted last week in a letter from the Prime Minister, David Cameron, to Bath MP Ben Howlett.  He said “The Forever Friends Appeal has a very impressive record in raising funds for the RUH and I know that it is held in the highest regard in the local community.

“I wish all those involved with the Appeal every success with your endeavours to raise the additional funds needed to build a world class Cancer Centre at the hospital.

“It is heartening to hear that the Appeal has already raised £7.1 million, this is a tremendous achievement. I very much hope that any organisation or individual that is able to support this much needed investment will do so in any way they can”

“I have no doubt that it will prove to be of great value for the people of Somerset and Wiltshire”.