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Ted’s Flower Power Clio takes to the streets

Bath based car dealership Platinum Renault, located on the Lower Bristol Road, have teamed up with The Forever Friends Appeal at the RUH for another year and have loaned the charity a brand new Renault Clio to help with the promotion of their annual fundraising day Ted’s Big Day Out!.

In the run up to Ted’s Big Day Out! on Friday 14th October, Ted’s Clio will be driving the streets of Bath, North East Somerset and Wiltshire to help spread the word and encourage schools, nurseries, community groups, businesses and individuals to sign up and take part in the day. Every year hundreds of adults and children support the Appeal by paying just £1 to take their teddy bears out for the day.

This is the third year that the dealership has supported the charity in this way. General Manager for Platinum Renault in Bath, Paul Mitchell comments: “Platinum Renault Bath are thrilled to be providing Ted with some groovy wheels to promote his Big Day Out 2011. We are very pleased to continue our support for the RUH and this immensely important appeal which will benefit so many members of our community. The Platinum team will be joining in with the fun and bringing our teddies to work on Friday 14th October 2011!”

To help attract the attention of other car drivers and passers-by, Ted’s Clio has been branded with brightly coloured vehicle graphics to help promote the 2011 theme for the day – ‘Flower Power’. The Appeal are inspiring everyone to get groovy with Flower Power, by organising activities such as 60s fancy dress days at work or simply asking everyone to wear something flowery.

Corporate Officer, Kate Bruhl for the Appeal comments: “It is truly valuable for us to have such dedicated help from local companies, so Big Ted and the team would like to say a tremendous thank you to Platinum Renault for their generosity and continuous support. Don’t forget to look out for Teds’ Clio on the roads and do give him a wave! But most importantly make sure you speak to your friends and colleagues and sign up for Ted’s Big Day Out! this year – we need you to have some fun at work or school whilst raising money to help Cancer patients at the RUH.”

Getting Ted’s Clio out and about around the RUH catchment area is also the perfect opportunity for the Appeal to raise the profile of their recently launched RUH Space for Cancer Care Campaign, as the car graphics include the whizzy new Cancer Care Campaign logo. Those people that take part in Ted’s Big Day Out! 2011 will be raising funds for a new state-of-the-art Gamma- CT Scanner for the hospital – the first phase of this new Cancer Care Campaign.

To receive your Flower Power fundraising pack, register directly through the website www.tedsbigdayout.co.uk!

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Free Open Air Film Screening

The Forever Friends Appeal are very excited to be hosting this year’s Movie by Moonlight an outdoor film event at a new venue – Royal Victoria Park, Bath showing the box office hit, Toy Story 3.

Entry to the event is free but all funds raised by the evening will go towards the £650,000 needed to purchase a new Gamma-CT Scanner for the Royal United Hospital, Bath. Read more>

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JustGiving fundraising pages now accept text donations

Our supporters who set-up a fundraising page on JustGiving to help raise sponsorship can now receive text donations direct to their fundraising page with JustTextGiving by Vodafone.

JustTextGiving have now launched the second phase of their new text donation service enabling individual fundraisers to receive donations to their JustGiving page with a simple text message. Find out more

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High sheriff’s concert has its first sponsor

A Bath opticians has signed up as the first city business to support a charity show featuring jazz star Jamie Cullum.

Specsavers, on Westgate Street, has taken out sponsorship for the High Sheriff of Somerset’s charity concert, which will take place in Bath Abbey later this year.

Jamie Cullum will be making a special appearance, along with the Silver Ring Choir, because his father John is the high sheriff.

The event will raise money for a range of charities, including Somerset Crimebeat, The Forever Friends Appeal and Quartet Community Foundation.

John Cullum said: “I am delighted that such a prestigious national brand as Specsavers has signed up to be the first sponsor of the High Sheriff’s annual charity concert, which will be held for the first time in the magnificent setting of Bath Abbey.

“Specsavers of Bath sponsorship will not only help ensure an unforgettable night’s entertainment, but also support three very worthy and local charitable causes.

“I am very grateful to them.

“The concert promises to be a lovely evening.”

Specsavers retail director Phil Lodge added it was important that the company supported local good causes.

He said: “Specsavers Bath are delighted to be able to support the Autumn in the Abbey charity concert.

“It is important to us that having been part of the business community here in Bath for several years that we give something back to the wider community.

“We wish the High Sheriff of Somerset every success with his concert and his fundraising for three very deserving local charities.”

For information on how to sponsor the concert, with packages starting at £250, contact Morgan-Brink- hurst Consultancy on 01225 823004 or email info@morganbrinkhurstconsultancy. co.uk.

Tickets for the concert are on sale through Bath Festivals Box Office on 01225 463362.


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New Neo-Natal Unit by Feilden Clegg Bradley Studios opens in Bath

The Dyson Centre for Neonatal Care opened its doors at the weekend to its first babies.  The Royal United Hospital Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU), in Bath, has been transferred from its existing small, cramped facilities into its pioneering new home.

The project, funded as a 50/50 partnership by NHS budgets and fundraising by The Forever Friends Appeal, has resulted in a dramatically different and improved environment in which the RUH can care for the 500 premature and sick babies that it looks after each year.

A pioneering holistic and therapeutic approach towards the new building has created a new low carbon unit allowing the staff to practice new methods of care for premature and sick babies.

The building consists of a single storey new-build extension, and the refurbishment of the space occupied by the existing NICU facility. The new-build element accommodates the clinical, support and reception functions as a discreet but contemporary intervention. The refurbished element comprises staff and parents’ facilities. The two elements are linked by a new ‘umbilicus’ which also provides an access point for emergency vehicles. The new building encloses an external courtyard space which provides both vista and breakout from reception and parents areas.

The grouping of the care rooms forms a route around the staff base which is the heart of the unit. The clockwise circuit of cot rooms forms a diagram of intensity of care, beginning with intensive care, then on to high dependency, then special care, on to the parents’ rooms, then finally home. From parents’ feedback progress along this ‘route’ is very important psychologically – it is important that the ever-decreasing intensity of care is legible to parents.

The consulting examination and treatment spaces are carefully daylit. Parents and staff can now perceive changing external conditions through day and night, increasing well-being. The heart of the clinical area is generously roof lit providing daylight to all the central spaces within. Sunlight is allowed to enter the building in certain controlled areas to add sparkle and delight without disturbing the working of the unit.  Within the care areas light is carefully controlled to ensure that babies gain an awareness of day and night as they develop.

Sustainability in construction and use has been central to the design of the new unit. The team were adamant that the new NICU should not be a one-off showcase for sustainability, but should serve as a template and catalyst for sustainable healthcare design by challenging existing standards, defining new targets and developing strategies replicable elsewhere in the health sector.

The unit is constructed entirely in cross laminated timber. This construction has benefits in terms of embodied energy, and is quick and clean to construct within a healthcare environment. The timber is exposed internally, creating a more calm and domestic environment within an acute clinical setting.

The project has achieved Breeam “Excellent”, and incorporates a sedum roof for rainwater attenuation, and to increase biodiversity on the site.

These measures will combine to make the new Neonatal Intensive Care Unit at the Royal United Hospital a beacon for sustainability across the health sector. The building is a case study for the next generation of healthcare buildings, a benchmark for best practice which incorporates replicable strategies which are demonstrated to pay back in a defined period, in a beautiful and therapeutic environment which is of tangible benefit to parents, staff and patients.

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Text donating now available

You can now donate Donate £1, £2, £3, £4, £5 or £10 to The Forever Friends Appeal with a simple text! Every penny of your donation will go to the our RUH space for Cancer Care Campaign.

Thanks to Vodafone and Justgiving who have joined forces, it means that there is no fee for your donation.

For more informations visit our Text Donation page

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