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Toby Marsh LIVE

For one night only, South West rapper, Toby Marsh will be performing at the Chapel Arts Centre, Bath tonight in aid of the NICU ‘space to grow’ Campaign. 27th October 2011, 7.30-9.30pm – the event has been proudly sponsored byJones Convienience Stores. Tickets are available from Chapel Arts Centre and Bath Festival Box Office on 01225 463362. Tickets £6 advance / £8 on the door

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Doctors on the Ball with fundraising – for ‘their’ hospital

Doctors BallThe Royal United Hospital Doctors have come up trumps to support the Forever Friends Appeal’s Cancer Care Campaign with their annual celebration event.  Every year the Doctors Mess at the RUH organise a successful Ball to encourage staff to get together socially, whilst pledging support to raise funds for their  hospital.   

RUH Doctor’s President, Jiten Doshi, set up a small committee of doctors in the hospital to help to organize their Autumn Ball and prepare for a wonderful evening of dinner and dancing at the Roman Baths on Friday 14th October.  With 250 tickets sold, the guests did not only enjoy a torch-lit champagne reception on their arrival, followed by dinner, music and dance, but they were also given a magical night with the guest appearance of celebrity magician Magic Singh.

Doctors BallJiten Doshi, committee member, comments, “I would like to thank the generosity of our fantastic sponsors which helped us to raise well over a £1000 for the Cancer Care campaign. This has been the largest Charity Ball hosted by the hospital, and I hope this support for the Forever Friends Appeal continues to grow.”

Jan Witt, Donor Care Officer, The Forever Friends Appeal, continues, “We can’t thank Jiten and his committee enough for all their hard work and hours of selling tickets to make their event so successful in order that the Appeal may benefit as much as possible.  Every year, we are always grateful for the support of the Doctors Mess to take on such a huge time consuming project as we know how busy they all are.  We hope that everyone who attended the ball enjoyed a fabulous night’s entertainment whilst fundraising for us.

Doctors BallThis year’s fundraising proceeds will go towards raising funds for a new Gamm a-CT Scanner. This high-tech piece of equipment that can be used in the diagnosis of many of the cancers that can affect us with pinpoint accuracy. This is the first part of a two-phase Campaign to improve Cancer Services at the Royal United Hospital, Bath

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Big Ted and friends get groovy with Flower Power!

‘Getting Groovy with Flower Power’ is the phrase on everyone’s lips this Friday, as hundreds of groups all across the catchment area of the Royal United Hospital will be taking part in The Forever Friends Appeal’s annual fundraising day – Ted’s Big Day Out!.  The chosen theme for this year’s activities is ‘Flower Power’. 

Teddies will be flooding the streets of Bath, Somerset and Wiltshire this Friday 14th October.  This year’s day is raising funds for the Appeal’s recently launched ‘RUH Cancer Care Campaign’ – a two phase fundraising Campaign to transform the Cancer Services of the RUH.  The first phase is for a Gamma-CT Scanner – a piece of state-of-the-art equipment used to diagnose some of the many types of the Cancer that can affect us, as well as bone problems, neurological disorders and heart disease.

To mark the occasion of The Forever Friends Appeal’s twelfth annual fundraising day, actors Simon Callow and Tristan Gemmill, will be visiting the RUH to show their support and bring their much loved teddies out for the day.  Local MP Don Foster will be acting as master of ceremonies for the Ted’s Big Day Out! celebration activities in the RUH, dubbed the ‘RUH Flower Power Festival’. 

Staff and patients will be entertained by a performance from the RUH choir, as well as singers Toby Marsh and Len Liechti.  Long term supporters of the Appeal, Bath Rugby, are also attending the activities, with appearances from Rugby stars Stuart Hooper and Pieter Dixon.   

Several lucky staff members will battle it out against each other to win a ‘Don’t Forget the lyrics’ Ted’s Big Day Out! competition. Bath Malayalee Association are selling traditional Indian Cuisine to raise funds for the Campaign, alongside the delicious Country Cupcakes that will also be on sale. 

Students from Bath College will be painting nails with a Flower Power theme and staff from the BodyShop in Bath are donating their services to give make-overs in return for a donation. Big Ted is also delighted to have support from the Heart FM radio team, as well as the RUH’s very own Hospital radio.

Chairman of Bath and North East Somerset Council, Cllr Peter Edwards will be visiting various departments in the hospital to meet staff who will be adorning flowery items for the day.  Mayor of Bath, Cllr Bryan Chalker, will also be visiting several groups within the city of Bath who are ‘getting groovy with flower power’ on Friday. 

Hundreds of schools, nurseries, businesses and community groups have signed up to take part on Friday – many having supported the event in previous years, others joining for the first time in 2011.  Events & Community Officer for The Forever Friends Appeal, Jo Hones, says:  “This year’s flower power theme has proved really popular.  There are so many fabulous fundraising activities taking place on Friday and Big Ted is so pleased to have such wonderful support for his fundraising day.  Lots of people are dressing up in the Flower Power theme, whereas others are simply just taking their teddy bears out with them. Taking part is just so easy, lots of fun and it all helps the patients who rely on the care of Bath’s RUH.”

Having spent the week visiting organisations across the RUH catchment area, Big Ted will be making further appearances around Bath throughout the day to support many of the fundraising activities.  To make a donation towards Ted’s Big Day Out! this year and help with the ‘RUH Cancer Care Campaign’, call the Appeal office on 01225 825825.

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