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Dragon Boats race raises £1k for the RUH

The Rotary Club of Chippenham Wiltshire Vale presented a cheque of £1k to The Forever Friends Appeal at the Royal United Hospital (RUH) in Bath, to support the ‘Space for Cancer Care Campaign’. Funds were raised earlier last year during the Rotary Club’s annual Dragon Boat Day fundraising event on and alongside the River Avon in Monkton Park, Chippenham.

President of the club, Andrew Edwards, presented the cheque to Haematology Consultant Sarah Wexler and Zoe Tainton, Community Fundraiser for The Forever Friends Appeal. Mr Edwards comments: “Having personally benefitted from the expertise provided by the RUH Haematology team it is great that I am now in a position, with the support of my Rotary Club, to be able to contribute to their continued success and to help invest in new technology for the benefit of others.”

Sarah Wexler states: “We are very grateful to Mr Edwards and the Rotary Club of Chippenham Wiltshire Vale for their contribution to this exciting new project.”

Last year, seventeen teams took part to raise money for charity and to have some fun on the water. On Saturday 14 July 2012, the Club hopes to see even more rowers racing and supporters cheering on the riverside. If you would information on how to take part please visit:

http://www.rotary-chippenham-wv.org.uk/contact_us/index.php

Community Fundraiser for The Forever Friends Appeal, Zoe Tainton, says: “It is, with support from such key players in the community, that our goal is achievable. We are utterly grateful for their very generous donation.”

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Jolly’s raise £7k in Liam’s memory

Bath friends and family of a 24-year-old colleague who died after a night out have raised £7,000 in his memory.

Liam O’Regan was found dead by a river on the edge of Bristol in November 2010 after it is believed he may have fallen through a gap between two carriageways as he tried to cross the road.

Staff from Jolly’s, where he worked as a senior sales manager, have put on fundraising events in aid of the Forever Friends Appeal, a charity he was passionate about.

They have been supported by Liam’s family, including his fiancée Hannah and son George, eight months, who was born after he died.

Store manager Steve James said: “I knew Liam from his first day when he joined at just 16.

“Liam was a fun-loving, upbeat guy who always had time for others, and when he approached me requesting that Forever Friends should be the chosen charity for the store, his enthusiasm for the charity convinced me to say yes.”

The money raised in his memory will go towards new parents’ accommodation at the Dyson Centre for Neonatal Care at the Royal United Hospital.

Appeal corporate officer Kate Bruhl said: “We are thrilled to have received this donation and believe Liam would be so proud of his family and colleagues for all their dedication and hard work over the past 12 months.”

The centre opened in July, and the refurbishment of the old neonatal intensive care unit into parental accommodation is due to be completed in the next few weeks.

The appeal is now focusing on improving cancer facilities at the hospital, with the first phase the raising of £650,000 for a new gamma- CT scanner.

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