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Photos of Ted’s Big Day Out

Here are just some of the great photos that have been taken of the day. We would like to thank each and every person who has taken part this year to help raise funds towards building a pioneering new Cancer Centre at the RUH.

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Be part of the team and run the Bath Half

Help raise funds towards build a new Cancer Centre by running the Bath Half 2013!

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TED’S BIG DAY OUT! – Teddies and fluorescent fancy dress everywhere

The Forever Friends Appeal at the Royal United Hospital is all set to make their annual fundraising day Ted’s Big Day Out a very colourful affair this year. Sponsored by Bath based law firm Mogers Solicitors, the theme for this year’s Ted’s Big Day Out on Friday 19th October is Fluorescent Friday.

Schools, nurseries, hairdressers, nursing homes and all kinds of other organisations across the RUH catchment area have signed up to join in the fun and raise as much as possible for the RUH Cancer Care Campaign to help build a pioneering new Cancer Centre. Those taking part will be raising money by: making a donation to wear their finest neon glad rags to work, taking their teddies out with them for the day, baking some fancy cakes or many other wacky ideas.

Every year Southdown Junior School in Bath support Ted’s Big Day Out by asking the children to make a small donation to bring their teddy to school with them for the day and wear a fluorescent item.  With coppers collected throughout the year, the children also make large teddy bears shapes in the school hall.  Class teacher from Southdown Junior School, Mrs Kate Freegard comments: “We feel it is really important for us as a school in Bath to support the hospital’s annual fundraising day – and the children always love to bring their teddies to school with them.  With this year raising money for the new Cancer Centre, it is a campaign that is close to the hearts of so many people and I really hope Southdown can raise as much as possible to help transform care for patients and their families at the RUH.” 

Staff at the RUH will also be joining in the Ted’s Big Day Out activities by taking their teddy bears to work with them for the day and dressing up with fluorescent outfits.   Activities in the hospital atrium will include a cake sale, merchandise sale, guess the name of the knitted animal competition and the chance to have a relaxing onsite neck and shoulder massage.  Everyone is invited to go along and help raise those extra few pounds for the Campaign.

Having taken her teddy out for the day in 2011, Olympic gold medallist Amy Williams, will be visiting the hospital on Ted’s Big Day Out (with her teddy) over the lunchtime to meet the staff and patients who are supporting the fundraising activities. Players from Bath Rugby, Simon Taylor, Jack Cuthbert and James Tyas are also set to join in the fun at the hospital.

Big Ted will be spending the day on Friday 19th October visiting different organisations, with the Heart FM Angels, to see for himself the wonderful support his fundraising day receives each year.  Also visiting several schools and companies taking part on Friday, is the Chairman of B&NES Cllr Rob Appleyard and Mayor of Bath, Cllr Andrew Furse.  Volunteers from The Forever Friends Appeal charity, and staff from Mogers, will be raising even more funds on the day at a Bath city centre street collection.

Events & Community Officer for The Forever Friends Appeal, Jo Hones, comments: “Big Ted is so looking forward to seeing everyone’s fluorescent fancy dress outfits and meeting the people that are taking part in this fundraising day.  He would like to say a really massive thank you to everyone involved for helping to raise as much as possible to build a sensational new Cancer Centre for the RUH.”

If you live or work anywhere within Bath, North East Somerset and Wiltshire, the RUH is your local acute care hospital.  The RUH treats over 2000 new cancer patients every year and every day the disease indiscriminately alters people’s lives.  With your help, the RUH can build a sensational new Cancer Centre to help transform our cancer patients’ journey and experience.

Whilst the level of clinical skills offered by the medical team at RUH are amongst the best in the UK, the buildings for much of the existing cancer services date back to the early 1940’s when they were hurriedly constructed for WW11 service personnel.  The Forever Friends Appeal plan to raise over £5m over the next 4 years towards the cost of building a £20.5m pioneering new Cancer Centre at the RUH, which balances clinical expertise with the provision of a nurturing and therapeutic environment.  The new Cancer Centre will be a joint NHS / charitably funded project with the parties contributing 75 / 25 % respectively.

To make a donation towards Ted’s Big Day Out! this year and help support the ‘RUH Cancer Care Campaign’, please call the Appeal office on 01225 825691.

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Join our Chippenham Fundraising Group- come along to our open meeting

A new Fundraising Group has started in Chippenham – supporting the Royal United Hospital’s Cancer Care Campaign.

Please come along to our open meeting on Tuesday 6th November 2012     6pm- 7.30pm   at Rotary Hall, 16 Station Hill, Chippenham, SN15 1EG

Over 6 residents of Chippenham are joining forces to raise awareness and fundraise towards a new pioneering Cancer Centre at your local hospital.

This group will be looking at organising events together (small and large), organising bucket collections and promoting the RUH’s Cancer Care Campaign in Chippenham and surrounding areas.

Zoe Tainton, Community Fundraiser at The Forever Friends Appeal will be there to support and guide you through your fundraising activities.

If you want to have fun, make friends and do something for others, then please come along and meet us.

Call 01225 825825 or zoe.tainton@nhs.net to ask about the Open Meeting on 6th November

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Celebrities and their teddies support the RUH

Nicolas Cage, Geri Haliwell and Simon Callow are just a handful of the celebrities who in previous years have supported The Forever Friends Appeal’s annual fundraising day, Ted’s Big Day Out!, by taking their teddy bears out with them for the day.

This year, several well know faces have dusted off their teddies to support the Campaign to build a new Cancer Centre at the RUH.  Best known for her role as Dawn Swan in Eastenders and winning Strictly Come Dancing in 2010, English actress Kara Tointon (pictured with her teddy) is so excited to be taking her much loved teddy out with her for the day on Ted’s Big Day Out Friday 19th October.  Although Kara won’t be in Bath on the day, she will still be supporting the day’s activities:  Kara comments: “I am taking my ted out for the day – he will wait for me in my dressing room while I’m on stage.”

BBC Radio presenter, Simon Mayo, and English film and television actor Tim Pigott-Smith, who have both recently visited Bath, will also be taking their teddy bears out with them on Friday 19th October and are encouraging schools, businesses, community groups and individuals all across Bath, North East Somerset and Wiltshire to support the fundraising day and help raise as much as possible for the new Cancer Centre.  Mr Pigott-Smith says:  “Please take your teddy out for the day and support Fluorescent Friday”.  Each year The Forever Friends Appeal choose a different theme for the day, and this year is ‘Fluorescent Friday!’.  Simon Mayo adds:  Put on your best fluorescent gear, take your teddy out and support this great cause”. 

As a Vice President of The Forever Friends Appeal and having visited the charity several times in the past few years, popular actress Gemma Bissix, will also be taking her teddy bear out with her on the day and wearing full-on fluorescent fancy dress.  Miss Bissix comments: “I hope everyone takes part in Fluorescent Friday to help raise funds for such a sensational new Cancer Centre.”

Having taken her teddy out for the day in 2011 to support the annual fundraising day, Winter Olympic gold medalist Amy Williams, will be visiting the hospital on Ted’s Big Day Out with her teddy to support the fundraising activities.

There is still time to sign up to support the fundraising day on Friday 19th October.  Whilst many people choose to simply pay just £1 to take their teddy bears out for the day, others might choose to take on the theme for this year’s day – Fluorescent Friday!  On Friday 19th October, everyone is encouraged to wear neon fancy dress for the day or bake some cakes to sell and decorate them with luminous icing. Whether you are at work, school or part of a community group, the Appeal hope you take your teddy bear out with you and engage in some fun fluorescent fundraising activities.

Ted’s Big Day Out sponsors, local Solicitors Mogers based on Queen Square Bath, are encouraging other organisations to join in the fun at their own place of work on October 19th and help support this Campaign that is close to the hearts of so many.

If you live or work anywhere within Bath, North East Somerset and Wiltshire, the RUH is your local acute care hospital.  The RUH treats over 2000 new cancer patients every year and every day the disease indiscriminately alters people’s lives.  With your help, the RUH can build a sensational new Cancer Centre to help transform our cancer patients’ journey and experience.

Whilst the level of clinical skills offered by the medical team at RUH are amongst the best in the UK, the buildings for much of the existing cancer services date back to the early 1940’s when they were hurriedly constructed for WW11 service personnel.  The Forever Friends Appeal plan to raise over £5m over the next 4 years towards the cost of building a £20.5m pioneering new Cancer Centre at the RUH, which balances clinical expertise with the provision of a nurturing and therapeutic environment.  The new Cancer Centre will be a joint NHS / charitably funded project with the parties contributing 75 / 25 % respectively.

To sign up for a Ted’s Big Day Out Fluorescent Friday fundraising pack, visit www.tedsbigdayout.co.uk or call Ted’s hotline on 01225 825825.

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Racing Round for Cancer Care!

Miniworld Action Day came to Castle Combe Race Course on Saturday 29th September 2012- over 7000 minis were racing – many supporting the RUH’s Cancer Care Campaign- building a new pioneering Cancer Centre.

The Mighty Mini Racers were offering all the visitors a fast track experience for just £20. We are very grateful that the Mighty Minis raised an amazing £2510. They had 12 cars on the go- the Racers donated their whole day to charity and got to do what they love the most. A huge thanks to Tim Harber and the Mighty Mini mobs.

The 24-7 Mini Racers also did some fundraising for us this summer and raised a fantastic £256.07 at their Beer Fest. Thank you to Nick and his team!

Our lovely volunteers and Charity Sci-Fi dressed in the fab Dalek Star Wars outfits- they all helped us with a bucket collection around the Race Course- we raised a brilliant £315.53- we could not have done it without you!

We are very grateful that Castle Combe Race Course invited us to the Miniworld Action Day- thank you to everyone who got involved!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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