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Santa Clause is coming to town

Snapdragons nursery in Weston, Bath are holding their 4th Winter Wonderland on Saturday 8th December 1.30 – 4.30pm, in aid of the Forever Friends Appeal’s Cancer Care Campaign- building a new pioneering Cancer Centre at the Royal United Hospital in Bath.

If your Christmas list isn’t complete yet, come along to Snapdragons on Weston Road to browse the collection of exciting stalls and games. Indulge in warm food and drink, paint your Christmas mugs, pick out your favourite bubbly from the bottle tombola and last but not least, come into a fabulous sparkling, wintry grotto where Father Christmas will be delivering some early Christmas presents. Father Christmas will also be joined by Big Ted from the Forever Friends Appeal, at this festive family-friendly party.

Zoe Tainton, Community Fundraiser comments: “Snapdragons have been loyal supporters of the Forever Friends Appeal- helping us over the past 12 years. We cannot thank them enough for all the fundraising they have done. They have been busy with all types of fundraising activities, everything from; collection tins, Summer Fayres, Ted’s Big Day Out and this fabulous Winter Wonderland. They have pulled out their pockets for all the patients and families receiving care at the RUH. We would like to give a huge thanks to the staff, parents and even the smallest babies at all the nurseries in Bath and surrounding areas.”

Zoe continues: “Families- children and parents should book this date in their diary for the best Winter Wonderland this Christmas. There will be plenty of things to do with the children and the chance to fulfill their dreams of meeting the one and only Santa Claus. It is going to be fun.”

Rosemary Collard, Owner says: “As a Bath owned nursery group, Snapdragons cares for hundreds of local children, many of whom along with their parents and the nursery staff, have personal experience of the RUH, especially the maternity and neonatal care. It’s great for us to be able to give something back to the hospital in recognition of the fantastic care they provide.” 

For more information on the Cancer Centre at the RUH please visit www.foreverfriendsappeal.co.uk/ruhcancercentre or call 01225 825825

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Frome Mum completes swim for Cancer Care

Shane Ibbitson, 51, from Frome, suffers with a serious joint disease, Degenerative Osteoarthritis and Thybro Mialgia, a long-term condition which causes pain all over the body. She undergoes treatment and regular physiotherapy at the Hydrotherapy Pool at the Royal United Hospital. Despite her joint problems, Shane organised a sponsored swim at Frome Sports Centre on Wednesday 14th November, in aid of the Forever Friends Appeal’s Cancer Care Campaign- raising funds to build a new pioneering Cancer Centre at the RUH. She has raised a brilliant £343 so far and the monies are still coming in.

With her husband, Colin and son, Robert by her side and an audience cheering her on, Shane successfully swam half a mile (32 lengths) in half an hour.

Shane comments: “I chose to support this great Campaign because I really wanted to say thank you to the staff at the Royal United Hospital for being there for me over the years. After seeing the current Cancer facilities, I felt that it is was definitely in need for a change. I wanted to help the families- the children, parents and grandparents, all using the Cancer facilities, as they deserve to relax in a therapeutic and soothing environment whilst being treated. I am glad I was able to help and it felt great completing this challenge for those less fortunate than me.”

Shane continues: “I would like to thank staff members of Frome Sports Centre for allowing me to do this and all those who have sponsored me.”

The Forever Friends Appeal’s RUH Cancer Care Campaign aims to raise over £5million over the next 4 years towards the cost of building a pioneering new Cancer Centre for the RUH in Bath.  This wonderful new Centre will transform care for patients and their families, bringing cancer services at the RUH all under one roof.  The new building will create a Cancer Centre which balances clinical expertise with the provision of a nurturing and therapeutic environment – that is centered on patient care and experience, reducing stress and anxiety, whilst promoting health and thereby embracing a ‘holistic’ approach for patients and their families.

With over 2000 new cases of cancer every year at the RUH, there is no doubt that many will be spending their time visiting their friends and relatives in the cancer department this Christmas.

Zoe Tainton, Community Fundraiser at The Forever Friends Appeal says: “Now is your chance to help those missing Christmas at home, by doing something positive for cancer. The Forever Friends Appeal needs the help of people from Frome and surrounding areas to raise awareness of the Campaign. A hot chocolate and mince pie party or a cosy Christmas Meal at your home, can often be the simplest and best way to spread the word and raise some funds for a great cause. We are very grateful for our supporters, like Shane, who has gone the extra mile to help those around us who deserve a better environment to be treated in, thank you very much Shane!”

Please visit www.foreverfriendsappeal.co.uk/ruhcancercentre or call 01225 825825 if you would like to help.

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Appeal Grand Draw 2012

We are pleased to announce the launch of our Christmas Grand Draw with all proceeds going towards our RUH Cancer Care Campaign.

There are a range of exciting prizes to be won!

An opportunity to win a Three Night Break for Two with Coast & Country Hotels, 2 x lst Class return First Great Western Rail Tickets, Ipad 2, TV, Playstation 3, Sat Nav and many, many more!

Tickets are on sale from the appeal office or if you are visiting the RUH within the next couple of weeks, you will be able to browse at the fantastic prizes on offer in the main entrance, where you can purchase a ticket or two!

Maybe you would like to sell tickets on our behalf and encourage your family, friends or colleagues to dig deep and have a go!

Tickets are in books of 5 costing £1.00 each and the draw takes place on Friday 14th December 2012

We hope that you will be able to support our draw as raffles are a really simple and effective way of helping us to raise these vital funds and start building the new Cancer Centre as quickly as possible.

Contact us today on 01225 825691 or email to request your tickets!

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Prep School Head takes plunge to raise money for new RUH Cancer Unit

On Tuesday 13th November, the Headmaster of Kingswood Preparatory School, Mr Mark Brearey presented a cheque to The Forever Friends Appeal at the Royal United Hospital, Bath.

Mark raised the money by participating in a 6 mile swim organised by the British Long Distance Swimming Association in the River Dee.

The cheque is the first donation from Kingswood Prep School who has made a commitment to raise as much money as possible for the new Cancer Unit at the RUH.

Mark said; ‘We are delighted to be able to support this worthy cause. We have formed a new Charity Committee at school and the children are involved in discussing innovative and exciting challenges that the school community can take part in, to raise as much money for the new RUH Cancer Unit as we can.’

Zoe Tainton, Community Fundraiser for The Forever Friends Appeal, expressed her sincere thanks and said;

‘The pioneering new Cancer Centre will transform all cancer services at the RUH. The facilities will be under one roof and will be available to 500, 000 people in the catchment area. Unfortunately there are over 2000 new cases of cancer at RUH each year- which is why we want to improve the care and environment in which they are treated, for all patients- both children and adults and their families visiting the cancer facilities.’

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Nearly sold out!

Buy your Xmas cards from www.sillyscribbles.co.uk this year and ALL profits will be donated to the RUH’s Cancer Care Campaign.

The Forever Friends Appeal’s supporter Sally Howard has donated her time, efforts and money to purchase 60 packs of 6 fantastic cards to raised funds for her local acute care hospital this festive season.

Sally comments: “I have designed these hand painted cards as a way of saying thank you to the cancer unit which saved my life and also to help future cancer sufferers to receive the best treatment in the future with the building of a new Cancer Centre in Bath.  All profits got to the Cancer Care Campaign.  I hope you can lend your support by buying some of my cards.”

Please visit www.sillyscribbles.co.uk – complete the order form and Sally will invoice you.  Thank you!

Packs contain 6  x A6 cards, including all the  designs and cost £5.99 per pack (plus P&P if required).

Zoe, Community Fundraiser says: “It is very thoughtful and a kind thing to do this festive season- helping those around us affected by cancer. Sally has used her own funds to print these cards and is hoping to sell them all the residents ofBathand surrounding areas.”

“So if you are sending the Christmas cheer to your friends, family and colleagues, please buy these cards from us!”

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Come and get ready to Jet Set with an Olympic Medallist

Always fancied trying something new at your local beauty salon, well here you’re chance. The Jet Set Salon in Corsham is pleased to announce a Hair, Beauty and Wellbeing afternoon to raise funds for The Forever Friends Appeal ‘Cancer Care’ Campaign.  Come along to experience a £5 taster session on Friday 9th November from2pm – 7pm where you can sample a stress buster Indian Head Massage or brighten up this autumn weather with a nice bright nail colour or simple come along for a glass of wine and a look around.   The Jet Set team are a one stop shop for all your beauty and hair requirements, being a family business with 24 years in operation their key to success is making you feel welcome with that all important friendly personal touch.

Host The Jet Set will be giving you the opportunity to look around, experience taster sessions and view slide shows portfolio.  The afternoon will be a relaxed affair with the opportunity to ask questions and get up to date with the latest beauty trends. Light refreshments will be provided with goodie bag for each guest and of course the opportunity of a raffle ticket or two! Olympic Medallist Stephanie Millward will be attending the afternoon to chat to people and to have your photo taken should you wish and of course Big Ted will also be showing up!

All this takes place at The Jet Set Salon,19 Lypiatt Road, Corsham. Corporate Officer, Kate Bruhl for the Appeal comments:  “It is truly valuable for us to have such dedicated support from local retailers, who can help us not only raise funds but also raise awareness of the Appeal’s new Campaign.”

Mrs Bruhl continues:  “Don’t forget to tell friends and colleagues about the afternoon as it will definitely brighten up anyone’s Friday.

Funds raised on the evening will greatly contribute to the recently launched RUH Space for Cancer Care Campaign which aims to raise £5 million towards the construction of a groundbreaking Cancer Centre. The clinical skills offered by the medical team at the RUH are exceptional; however, the poor quality 1940’s single story buildings are not ideal and do not enable the clinicians to provide a positive environment necessary to support the healing process.  The RUH treats over 2000 new cancer patients every year, making this project crucial. While the NHS are funding 75% of the building work, The Forever Friends Appeal has the task of raising the remaining £5 million over the next 4 years.

For more information please call The Jet Set on 01249 712339

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Remembering Vanessa – Total raised from Walk of Life set-up in her memory

On 15th November 2007, mother, daughter, sister, wife and friend Vanessa Kyte passed away at her home in Rudge near Frome, seven years after first being diagnosed with breast cancer, which soon developed into secondary lung cancer and brain tumours.  Now, five years on, Vanessa’s family and friends are still continuing with her passion and drive for fundraising, by doing everything they can to help The Forever Friends Appeal charity raise funds to build a pioneering new Cancer Centre for the Royal United Hospital in Bath.

Following her diagnosis with cancer in 2000, Vanessa was extremely passionate about fundraising for charities that helped support people in similar situations to herself.  Over the years she raised more than £100,000 for local and national charities – by taking part in Wing Walks, organizing balls and in 2003 she ran the Bath Half Marathon.  Vanessa’s sister, Nicola Noble comments:  “After Ness had both her breasts removed, she started running and realised nothing could get in her way!  Raising money for a charity she believed in is what she was about.  She would think it was wonderful that Ted’s Team in the 2013 Bath Half Marathon will be running to raise funds to help build a wonderful new Cancer Centre for the RUH.”

Due to her passion and commitment to fundraising for Cancer Care, Vanessa was thrilled to be invited to be a Vice President of The Forever Friends Appeal charity.  Back in 2005, Vanessa and her sister Nic, sparked the idea of holding a fundraising walk all around the catchment area of the hospital.  This 80 mile week long walk, organized by The Forever Friends Appeal charity, took place in both 2006 and 2007 and significantly raised the profile of the charity across B&NES, Somerset and Wiltshire.  Following Vanessa’s death in November 2007, the walk developed into the 21 mile Walk of Life along the spectacular Kennet and Avon Canal, with the walk being named in her memory.  All funds raised from this annual event go towards state-of-the-art medical equipment and facilities to help care for cancer patients at the RUH.  Now, getting ready for its 6th annual event in May 2013, the Walk of Life sees hundreds of mums, dads, sisters, brothers, daughters and sons take part in the event to remember and celebrate the lives of their loved ones.

Vanessa and Nicola’s mother, Dianne Young, comments: “I am overwhelmed that the Canal Walk has proved so popular and successful since Nicola and Vanessa first approached Forever Friends with their original idea seven years ago.   From a handful of friends and family it has grown into a fantastic walk of over 200 people who are there because someone they know and love has been touched by cancer.  It’s amazing, and all the more poignant as Ness died just two years after its inception, but her enthusiasm and commitment for raising funds for cancer treatment at the RUH has been carried on by Nic.  I couldn’t be more proud of them both and Vanessa would be over the moon to know how this acorn of an idea is growing into a beautiful oak.”

May 2012 saw the most successful Walk of Life to date, with over 210 supporters taking on either the full 21 mile walk from Devizes toBath, the 12 mile morning stint from Devizes to Bradford-On-Avon or the 9 mile afternoon section from Bradford-On-Avon to Bath.  On the five-year anniversary of Vanessa’s death, The Forever Friends Appeal charity would like to announce that an impressive £32,000 has been raised from the 2012 Walk of Life, which will go towards the RUH Cancer Care Campaign to help build a new Cancer Centre at the RUH.

The Forever Friends Appeal’s RUH Cancer Care Campaign aims to raise over £5million over the next 4 years towards the cost of building a pioneering new Cancer Centre for the RUH in Bath.  This wonderful new Centre will transform care for patients and their families, bringing cancer services at the RUH all under one roof.  The new building will create a Cancer Centre which balances clinical expertise with the provision of a nurturing and therapeutic environment – that is centered on patient care and experience, reducing stress and anxiety, whilst promoting health and thereby embracing a ‘holistic’ approach for patients and their families.

Head of Fundraising for The Forever Friends Appeal, Tim Hobbs, comments:  “Vanessa, along with Nic and the rest of her family, always wanted us to be focused on Cancer Care as our primary Campaign and I believe she would very much approve of our vision for the new RUH Cancer Centre and the way our fundraising activity is developing to help achieve it”. 

Mr Hobbs continues:  “The Walk of Life, set up in Vanessa’s memory, is growing year by year and we are so looking forward to seeing it become even bigger in 2013.  There are always a large number of Vanessa’s friends and family members who lead the walk, but each year they are being joined by more and more people who want to take part to celebrate the lives of their loved ones.”

The Forever Friends Appeal also have Silver Bond places available in the 2013 Bath Half Marathon on Sunday 3rd March.  To sign up with one of these places, please click here or call 01225 825823.  For more information on the RUH Cancer Care Campaign and how to join the Walk of Life event in May next year, please browse our site.

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Your efforts DO make difference to people

Just two days after little Harry Kirkman was born, his parents realised that something was not right.

After being assessed by a midwife, he was rushed to the neo-natal intensive care unit (Nicu) at the Royal United Hospital, where he was diagnosed with group B streptococcus meningitis.

For the next three weeks his parents Matthew Kirkman and Charlotte Deegan, who live in Melksham and also have two-year-old Callum, had to anxiously wait to see whether their tiny son would pull through.

Miss Deegan said: “I felt like my world was coming to an end. When the results came back and they told me he had meningitis I just remember calling my mum sobbing and to this day I don’t know where I was when I made that call.

“All I remember is sobbing down the phone and feeling like the world was ending.”

During Harry’s stay in Bath the family noticed that one of the £60,000 transport incubators he was using had been donated by the Forever Friends Appeal with the support of Bath Rugby.

And now he is doing well and is back home with his family they decided they want to show their gratitude for all the fundraising efforts which have helped the Nicu.

Charlotte took Harry along to the Big Ted event at the RUH and introduced him to the three Bath Rugby players to thank them directly for the fundraising the team had done.

His family also wrote a letter to club chief executive Nick Blofeld, in the words of Harry, saying: “I for one, and I’m sure many others, will now have an opportunity to live life to the full, grow up strong and enjoy my family and all the hugs and kisses I get.

“Once again, my family and I are all eternally grateful and can only thank you for being part of a prayer answered. Your efforts did, and do, make a difference to people’s lives.”

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