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Grand Draw Prizes 2012

The Forever Friends Appeal would like to thank everyone who purchased tickets for our Grand Draw. This years draw has made £15,000 towards a new Cancer Centre.

  • iPad 2 – ANNE BRENNAN
  • 32” HD TV & DVD Combi – LYN MORGAN
  • Three Night Break for 2 with Coast & Country Hotels – JACKIE REDWOOD
  • 2 x 1st Class First Great Western Rail Tickets (Returns) – M. FALCORE
  • Playstation 3 – M TANNER
  • Muddyfox Mountain Bike – ELAINE SCHWARZ
  • TomTom Sat Nav – BEV BRIMBLE
  • Kindle Wi-Fi – ANNE DAVIDGE
  • Nespresso Coffee Machine – MR RICHARDS
  • Suitcases (Set of 3) – G CARY
  • Dyson Fan – COLLECTED
  • Cut & Blow Dry Voucher at Ruby Jacs – G ROBINSON
  • Selection of Drinks – KEITH CHAMBERS
  • Evening Spa Vouchers for 2 at Whatley Manor – MRS ANDREWS
  • Elizabeth Arden Perfume Set –MR CHAFF
  • Corkscrew Set & Bottle of Wine – C CLAXTON
  • Children’s Tricycle – MRS ROBERTS
  • Lego Box & Jigsaw – MRS WILSON
  • Knitted Father Christmas & Reindeer – BARBARA PREESE
  • 5 x Geoffrey Cowton Framed Prints – PATSY DAVIES
  • Jack Beddows Framed Print – MRS ARCHER
  • Body Shop selection basket – LISA BUCKLE
  • Cinderella & Polar Bear – MR WILLIAMS
  • Wembley Football & Goalie Gloves – RALPH BAKER
  • Bottle of whiskey & Quality street – JANET

All of the winners have now been contacted.

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Prohibition is coming to Bath this New Year

Prohibition is coming to Bath this New Year at The Earl with Bath’s bootleg vintage event, to celebrate the final hours of 2012.

The Earl is supporting the Forever Friends Appeal by donating 25% of tickets sales to the RUH Cancer Care Campaign- building a new Cancer Centre.

Guests are invited to arrive at The Earl for a champagne reception from 9.30-10pm, and finish the night in the underground club; Second Bridge. This will be an event whereby all intoxicating liquor shall be hidden from sight! Cocktails will be served in teacups, there will be prohibited gambling on a roulette table, a vintage photo booth, virtual swing band and contraband heated terrace with cigars.

Second Bridge Promotions Manager, Jack Betenson comments: “We really wanted to get behind a good local charity and forever friends seemed like the best choice for us, we know people who have been affected by cancer and everyone at the club felt like this would be a really good cause to support.”

“Of course we expect everyone to be dressed in 1920s attire! We have sold lots of tickets already, and we’re expecting this to be a great event.”

 

Tickets are priced at £10 (of which £2.50 will be donated to the RUH). Group tickets for 8 people are available at £65 with a reserved table (includes full £20 donation to RUH). Entrance to the underground club is included in the price.

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.

Zoe Tainton, Community Fundraiser: “It is fantastic that people can enjoy themselves this New Year at the same time as doing something good for others and remembering those affected by cancer. It sounds like a great night, with a unique theme. We are grateful that The Earl has chosen to support the families and patients being cared for at the RUH.”

Tickets are available from www.prohibition-bath.co.uk

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RUH cancer patient runs Bath Half to say thank you!

www.Marathon-Photos.comWhen reaching the age of 71, not many people are in training for a half marathon.  But cancer patient, Geoff Hudd, is doing exactly that.  After 2 years careful monitoring Geoff was diagnosed with prostate cancer in 2010, and has since undergone treatment within the cancer unit at the Royal United Hospital.  In 2013 Geoff Hudd is planning to run the Bath Half Marathon on Sunday 3rd March to say thank you for the care he has received, by raising sponsorship for the RUH Cancer Care Campaign.

The Forever Friends Appeal’s RUH Cancer Care Campaign has been selected by race organisers as the 2013 Bath Half Marathon Featured Appeal. The Campaign aims to raise £5 million over the next 4 years to go towards building a pioneering new Cancer Centre for the RUH.  Geoff Hudd who lives in Bath comments: “In all of the last 4 years, I have been given the staff’s undivided and friendly attention for as long as I’ve needed it.  The Urology and Oncology departments of the RUH are brilliant – so please help to raise funds to give them and their patients the premises and facilities they so much deserve.”

Following his diagnosis in 2010, Geoff Hudd had his prostate gland removed. He was thoroughly impressed by the professional and caring manner of his consultant team, nursing and admin staff then, and again after his cancer reappeared and he underwent 6 weeks daily radiotherapy treatment 4 months ago.  Geoff, who completed the 2012 Bath Half Marathon in 2hours 15 minutes, continues:  “I’m sure I’m not the only patient to receive such brilliant treatment.  Are you another?  If so, why not join me and run the next Bath Half?  The Forever Friends Appeal have places available.  But if that’s not for you, please do sponsor me or one of the other Ted’s Team runners.”

Now general public entries have closed, Silver Bond places are becoming much more sought after and   The Forever Friends Appeal charity have Silver Bond places available.  People who are keen to sign up with a Forever Friends Appeal Silver Bond place in the Bath Half are asked to pay an initial silver bond donation of £35 and pledge to raise a further minimum sponsorship of £175 for the RUH Cancer Care Campaign. Places are allocated on a first come first served basis, so be sure to get your entry in as soon as possible.

Events & Community Officer for The Forever Friends Appeal, Jo Hones, comments:  “Everybody has a different reason why the want to run the Bath Half Marathon.  Some people want to get fit, others like a challenge, whilst many, like Geoff, take part to say thank you for the care they or a friend or family member has received at the RUH.  We still have silver bond places available in the race, so now is the time to sign up and start training!  We really need you to help us raise as much as possible for the new Cancer Unit – so please do choose to join our team.”

The current facilities in which the RUH delivers its cancer services date back to the 1940’s when they were hurriedly constructed for injured WWII service personnel. Although the staff provide a level of service that is amongst the best in theUK, the facilities are far from ideal. The new Cancer Centre aims to balance clinical expertise with the provision of a nurturing and therapeutic environment. The new Centre will be a joint NHS / charitably funded project with the parties contributing 75% / 25% respectively towards the total building cost of £20.5 million.

To sign up with your Ted’s Team place today click here to download your registration form.  For more information on the Bath Half Marathon, visit the website www.bathhalf.co.uk.  To sponsor Geoff, please send a cheque to The Forever Friends Appeal – contact details available on the website – or telephone 01225 825823.

Photo courtsey of www.Marathon-Photos.com

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Official Opening of The Gamma CT Suite

Lady Gass, The Lord Lieutenant of Somerset was guest of honour to officially open the Richard Coles Suite housing the newly purchased Gamma-CT Scanner at the Royal United Hospital. In cutting the ribbon, Lady Gass said how delighted she was to be asked to officiate on this special occasion, on behalf of The Forever Friends Appeal.

Tim Hobbs, the Appeal’s Head of Fundraising said  “This concludes Phase 1 of the Cancer Care Campaign, which has involved such fundraising initiatives as the High Sheriff’s Challenge which match-funded the public’s support, as well as many other private donations and supporter events.”

John Cullum, Chairman of the Forever Friends Appeal and High Sheriff at the time of the Challenge added “I continue to be amazed at the generosity of so many people. It is heart-warming to hear of the stories of why and how people raise money to support this wonderful cause.  On behalf of the Appeal I would like to express my gratitude to each and every one.  A special mention must go to David Medlock of the Medlock Charitable Trust for match-funding those who kindly supported this Campaign.”

Martyn Evans, Head of Nuclear Medicine said on behalf of all the Radiologists that “The Gamma-CT Scanner is the latest in modern technology.  Its function enables us to perform the most complex scans to detect certain types of cancer as well as cardiac and neurological disorders, producing clear imagery to help us give an informed diagnosis for our patients.

“We are one of the only hospitals in the South West to have such a sophisticated scanner and we are truly grateful to the Forever Friends Appeal and all their supporters who helped this to happen.”

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Bath Half Marathon places still available

With public entries now closed for the 2013 Bath Half Marathon, The Forever Friends Appeal are offering you the chance to sign up with one of their sought after silver bond places in the event. This year the Appeal’s Cancer Care Campaign is proud to be the ‘Featured Appeal’ for the Bath Half.

The race, which is taking place on Sunday 3rd March 2013, will see tens of thousands of runners pounding the streets of Bath all with the aim of completing the 13.1 half marathon course. Dubbed ‘Ted’s Team’, The Forever Friends Appeal will have a group of runners in the event all raising sponsorship for Bath’s acute care hospital. Team members will be helping to raise £5m towards a £20m capital campaign to build a pioneering new Cancer Centre at the RUH.

People who are keen to sign up with a silver band place in the Forever Friends Team will need to pay an initial silver bond donation of £35 and pledge to raise a further minimum sponsorship of £175. Places are allocated on a first come first serve basis, so be quick to ensure you reserve your place today. To download an entry form click here or contact the Appeal events team on 01225 825823 or email. Full information can be found on our Bath Half page.

Pictures of our fantastic runners from last year are below:

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