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Celebrities inspire British Bagmakers to help raise funds for local hospital

British Bagmakers will create a pop-up-manufacturing unit in the centre of the city, for Bath in Fashion 2013, to help celebrate the return of British manufacture to luxury leather bag-making. Fashion celebrities like milliner, Stephen Jones; interiors expert, Nina Campbell; super model, Jade Parfitt; fashion writer, Iain R Webb; and Olympic Gold medal winner, Amy Williams will be invited to design a bag which will be made into a one-of-a-kind accessory during the week for all to see.

A special charity ‘celebrity It Bag Auction and Lunch’ will be held on Friday 26th April for the luckiest of ladies.  The bags will be auctioned by The Right Honourable Don Foster, MP for Bath at a very special It Bag Auction and Lunch at the Bath Spa Hotel to raise funds for The Forever Friends Appeal’s Cancer Care Campaign. Bring a table of friends and buy a one-of-a-kind handbag designed and made especially for Bath in Fashion 2013.

The Forever Friends Appeal Cancer Care Campaign aims to raise £5 million towards the construction of a pioneering Cancer Centre. The clinical skills offered by the medical team at the RUH are exceptional; however, the current cancer centre 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.

Corporate Officer, Kate Bruhl for the Appeal comments:  “It is truly valuable for us to have such dedicated support from local organisations, which can help us not only raise funds but also raise awareness of the Appeal’s Campaign.  We are very excited about the event and are thrilled to be involved.  Thank you to Bath in Fashion, Liz Cox & Cox and British Bagmakers who have all come up trumps.

Liz Cox, business owner and designer of the eponymous bag label says: “If a handbag can help provide any mother with uncompromising cancer care for a child at the RUH then that handbag is a lifetime’s treasure worth owning. Thank you so much to all the celebrities who have allowed us to make their best bag ever”.

Tickets for the Celebrity ‘It’ Bag Auction & Lunch cost £28 per person or £250 for a table of 10 this includes a 2 course lunch with a glass of wine and fizz on arrival. Tickets are available to buy at www.bathinfashion.co.uk or 0844 8475256

Tickets are now on sale for events during Bath in Fashion (13 – 21st April 2013)

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New Fundraising Group Comes to Warminster and Westbury – join us!

Residents of Warminster and Westbury are invited to join others in a new fundraising group for Cancer Care.

The group will be organising fun activities in the Warminster and Westbury areas to help raise funds towards The Forever Friends Appeal’s Cancer Care Campaign – raising £5 million towards a pioneering new Cancer Centre at the RUH.

The first meeting will be held on Thursday 28th March 2013 at Ruby’s Bistro (28 High Street, Warminster BA12 9AF) from 7 – 8pm.

Those local to Warminster may have heard about the Campaign, through the Vice-President of the Appeal and Olympic Torch bearer, Nicola Noble, from Warminster.

On 15th November 2007, Nicola’s sister, 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, Nic and her family and friends have continued Vanessa’s strong passion for fundraising, by supporting the Forever Friends in any way they can.

Friends of Nicola, Jason and Kelly O’Callaghan of Warminster have been busy fundraising for the RUH Cancer Care Campaign. Jason will be cycling 100 miles around Longleat and its surrounding area on 17th March.

Jason, aged 39 has been a soldier at 2 Royal Welsh, Regiment in Tidworth for the past 16 years. He has served in Afghanistan and Iraq, and although his heart is with the army, he wanted to support a cause that is local and affects so many around him.

Kelly, his wife comments: “Jason is used to spending his free time fishing on a lake, slightly different to a 100 mile bike challenge. We are very proud of him and very happy to support this great cause- Nic is one of our good friends and she has done so much for the charity, we just want to do our bit as well!”

You can support Jason at www.justgiving.com/Jason-ocallaghan

The Forever Friends Appeal urges others to join the new Warminster & Westbury group, in a joint effort to fight against this disease and do something special to celebrate the life and memories of their loved ones.

Nicola comments: “I feel really excited about having a fundraising group in the area where Ness and I were both bought up, it will be fantastic! It is our opportunity to help fundraise for an amazing new Cancer Centre which will benefit our community. It would be lovely to see old faces and new faces join us for a drink and natter – it will be a worthwhile social get together. Ruby’s Bistro has been so supportive and I have no doubt that plenty will turn up.”

Zoe, Community Fundraiser at the Forever Friends Appeal says: “It is a fantastic opportunity for the community to come together and make a real difference to something that affects so many of us. There are 6 people already interested and we haven’t even had our first meeting yet, so more are welcome to join us on the 28th March- I look forward to meeting you there.”

If anyone would like to join the group on Thursday 28th March, please contact Zoe Tainton on 01225 825825 or zoe.tainton@nhs.net

 

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Braving the elements in support of local hospital Campaign

It may be cold, wet and even snowy but the dedication of runners training for the Bath Half marathon has been phenomenal.   Teams from local companies Wessex Water, Touchstone, Bath ASU, and London & Country Mortgages have signed up with the Bath Half Marathon Corporate Challenge to raise funds for The Forever Friends Appeal ‘Cancer Care’ Campaign. Runners have been hitting the pavements and embracing the team spirit in even the poorest of weather conditions to make sure they are ready for the Bath Half Marathon on the 3rd March.

The Forever Friends Appeal Cancer Care Campaign which aims to raise at least £5 million towards the construction of a pioneering new Cancer Centre. The clinical skills offered by the medical team at the Royal United Hospital 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.

Wessex Water will have 25 runners in Ted’s Team Corporate Challenge.  Robert Sandrey, Estimating and PR14 Programme Manager for Wessex Water, comments “I am utterly thrilled that I have managed to recruit so many runners to take part and I would like to thank the staff and management of Wessex Water, David Lewis Civil Engineering, Trant Construction, Damar Group, MWH Global, Atkins, Grontmij, Balfour Beatty, May Gurney, Nomenca and Halcrow for all their runners and monetary support.  The enthusiasm and commitment is vastly over and above what I expected but with so many people being affected by cancer people have been extremely willing. We are all hoping to raise lots of money for this worthwhile cause.”

Kate Bruhl, Corporate Officer, The Forever Friends Appeal Comments: –

“Support from local companies is vital in helping us reach our target so we can help build this new Cancer Centre at the RUH.  Thank you to all the Corporate Challenge Teams for their dedication and commitment, I wish you the very best of luck and will be cheering you all on very loudly!”

If you have an independent place in the Bath Half Marathon and would like to raise funds for the RUH cancer care campaign please contact us on 01225 825823

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Join the Walk of Life – Devizes to Bath

People are being encouraged to sign up to take part in a 21 mile sponsored walk along the beautiful Kennet and Avon canal organised by the Royal United Hospital’s Forever Friends Appeal charity.  This popular Walk of Life event, proudly sponsored by Mogers Solicitors, is taking place in 2013 on Saturday 18th May and aims to raise tens of thousands of pounds for the RUH Cancer Care Campaign to help build a pioneering new Cancer Centre for the hospital.

This positive walk to celebrate life sets off from Devizes Wharf, heads through Bradford-On-Avon and finishes just off the canal in Sydney Gardens, Bath.  Walkers can choose to walk the full 21 miles from Devizes to Bath, 12 miles in the morning from Devizes to Bradford-On-Avon, or 9 miles in the afternoon from Bradford-On-Avon to Bath.

Open to both men and women, entry to the event is just £15 and walkers are encouraged to raise as much sponsorship as possible for the new Cancer Centre.  Events & Community Officer for The Forever Friends Appeal, Jo Hones, comments:  “Last year our walkers raised over £30,000 to help kick start the fundraising for the new Cancer Centre – a truly incredible total, but we hope to beat it in 2013.  The Walk of Life is an absolutely stunning walk and I love being out and about on the day seeing the smiles on our walkers faces.  21 miles is a long way (nearly the distance of a full marathon) but our walkers always seem to enjoy the challenge! Every year we have walkers join in from all over the hospital catchment area and everyone really enjoys getting to know other people along the way.”

The Walk of Life was created with and in memory of loving wife, sister, mother and daughter Vanessa Kyte, who sadly lost her life in November 2007 having lived with cancer for seven years.  Vanessa, who lived in Frome, was extremely passionate about fundraising for cancer care.  Every year, Vanessa’s family and friends love seeing the Walk grow and help raise even more funds for the cause that was so close to Vanessa’s heart.  Vanessa Kyte’s sister, Nicola Noble from Warminster, has continued with Vanessa’s fundraising drive and says:  “The Walk of Life is the perfect opportunity for you to celebrate the life and memories of your loved ones.  We look forward to this event every year and for me, knowing that all the money raised is going to help build a new cancer unit (that Ness dreamt of!) is an added bonus. I love it when I see the local community coming together to support such a wonderful cause.”

The Forever Friends Appeal team are thrilled to have local Mogers Solicitors sponsor the Walk of Life this year, following the fabulous support from the firm with the Appeal’s annual fundraising day – Ted’s Big Day Out in October last year.  Rebecca Silcock Family Partner at Mogers comments: “We are delighted to be supporting the Walk of Life this year. Many people either have or know someone who has been touched by cancer so it is important for Mogers as a business in the heart of the local community to support an appeal will help transform the care of cancer patients and their families. The walk also provides a us with a wonderful opportunity to enjoy a day out with our work colleagues hopefully in the sun shine.”

The RUH treats over 2000 new cancer patients every year. Every day the disease indiscriminately alters people’s lives.  Furthermore, the incidence of cancer is increasing and it is estimated that by 2025 many people will be diagnosed with some form of cancer in their lifetimes.  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.  Although the staff provide a level of service that is amongst the best in the UK, 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.

The RUH is planning to build a pioneering Cancer Centre which builds on the holistic approach taken with the Dyson Centre for neonatal Care and balances the clinical expertise of the hospital with the provision of a nurturing and therapeutic environment.  The aim is to create a Cancer Centre where the four strands of ‘Clinical Excellence’, a ‘Therapeutic Environment’, a ‘Survivorship model of care’ and proactive ‘Research’ are welded together to powerful effect, creating a highly beneficial healing environment for patients and their families which will transform the care of cancer patients and their families, and provide a model of a care that can be replicated elsewhere by similar hospitals.

Volunteer marshals are located on various locations along the Walk of Life route – handing out water, refreshments and encouragement.  Please contact the Appeal if you would like to volunteer your time to help marshal at the event.  To sign up for the 2013 Walk of Life, download an entry form here or call the events team on 01225 825823 for more information.

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Golfers drive their way towards a £5000 target for charity

The Chippenham Rotary Golf Classic will be held at the Manor House Golf Club, Castle Combe, on Thursday 18th April 2013.

With the public’s help, the Rotary Club of Chippenham are aiming to raise £5000 towards a £5 million Cancer Care Campaign ran by The Forever Friends Appeal at the Royal United Hospital in Bath. The RUH is planning to build a new pioneering Cancer Centre, which will dramatically improve the patient ‘journey’ and experience, as well as providing a state-of-the art Cancer Care facility that is truly fit for purpose.

Rick Squires, President of Rotary Club of Chippenham says: “Our Rotarians have chosen Forever Friends as its charity for the Golf Classic for a very specific reason.  Jane Kirby was the first lady member to join our club and she became our first female president in 2012.  Jane heard that she was suffering from cancer in 2011, from then until she passed away in September 2012, she received sympathetic treatment from the staff at Royal United Hospital’s cancer unit. She was an inspirational woman who made a great contribution to our Club and was a very effective fundraiser for a number of charities.

Via our fundraising for Forever Friends we would like to remember President Jane.”

The Golf Day will be a Texas Scramble with a shot gun start at 12 noon, with teams of four players.  There is a great reduced price of £50, this includes; bacon bap and coffee breakfast, 18 hole green fees, a buggy, a two-course carvery dinner and a entertainment from a charity auction. Players will be able to take part in the on-course charity competitions of “Beat the Pro” and “Hit the green”, as well as a “longest drive” and “nearest the pin”, for both ladies and gents. There will be team prizes for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd places.

Jerry Dix, Rotarian and event organiser comments: “This will be the 8th Rotary Golf Classic and Charity Auction run by the Rotary Club of Chippenham and we have been fortunate, on each of our previous occasions, to combine an excellent and enjoyable day’s golf for our supporters with raising a substantial sum for our nominated charity.

The first six events were held in aid of SNAP, a charity created by the Rotary Club for the purpose of raising the £750 K necessary to provide St. Nicholas’ School with a much-needed hydrotherapy pool and, thanks to the enormous and generous support of our golfing friends, the golf days made a major contribution to that total being realised.

We are now facing a new challenge of helping the Forever Friends Appeal – a charity nominated by joint Presidents Rick Squires and the late Jane Kirby, shortly before Jane’s untimely death from cancer earlier this year.

So our commitment is made in Jane’s memory and we shall be looking once again for the support of golfers and of commercial establishments in the area who share in Jane’s vision of a dedicated cancer care unit at the RUH, Bath which will serve our region.

The new Cancer Centre will be taking the same successful holistic approach, as with the excellent Dyson Centre for Neonatal Care (NICU), which will create a relaxing and soothing environment for patients and their families.

Sarah Wexler, Consultant Haematologist comments: “We currently treat more than 2000 new patients every year with cancer and in the future this is going to increase.

With this in mind, we want to provide an environment that is holistic, that envelops the patient, and makes them and their families feel safe, supported and special so that they can get through their treatment with the least amount of stress. It is going to revolutionise the way we provide cancer care.”

To join or enter a team of 4, please download an entry form on www.chippenhamrotary.org or jerrydix@btinternet.com

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Be a Brick – Our new fundraising scheme for Cancer Care

Be a Brick, and Buy a Brick today online! Help raise £5m towards a new Cancer centre.

 

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Actress launches ‘Brick’ fundraiser

A new fundraising initiative is being launched by the Royal United Hospital’s Forever Friends Appeal and they are thrilled to have popular English actress Brenda Blethyn OBE, who has worked in theatre, film and TV, backing this new scheme.  The ‘Be a Brick / Buy a Brick’ scheme is being launched as a fundraiser for the RUH Cancer Care Campaign, following the huge success of the ‘Buy a Baby Brick’ scheme that raised over £100,00 to help build the sensational new Dyson Centre for Neonatal Care.

To mark the launch of ‘Be a Brick’, on Monday 4th February, a delivery of giant cardboard bricks will be made to the hospital, in a digger kindly provided by MJ Church.  Builder Big Ted and Brenda will greet the digger and will have the task of delivering these virtual bricks to the current Cancer Unit.  Having only just finished filming new episodes of the TV drama ‘Vera’, playing Detective Chief Inspector Vera Stanhope, Brenda is excited to be visiting Bath, as a keen supporter of The Forever Friends Appeal, especially to launch the ‘Be a Brick’ scheme.  Brenda Blethyn comments:  “I am so happy to be able to come and support The Forever Friends Appeal at the launch of their new ‘Be a Brick’ Scheme.  I was very impressed with the success of the premature baby unit. The Forever Friends turns dreams into reality”.

The new scheme is being launched alongside the Appeal’s brand new ‘Be a Brick’ builder bear logo – that sees Big Ted adorning a ‘Be a Brick’ t-shirt, builders hat and spade.  Head of Fundraising for the Appeal team, Tim Hobbs, comments:  “The Appeal’s new builder bear logo with a ‘Be a Brick’ t-shirt is the perfect representation of the new scheme.  Everyone really loved our ‘Buy a Baby Brick’ scheme that raised money for the new NICU, so we hope this ‘Be a Brick’ scheme is just as popular.  We are especially thrilled to have Brenda’s backing.  With her initials being ‘BAB’ – it just seems so fitting that she is backing ‘Be A Brick’.”

This exciting new ‘Be a Brick’ scheme will give the general public the opportunity to ‘Be a Brick!’ and ‘Buy a Brick, Row or Wall’ to help raise funds to build a pioneering new Cancer Centre for the hospital.  In return for purchasing a virtual brick at the cost of £10 each, donors will receive a ‘Be a Brick’ certificate and acknowledgement letter.  If donors choose to purchase a virtual ‘Row’ for £100 or ‘Wall’ for £1000, they will receive a certificate together with an acknowledgement of their chosen name within the design of the new Cancer Centre.

Anyone can purchase as many Bricks, Rows or Walls as they would like and the scheme will be running throughout the duration of the Cancer Care Campaign, providing the opportunity to collect Bricks and reach for a target of a Row or Wall.  Individuals could buy a brick as a celebration gift, in memory of a loved one or even just for themselves.  Schools, work places and groups of friends and family are encouraged to get together and aim to fundraise enough to purchase a Row or even a Wall.

Already lining up to purchase the very first virtual brick is Facilities Administration Assistant at the RUH, Karen Rickards.  Karen comments:  “I am buying a brick in memory of my lovely Brother Paul Tidcombe who died on 17th June 2011. Paul used to run Bath Sewing Machine Services in Walcot Street and was a much loved and well respected member of the community there. He sadly had prostate cancer and passed away just 2 weeks after his 70th Birthday, at the RUH after a brave fight. I believe a brick in memory of Paul for the new cancer unit would be most appropriate and a fitting tribute to a much loved man. It would mean the world to me to purchase the very first brick for Paul – it is just something I can do for my beloved brother, I want his memory to live on and it will feel like he will still be helping people.  This scheme has provided the opportunity to do this” 

The first event organised by Andrew Ward and Appeal Ambassador Sally Feeny, to help encourage the purchase of ‘Bricks’, is on Tuesday 5th February at Woods Restaurant in Bath. The Ukulele Orchestra of Bitton will be providing background music, whilst diners enjoy a delicious 3 course meal offered by Woods at a very special price.  Guests will be invited to purchase ‘Bricks’ to help support the Cancer Care Campaign.

The Forever Friends Appeal launched phase two of the Cancer Care Campaign back in May – raising over £5m over the next 4 years towards the cost of building a £20.5m pioneering new Cancer Centre at the RUH, and which is due to be completed by around 2017.  The new Cancer Centre will be a joint NHS / Charitably funded project with the parties contributing 75 / 25 % respectively.  Tim Hobbs, head of The Forever Friends Team says:  “The need for a new Cancer Centre has been recognised as a key priority by the RUH and it will be the biggest fundraising campaign ever undertaken at the hospital”.

The RUH treats over 2000 new cancer patients every year. Every day the disease indiscriminately alters people’s lives.  Furthermore, the incidence of cancer is increasing and it is estimated that by 2025 many people will be diagnosed with some form of cancer in their lifetimes.  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 RUH is planning to build a pioneering Cancer Centre which builds on the holistic approach taken with the Dyson Centre for neonatal Care and balances the clinical expertise of the hospital with the provision of a nurturing and therapeutic environment.  The aim is to create a Cancer Centre where the four strands of ‘Clinical Excellence’, a ‘Therapeutic Environment’, a ‘Survivorship model of care’ and proactive ‘Research’ are welded together to powerful effect, creating a highly beneficial healing environment for patients and their families which will transform the care of cancer patients and their families, and provide a model of a care that can be replicated elsewhere by similar hospitals.

Also attending the launch are two supporters of the Appeal – 34 year old Mark Hucklebridge from Wiltshire who has been fundraising for the Appeal’s Cancer Care Campaign following his diagnosis with cancer and 71 year old Geoff Hudd from Bath.  Both Mark and Geoff, who are running the Bath Half Marathon in just 4 weeks’ time to raise funds for the new Centre, are fully on board with the new ‘Be a Brick’ scheme, as they know only too well how important it is to raise the funds needed to help build this new Centre. After two 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.  Geoff, 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.”

To help build our new Cancer Centre and ‘Be a Brick’ please visit our ‘brick’ page or call 01225 825691.

 

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