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Charity Clay Shoot for Cancer Care

Friends, William & Marcia Candy, Claire Tanner and Di Milton have joined together to form a committee to put on a Charity Clay Shoot event in Deptford, Wyle and raise funds towards The Forever Friends Appeal’s RUH Cancer Care Campaign.

The Clay Shoot day at Wyle Valley Shooting Ground on Sunday 5th May 2013 is open to the general public with all proceeds going towards the RUH Cancer Care Campaign to help build a pioneering new Cancer Centre for the Royal United Hospital,Bath.

With the event starting at 11.00 am there will be lots of fun to have for new and experienced shooters on the day.  There will be opportunities for beginners to try the ‘have a go’ stand at £10 to include 10 clays 10 cartridges and Tuition or, if you are more experienced then taking part in the competitions on offer maybe just for you with the opportunity to win some fabulous prizes on offer.

Marcia Candy, committee member from Warminster, comments “Cancer is very close to home for our family, which is why we wanted to help build this new cancer centre at the RUH. We chose to support this worthy cause as my husband, William was diagnosed with Leukemia in 2011 and is currently receiving treatment. The Committee members and our family are putting all our energy into this event to make it as successful as possible, as we believe, that  everyone who comes along will have a great day out whilst raising funds for this very good cause.

Much of the existing RUH cancer services are located in 70 year-old, inadequate, war time accommodation and are in desperate need of improving. The RUH is planning on providing a state-of-the-art, 21st Century build, fit for purpose.

Building on the excellent track record with the RUH’s last capital project; the Dyson Centre for Neonatal Care, the new Cancer Centre will adopt a holistic approach. Combining; ‘clinical excellence’, a ‘therapeutic environment’, a ‘survivorship model of care’ and ‘proactive research’ – all designed to create a highly beneficial healing environment for the RUH cancer patients and their families.

Jan Witt, Donor Care Officer at the Forever Friends Appeal comments: “It is truly inspiring to meet people in the community who are so passionate about the cause. We would like to say a heartfelt thank you to Marcia, William, Claire and Di for getting together and working hard to put on this fabulous event for us and we hope that members of the public will go along to show their support”

Having experienced cancer first hand, Marcia and her family know what its means for patients and their families to be sitting in a welcoming, comfortable and soothing environment. By providing an environment which is holistic, the patient’s well-being and state-of mind is improved. This is essential if we want patients to go through treatment with the least amount of stress.”

For more information regarding the event please contact Valley Shooting Ground, Deptford, Wyle, BA12 OQL , Tel 07786077441

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Pop in to pop-up shop and pick up a bag designed by stars for charity

British bagmakers and celebrities have created items for a charity auction as part of Bath in Fashion.

Celebrities including Winter Olympic gold medalist Amy Williams, milliner Stephen Jones, interiors expert Nina Campbell, supermodel Jade Parfitt and fashion writer Iain R Webb have designed bags.

They are on display in a pop-up shop in Milsom Place.

They will be auctioned at an online auction.

The celebrities’ ideas were turned into reality thanks to British Bagmakers, which is based near Radstock, and which makes Liz Cox label bags as well as those for other top designer brands.

All the money raised from the auction will go to the Forever Friends Appeal, which is improving cancer services at the Royal United Hospital.

Ms Cox said: “If a handbag can help provide any lady with uncompromising cancer care at the RUH then that handbag is a lifetime’s treasure worth owning.”

Development officer at the appeal Sue Tucker said: “We are delighted to be involved and benefiting from this wonderful event, the designs are lovely.

“And I am sure will be a must-have item for the fashion-conscious amongst us.”

You can bid at www.bathinfashion.co.uk

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Elegance in the Afternoon charity fashion show

People are being invited to show their support for some good causes while enjoying the latest fashion trends.

Bath and North East Somerset Council chairman Councillor Rob Appleyard is hosting an Elegance in the Afternoon charity fashion show.

It will raise money for the Royal United Hospital’s Forever Friends Cancer Care Appeal, The Carer’s Centre and Julian House.

The show will take place at the Banqueting Room of the Guildhall on April 27 from 3.30pm to 6.30pm

Tickets cost £28 per person or £250 for a table of ten and can be bought by phoning 01225 823004 or download the booking form here

(Jason Hindle, of Ralph Allen Press which printed the poster, B&NES chairman Rob Appleyard, and event organisers Loraine Morgan-Brinkhurst and Kerrianne Gauld PICTURE: Lloyd Ellington)

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Actor steps out to encourage walkers

Actor Neil Pearson showed his support for The Forever Friends Appeal charity during his recent stay in the city of Bath.  Neil, whose numerous television credits include ‘Drop the Dead Donkey’, ‘Between the lines’ and ‘Monroe’ was performing in ‘Noises Off’ at the Theatre Royal and is now encouraging people across Bath, Somerset and Wiltshire to sign up for The Forever Friends Appeal charity’s Walk of Life, which takes place on Saturday 18th May.

The Walk of Life, kindly sponsored by Mogers Solicitors, is a wonderful opportunity to celebrate the life and memories of your loved ones.  By joining this beautiful walk along the Kennet and Avon Canal you will be helping raise funds towards the RUH Cancer Care Campaign – to help build a pioneering new Cancer Centre for the Royal United Hospital in Bath.  The full day walk is 21 miles beginning in Devizes and ending in Bath.  The morning section is 12 miles from Devizes to Bradford-on-Avon and the afternoon section is 9 miles from Bradford-on-Avon to Bath.  Walkers are welcome to take part in either section, or the whole walk. 

During his visit to the city, Neil was thrilled to hear about the work of the charity.  Neil Pearson added: “Forever Friends has a friend forever in me.  Please give generously and often, to this splendid cause”.

The RUH Cancer Care Campaigns aims 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 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.

Events & Community Officer for The Forever Friends Appeal comments: “We are thrilled to have had Neil’s backing with this year’s Walk of Life.  Entries are flooding through the office door, but we want to encourage even more people to sign up and take part to help raise as much as possible for this sensational new Centre.  It is such a wonderful opportunity to celebrate the life and memories of your loved ones, so why don’t you sign up to take part with your friends, family or colleagues.”

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.

To sign up to take part in the Walk of Life click here or call 01225 825823.

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Still time to sign up for the Walk of Life 2013

Lets get the biggest team of walkers yet for this years events!

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Chipping Sodbury Golfers donate £14,050 to Cancer Care

Throughout 2012, Chipping Sodbury Golf Club raised an incredible £14, 050 for The Forever Friends Appeal at the Royal United Hospital, Bath.

The very generous gift will be donated towards the Appeal’s RUH Cancer Care Campaign – building a new pioneering Cancer Centre for patients and their families at the RUH.

Randolph and Jackie Berry of Tormarton choose to support the local cause throughout their successful year as Captains in 2012. The couple invited Club members and friends for a Reception Evening at the Golf Club on Wednesday 3rd April. They welcomed everyone with wine and canapés and presented the cheque to Zoe, the Appeal’s Community Fundraiser.

Working in partnership with the NHS, The Forever Friends Appeal is raising over £5 million towards a new £20.5 million new Cancer Centre which will drastically transform the current outdated cancer facilities at the RUH.

Much of the existing RUH cancer services are located in 70 year-old, inadequate, war time accommodation and are in desperate need of improving. The new Centre will meet these requirements by providing a state-of-the-art build, fit for purpose.

Building on the excellent track record with the RUH’s last capital project; the Dyson Centre for Neonatal Care, the new Cancer Centre will adopt a holistic approach. Combining ‘clinical excellence’, a ‘therapeutic environment’, a ‘survivorship model of care’ and ‘proactive research’ – all designed to create a highly beneficial healing environment for the RUH cancer patients and their families.

Dr Sarah Wexler, Consultant Haematologist at the RUH comments: “We want to provide an environment which is holistic, that envelops the patient, making them feel safe, supported and special so that they can get through their treatment with the least amount of stress. This Cancer Centre is going to revolutionise the way that we provide cancer care.”

Zoe Tainton, Community Fundraiser comments: “I would like to personally give an enormous thank you to Randolph and Jackie for their huge efforts and commitment towards the Campaign. They are such a warm, kind and friendly couple, they deserve all the support they have received. We are very proud to say that Chipping Sodbury Golf Club will be acknowledged for all their hard work and recognised for generations to come in the new Centre.”

For more information on the plans for the new Cancer Centre at the RUH, please visit www.foreverfriendsappeal.co.uk

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Going bald and staying strong for my dear friend Nic

Tracie Winslow, aged 38 from Melksham, shaved off her head for the RUH Cancer Care Campaign in memory of her dear friend Nicola Robinson aged 28 from Melksham, who passed away peacefully in her sleep on Friday 15th March 2013, just 11 months after being diagnosed with cancer.

Tracie has raised over £3,000 for The Forever Friends Appeal’s RUH Cancer Care Campaign.

Tracie shaved off all her hair on 23rd March in The Pilot pub in Melksham, where crowds of family and friends turned up to support both Tracie and Nic Robinson’s family.Tracie, a Manager at the Sue Ryder Charity Shop in Melksham, met Nic Robinson 5 years ago, through a mutual friend. After meeting up to organise a trip to Butlins and chatting about their families, they soon discovered their dads were cousins and in fact the two girls were related. From then on, their friendship grew stronger and their families became closer.

Tracie says: “The fundraising evening was amazing. Ness from the Base Beauty Salon in Melksham shaved off all my hair and the hair was sent to the Little Princess Trust to make a wig for a little girl who has lost her hair to cancer treatment. We did 28 bunches, one to signify each year that Nic was alive.

I couldn’t believe all the support I got from family, friends and even customers from my shop, it was emotional having it done! It was a very special evening and one I’ll never forget. People have been so kind and are still donating now. I was amazed to reach £1,000, so to reach over £3,000 has been truly overwhelming. So many people have supported me over the last 5 weeks, especially my best friend Sarah Rivers, Dawn Bailey, my parents, my son and my husband.

I would love to dedicate three walls for the Appeal’s BE A BRICK scheme, in Nic Robertson’s name. It would be one for each of her gorgeous children.”

This exciting new ‘Be a Brick’ scheme gives 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.

Following Nic’s diagnosis in April 2011, both Nic and her mother Bev Viveash of Melksham became loyal supporters of The Forever Friends Appeal.

Together they organised a summer party in 2012 and raised almost £2000 for the Campaign and from then on Bev has continued to support the cause, by joining the Chippenham Cancer Care Fundraising Group.

Zoe Tainton, Community Fundraiser at the Appeal comments: “All family and friends of Nicola Robinson have been true assets our charity. With joint efforts of Tracie and Bev, their enthusiasm and commitment to the Campaign has been inspiring. Thank you for everything you have both done for us, we couldn’t do it without you.”

Bev is joined by nine others once a month at the Chippenham Cancer Care Fundraising Group meetings. The team are very busy organising fun events in the Chippenham, Melksham and Calne areas.

Bev comments: “I am looking forward to getting stuck into fundraising in Chippenham, Calne and Melksham and raising people’s awareness of this important Campaign. Our next event is the ‘Lacock Family Treasure Trial’ on Saturday 13th July 2013 –take your treasure map out for the morning and explore the beautiful landscapes of Lacock and celebrate after with refreshments and a raffle at the George pub in Lacock at 3pm. To join in on the Trial, please contact Zoe at the Forever Friends Appeal on 01225 825825”

If anyone would like to join the Chippenham Cancer Care Fundraising Group, please contact Zoe on 01225 825825 or zoe.tainton@nhs.net

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Flowers for Thought

Owners of Rebecca’s Flower Shop in Radstock, mother and daughter; Carol Warrener and Rebecca Bolton held a cake sale and Easter raffle in their store on 28th March. Friends, family and customers were invited to enjoy homemade cupcakes and cookies. Together, everyone raised a brilliant £430 for the Forever Friends Appeal’s Cancer Care Campaign.

The Forever Friends Appeal have been asked to raise £5.5 million towards a new pioneering Cancer Centre at the RUH.

Rebecca comments: “Cancer is very close to home for our family, which is why we wanted to help build this new cancer centre. We chose to support this worthy cause because my Grandad, Bob Davis from Bath, was diagnosed with Leukemia in 2009 and is currently receiving great treatment in Haematology. My Mother-in-Law also suffered with bladder cancer but unfortunately lost her battle with the disease earlier this year.”

Much of the existing RUH cancer services are located in 70 year-old, inadequate, war time accommodation and are in desperate need of improving. The RUH is planning on providing a state-of-the-art, 21st Century build, fit for purpose.

Building on the excellent track record with the RUH’s last capital project; the Dyson Centre for Neonatal Care, the new Cancer Centre will adopt a holistic approach. Combining; ‘clinical excellence’, a ‘therapeutic environment’, a ‘survivorship model of care’ and ‘proactive research’ – all designed to create a highly beneficial healing environment for the RUH cancer patients and their families.

Zoe Tainton, Community Fundraiser at the Forever Friends Appeal comments: “It is truly inspiring to meet people in the community who are so passionate about the cause. Having experienced the cancer facilities first hand, Rebecca and her family realise what it would mean for patients and their families to be sitting in a welcoming, comfortable and soothing environment. By providing an environment which is holistic, the patient’s well-being and state-of mind is improved. This is essential if we want our patients to go through treatment with the least amount of stress.”

Becky’s mum, Carol says: “I am overwhelmed by all the support and how generous people were and would like to thank them all!” Rebecca’s flower shop were supported by 13 local stalls, who donated great raffle prizes and helped them raise the funds.

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