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Supporting those who lose their hair through cancer treatment

Caroline Scott, a local supporter from Melksham did a brave deed for cancer care and shaved her hair to help raise funds for the RUH new Cancer Centre.

Caroline wanted to do this for her loved ones, to show them support and to help others being treated here at the Royal United Hospital.

“I decided to shave my head for this great cause, because my uncle lost his life in 2011 to cancer. The care and treatment he received at the RUH was very good and I just wanted to give something back to the staff and to help others by bringing a new Cancer Centre to them.

More members of my family have also been affected by cancer…  my mum has unfortunately lost 3 siblings and her father to cancer.

It affects so many of us!

I have done this to raise awareness and to support those patients who have lost their hair to cancer treatment.”

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Join our team – Trek in China for RUH Cancer Care

Have you ever wanted to take on an exhilarating challenge and raise funds for a charity that is close to your heart?  If so, then now is your chance.  The Forever Friends Appeal based at the Royal United Hospital in Bath are looking for adventurous volunteers from across the hospital’s catchment area to trek along part of The Great Wall of China – one of the wonders of the world!

The Appeal team hope that in September 2014 a team of fundraisers will take part in this experience of a lifetime – at the same time as raising significant funds for the charity.  The current focus of The Forever Friends Appeal is the RUH Cancer Care Campaign – to raise £8million towards the build of a pioneering new Cancer Centre for the RUH.  By signing up to join the trek, people will be helping to transform care for patients with cancer and their families at the RUH.

Event & Community Officer for The Forever Friends Appeal, Jo Hones, comments:  “Immerse yourself in tradition, history and ancient mythology and experience the trip of a lifetime.  It is an incredible challenge – one to never forget, but every step of hard work will be worth it.”

“The RUH treats over 2000 new cancer patients every year.  We have all been touched by cancer, if not personally, then through friends, family or colleagues. You could sign up to join our team as an individual or take part with people you know – perhaps in memory of a loved one, or to celebrate the lives of those people you love around you!”

The RUH Cancer Care Campaign is raising £8million towards the cost of building a 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 c66 / 33 % respectively.

If you have a passion for culture, a great sense of adventure and the desire to do something challenging to help The Forever Friends Appeal achieve its goal, sign up today to join their team.  For more information, visitwww.foreverfriendsappeal.co.uk or call the events team on 01225 825823.

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“Be a Brick & JustText” say Actresses Felicity Kendall and Kara Tointon

The Forever Friends Appeal are thrilled to have the support of actresses, Kara Tointon and Felicity Kendall, to encourage the general public to fundraise through mobile phone technology for the charity’s ‘Be a Brick’ fundraising scheme – helping to raise funds for their RUH Cancer Care Campaign.

With 83% of adults having mobile phones, the general public are increasingly familiar with using mobile phone technology to do a variety of tasks beyond just making a phone call. The Forever Friends Appeal want to encourage this through their ‘Be a Brick’ scheme and ask for support to purchase £10 bricks by donating through textgiving.

The ‘Be a Brick’ JustText initiative is a wonderful way to reach out to a wide range of new donors  giving them the opportunity to support their local charity and Buy a Brick for £10 using their mobile phone.  It is speedy, simple and spontaneous!  The Appeal hopes that by introducing the ‘Be a Brick’ text to donate, many young people will embrace it as a new, fun and easy way to give.

Sally Feeny, Appeal Ambassador, says; “You will be amazed at how simple and how satisfying it is as well – in a text you will have bought a virtual brick to help build a new pioneering cancer centre at the RUH (which will vastly improve cancer care in the region) and with no forms to fill in! To ‘Buy a Brick’ simply text BRCK13 £10 to 70070 on your phone and that is it, you will receive a message confirming your lovely gift of £10 has been donated towards The Forever Friends Appeal.”  

felicity-Kendall-with-mobileThe 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 find out more about the Be a Brick fundraising scheme, please visit www.foreverfriendsappeal.co.uk/be-a-brick/

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Bluefin Bath branch donates £1,500

BluefinBluefin Insurance has announced that its Bath branch has nominated The Forever Friends Appeal as its chosen charity as part of the Bluefin ‘Think Giving’ charity campaign and will donate £1,500 to the Charity.

The Forever Friends Appeal at the Royal United Hospital Bath, raises money for state-of-the-art medical equipment and facilities, enabling doctors and nurses to provide the very best patient care. Over the past 14 years, the Appeal has raised funds for many hospital projects, including the Dyson Centre for Neonatal Care and a Gamma-CT Scanner.  The Appeal’s current focus is the RUH Cancer Care Campaign.

Ian Sandham, Branch Director of Bluefin’s Bath office, commented: “The work of The Forever Friends Appeal is particularly important to the Bluefin staff in Bath and I am delighted to be able to donate this money to help support the fantastic work they do for the Royal United Hospital.”

Jo Hones from The Forever Friends Appeal said “We are very pleased to receive this donation from the Bluefin Bath branch as part of the ‘Think Giving’ campaign. The money they have donated will go towards our campaign for a new cancer centre, where clinical excellence will be provided with a holistic approach, that that will allow us to transform care for patients and their families.”

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Mogers are as mad as hatters for #TBDO

TBDOBath based solicitors, Mogers are raising their hats to help The Forever Friends Appeal launch this year’s Ted’s Big Day Out. The Appeal’s annual fundraising day, Ted’s Big Day Out, will take place on Friday 18th October 2013, where thousands of teddies will enjoy their annual outing and will be taken to work, school, wherever to help raise funds for the RUH Cancer Care Campaign and this year’s theme is –Wear a wig or raise a hat.

Steve Treharne Managing Partner at Mogers Solicitors says: “We are delighted to be sponsoring Ted’s Big Day Out again this year. There aren’t many who go through life untouched by cancer which is why we adopted the appeal as our charity of the year; all of us know someone who has been affected directly or indirectly by the disease and supporting this worth-while LOCAL cause is just one way in which we are there for OUR community”

The Forever Friends Appeal charity are encouraging schools, businesses, nurseries, clubs and community organisations to sign up to support the fundraising day by having fun with wigs and hats, where you can wear anything from top hats to trilbys and Colourful afros to a long red wig. Or you could simply pay just £1 to take part in the traditional way and take your teddy out for the day on Friday 18th October.

The current focus of The Forever Friends Appeal is the RUH Cancer Care Campaign.  Their aim is to help build a new and pioneering Cancer Centre which balances clinical expertise with the provision of a nurturing and therapeutic environment.  The new centre will make patients feel safe, supported and special so that they can get through their treatment with the least amount of stress, and their families can feel that they are well supported as well.

Much of the existing RUH cancer services are located in inadequate, 70 year-old war time accommodation.  It has been the long-term aim to seek a solution and bring Cancer Services at the RUH all under one roof.

The new Cancer Centre will be a c66% / 33% partnership respectively between NHS and Charitable Funds.  The Appeal are aiming to raise a total of some £8million towards the new Centre, and thanks to the wonderful support of the public and two local Foundations the Appeal have so far raised a fabulous £5.5million.  It is now down to the public and their continuing fundraising efforts that will help this pioneering building to be truly exceptional and vastly improve cancer care in this region.

Events & Community Officer for The Forever Friends Appeal, Jo Hones, comments: “Ted’s Big Day Out is a fun way to show your support and help fundraise for our Cancer Care Campaign to help improve the Cancer Services at Bath’s RUH.  We are so keen to make Ted’s Big Day Out! – our annual region-wide fundraising day – the biggest and best yet!  It is great to have Mogers on board again this year sponsoring the day and we hope that businesses and schools all across Bath, North East Somerset and Wiltshire will join in and help us raise as much as possible on this one day in October.’’

Jo continues: ‘’If you are a business, school or an individual looking to take part, you can support the traditional way and take your teddy out for the day or you can join in with the theme and wear a wig or raise a hat. There are so many fun things you can do, such as dressing up as your favourite  hat wearing celebrities or having a best wig or hat competition.’’

Staff and volunteers at the Appeal team have already started to promote the fundraising day across the area.  So keep your eyes peeled for more information coming your way soon.  Visit the Ted’s Big Day Out! website www.tedsbigdayout.co.uk to register online or call Ted’s hotline on 01225 825825.  For those of you on Twitter, look out for #TBDO.

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Walking Miles for a Milestone Birthday

Dan-Calway-Iron-ManMost people have a list of things they would like to do by the age of 40. This can be known as a ‘bucket list’ – it is a really fun opportunity for you to do things you have always dreamed of but never got round to doing. The average list can be doing small and silly things like; holding a monkey, and some can be a once in a life-time, huge challenge.

For Dan Calway of Bristol, at the age of 39, his dream is to climb the highest free standing mountain in the world. On Sunday 14th July 2013, five days after his 39th birthday, Dan will be ascending up Mount Kilimanjaro to the summit which is an impressive 5895m above sea level!

Dan, who owns Calstone Construction ltd, wanted to do the climb to support a cause close to his heart, so he decided to raise money for The Forever Friends Appeal’s RUH Cancer Care Campaign.  His motivation and inspiration came from his mother and friend, Mark Hucklebridge, who have both suffered from cancer and were treated at the Royal United Hospital in Bath.

One of Dan’s inspirations has been Mark Hucklebridge, aged 34, a Motocross British Champion, who was diagnosed with cancer in 2011 and treated at the RUH. Since his diagnosis, Mark has given his time to The Forever Friends Appeal by running the Bath Half marathon, fundraising at the annual Marshfield Motocross Club’s Good Friday Race Day and supporting the Appeal’s BE A BRICK scheme. This scheme encourages everyone to buy a virtual brick for £10, row for £100 or wall for £1000. Brick supporters will receive a certificate, together with an acknowledgement of their chosen name within the design of the new Cancer Centre.

Dan Calway says: ‘’I can’t believe what started off as an idea, will soon be happening. This trip has been a whole year in the planning and training has been hard. As part of my training I took part in a Half Iron Man, which really pushed my fitness to the limits, so hopefully I will make it to the summit.’’

Dan continues: ‘’I wanted to raise money for the RUH Cancer Care Campaign, as I have seen my mother and one of my friends suffer from cancer so, I am hoping my fundraising will help raise some awareness, to help others in the future.’’

Mark will be taking on the challenge with his two friends, Mike Porter & Kevin Wright, as part of a team of eight. They leave for Tanzania on Sunday 14th July and make the climb up Kilimanjaro 2 days later.

Zoe Tainton, Community fundraiser for the Forever Friends Appeal says: “We are very grateful that Dan is climbing Kilimanjaro for the sake of his mother and Mark, who have both been affected by cancer. What a positive thing to do for people who you care about. I have no doubt he will have the time of his life- good luck Dan! ”

Please support Dan on his one in a life time trip to the tip of Kilimanjaro – www.justgiving.com/Dan-Calway

If you are looking for a challenge of a life time and also want to help us raise vital funds for the RUH Cancer Care Campaign, why not join Ted’s Trek Team and trek along the Great Wall of China- a place of amazing cultural experience and beautiful landscapes. To find out more visit www.foreverfriendsappeal.co.uk/events.chinatrek/

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