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From diggers to designers

Fashion showBath racecourse is the place to be on Thursday 12th September 2013 for the Ladies Charity Fashion Lunch in aid of the Forever Friends Appeal’s Cancer Care Campaign.

For once it won’t be the horses taking centre stage with models trotting around in the latest fashions from Definition of Bath, showcasing the latest season’s designs from the likes of Joseph Ribkoff, Gold and Steilmann.

The Lunch has been organised by Paula Church from M J Church in Marshfield who is just as at home with a designer label as a digger. Having always had a passion for fashion and a member of the Forever Friends Appeal Committee, Paula wanted to organise a charity event.  Paula said: ’’I wanted to combine my love of clothes with support for a cause that I am very passionate about.  We never know when we are going to need the RUH, and I wanted to do something positive to raise funds for this wonderful cause.”

This fashion event is fairly unusual because there will not be a catwalk, as all the models will be mingling with the guests, giving everyone the best seat in the house where ever they are situated. Being able to see the garments close up and feel the fabrics is a unique way of experiencing first hand the latest fashions from these prestigious designers.

Maggie Vowles owner of Definition, Bath also has her own personal reason for getting involved in the fashion Lunch: ‘’I have had breast cancer and my husband currently has lung cancer. The Cancer Care Campaign is very close to my heart and I think it is very important to support anything that will help patients locally.’’

Sarah Hudson, Cancer Services Manager at the RUH who will be speaking at the lunch said:

All money raised from the event will be going towards the Forever Friends Appeal’s 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.”

Tickets for the event are £40 and are on sale now. You can buy the tickets from Bath Racecourse Definitions, Broad Street, Bath and from the Forever Friends Appeal Office – 01225 825691.

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Celebrating 10 years of ‘Ted’s Truck’

Teds TruckEveryone recognises Big Ted from Ted’s Big Day Out, and always alongside him is the car that he drives about the catchment area in the lead up to and on the big day. Platinum Motor Group have been providing The Forever Friends Appeal with a vehicle, affectionately referred to as ‘Ted’s Truck’ for the last 10 years, which has helped Ted to fulfill his busy diary of visits.

This year Ted will be cruising the streets of Bath, North East Somerset and Wiltshire in a white Vauxhall Meriva getting ready for Ted’s Big Day Out on Friday 18th October. His new Vauxhall has also been decked out in brightly coloured vehicle graphics, with the aim of capturing the attention of motorists and pedestrians, to help promote Ted’s Big Day Out along with the Appeal’s Cancer Care Campaign.

Make sure you look out for ‘Ted’s Truck’ as Ted and the Appeal team are encouraging schools, nurseries, community groups, businesses and individuals to participate in the fundraising day and pay just £1 to take their teddy bears out for the day.  Every year Big Ted gives his fundraising day a dedicated theme, which for this year is ‘Wear a wig or raise a hat!’, to help give his supporters even more ideas to raise funds for the Appeal.

Claire Ellis, Media and Promotions Manager from Platinum Motor Group says: “We are pleased to have been associated with the Forever Friends for 10 years now and are happy to provide Ted with his Vauxhall Meriva for Ted’s Big Day Out. it’s such an important campaign as everyone knows someone who has been touched by cancer and we are happy to help in any way we can.’’

Jo Hones, Events and Community Officer for The Forever Friends Appeal says: “We are so pleased to have Platinum Vauxhall supplying us with our Ted’s Truck again this year. It really helps us get out and about in the run up to Ted’s Big Day Out and get to see as many people as we can.’’

All money raised on Ted’s Big Day Out, proudly sponsored by Mogers Solicitors, will go towards The Forever Friends Appeals Cancer Care Campaign which is raising £8million to help build a new and pioneering Cancer Centre for the RUH. This new building will balance clinical expertise with a nurturing and therapeutic environment, and will replace the outdated 70 year old war time buildings currently used, bringing all cancer services at the RUH under one roof.

If you see Ted out in his white Vauxhall Meriva, make sure you give him a wave. If you want to take part in Ted’s Big Day Out and ‘Wear a wig or raise a hat’ for Cancer Care visit the website  www.tedsbigdayout.co.uk to register online or give Ted a ring on 01225 825823.

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8 hour Bikeathon Challenge

Bath Sports and Leisure Centre is thrilled to be hosting the fifth year of the eight hour Bikeathon Challenge on Saturday 14th September. Spinners will be motivated to get on their bikes and spin fast to raise funds for The Forever Friends Appeal’s RUH Cancer Care Campaign and registered charity Aquaterra, who manage the leisure centres in Bath and North East Somerset in partnership with the local council.

An eight hour Bikeathon, takes up the same amount of time as a 9-to-5 desk job, but instead these keen cyclists are working hard to push their legs to the limit, to help those affected by cancer. Participants can choose from a minimum two hour slot up to the maximum eight hours.

Over the last five years Bath Sports and Leisure Centre has raised over £7,000 for the Appeal and are delighted to continue to support their local acute care hospital.

50% of the funds raised at the Bikeathon will be donated to the RUH Cancer Care Campaign and the 50% will be invested in Aquaterra’s innovative targeted projects and services. The Appeal is raising £8 million towards a new pioneering Cancer Centre at the RUH. The hospital will be taking the same successful holistic approach, as with The Dyson Centre for Neonatal Care (NICU), 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.

This 33% / 66% partnership between the Appeal and NHS, will fund this £23.5 million capital project, which is scheduled as a phased build between 14/15 – 17/18.

The RUH currently treats 2000 new patients with cancer a year and in the future, along with an ageing population, this is going to increase. The demand for a new pioneering Cancer Centre is essential to help transform the cancer experience for the RUH patients and their families.

The Bikeathon team will be cycling outside the front of the Bath Sports and Leisure Centre with Big Ted there to keep them entertained. Fitness instructors will also be urging the team on and guiding them through the day.

Barnaby Rich, General Manager at Bath Sports and Leisure Centre comments:

“Aquaterra is passionate about investing in projects and services that really benefit communities at their heart and improve quality of life, health and wellbeing. We’re delighted to be able to support the fantastic Forever Friends Appeal for the fifth year running.”

If you fancy the challenge, please contact Bath Sports and Leisure Centre on 01225 462563.

Or support the team here: www.justgiving.com/groupspinathon

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Bath Indian Classical Music Concert

Indian concert posterResidents of Bath and surrounding areas have been invited to a special evening of unique entertainment. The Indian Classical Music Concert is being organised by Doctors of the RUH, to raise funds for the Royal United Hospital’s ‘Space for Cancer Care Campaign’.

This concert of Indian Classical music will be hosted at the Guildhall in Bath City Centre on Sunday 15th September 2013 between 1700 and 2030 hours.

The Forever Friends Appeal charity is raising £8m towards the build of a new pioneering Cancer Centre at the Royal United Hospital, Bath.

The origins of Indian classical music can be found in the Vedas, which are the oldest scriptures (1700BC onwards) in the Hindu tradition. It has evolved over centuries and the current art form is many centuries old. Indian classical music is both elaborate and expressive and is best enjoyed as a live concert performance with audience response.

Internationally acclaimed artists from India will be giving an enjoyable performance. Pandit (maestro) Atulkumar Upadhye (an accomplished violinist), Ustad (maestro) Shahid Parvez Khan (a celebrated Sitar player) and Pandit Mukesh Jadhav (Tabla player) will be performing as a part of their European tour.

Pandit (maestro) Atulkumar Upadhye is an accomplished violinist and has performed in several concerts in Europe, America and all over the world. Atulkumar’s style represents a unique blend of Indian as well as Western technique similar to doyen Dr.Yehudi Menuhin.

Sitar is one of the most famous traditional Indian instruments popularised in the west by late Pandit Ravi Shankar and George Harrison of The Beatles. Ustad (maestro) Shahid Parvez Khan is widely recognized as one of the finest living sitar players.  He has performed in all major musical festivals in India and abroad including the Festival of India held in the USA, Europe, USSR, Canada, Africa, Middle-East and Australia, enthralling the audience everywhere.

Tabla is a very versatile and popular ancient Indian percussion instrument.  Indian classical music displays a very elaborate, intricate and complex tabla playing technique at its very best. Pandit (Mastro) Mukesh Jadhav is an accomplished tabla player with a lifetime devotion to learning and practice of this art.

This special event is organised by Dr Shashikant Sholapurkar, who has been working at the Royal United Hospital for more than 15 years. Dr Sholapurkar is a part of multidisciplinary team treating cancer patients at the RUH. His colleagues are also co-organisers; Mr Ashish Rajhansa, Dr Senthilkumar Ganeshan and Dr Raj Patil of the RUH.

Ticket prices are £15 (students : £10) and are on sale (cash only) at Lansdown Restaurant (RUH), Atrium Café (RUH), The Mint Room (Lower Bristol Road Bath, The Eastern Eye Restaurant (Quiet Street, Bath) and Gill Newsagent (Newbridge Road) in Bath.

Please visit the web page www.bathindianconcert1.info for detailed information about the concert or contact bathindianconcert@gmail.com or 07722263948


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Charity Golf Day in Chippenham

Golf dayAfter several years of being cared for in the Royal United Hospital for various different forms of cancer, John Price, 67 from Malmesbury, with the support of his wife Helen, decided to do something positive to thank the hospital for the wonderful care he had received. John, who has been volunteering with The Forever Friends Appeal charity for the last 18 months is now working hard to organise a charity golf tournament at Chippenham Golf Club to raise funds for a pioneering new Cancer Centre at the RUH.

At 9am on August Bank Holiday Monday (26th) teams of 4 will be teeing off to start the Four Ball Texas Scramble at the Chippenham Golf Club’s Annual Charity Day. All funds raised on the day will go towards The Forever Friends Appeal’s RUH Cancer Care Campaign – raising the next £3million to help build a pioneering new Cancer Centre for the hospital based in Bath.  Entries are accepted on a first come first serve basis and there are several fabulous prizes on offer for the first, second and third best score, longest drive (ladies and gents) and the nearest pin (ladies and gents).  Entries are £12.50 per player for Chippenham Golf Club members, and £27.50 per player for non-members, including a buffet lunch.

Having had a successful career in General Management for 25 years, followed by Business Consultancy for a further 10, John made the difficult decision to take early retirement when he was diagnosed with Chronic Myeloid Leukaemia in 2002.  Golf is a sport that John very much enjoys, both watching and playing, for the last 25 years. Inevitably organising a Charity Golf Day with his local club therefore seemed like the perfect way of supporting the Appeal.

Appeal volunteer and organiser of the Golf Day, John Price, comments:  “Following several years of treatment and monitoring for Chronic Myeloid Leukaemia, I was diagnosed with Multiple Myeloma (another blood cancer) in June 2010. After several months of chemotherapy and other drugs it was recommended that I undergo a Stem Cell Transplant as this would provide the best chance of long-term remission. This was carried out in June 2011 from which I am still in remission. After the transplant I wanted to give something back to the hospital that had given me and my family so much care, support and guidance and working with The Forever Friends Team provided the ideal vehicle for me to do this. It was also perhaps fitting that it was at the exact time that the Cancer Care Campaign was launched, although I have to say that I would be pleased to support any fundraising campaign at the RUH.”

John Price comments: “I was delighted that Chippenham Golf Club agreed to dedicate this year’s Charity Golf Day to The Forever Friends Appeal’s RUH Cancer Care campaign. It is particularly exciting as the Club have recently moved into a new clubhouse, which together with the challenging competition format will make it a fantastic day’s golf, culminating in a buffet lunch and the presentation of prizes.”

Leighton Walker, General Manager of Chippenham Golf Club comments: “We are delighted to support this very worthwhile cause in this year’s’ ‘charity golf day’ at Chippenham Golf Club, when we hope visitors to our Club will not only enjoy our excellent course, but also the fantastic facilities in our new Clubhouse.”

Community Fundraiser for The Forever Friends Appeal, Zoe Tainton, comments:  “I love getting to know supporters like John who are just so passionate about our fundraising cause, and are determined to make a positive difference to helping others.  His determination is truly admirable! The forthcoming Golf Day sounds like a thoroughly enjoyable day for golf enthusiasts, and I would like to take this opportunity to thank John, General Manager for the Golf Club, Leighton Walker, as well as all the wonderful Golf Day sponsors – the day would not be going ahead without you all.”

There is still time to enter a team!  So if you would like to find out more about joining in the fun of the Annual Chippenham Golf Club tournament, contact John Price on j_price1@btinternet.com.  Closing date for entries is Friday 16th August, and all entrants should hold an official handicap or EGU card.

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Box Rocks’ BIG 20

Box Rocks 2013The Queens Head pub in Box is rocking out for their BIG 20th Anniversary charity festival- Box Rocks. Save the date for Bank Holiday Monday 26th August, for eight great hours of live music. Adults pay £3 and children £1.50 on the door.

20 years of Box Rocks has raised over £20,000.00 for The Forever Friends Appeal at the Royal United Hospital in Bath. This year’s funds will be donated to the RUH Cancer Care Campaign- raising £8 million towards a new pioneering Cancer Centre.

There will be 8 special music acts, including bands such as; Blues Reviewed, Exit Plan and Rocking Horrors. At 9pm there will be a grand finale of Shrek the Musical, which will no doubt getting the crowd roaring with laughter at the chatterbox Donkey and the big Ogar!

This will be the 11th year that Box Rocks has supported The Forever Friends Appeal. Zoe Tainton, Community Fundraiser says: “It is absolutely fantastic that Box Rocks have been so kind to support us for 11 years running! They have raised over £20,000 for The Forever Friends Appeal and we are utterly grateful for their help. “We are very proud to say that the Queen’s Head at Box has been recognised as one of our Community Partners with our last project The Dyson Centre for Neonatal Care for our premature babies. We are now delighted that they are continuing to support the RUH Cancer Care Campaign. Their commitment and hard work to raise funds for their local hospital is incredible. The pub, its customers and the Box Rocks team are kind charitable supporters.”

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.

Event organiser, Dean Creighton comments: “The big 20 year anniversary means a lot to the Box Rocks team. There are over 30 of us who are committed to making this a day to remember! The RUH means a lot to most of us, the staff there do an incredible job taking care of us all and I know a new Cancer Centre is very much needed for the staff, patients and their families.”

There are over 30 volunteers involved with setting up the festival and the bands are all donating their time to play. There will be a live internet link which will allow viewers to watch the festival from their own computers at home, if they are unable to make it. You can also donate online and make this year it’s biggest yet!

Visit www.boxrocks.biz to donate now and catch up on the line up.

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Movie by Moonlight: Have the time of your life

Movie launch2The Forever Friend’s Appeal is excited to be showing the classic film, Dirty Dancing certificate 12A, at their annual Movie by Moonlight. Royal Victoria Park, Bath will play host on Saturday 31st August; where the outdoor film will start around 8.30pm when moonlight arrives. Entry to the event is free and all funds raised on the night will go towards the RUH Cancer Care Campaign.

Each year the Appeal organise the event, located on Middle Common Royal Victoria Park just opposite the Approach golf course, with the very kind support of Geoff Bissex of Filmair Mobile Cinema Services.  Events & Community Officer for The Forever Friends Appeal, Jo Hones, comments: “Our Movie by Moonlight is a great fun event where you can enjoy a summers evening’s entertainment with your friends and family. We are so excited about showing Dirty Dancing – Nobody puts baby in the corner!  So we are encouraging people from all across the RUH catchment area to come along and help us get even closer to reaching our target to help build a new Cancer Centre at Bath’s RUH.”

The RUH Cancer Care Campaign is the current focus of The Forever Friends Appeal, with the aim 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.  The event is free entry but there will be a bucket collection on the night for the Campaign, as well as the opportunity to text your donation.

The Forever Friends Appeal is encouraging anyone who has a love for Dirty Dancing, or has never seen it before and feels it is about time they experienced the classic film, to come along. Organisers recommend arriving early to secure a good spot to enjoy the show. There will be refreshments available for you to purchase throughout the evening or you are more than welcome to bring along your own picnic, although please note that BBQs and glass are prohibited on site. It is recommended that you bring warm clothing and a torch for later in the evening.  Heart FM will also be supporting the event.

For more information about the Movie by Moonlight and the work of The Forever Friends Appeal, including other events coming up, please visit www.foreverfriendsappeal.co.uk. Or for those of you on social media, ‘like’ The Forever Friends Appeal page on Facebook or follow @ForeverFriendsA on Twitter.

The Forever Friends Appeal charity are also encouraging schools, organisations, community groups and individuals all across the RUH catchment area to take part in the Appeal’s annual fundraising day, Ted’s Big Day Out! on Friday 18th October and help raise funds for the building of the new Cancer Centre.  Visit www.tedsbigdayout.co.uk for more information.

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