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Bowling spider helps out Bath RUH Forever Friends Appeal

Spiders have had a lot of bad press recently thanks to the killer arachnids on the loose in Britain but there was one spider doing good last weekend.

Norwest Bowls Club started off several of their summer matches with a spider competition, which entails players standing around the edge of the green and, on a given signal, bowling one wood towards the ‘spider’ in the middle.

The player whose wood was nearest won a bottle of wine but all paid 50p to enter, which meant £100 was raised for the Forever Friends Appeal at the Royal United Hospital.

And last weekend saw Norwest president Val Bryant and competition organiser Paul Hill visit the appeal office to meet co-ordinator Zoe Tainton to hand over a £100 cheque.

This weekend sees the first of Anne Woodham’s Sunday lunches at the club, which need to be booked in advance.

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The Cat, the Fox and the Crow

The Cat the Fox and The Crow acoustic pop-folk group are performing on Friday 15th November at Chapel Arts Centre, Bath. Tickets are £5, doors open 7.30pm and the band is raising funds for the RUH Cancer Care Campaign- helping to build a new Cancer Centre at the Royal United Hospital in Bath.

As part of the integrated plan to replace the current outdated facilities in ‘RUH North’, a new Therapies Centre is also needed to modernise the excellent service for patients recovering from major surgery, strokes, heart attacks and many other illnesses. Band member Ruby Brown is a Physiotherapist Assistant at the RUH who shares the vision with other Clinicians, as to the importance of a new Therapies Centre and so encourages the band’s fans and audiences to raise funds for the Appeal.

Musician Ruby Brown acts with vocals and guitar, Catherine Hurley plays the flute and vocals and Adam Turner is on the guitar, bass and vocals. The band writes and performs a mixture of their own songs and folk covers. Individually they have performed in bands for over 15 years and performed at Glastonbury Festival, London: The Albert Hall, The 100 Club, The Troubadour, Bath: Moles, The Bell, Porter, Bristol: The Folkhouse, The Fleece, The Louisana and many others.

Special act, Ali George will also be giving the audience an exciting glimpse of his newly launched fourth solo album. Ali George has been a solo artist for 13 years and has been described as ‘One of Bath’s finest Troubadours’ (Schtuum 2012). His influences include Nick Drake, John Martyn, Joanna Newsom and Bon Iver.

The new Therapies Centre aims to provide a vibrant and dynamic environment that optimises the patient’s ability to ‘escape’ from the wards and focus on healing, recovering and managing their health needs. The new Centre will provide a scope to improve services such as; innovative treatment, spaces, hydrotherapy pool and aqua area, gymnasium and body shop, with the specialist exercise, rehabilitation and therapy equipment.

Ruby Brown says: “We had always planned to combine Ali George’s 4th album launch with The Cat the Fox and The Crow’s debut E.P launch. I work as a physio assistant at the RUH and Ali George’s mum received her cancer treatment at the RUH. We both felt really strongly about the event being more than just an album launch therefore it seemed the obvious choice to involve the Forever Friends Appeal to raise awareness and funds for the new Cancer Centre and Therapies Centre.”

Buy £5 tickets on the door on Friday 15th November at Chapel Arts Centre, Bath.


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Teddies, wigs and hats will be everywhere for the RUH

Adults and children all over the Royal United Hospital catchment area are getting their teddy bears ready for their annual day out on Friday – The Forever Friends Appeal’s Ted’s Big Day Out. Sponsored by Bath based law firm Mogers Solicitors, the theme for this year’s Ted’s Big Day Out on Friday 18th October is Wear a Wig or Raise a Hat.

Schools, nurseries, hairdressers, nursing homes and all kinds of other organisations across Bath, Somerset and Wiltshire have signed up to join in the fun and raise as much as possible for the RUH Cancer Care Campaign to help build a pioneering new Cancer Centre. Those taking part will be raising money by: making a donation to wear a wig or hat for the day, taking their teddies out with them, baking some fancy cakes or many other wacky ideas.

Staff from Ted’s Big Day Out sponsors Mogers Solicitors in Bath, are getting very involved with the fundraising activities on Friday by hosting a Mad Hatters Tea Party.  Steven Treharne, Managing Partner at Mogers Solicitors, said: “We are a firm that has always taken great pride in being involved in the local community in which we do business. Sponsoring TBDO is not only great fun but everyone at Mogers feels a real sense of pride in being able to raise money for such a worthy cause that helps so many in our city. This year we ran a ‘design a hat for Ted’ competition and it has been wonderful to see so many local schools and nursery’s getting involved, we had so many entries, choosing the winners was very hard. Winners will be announced on Friday 18th and Ted will personally deliver the prize in the next few weeks.”

Lots of departments at the RUH are also taking part including: Appointment Centre, Caterpillars Day Nursery, Nuclear Medicine, Therapies Department, Radiology, Pre-operative Assessment and many more. Activities in the hospital atrium will include a cake sale, merchandise sale, guess the name of the knitted animal competition and the chance to have your nails painted.  Staff will also be able to have some fun in their very own Ted’s Big Day Out photo booth, and enjoy performances from the fabulous RUH choir and RUH Talent competition Sam Nolan.  Bath Rugby players are also set to join in the fun at the hospital, and meet the staff and patients who are supporting the fundraising activities.

Big Ted will be spending the day on Friday 18th October visiting just a few of the many organisations, with the Heart FM Angels, to see for himself the wonderful support his fundraising day receives each year.  Also supporting the fundraising on Friday, is the Chairman of Bath & North East Somerset, Cllr Neil Butters and Mayor of Bath, Cllr Malcolm Lees.  Volunteers from The Forever Friends Appeal charity will also be raising even more funds on the day at a Bath city centre street collection.

Events & Community Officer for The Forever Friends Appeal, Jo Hones, comments:  “There is such a variety of fundraising activities taking place on Friday – Big Ted is just so thrilled to see so many people getting involved to help raise money for this sensational new Cancer Centre at the RUH which really will transform our patients experience.”

If you live or work anywhere within Bath, North East Somerset and Wiltshire, the RUH is your local acute care hospital.  The RUH treats over 2000 new patients with cancer every year and every day the disease indiscriminately alters people’s lives.  With your help, the RUH can build a sensational new Cancer Centre to help transform our patients’ journey and experience.

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 Forever Friends Appeal plan to raise some £8m towards the cost of building this pioneering new Cancer Centre at the RUH, which balances clinical expertise with the provision of a nurturing and therapeutic environment.  The new Cancer Centre will be a joint NHS / charitably funded project.

If you would like to support the fundraising activities, please contact The Forever Friends Appeal on 01225 825823 or visit www.tedsbigdayout.co.uk.


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Are Your Teddies Ready for Ted’s Big Day Out?

With just over one week to go until Ted’s Big Day Out, Big Ted is brushing off his hat and getting ready for his annual outing. Ted’s Big Day Out on Friday 18th October, is The Forever Friends Appeal’s annual region-wide fundraising day where organisations and individuals take their teddy bears to work, school or wherever to help raise money for the RUH Cancer Care Campaign. With this year proudly sponsored by Mogers Solicitors, the day’s fun theme encourages supporters to wear a wig or raise a hat. Everyone can get involved and have fun, and there is still time to register and take part if you haven’t already.

With many businesses, schools, organisations and nurseries already signed up there will be lots of fantastic activities going on around the RUH catchment area on the day. Bluefin Insurance are baking cakes and wearing wigs and hats into the office, Baskerville’s School of Gymnastics are having teddy bear themed lessons all week, staff at Bath Aqua Glass on Walcot Street are wearing wigs and hats to work for the day, Bathampton Primary are taking their teddy bears out for the day and joining in with the Wig and Hat fundraising theme. All organisations registered are able to enter Big Ted’s grand prize draw, where a few lucky winners will receive a visit from Big Ted himself on the day.

It is also going to be an exciting day for the pupils at St Michael’s Junior School in Bath, with lots of fun activities and games planned during their breaks and after school. There will be a ‘pink’ mufti day for staff and pupils, plenty of delicious pink cakes to eat, a penalty shootout competition, an orphaned teddy bear raffle where children can help give an unwanted bear a home, as well as ‘bring your copper coins to school’. Finally, at the end of the day, the school can celebrate at Ted’s Big Pink Disco with sweets, pizza and crisps.   This will be the school’s 11th year raising funds for TBDO and have raised over £1,600 for The Forever Friends Appeal. Mr David Goucher comments: “We are all so very proud to support the fantastic work of the RUH and the work of the appeal to raise money for such an amazing cause.  Our children can’t wait for the big day and after meeting Ted the other week, it makes it even more special”

Events & Community Officer for the Forever Friends Appeal, Jo Hones, comments: “Ted’s Big Day Out is a fun way to support and fundraise for the RUH Cancer Care Campaign to help improve services at Bath’s RUH. We have many fantastic organisations already signed up but we would love to have even more join in and take part. We hope to make this Ted’s Big Day Out the biggest and best yet- but to do that we need your help!”

Jo continues: “You can support in 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. If that doesn’t take your fancy, you could even hold a cake sale or coffee morning and still show your support.’’

This year, Ted’s Big Day Out is proudly sponsored by Bath based soliciters, Mogers. To celebrate they are holding a fun competition for school children, nurseries and clubs to design and draw Ted his very own hat. The lucky winner will have their prize delivered by Big Ted and it’s not too late to enter as the deadline for entries has been extended to Friday 11th October. For more information please contact Louise Kelly at Mogers 01225 750017.

Steve Treharne Managing Partner at Mogers Solicitors says: “I am delighted that Mogers Solicitors is again involved with Ted’s Big Day Out. As a local Bath firm we are proud to help the Forever Friends Appeal make a lasting difference to the local community. We have loved receiving the competition entries so far and next Friday we are looking forward to a mad hatter tea party in the office.”

In the lead up to Ted’s Big Day Out, Big Ted and The Forever Friends Appeal team were out and about in Bath City Centre on Saturday 21st September raising funds with a bucket collection for the RUH Cancer Care Campaign. Bucket collectors embraced the theme and were spotted enjoying the day in anything from bright blue wigs to colourful sombreros! The day raised a fantastic £773.61, which will be put towards Ted’s Big Day Out grand total.

There will be another street collection in Bath City Centre on 18th October to get Ted’s Big Day Out started. If you see any of Ted’s Team out and about in wigs or hats please give generously!

The RUH Cancer Care Campaign aims to raise £8million towards building a pioneering new Cancer Centre that will transform the care received by cancer patients and their families at the Royal United Hospital in Bath. Each year the RUH treats over 2,000 new patients with cancer from the hospitals extensive catchment area. The new centre will balance clinical expertise with the provision of a nurturing and therapeutic environment, that will dramatically improve patient care and the experience for all those affected. Ted’s Big Day Out is a fun way to show your support and help fundraise for this new centre.

It’s not too late to take part! If you or your friends and colleagues want to join in and wear a wig or hat for Ted’s Big Day Out annual fundraising day please visit www.tedsbigdayout.co.uk to register or call Ted’s hotline at The Forever Friends Appeal on 01225 825823.

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RUH staff will swim the distance of the English Channel

RUH staff will swim the distance of the English Channel on Thursday 31st October to help raise funds for a new exceptional Therapies Centre, as part of the RUH Cancer Care Campaign.

The Forever Friends Appeal is raising £8 million towards a new pioneering Cancer Centre at the RUH. This £23.5 million capital project will be a 33 / 66% partnership between the Appeal and the NHS.  It is part of the integrated plan to replace the current outdated facilities in ‘RUH North’, a new Therapies Centre is needed to modernise the excellent service for patients recovering from major surgery, strokes, heart attacks and many other illnesses as well as patients with long term conditions, who will benefit greatly from rehabilitation treatment.

Six staff members from the Therapies team including; Physiotherapists, a Hydrotherapist, Orthopedics and Rehabilitation Specialists will be taking part in the swim. It will be a bright an early start at 3.30am at the RUH Oasis outdoor pool. All staff will be swimming in relay to complete their individual distances by the end of the day. At the same time, staff will also be continuing their daily activities, running to and from the RUH pool to complete their distances.

Wyn Lloyd, Specialist Physiotherapist comments: “We are all excited about the challenge of the swim, particularly doing the distances whilst performing our normal daily duties. We have all enjoyed training together before and after work in warm and cold waters….we are building up our strength for the big day!”

The new Therapies Centre aims to provide a vibrant and dynamic environment that optimises the patient’s ability to ‘escape’ from the wards and focus on healing, recovering and managing their health needs. The new Centre will provide a scope to improve services such as; innovative treatment, spaces, hydrotherapy pool and aqua area, gymnasium and body shop, with the specialist exercise, rehabilitation and therapy equipment.

Therapies, Physiotherapy, Occupational Therapy, Speech & Language Therapy and Psychology, Podiatry and Dietetics form integral pieces to a patient’s journey and are currently scattered all over the RUH.  By centralizing them, we will offer a unique ‘one stop shop’ for the patients and staff. A Centre which will provide a collaborative working environment and will maximize and support the staff in delivering research-based, innovative, patient led services.

Gina Sargeant, Head of Therapies says: “The Therapies team are absolutely delighted that we will be able to welcome our patients and their families into a new innovate, state-of-the-art Therapies Centre. A combined Centre will give our patients and staff seamless access to all types of Therapies ‘under one roof’. A supportive environment will also optimise clinical delivery for both acute and long term management of health conditions that affect over 50% of the population. We now need to work together to raise funds towards this excellent project, please support us.”

Paul Evans from Bath, is Hydrotherapy long-term patient who will be swimming 10 lengths with the RUH team. As part of his rehabilitation treatment, Paul uses the RUH pool every day to help continue his progression to recovery.

Paul was involved in a major cycling accident 4 years ago, which initially led him to be paralyzed from the neck down. He now receives continuous treatment for his spinal cord injury and is utterly grateful for the excellent care he receives from the RUH.

Paul comments: “The RUH Hydrotherapy services and pool is part of my everyday life. People don’t realise that swimming is a major part of the journey to recovery for people like myself, with spinal and other major injuries. It is a fantastic feeling to be floating on water and have the pressure off your bones and muscles. The current pool isn’t that great and nicer facilities would make such a difference- for example we need better accessibility and facilities to make things easier for patients and staff.  Despite my injury having a huge impact on my life, for me, I just want to keep moving and get on with it! Thank you to the RUH for giving me the support in need to do this.”

The Therapies Team will continue to raise funds towards this much needed new Therapies Centre. Please support them by donating on: www.justgiving.com/RUHswim

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Bath Aquaterra Staff are Spinning for Charity

Aquaterra staff and members at Bath Sports & Leisure Centre were spinning for 8 hours at the Bath Bike-a-thon on Saturday 21st September to raise funds for Aquaterra charity and The Forever Friends Appeal at the Royal United Hospital in Bath.

The Bath Bike-a-thon was a huge success; all 15 participants were spinning fast, feeling enthusiastic and spurred on by passing Bath Rugby supporters and players on their way to a Bath Rugby match.

The challenge raised a fantastic £1791.29 – which has been split 50/50 between Aquaterra charity and The Forever Friends Appeal.

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

“Aquaterra is passionate about improving quality of life at the heart of communities and donations made will contribute to our wide range of health, wellbeing and sports projects. We were delighted to be able to support the fantastic Forever Friends Appeal for the fifth year running and a big thanks to Bath Rugby players for their support on the day. We’ve already signed up for next year!”

The Forever Friends Appeal is currently raising £8 million towards a new exceptional Cancer Centre at the RUH. This 33 / 66% partnership between the NHS and the charity will bring a £23.5 million new Cancer Centre to over 500,000 in the RUH catchment area. The build will take a holistic approach to providing a highly beneficial healing environment, which will reduce stress and anxiety for patients and make them feel safe, supported and special.

Over the past 5 years, the annual 8-hour Bike-a-thon has raised over £8,000 towards state-of-the-art equipment and facilities for the General District Hospital in the South-West.

Zoe Tainton, Community Fundraiser comments: “I would like to give a huge thank you to Aquaterra for supporting The Forever Friends Appeal for so many years. We truly value their kind support and commitment to helping our patients and their families at the RUH. We are already looking forward to next year’s Bike-a-thon – I know I’ll be shouting ‘Go Ted’s team!’ with Big Ted by my side.”

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Chosen Charity for Bath’s Christmas lights switch on

The City of Bath is delighted to announce that Bath born Mary Berry CBE is to switch on the city’s Christmas Lights on Tuesday 12th November. The evening’s entertainment starts at 5.30 pm with a warm up of local and community talent followed by the switch on.  Mary Berry, Queen of Cakes, star of the BBC’s Great British Bake Off was a pupil at the High School in Bath where she first discovered her passion for cooking.

Mary Berry said “I am immensely honoured to be asked to switch on the Bath Christmas Lights, I was born in the city and come back frequently. Bath has an awful lot to offer at Christmas, Milsom Street will look the finest street in the country!  My father always said when walking through Bath, always raise your head and look at the fine architecture”.

The Bath Christmas Lights 2013 is co-ordinated by the Bath Business Improvement District (BID) with support from Bath &North East Somerset Council and The Bath Chronicle. Andrew Cooper, Manager of Bath BID said, “We are delighted that Mary accepted the invitation from the Bath BID to switch on the city’s Christmas lights. This really is the icing on the cake!  The switch on has become a favourite fixture with families in Bath and marks the start of the busiest time of year for our retailers.  Bath is the perfect Christmas shopping destination with all the top high street brands as well as a host of great independents set in a beautiful heritage city.”

Switching on the lights marks the start of the Christmas shopping season, an important driver for the local economy. Councillor David Dixon, Cabinet Member for Neighbourhoods, said “Bath & North East Somerset Council is delighted to be continuing its financial support for Christmas lighting. Christmas lights are an important part of the offer of the High Street during the festive period, playing an important role in making the shopping and visiting experience more enjoyable. We are looking forward to welcoming Mary Berry on November 12th.”

Mary Berry spent her formative years in the city and it was her school domestic science teacher, Mrs Date who ignited passion for cooking.  She studied at Bath College of Domestic Science and The Cordon Bleu in Paris before embarking on her stellar career.  The warmth of her personality and culinary skill won the heart of the nation’s cooks who have been buying her cookery books for the past 60 years.

Bath is top of the list for the region’s Christmas shoppers as it combines the festive Christmas market next to Bath Abbey, with unusual gifts in Bath independents and all the top high street brands with a picture perfect backdrop. Bath has a gift for everyone, a wide choice of restaurants and cafes and even the opportunity for some pamper time at Thermae Bath Spa after a productive day of shopping.

In recent years the city of Bath has invited John Cleese, HRH The Duchess of Cornwall and Nicolas Cage to switch on the lights at the bottom of Bath’s most famous shopping street, Milsom Street. Featured in Jane Austen’s novels as the place that her heroines would pick out their fashionable gowns, today Milsom Street is the artery to retail heaven.

The Bath Christmas lights add sparkle throughout the city at a time when visitors arrive from near and far for Christmas shopping.  The chandelier theme which brings the elegance of Georgian interiors right into the heart of the World Heritage city has been retained by popular demand. Specialist lighting company, Blachere who illuminate cities from Paris to New York delivers the spectacular display under contract to Bath & North East Somerset Council.

Extended Park and Ride hours and late night shopping will create opportunities for gift shopping out of office hours.

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