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Run the Bath Half Marathon for the RUH

Have you ever thought about running the Bath Half Marathon? General public entries for this much loved event have now sold out, but you can still run with one of The Forever Friends Appeal’s silver bond places.

These are allocated on a first come first serve basis, so please be quick to avoid disappointment!

You can choose to raise valuable funds for a ward or department close to your heart at the Royal United Hospital- or support our Cancer Care Campaign, helping to build a pioneering new Cancer Centre.

To find out how to get your place on Ted’s Team please visit our Bath Half page.

Your support will make a real difference!

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H.U.G.S. charity shop Christmas evening

On Wednesday 11th December H.U.G.S. charity shop on Chelsea Road hosted their first ever Christmas open evening!  Many people popped along on the night to preview the new Christmas stock, have a go at their teddy bear raffle and enjoy a glass of wine and nibbles.

Well done and thank you to the H.U.G.S. team for organising such a wonderful festive event.  All annual profits from the shop are donated to our Cancer Care Campaign.

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In David Fishers memory

Tony and Carrie Osborne, from Swan Artworks picture framers, in Midsomer Norton, will be holding a charity prize draw to win a framed David Fisher print, donated by his widow, Brenda. David, who was a very well-known artist in the area, sadly passed away in March this year after battling cancer and fellow artists and friends, Tony and Carrie, wanted to help Brenda in raising money in his memory.

Speaking to The Journal this week, Brenda Fisher said: “It is good of Swan Artworks to sell raffle tickets on behalf of the ‘Buy a Brick’ campaign at the RUH. We have been raising money ever since David’s funeral for the cause and the total stands at £2,700.”

In fundraising terms, £1,000 is enough for ‘a wall’ for the new pioneering Cancer Centre and so David will now have at least two walls in his name. The new centre will provide a more holistic healing environment for patients and their families.


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Local school girls organise fair to raise funds for the Cancer Care Campaign

A huge thank you to four pupils from Kingswood School who organised a fair at Marshfield Village Hall to raise funds for The Forever Friends Appeal’s Cancer Care Campaign. Georgia Drew and Libby Taylor, 11 years old, along with Holly Drew and Issey Taylor wanted to get into the fundraising spirit and raise funds and help all those affected by this life changing diagnosis.

They organised the fair on their own with all sorts of fun and games and items for sale. In total the day raised an amazing £340.20, which was presented to Big Ted himself. Their wonderful donation will help build a pioneering new Cancer Centre that will transform care for patients and their families at the Royal United Hospital in Bath.

Laura Pearce, Events Fundraiser comments “We are always grateful to have such a variety of dedicated people supporting and fundraising for The Forever Friends Appeal. The girls should be so pleased with themselves- organising an event at a young age is a huge achievement in itself, not to mention the fantastic amount they raised. We are thrilled to have their support. Well done girls!”

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The Bell at Lacock steps up charity effort

Charity begins at home for the managers of one Lacock pub, who are well on track to raise £50,000 for the Bath Royal United Hospital’s Forever Friends Appeal.

Alan and Heather Shepherd set out to raise £10,000 in 2010 to mark their tenth anniversary in charge of The Bell at Lacock, but after recruiting family and friends they soon surpassed their target, taking in £40,000.

They are looking to raise an extra £10,000 to become one of the appeal’s ‘Principal Community Partners’.

The pair have already organised a sponsored 100-mile trek of the Cotswold Way, a family fete and beer festival, and the Bell Ball at Chippenham Neeld Hall, which raised more than £9,000 in a charity auction.

Their next event will be a Christmas fair at the pub on December 15, when a choir will perform and Father Christmas will be in his grotto. There will be gift and craft stalls with festive food.

If the pub reaches its £50,000 target it will receive a formal acknowledgement in the hospital’s new Cancer Centre.

Tim Hobbs from The Forever Friends Appeal said: “We are extremely proud to have The Bell at Lacock as our first Senior Community Partners for the Campaign.

“We are really hopeful for them to become ‘Principal Community Partners’ as they deserve a significant, lasting acknowledgement.”

For more information on the pub’s events, call (01249) 730308.

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Kingswood Prep School raises over £17,000 for the RUH

In September 2012 Kingswood Preparatory School, Bath, made an ambitious pledge to raise £10,000 for The Forever Friends Appeal at the RUH. On the 2nd Dec, in school assembly the culmination of a year’s hard work and enthusiasm will come to fruition as a cheque for over £17,000 was presented to the local charity.

Over the last year pupils, parents and staff have been involved in various fundraising activities to reach the target set. A Summer Fayre, Pink Day,  A Festival of Cycling and the KPS1000 Cycle from the RUH to John O’Groats are just some of the events that have ensured that the school exceeded their initial target.

Zoe Tainton, Community Fundraiser said, “Having raised an amazing £17,115 Kingswood Prep School are already being proudly acknowledged as the only school so far to become one of our ‘Community Partners’.”

Headmaster, Mark Brearey said, “Our school is committed to doing all we can for charity. We want our pupils to grow up with an awareness and understanding of those who are less fortunate than ourselves and we are proud to support such a worthwhile local charity.” 

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Celebrating our volunteers at Christmas

At this busy festive time of year The Forever Friends Appeal charity were delighted to welcome their volunteers to a thank you party at the Bathwick Boatman to acknowledge their incredible support and dedication to the charity throughout the past year. Volunteers age 24 to 85 attended the event, and were joined by Appeal staff, President of the Appeal Jeff Manning, and Chairman of the Charity, John Cullum.

The Forever Friends Appeal have welcomed several new volunteers to their team in 2013, many of whom are involved in helping out throughout the year at events such as the Walk of Life and Movie by Moonlight, whilst others volunteer their time in the office, sell raffle tickets or collect and distribute collection tins.

Head of Fundraising for The Forever Friends Appeal, Tim Hobbs, comments: “2013 has been a truly incredible year for the Appeal – following the wonderful £4million donation for the new Cancer Centre from the Dysons! We are therefore so keen to recognize what a superb job our volunteers do. They are all extremely valued members of our team and I want to take this opportunity to say a heartfelt thank you to them all for everything they do to help us achieve our fundraising goals. We simply couldn’t do it without them! Thursday 5th December is International Volunteers Day, and we therefore thought this was the perfect time of year to tell all our volunteers what important members of our team they are.”

Having been chosen as beneficiary charity, Forever Friends volunteers, with the support of a few members of the Bath Rugby team, were out and about on the night of the Bath Christmas Light Switch On on Tuesday 12th November to raise funds towards the Campaign for a new Cancer Centre. Thanks to the generosity of people attending the event, they collected a fabulous £1000 for The Forever Friends Appeal. Andrew Cooper, Bath Business Improvement District comments: “The Bath BID was delighted to work with the RUH Forever Friends Cancer Care Campaign as the nominated charity for this year’s Christmas Lights Switch-on. Over £1,000 was raised on the night and it highlighted the positive work that is being undertaken to create a new cancer centre to support people who live and work in Bath. The video that was shown to the 8,000 strong crowd, demonstrated the need for us all to be contributing to this worthwhile cause over the coming months.”

Members of the public are also being encouraged to purchase a Christmas raffle ticket for just £1 to be in with the chance of winning a brand new Kia Picanto, or perhaps a ‘Christmas Brick’ to help build the new Centre for just £10 as part of The Forever Friends ‘Be a Brick’ fundraising scheme.

Other fundraising events taking place over the Christmas period are the Bath Spa Band and Royal United Hospital choir who are holding a Community Christmas Concert on Wednesday 11th December at St Michael’s Without Church, Broad Street, Bath. Tickets are just £6 and can be purchased through The Forever Friends Appeal on 01225 825900. Proceeds from the concert will go towards The Forever Friends Appeal and Bath Spa Band.

Also on Wednesday 11th December, H.U.G.S. charity shop in Chelsea Road Bath, which is donating its annual profits to The Forever Friends Appeal, is hosting a Christmas open evening to preview some exciting new stock. Please pop along to the shop between 6pm and 9pm to snap yourself up a gorgeous new dress for the Christmas season, enjoy a glass of wine and have a go in their Christmas raffle.

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