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Running in memory of mum

Just two weeks after she had been given the news that her mum had cancer, Jo Grimes from Peasdown St John, was told her father-in-law Roger had also been diagnosed with the illness. After a tough 14 months for the family, Marlene passed away on the 12th April 2012 and Roger just three days later. Jo therefore made the decision to do something positive in their memory and has signed up to join Ted’s Team and run the 2014 Bath Half Marathon in support of The Forever Friends Appeal.

Following their diagnosis in February 2011, both had regular visits to the Royal United Hospital for various scans, test and treatments. At times they had appointments in the same week or on the same day and became regular visitors for chemotherapy and other treatment.

Both Marlene and Roger were admitted to the William Budd ward in adjacent bays. Jo comments: “The care and treatment provided by the staff was amazing but done in very dated buildings badly in need of replacing. Now The Forever Friends Appeal are raising funds towards the build of a completely new centre. So I thought I’d attempt the Bath Half – something I’d always wanted to be able to say I’ve done and what better reason to do it? Mum never complained about her illness or any of the tests or treatments she received and actually most people didn’t even know what was wrong with her. I can assure you I have complained about training a whole lot more and let’s face it running a few miles is nothing compared to what mum, Roger and every other cancer patient goes through.”
Jo continues: “Cancer treatment is improving daily and with this new Centre more people will have a much nicer place to receive their treatment. So this is my challenge in memory of them both and to recognise the work done by all the staff at the hospital involved in their care and if I raise a few pounds along the way even better. We cannot thank the staff enough!”

Running alongside Jo on race day are several of her colleagues from local Solicitors Withy King, who are also raising funds to support the new Cancer Centre.
Silver Bond places for The Forever Friends Appeal are still available and can be purchased for just a £35 initial donation, with a pledge to raise a further minimum sponsorship of £175. But please be quick, as the entry deadline is Thursday 23rd January 2014. This popular race, located in the historic city of Bath, will take place on Sunday 2nd March and the Appeal team are thrilled that local print and mail company, CFH Docmail, are sponsoring Ted’s Team in 2014.

The RUH Cancer Care Campaign is currently over half way to achieving its aim of raising £8.5 million, which will contribute vital funds to the building of a pioneering new Cancer Centre for the Royal United Hospital in Bath. Events & Community Officer for The Forever Friends Appeal, Jo Hones, comments: “The new Cancer Centre will transform the care of our patients and their families here at the RUH – making them feel safe, supported and special at what is a very difficult time. We wish Jo, her colleagues and everyone running with Ted’s Team best of luck with their next few weeks training and we look forward to cheering them all around the 13.1 mile course on race day!”

To sponsor Jo, please visit her fundraising page at www.justgiving.com/Jo-Grimes2.

If you would like to join Jo and run the 2014 Bath Half Marathon to raise funds towards the build of a pioneering new Cancer Centre for the Royal United Hospital (or perhaps another department in the hospital that is close to your heart) please visit our BHM page or call the Events Team on 01225 821535.

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New Year, New Adventure. Trek The Great Wall of China

If you have ever wanted to take part in an amazing challenge for charity here is your chance, and what better time than now to set yourself a New Year’s goal. The Forever Friends Appeal are looking for adventurous volunteers to trek The Great Wall of China and help raise funds for Cancer Care at the Royal United Hospital in Bath.

Departing in September 2014, this unforgettable journey will take charity trekkers along The Great Wall, one of the Seven Wonders of the World. This trek is extremely demanding but also incredibly rewarding and promises to be the challenge of a lifetime. For those with a sense of adventure, discovering China on foot is an experience that will take trekkers out of their comfort zone to truly experience the magic and culture this beautiful country has to offer.

The Appeal is the fundraising charity for the Royal United Hospital in Bath, currently focused on the Cancer Care Campaign, raising £8.5 million towards a pioneering Cancer Centre. This new Centre will transform the care for patients and their families affected by this life changing diagnosis.

Laura Pearce, Events Fundraiser at the The Forever Friends Appeal says “This is a once in a lifetime challenge! Whether you want to tick off this Wonder from your bucket list, get trek-fit as part of a New Year’s resolution or simply want to do something extraordinary challenging for a great cause, we would love to have you on board. Not only will you help transform care for patients and their families that find themselves in need of the services at the RUH, you will take part in some fantastic trekking and create memories that you will remember for the rest of your life.”

The Forever Friends Appeal will be holding a ‘China Trek Experience Evening’ on Thursday 30th January from 6pm to 7.30pm at the Royal United Hospital. This evening is a great opportunity to find out more about the trek, the Cancer Care Campaign and how to sign up. Register your interest below or give the Events Team a call on 01225 821535 as places for this evening will be allocated on a first come first serve basis.

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Bath Venetian Ball tickets

Bath Venetian Charity Ball will be held at the Assembly Rooms on Saturday 1st February 2014 and tickets are selling fast. All guests will be welcomed with a glass of bubbly and will then indulge in a three-course dinner with complimentary wine. Those in attendance will also be able to take part in a silent auction with some fantastic prizes including all-day spa tickets for two in Whatley Manor, family tickets to Cardiff Castle and Lacock Abbey and many dining gift vouchers for Bath restaurants.

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Forever Friends group plans Warminster fundraisers

The Warminster and District RUH Fundraising Group are planning several events for the Forever Friends Appeal’s RUH Cancer Care Campaign in the new year.

The group’s 13 members hold monthly meetings at Ruby’s Bistro in Warminster to plan events to raise money for a new cancer centre at the Royal United Hospital, Bath.

The next event will be a pub quiz at The Organ Inn on February 2 at 8pm. Entry will cost £3 per person and teams of four can pre-book by calling 01985 211777.

There will also be a retro disco on March 29 at Warminster Rugby Club, with music from the 60s, 70s and 80s and a buffet included in the price of the ticket, which costs £15.

To join the group, call Zoe Tainton on 01225 825825 or email zoe.tainton@nhs.net

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New Fundraising Group Comes to Midsomer Norton

Residents of Midsomer Norton & Radstock are invited to join others in a new fundraising group for Cancer Care.

The group will be organising fun activities in the Midsomer Norton & Radstock areas to help raise funds towards The Forever Friends Appeal’s RUH Cancer Care Campaign – raising £8.5 million towards a new exceptional Cancer Centre at the RUH.

The Forever Friends Appeal urges others to join the group, in a joint effort to fight against this disease and do something special to celebrate the life and memories of their loved ones.

Lotte Buckley, aged 31 of Chilcompton tells her story about her passion for fundraising: “My loving Mum and dear friend Lisa were both treated at the RUH for breast cancer so it is a cause close to my heart.

My mum, Janet Buckley sadly passed away in April 2012 after being treated for breast cancer. My friend, Lisa sadly passed away on the 27th June 2010, aged 42, leaving her husband Doug and two beautiful girls Kirsty and Millie after battling with breast cancer twice.

The current oncology department is pretty dated and tired and not very inspiring or comfortable. This is why it is so important to me to raise the funds for the new Cancer Centre so that others who have to go through this battering treatment can do so in a nicer environment, which in turn could increase their chances of beating the disease.

Mum was diagnosed with breast cancer first and then it went to her bones, liver and brain.

I worked with Lovely Lisa at my previous job at Occam – she was my boss when I first started there and then we became great friends. They are both very much missed.”

Zoe, Community Fundraiser at the Forever Friends Appeal says: “It is a fantastic opportunity for the community to come together and make a real difference to something that affects so many of us. Everyone is more than welcome to join us on the Thursday 23rd January 2014, 7pm – 8pm at Mallards pub, High Street, Midsomer Norton, BA3 2DR. Join us for cakes, coffees and a nice chat!”

If you would like to join the group, please contact Zoe Tainton on 01225 825825 or zoe.tainton@nhs.net

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