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Marshfield Motocross Raises Thousands for RUH

The annual Mike Brown Memorial Motocross event at Marshfield track near Chippenham held on Good Friday has raised an astounding total for The Forever Friends Appeal’s RUH Cancer Care Campaign. The Appeal has recently been presented with a cheque for over £16,000, which will go towards a pioneering new Cancer Centre for the Royal United Hospital in Bath.

Event organisers chose to support the Appeal, due to the fundraising efforts of former motocross rider, Mark Hucklebridge. Diagnosed with inoperable cancer, 35 year old Hucklebridge has dedicated himself to raising awareness and funds for The Forever Friends Appeal’s RUH Cancer Care Campaign, recently taking part in the Bath Half Marathon despite undergoing a course of chemotherapy.

MJ Church and Motoxtreme Kawasaki, are both long established local firms that have supported the highly successful motocross rider for much of his career, and were proud to be part of the Motocross Events fundraising efforts. “Motocross is a huge part of the church families’ lives; we have been involved in the sport since the 60s, and have spent many weekends travelling around the world supporting our son Tom and nephew Mark and we have made some great friends over the years, including the Brown family. The motocross community really is fantastic and the way people have supported Marks fundraising efforts is truly amazing.” said Paula Church of M J Church

2014 was the 25th Anniversary of the Mike Brown Memorial Race held at Marshfield Motocross Club. The event featured an ‘Old Friends Race’ where Mike’s friends, relatives and former competitors came together to race in his memory and for the first time, teamed up with their sons/daughters, nephews/nieces or protégés for a two rider relay race.

Alan Price, Marshfield Motocross Club Treasurer comments: “There have been many people involved with the Mike Brown Memorial over the years that deserve thanks, as without the foundations they built, there could not have been a 25th anniversary to use as a fundraising platform. We hope to continue our association with the appeal as it really motivates people and leads to a great atmosphere. The new race format and extra effort put in by the committee this year really paid off and thoughts of 2015 are already creeping in.”

Funds were raised through the raffle, a share of the entrance takings, the auction of current world class rider gear and a Kawasaki KX85 off-road motorcycle. This motorcycle was kindly donated by Kawasaki Motors UK, and alone raised an incredible £3,000.

Corporate Officer for The Forever Friends Appeal, Jo Hones, comments: “Mark is a truly inspiring individual. He has an extremely supportive network of friends, family and colleagues who are determined to help him with his fundraising efforts for the new Cancer Centre. Raising over £16,000 in just one day is absolutely incredible and we are just so pleased to have accepted such a large cheque towards the new Cancer Centre building. Thank you to everyone who organised, and supported the Marshfield Motocross day – it really was a day to remember!”

The current focus of The Forever Friends Appeal is the RUH Cancer Care Campaign, raising £8.5 million towards the building of a pioneering new Cancer Centre for the Royal United Hospital in Bath. This Cancer Centre will be a state of the art building, with every part designed around the needs of patients with different forms of cancer. It will transform care for patients and their families at Bath’s Royal United Hospital.

To continue with their support for Mark’s fundraising efforts, Kawasaki Motors are organising a Kawasaki Golf Classic in Reading on 16th July. For more information visit www.kawasakigolfclassic.org

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Excalibur announce Sporting Dinner in aid of RUH

Excalibur are delighted to announce that they have arranged a Sporting Dinner in aid of their challenge to raise £50,000 this year for the teenage cancer area at RUH Bath, through The Forever Friends Appeal.

Taking place on Friday 27th June at Alexandra House in Wroughton, the dinner will see the local business community coming together to support an excellent cause. The entertainment on the evening will not disappoint, with one of the most iconic figures in world rugby, Gareth Thomas as guest speaker. Gareth whose nickname is ‘Alfie’, represented Wales in both rugby union and rugby league and was the most capped Welsh rugby union player with more than 100 to his name.

Off the field, Gareth’s personal life hit the headlines in 2009 when he famously revealed to the world that he was gay. This makes him the only openly gay high profile sportsman in the UK. Since ‘coming out’, Gareth’s profile has risen dramatically and in 2010 he was voted top of the Pink List for the 101 Most Influential Gay People in the UK.

Gareth is an ambassador for LGBT, a public supporter of ChildLine and recently launched a new workplace Diversity Management Training Programme. His speech on the night is set to be captivating, frank and heartfelt, definitely not something to be missed!

During the evening, guests will also be treated to a comedian, a charity auction to win some amazing prizes, plus some excellent food, drink and hospitality in the beautiful surroundings of Alexandra House and hosted by a guest compere.

Excalibur’s CEO James Phipps is hoping that with backing from the local business community, the event will be a sell-out, he commented, “We’re aiming to have a full house on 27th June, especially given the level of entertainment, Gareth is an excellent speaker with not only an impressive sporting career but also some challenging and life-changing experiences. I for one am very much looking forward to hearing his story and I’m sure he will be an inspiration to everyone who attends.”

Excalibur are encouraging everyone to dig deep on the night and support the cause that will make a monumental difference to teenagers being treated for cancer throughout the South West.

Tickets are just £75 for the evening, to book, call Excalibur today on 01793 744286.

To find out more about the Excalibur challenge and to buy tickets for the event visit www.ex-c.co.uk/sportingdinner

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Featured Appeal for 2015 Bath Half

Organisers of the Bath Half Marathon have this week announced a new line up of charity partnerships for 2015, including the RUH Forever Friends Appeal returning as the Featured Appeal for the annual race.

Teenage Cancer Trust is the Lead Charity, Jamie’s Farm is the Official Fun Run Charity and Bath Rugby Foundation has been confirmed as Local Charity of the Year.

The BATHALF is one of the South West’s largest charity fundraising events and the 2014 event raised in excess of £2million for both local and national charities, once again increasing the fundraising total from the previous year.

Mel Taylor, Charity Director for the BATHALF said: “We are really excited to have these charities on board for the 2015 race, which include a combination of long standing relationships, and some more recent partnerships.

“Each year, runners in the BATHALF continue to impress us with their hard work and dedication to raising money for a whole host of worthwhile causes. Their ongoing commitment is demonstrated by the fact that the race still maintains its position as the largest one day fundraising event in the South West.

“Thanks to our runners and the support from their big hearted sponsors, the fundraising total has increased every year since 2000, and we hope to increase it even further in 2015”.

The Forever Friends Appeal has been chosen as the Featured Appeal for the 2015 BATHALF.

The Forever Friends Appeal has helped secure over £17 million to provide state-of-the-art equipment and facilities at the Royal United Hospital (RUH), Bath. The charity hopes to get runners on board to raise funds for all areas of the hospital, to ensure the best possible level of acute care to all its patients.

Events and Community Officer for The Forever Friends Appeal, Emily Lynch, commented: “We are thrilled to be chosen as Bath Half’s Featured Appeal Charity for 2015. As a local charity, The Forever Friends Appeal have a long history working with the team at Bath Half; each year the event gets bigger and bigger, giving us the chance to raise even more funds for the Royal United Hospital.

“As Featured Appeal Charity for 2015, we hope that we can increase participant numbers, to help us reach our £8.5 million fundraising target to build a pioneering new cancer centre at the RUH- we really couldn’t achieve this goal without the wonderful support from the public as well as our runners who take on this 13.1 mile challenge!”

Teenage Cancer Trust was the Featured Appeal for the 2014 BATHALF and will now take the title as Lead Race Charity for 2015.

It is the only UK charity dedicated to improving the quality of life and chances of survival for 13 to 24 year olds diagnosed with cancer. Teenage Cancer Trust funds and builds specialist units in NHS hospitals and provides dedicated staff, bringing young people together so they can be treated by teenage cancer experts.

Laura Perrett, Teenage Cancer Trust Fundraiser for the South West said: “It’s such an exciting privilege and opportunity for Teenage Cancer Trust to be part of one of the biggest half marathons in the UK. We rely on donations to fund all of our vital work and all money raised by our Team Teenage Cancer Trust runners will go towards supporting the seven young people who are diagnosed with cancer every day in the UK.”

This will be the first time that Bath Rugby Foundation, which aims to enhance young people’s lives through sport, has been named as one of the BATHALF’s featured charities.

Head of Sponsorship & Fundraising, Halena Coury commented: “Bath Rugby Foundation is thrilled to have been chosen as ‘Local Charity of the Year’ for the 2015 BATHALF. As a small charity, we are entirely dependent on fundraising or donations; historically the BATHALF has been a great fundraiser and profile raiser for us.

“We are so pleased to confirm that we already have ex- Bath players David Barnes & Lee Mears signed up to run on our behalf, with many other ex players being coerced currently. We are really hoping that the 2015 BATHALF will prove to be a huge fundraising success to allow us to continue delivering our award winning Inclusion and education projects.”

The popular BATHALF Family Fun Run will return again in 2015, and Jamie’s Farm will take the title as Official Fun Run Charity.

Jamie’s Farm transforms the lives of vulnerable children between the ages of 11-16 in challenging urban schools by providing a unique residential experience from a working farm outside of Bath. During their stay, children are involved with the daily running of a 60 acre livestock farm, enjoying seasonal activities from lambing to hay making, in addition to helping with the preparation of meals, gardening, carpentry, horse care, art and participating in a daily walk.

Jamie Feilden, Chief Executive Officer at Jamie’s Farm said: “In the last year we have had pupils who have been living in a car for the six months involved in prostitution; pupils who struggle to build trusting relationships with adults due to horrific levels of abuse and neglect; and pupils whose futures are in jeopardy due to involvement in gangs.

“By giving them a chance to reflect on their lives without negative influences and feel proud of achieving in real farm jobs in a beautiful countryside setting, they are able to commit to making sustained improvements in their lives. Our evaluation, and the fact that every one of our partner schools continues to use our high quality service, indicates that we are making a real difference for these young people.

“We are absolutely thrilled to have been chosen as the Bath Half Family Fun Run Charity 2015, and are really excited about working in partnership with Running High to get a team of our youngest supporters raising money for us in our beautiful local city. The money raised will help us to redevelop a second site, allowing us to double our impact on vulnerable young people”.

In addition to the featured charities, the BATHALF is working with more than 80 local and national charities this year, all of whom have places available for next year’s race.

Mel Taylor continued: “By working with such a wide variety of charities and causes, we hope that we can appeal to the hearts of all our runners to get behind them in 2015”.

If you would like to sign up for the 2015 Bath Half, then please visit our Bath Half page to register your interest (charity places are not yet open).

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Frome Golf Day raises over £5k for cancer care

The Lions Club of Frome organised their 6th annual Golf Day in aid of The Forever Friends Appeal on Friday 16th May 2014 at Orchardleigh Golf Club, Frome. Thirty eight teams enjoyed a challenging but rewarding game of golf on Orchardleigh’s Parkland Course of 18 spectacular holes set amidst the stunning Somerset countryside.

Keen golfers from around B&NES & Somerset areas put their ‘clubs’ together and raised a fantastic £5,500 towards the RUH Cancer Care Campaign. Orchardleigh members, local residents, as well as colleagues and clients from many different kind of local and National businesses have all shown their kind support towards this local cause which will benefit over half a million people in the RUH catchment area. The Day was won by Mogers Solicitors Team from Bath with 111 points and the runners up were Natwest Bank with 109 points. Various fun prizes were won for the Straightest drive, Longest Drive and Nearest to the Pin.

In partnership with the NHS, The Forever Friends Appeal is raising £8.5m (33.3 / 66.7% partnership) towards a new pioneering Cancer Centre. The charitable funds will allow the Clinicians to extend their ambitions and the vision for the building. Clinicians want to be even more imaginative, inspired and innovative in their vision for the design of the building, its therapeutic environment, and how it works. The plan is to take a holistic approach to the build, creating a soothing and relaxing environment which will welcome the patients and make them feel special, comfortable and supported during their treatment.

Chairman of the Golf Committee, Keith McLeod comments: “The Golf day was held in glorious sunshine, on a course that had been prepared for the Somerset County Championships. We are very proud to support The Forever Friends Appeal and so pleased we raised such a fantastic amount towards this worthy cause. We would like to thank our many sponsors and teams for their generosity and continued support. Of course, if it wasn’t for Orchardleigh Golf Club we wouldn’t have been able to run this Golf Day, the clubhouse, staff and food was first class, thank you to you all.”

The RUH’s plans for the new Cancer Centre is part of an exciting £110 million five-year plan which will see old buildings demolished, paving the way for the construction of a new Cancer Centre, pharmacy building and integrated therapies unit – enabling the Trust to deliver a first class diagnostics service and the highest quality patient-centered cancer care.

James Scott, Chief Executive, said: “The Trust is on the cusp of one of the most exciting periods of development and improvement in its history. We’ve had a fantastic year of delivering great quality care, as highlighted by our good Care Quality Commission report earlier this year and our commitment to improving safety was confirmed by our selection as one of twelve Trusts chosen to lead the national Sign up to Safety campaign.

“We now have an exciting five-year plan firmly in place which will help us to build upon our reputation for providing the half a million people we serve with highest quality care. Transforming the site means we can transform the services we provide our patients, and our newly-approved Estate Strategy will enable us to do just that – sweeping away poor quality buildings and providing a hospital estate that we can all be proud of. We are now poised to take the first step in what will be a very exciting journey. These plans will ensure we are in the best position to deliver excellent care now and in the future.”

Zoe Tainton, Community Fundraiser at The Forever Friends Appeal comments: “We are truly grateful for all the support we receive from all our supporters, each and every one of you is amazing in our eyes! Together we are making this dream possible and transform cancer care for all those affected by cancer around us. I would like to give a big thank you to the Lions Club of Frome for choosing to support us, this incredible amount which will make a HUGE difference.”

Every penny which is donated will now help this pioneering building to be truly exceptional and vastly improve cancer care in this region. To find out more about the plans for the new Cancer Centre, please visit our Cancer Centre pages or call 01225 825825

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Charity shop raises £20,000 in first year

We are very pleased to announce that in just one year H.U.G.S. Charity Shop “Help us Give Support” has raised an incredible £20,000 for the RUH Cancer Care Campaign. It has been an incredibly successful year for H.U.G.S, which is managed by Mandy Fletcher & Mary-Ann Benson and staffed by wonderful volunteers.

Zoe Tainton, the Community Fundraiser at The Forever Friends Appeal comments: “We are forever grateful to the shop Managers; Mandy & Mary-Ann and all the fantastic volunteers who keep the shop running. It has been an absolute pleasure meeting each and every one of you, we are so grateful that you came to us over a year ago to say you wanted to support us and set this charity shop up. It has been such a successful year for you all and you deserve the best recognition for all your hard work and kindness. Just think….all those endless hours spent ironing, folding clothes, sorting through donations, creating beautiful displays…it has all paid off! Your generosity has not only benefitted the local community; by bringing a fabulous charity shop to Chelsea Road, your funds will also make a huge difference to the new Cancer Centre and most importantly your funds will benefit the patients and their families in our community.”

Mary-Ann and Mandy comments: “From the bottom of our hearts, we are truly thankful to our incredible volunteers, our friendly customers and kind donors who have made this shop what it is today. We have met so many inspiration, selfless, kind hearted people, who have been so supportive and made our dream to bring a new charity shop to Bath, come true. Most importantly, we are so pleased to do something positive and raise funds for such a worthy cause. The RUH is such a huge part of so many people’s lives and each one of us has been touched by cancer in some way or another. It is great to be part of such an exciting project and we looked forward to the day we can open the doors with The Forever Friends Appeal and feel proud to know we helped to build this for all the patients and the families around us.”

To celebrate the momentous occasion; H.U.G.S. hosted an ‘Open Celebration Party’ on Tuesday 20th May. The occasion was also a combined launch event for the start of the new Bath ‘BAB’ Fundraising Group supporting The Forever Friends Appeal. The night was a huge success as supporters and members of the public arrived to show support their support for the cause and the popular charity shop in Chelsea Road.

The Forever Friends Appeal are inviting members of the public to join the new Bath ‘BAB’ Community Group, to help raise funds for the RUH Cancer Care Campaign. Whether you are looking for a project to fill the long summer nights, meet likeminded people, or do something positive in your community the Appeal would love your help.

The Forever Friends Appeal is currently focused on the RUH Cancer Care Campaign – raising £8.5 million towards the build of an exceptional new Cancer Centre at the hospital. “BAB” stands for Be a Brick, as the aim of the new fundraising group is to raise as many bricks, rows and walls as possible to help build this new Centre.

The ‘Be a Brick’ scheme has given individuals, companies and groups the opportunity to ‘Be a Brick!’ and ‘Buy a Brick, a Row or a Wall’ to help raise funds towards the new building. In return for purchasing a virtual brick at the cost of £10 each, donors receive a ‘Be a Brick’ certificate and acknowledgement letter. Donors who wish to purchase a virtual ‘Row’ for £100 or ‘Wall’ for £1000, will also be acknowledged within the design of the new Cancer Centre. In just over one year, the Appeal has raised over £120,000 from the ‘BAB’ scheme – incredible! Despite its success, with the campaign target set at £8.5 million, the scheme continues in earnest.

Zoe Tainton, Community Fundraiser continues: “I am very excited about this new Bath BAB Group, it is such a great opportunity to do something positive for the people of Bath. In one way or another, most of us have been affected by cancer. Together we can care for cancer, and help transform the cancer services for the patients and their families at our general district hospital. The aim is to meet once a month for a fun, casual drink and to combine our efforts to raise awareness and put the ‘fun’ in fundraising by organising activities and events in Bath which will raise the much needed funds we need for this Cancer Centre. We welcome anyone who wants to help ‘beat cancer’! ”

If you are interested in joining the Bath ‘BAB’ Community Group, please contact Zoe Tainton on 01225 825825 or zoe.tainton@nhs.net.

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Hundreds take part in the Walk of Life

More than 300 walkers lined the Kennet and Avon Canal towpath on Saturday as part of The Forever Friends Appeal’s annual Walk of Life, proudly sponsored by Kier Construction.

Walkers set off from Devizes Wharf at 9am, with many people completing the 21 miles to Bath, while others chose to walk 12 miles from Devizes to Bradford on Avon, or 9 miles in the afternoon from Bradford on Avon to Sydney Gardens in Bath.

The Walk of Life’s ninth year saw a record number of walkers sign up from across Bath, Somerset and Wiltshire with most people choosing to raise money for a pioneering new Cancer Centre at Royal United Hospital in Bath. Many people also took part in the Walk with family and friends to celebrate the lives and memories of their loved ones.

The Walk of Life was created with and in memory of Vanessa Kyte from Rudge, near Frome who lost her life in November 2007 having lived with cancer for seven years. Vanessa’s Kyte’s sister, Nicola Noble from Warminster, led this year’s Walk before walking the entire 21 miles to Bath. Nicola has been involved with the walk since it started in 2008 and both her and Vanessa’s mother Diane Young, are determined to help turn Vanessa’s dream of a new Cancer Centre for the hospital into reality.

One in three people are affected by cancer and everyday lives are changed by this disease. The Forever Friends Appeal’s RUH Cancer Care Campaign is raising £8.5million towards the building of a pioneering new Cancer Centre. This Cancer Centre will be a state-of-the-art building, with every part designed around the needs of patients with different forms of cancer. It will transform care for patients and their families at Bath’s Royal United Hospital.
Walk of Life sponsors, Kier Construction, are pleased to be working in partnership with the RUH Bath NHS Trust on the redevelopment of the hospital site.

David Snell, Director of Kier Construction said: “As a local employer with staff resident in the Bath area, we are pleased to lend our support to The Forever Friends Appeal and their current fund raising campaign. Staff from our Bristol office were pleased to take part in the 2014 Walk of Life with an 11-strong team of walkers and a number of volunteer marshals along the route. We look forward to continuing our relationship with the charity in 2015.”

Events & Community Officer for The Forever Friends Appeal, Emily Lynch, comments: “This year’s Walk of Life was a huge success! We had amazing weather, and there were no casualties, only a few blisters! Everyone had their own personal reasons for walking and had their own stories to tell. It is a really social event and people were really supporting each other. We couldn’t have done it without all our supporters and volunteers. With a record number of walkers, we’re hoping to smash last year’s fundraising total of £38,000. The walk is just going to grow next year.”

A successful bucket collection taking place prior to the event in Bath City Centre also raised a further £587.48 which will help the Appeal beat last year’s fundraising total.

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Last of the Duty Free cast support Be a Brick

Hold onto your sombreros – stars from of one of the UK’s best loved romantic sitcoms have been getting back together for one last fling!

The cast of Last of the Duty Free took time out from their busy schedule to help promote our Be a Brick scheme, the great pictures are shown below.

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If you would like to find out more about of Be a Brick scheme click here

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Keith Barron starred in BBC’s Lapland and the subsequent series Being Eileen. He’s also known for Haggard and All Night Long, and was a regular character on ITV’s Where the Heart Is. In 2007 Keith Barron joined ITV1’s Coronation Street as George Trench.

Gwen Taylor is one of Britain’s leading actresses. She played the title role in ITV sitcom Barbara, Ann Foster in Coronation Street, and has starred in Heartbeat, Class Act and Midsomer Murders. Her extensive theatre credits include Michael Morpurgo’s Butterfl y Lion, Driving Miss Daisy, Calendar Girls, Prick Up Your Ears and Shirley Valentine.

Neil Stacy has appeared in many other television favourites including To Serve Them All My Daysand Rumpole of the Bailey.

Carol Royle is known for her role as Jenny Russell in the BBC sitcom Life Without George, and has made many other television appearances including Heartbeat, The Professionals, Crossroads and Casualty.

In addition to Duty Free, Eric Chappell’s other much-loved sitcoms include Rising Damp and Only When I Laugh.

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RUH Radiopharmacy Technician’s China Trek Fundraising Efforts

Fundraiser Sarah Leybourne, who works as a Senior Radiopharmacy Technician at the Royal United Hospital in Bath, will be taking on a once in a lifetime challenge trekking the Great Wall of China whilst raising vital funds for The Forever Friends Appeal’s RUH Cancer Care Campaign. As part of her fundraising efforts she will hold a jam packed Event’s Evening on Saturday 31st May at Prattens Sports and Social Club in Midsomer Norton with live band, The Honky Tonks a 7 piece Somerset soul/rock/pop band. Guests will be able to dance the night away and enjoy a raffle grand draw with some fantastic prizes including a luxury Mulberry handbag, a free MOT test by Saltford Motors and many more.

Trekker Sarah Leybourne has been working hard not only to break in her brand-new walking boots but also to raise as much as possible for her local hospital. She has already held two cake sales which have been extremely successful and hopes to continue in this fashion for the Event’s Evening.

“As a Pharmacy Technician specialising in aseptics, a large part of my job is to make IV chemotherapy for patients requiring treatment for cancer. Having worked with patients and their families affected by cancer I can see the amazing benefits that the Cancer Centre will have and wanted to be a part of this incredible project. Trekking the Great Wall of China is on my bucket list so I couldn’t help but jump at this chance, not only to fulfill a dream of mine but to do something positive and raise important funds for this new Centre.”

Departing in September 2014, Sarah and other charity trekkers will take part in this unforgettable journey 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. Sarah will be walking between three and seven hours a day and will really get a taste 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 RUH 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. The hospital is planning on replacing all the outdated 1940s cancer facilities, with a state-of-the-art £23.5 million Cancer Centre fit for purpose that will bring treatment ‘under one roof’.

This new Cancer Centre will take inspiration and draw on experiences from the RUH’s most recently completed development project, The Dyson Centre for Neonatal Care (NICU) which has won 10 National & International Awards since its opening in July 2011. It will take a similar holistic approach, as with NICU, and provide a soothing and relaxing environment for patients and their families that will transform the patient experience.

To support cancer care and to join Sarah at her fun filled China Trek Events Evening please email sarahleybourne@hotmail.com. Saturday 31st May. Prattens Sports & Social Club, Misdomer Norton. 7.30pm til late.Tickets £5 per person.
Alternatively, you can sponsor her at www.doitforcharity.com/SLeybourne.

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Walk of Life 2014 photos

The annual walk along the Kennet and Avon canal saw fundraisers walking nine, 12 or 21 miles along the towpath from Devises and through Bradford-on-Avon to Bath.

The event is organised by RUH’s charity the Forever Friends Appeal, to raise money for the hospital’s new cancer care centre.

Forever Friends Appeal head of fundraising Tim Hobbs said: “We have around 300 walkers this year, which is excellent. We’re delighted it’s grown in size and popularity as a fundraising event.

Mr Hobbs said that the seventh year of the walk is the biggest yet, and the team are hoping to surpass last year’s fundraising total of £38,000.

The Walk of Life began in 2008 in memory of fundraiser Vanessa Kyte, who died in 2007 after a seven-year battle with cancer.

Her sister Nicola Noble, who led the walk this year, is determined to help turn Vanessa’s dream of a new cancer centre at the RUH into a reality.

Mrs Noble said: “It’s been absolutely amazing. It’s quite overwhelming, this all started from a little idea and it’s getting bigger every year.

“Over the years we’ve raised for lots of different equipment at the RUH. But my last promise to Vanessa was to have her name above one of the doors of the new cancer unit.

“I’ve spoken to a lot of people with incredible memories and incredible, heartfelt stories and it makes you realise why we do it.”

This year the walk was sponsored by Kier Construction, who are tasked with developing and building the RUH’s new cancer centre.

Director David Snell said: “We are really proud to be involved with the Walk of Life.”

Mr Snell, who cheered on walkers between Bradford-on-Avon and Bath from his barge Penelope, said many of the company’s staff were involved with the walk on the day.

Mr Hobbs added: “We’re delighted that the event has had really good support this year, aided by the wonderful weather. Everyone has seemed to really enjoy it.”

Walker Meg Brown, who joined with a team from Withy King as part of their summer of sport challenge, said she found the walk difficult but worth it in the end.

She said: “I wanted to challenge myself and do something good for charity.

“I think everyone was impressed I managed to do it. It was really hard work. I’ve never been in so much pain.”

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Withy King Embarks On A Summer Of Sport For Charity

Solicitors from the Bath office of Withy King will be taking part in a number of sporting challenges this summer to raise money for good causes.

On Saturday (17 May), a team will join the Walk for Life along the Kennet and Avon Canal, from Bath to Devizes, to raise money for the RUH’s Forever Friends Appeal.

This will be followed on the 12 June with the Three Peaks Challenge which will see a team of 24 walkers and four drivers from Withy King scaling Ben Nevis, Scafell Pike and Snowdon in less than 24 hours.

And finally, teams will be participating in the 60-mile Bike Bath cycle ride on 28 June and Bike Oxford cycle ride on the 7 September.

Chris Kane, a partner at Withy King in Bath, who will be taking part in the sporting challenges for charity, said: “We are committed to making a positive impact on the communities we work in. As part of our on-going activities to support our nominated charities we are pushing our physical fitness to the extreme to embark on a fantastic Summer of Sport.”

Withy King’s three chosen charities for the year are Bath’s Forever Friends Appeal, Wiltshire Air Ambulance and Headway Oxfordshire and the proceeds will be divided between them.

If anyone would like to support Withy King’s fund-raising Summer of Sport, they can visit http://www.justgiving.com/teams/WithyKingSummerofSport
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