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Bath Half Marathon 2015 places open

The forever friends Appeal is official featured Appeal for the 2015 Bath Half Marathon.

Join The Forever Friends Appeal team – or ‘Ted’s Team’ as it is more affectionately known, for the Bath Half Marathon 2015 and help make a real difference to the thousands of patients who use the hospital each year.

You can support the ourRUH Cance Care Campaign – helping build an exceptional Cancer Centre at the RUH. Or support another area or department in the hospital that is close to your heart.

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Celebrating National Volunteers Week

The Forever Friends Appeal at the RUH celebrated National Volunteers Week at the beginning of June (1st – 7th June) by holding a bucket collection in Bath City Centre on Friday 6th June 2014. The day raised a fantastic £384 for the RUH Cancer Care Campaign- raising £8.5 million towards a new pioneering Cancer Centre at the hospital.

The Forever Friends Appeal are now recruiting volunteers to join Ted’s Team for the RUH.

The charity runs four very fun annual events; Bath Half, Walk of Life, Movie by Moonlight and Ted’s Big Day Out! They are always in need of assistance to help out at their large annual events and local community events. The charity welcomes those who would be happy to shake a bucket or be responsible for marshalling / stewarding at outdoor events. If you have a friendly, bubbly personality and enjoy a good walk, then the Appeal has a great role for you. Become a District Publicity Agent for the Forever Friends and help promote the events in your local community or Bath City Centre.

Zoe Tainton, Community Fundraiser says: “Thank you to all our lovely volunteers and staff members who took to the streets on Friday 6th June.  In particular, it was very kind of staff members from Withy King solicitors to help out during their lunch breaks. Withy King have chosen the Appeal as one of their three chosen charities for the year and have done so much for us. It was beautiful day spent out in the sun and great to meet so many new people. We are definitely looking for more volunteers to join our fun events team – we are a friendly bunch who welcomes anyone who wants to spare a few hours / days throughout the year at our annual events.”

If you think you may be interested in volunteering for Ted’s Team, please get in contact with Zoe Tainton, Community Fundraiser on 01225 825825 or zoe.tainton@nhs.net

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Tiny Winner for Giant Panda

Christine Walters, who works as a nurse at the Dyson Centre for Neonatal Care (NICU) at the Royal United Hospital, 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. She would like to thank everyone who purchased a ticket to have a go at ‘Guess the Name of the Giant Panda’ to take him/her home! This cute cuddly bear has been all over Bath and the hospital, attending various events to help Christine’s fundraising efforts.

The draw took place on Friday 30th May in the Atrium at the RUH and has raised an incredible £800 towards her total. The winner was Mr George Jones of Trowbridge, who very kindly asked for it to be given to one of the ‘NICU babies’ where Christine works. A second draw took place, with entries from the families using this unit on Thursday 12th June. The lucky winner was 6 week old Elijah Gulliford, a lovely little boy currently on the unit who was born 14 weeks early at 0.928 kilograms. Elijah was delivered at the RUH and cared for by Christine throughout his stay – it really was meant to be! His parents are delighted and can’t wait for the day when they can take both of them home.

In her role at the Dyson Centre for Neonatal Care, Christine has witnessed first-hand how important it is to support The Forever Friends Appeal. This new unit opened in 2011, following the successful NICU ‘Space to Grow’ campaign to raise £3.1 million headed by the Appeal. As the first environmentally sustainable building of its kind in Europe, the unit has exceeded expectations receiving multiple National and International awards. Inspired by the design and results from this new unit, the Appeal’s current RUH Cancer Care Campaign is focused on building the most exceptional Cancer Centre for a district general hospital in the UK, taking an individualised and holistic approach to the treatment of cancer patients.

The aptly themed, Giant Panda Draw has formed part of Christine’s fundraising efforts as part of her commitment to the China Trek departing in September 2014. She has been working extremely hard to achieve her minimum fundraising target and has been very busy holding cake sales, tombola’s, selling items at a car boot and lots more! Christine and a group of 14 other Ted’s Team 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. Christine will be walking between three and seven hours a day and will be taken out of her comfort zone to truly experience the magic and culture this beautiful country has to offer.

If you would like to support Christine and the RUH Cancer Care Campaign please visit: www.doitforcharity.com/cwalters

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Kier staff paddle, cycle, barrow, swim and rollerskate for charity

Kier Construction has raised £17,000 for charities including The Forever Friends Appeal through its month-long fundraiser.

The firm’s 500-mile charity fundraiser finished in Cardiff Bay yesterday after a month of paddling, cycling, roller-blading, swimming, stilt-walking and more.

Staff of Kier Group, which is part of the latest RUH development project including the new Cancer Centre, travelled between all their offices and sites in Wales and the west of England without using cars.

Wheelbarrows, zip wires, toboggans and skis have all been used, as have bikes for a 120-mile cycle trip across the Tamar Bridge between Cornwall and Devon.

In total, they have already travelled more than 700 miles.

And the challenge has already raised £17,000 for The Forever Friends Appeal  and four other charities, but its not too late to donate http://www.justgiving.com/teams/500-mile-challenge

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Dorothy and Hugh’s story

Doctor Dorothy Goddard, who has recently retired as director of the Breast Cancer Unit at the Royal United Hospital Bath and is now Associate Medical Director for Cancer Strategy at the Trust, is preparing to walk 80 miles on the Great Wall of China in September.

This is to raise money for the Forever Friends Appeal to build a new Cancer Centre at the RUH, and accompanying her will be her husband, Dr Hugh Goddard, who retired from General Practice in Wells in 2012 but still works as a GP locum in Somerset.

Dorothy and Hugh, who live in Wells and are keen walkers in their spare time, have both spent their careers caring for many cancer patients.

As one in three people will eventually develop cancer at some point in their lives, they feel that fundraising for the hospital appeal is very worthwhile and say “walking the Great Wall of China will be an exciting adventure but a significant challenge which we hope people will support”.

The new Cancer Centre, which is due to open in 2017/18, will provide the latest specialist state-of-the-art equipment for treating cancer in a modern spacious building to optimise the experience of patients and their families, and with the most up-to-date facilities and services to provide them with ongoing support.

The trek along the Great Wall, with 14 others in the group, will take place over six days accompanied by Chinese guides.

They will be walking an average of four to seven hrs a day, and staying in local houses for part of the time.

Hugh and Dorothy will be paying their own travel and accommodation expenses so all money raised will go towards the Cancer Centre.

If you would like to sponsor them go to www.doitforcharity.com/dorothyg or www.doitforcharity.com/Hughgoddard

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Rotary Club of Frome gives RUH Trekker a boost

Fundraiser Paula Richards, a staff member of the Oncology Unit at Royal United Hospital in Bath, will take on a once in a lifetime challenge trekking the Great Wall of China to raise vital funds for The Forever Friends Appeal’s RUH Cancer Care Campaign. She is now well on her way and has surpassed her initial fundraising target after receiving an incredibly kind donation of £2,300 from Paul Pang and the members of the Rotary Club of Frome.

Paula Richards has been working hard to raise as much as possible for her local hospital and place of work and this donation really adds the icing on the cake. She comments: “When I signed up for the trek, the thought of raising such a large amount of money way very daunting for me. However as soon as I started I have received such amazing support from my work colleagues and the patients in Oncology. When Mr Pang got involved I was so overwhelmed with the Rotary and his community’s generousity. I cannot thank him enough. I am now able to concentrate on the training needed for the physical challenge ahead.”

Departing in September 2014, Paula and fifteen other RUH 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. Paula will be walking between three and seven hours a day and will really get a taste of adventure.

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’. It will take a holistic approach, that will provide a soothing and relaxing environment for patients and their families that will transform the patient experience.

Member of Rotary Club of Frome, Paul Pang comments; “We are passionate about this local cause and wanted to support Paula with her challenge of a life-time. I first heard of Paula’s challenge, during my visits to the Oncology Unit as a patient. She expressed to me her passion and vision for this new Cancer Centre that her and her colleagues will be working in. I knew I shared the same passion for the cause and felt I needed to help her in some way. With thanks to The Rotary Club of Frome members and all my neighbours and friends in the Village of Beckington, together we were able to donate £2,300 towards Paula’s fundraising target. As a patient who has received excellent treatment for lung cancer and prostate cancer, from all the incredible doctors and nurses, I truly believe a new Cancer Centre would make a huge difference to so many lives around us. I know what it feels like to experience treatment in a building which does not compliment the excellent work of the staff, neither does it brighten up a patient’s day or make us feel comfortable, welcomed or special in such old, shabby buildings. I want to help build this Cancer Centre for others around me, I have met some inspiration cancer survivors in my home town Frome and I believe it is our efforts which will make this new Cancer Centre a specialist building we all deserve.”

To support Paula’s fundraising efforts please visit: www.justgiving.com/Paula-Richards1

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Birth of a new era

Maternity services have been transferred back into the hands of the RUH – after 22 years of the services being run by other NHS providers.

Whilst thousands of babies are born at the RUH every year, the Trust has not run maternity services at the hospital since 1992. However, following a successful bid at the start of the year, the RUH is now contracted to run maternity services for the next three years.

The move means that a more integrated approach to maternity can be instituted across the hospital, as well as in the five community hospitals in Wiltshire and Somerset whose maternity services the RUH will also be running as a result of the transfer. Staff at the RUH and at the birthing centres in Frome, Trowbridge, Chippenham, Paulton and Shepton Mallet have worked hard together to ensure a smooth handover from Great Western Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, who previously ran the service.

Whilst expectant mothers may not have noticed, behind the scenes there has been a flurry of activity including transferring staff into the employ of the RUH, putting new policies in place, setting up computer systems, ordering new uniforms, re-branding documents and updating websites.

Dr Bernie Marden, Consultant Paediatrician and head of the newly formed Women and Children’s Division at the RUH, said: “The RUH is all about family and patient-centred care, and we believe that we will now be able to look after mothers and babies together much more effectively.

“Many of the processes involved in looking after patients have been streamlined as a result of our running the services. For example, babies born in the RUH’s Princess Anne Wing who needed to be admitted to the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit used to require an inter-hospital transfer because they were moving from one Trust to another. That is no longer the case.

“I am passionate about what can be achieved when we put the needs of patients and their families at the heart of what we do. We are confident that we can give women and their families meaningful maternity choices by designing and delivering services that are truly joined up, modern and accessible.”

Bernie added that the RUH will be working closely with parents and other stakeholders to develop the service in the near future.

A snapshot of maternity across the service*:

  • A total of 4,952 births per year
  • An average of 13 babies delivered every day
  • Marginally more boys delivered than girls
  • Thursday is the busiest day
  • 182 antenatal women and 75 postnatal women are seen each day
  • Mothers range in age from 14 to 50 years
  • Average birth-weight is 7lbs 10oz
  • 78% of women give birth in hospital
  • One in five women give birth at home or at a community birthing centre
  • 21-24% of women in labour are transferred from home or a birthing centre to hospital
  • 23% of women have a caesarean section

* Based on data from 2013/14

For more information about maternity services visit the RUH website:www.ruh.nhs.uk/maternity

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