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Big Pig Gig in Bath

BIG PIG GIG is Bath’s biggest, brightest and happiest charity festival happening on Sunday 10th August at The Pig & Fiddle, Bath. The event is free entry but will be raising funds for The Forever Friends Appeal’s RUH Cancer Care Campaign- helping to transform cancer care for over half a million people in the South-West.

It will be a feel good Sunday, with over 12 different music acts from Bath, Bristol & Brighton, bringing an epic mix of indie rock, folk, funk, soul, reggae, ska, hip-hop, to the stage. The ‘Acoustic Afternoon’ will kick off at 1pm, when talented soloists, duets and big bands from the three big cities will create feel good vibes everyone deserves after a busy week. The grand prize draw will be announced at 5.30pm, which is when the audience has a chance to win some unique, fantastic prizes. The Big Pig BBQ will start at 6pm, with ‘BBQ babes’ serving burger baps and pigs in blankets (better than a Sunday roast). Be prepared to pose as Bellafoto Photography will be capturing moments with the crowds.

All the musicians from Bath, Bristol & Brighton have been so kind to give up their lazy Sunday to support the charity. The line-up includes; the young, talented, pop and folk artist; Tess Henderson who will be kicking off the ‘Afternoon Acoustics’ at 2pm.  Sophie Clesham & Matt Craig, the blonde duo will be bringing you some unique folk and pop covers of your all-time favourites. Dani Miche, is a talented artist from Bath who communicates her songs through a soundscape of delicate, yet powerful harmonies, her music is unique, melodious and atmospheric. She will be performing her new debut album, including the popular single ‘Let Go’.

Glass City Vice, are a 4-piece alt-rock band, trekking across the UK all the way from Brighton, to support the BIG PIG GIG. Glass City Vice have just announced their UK Tour 2014, this will coincide with the release of their new EP, which is set to drop on the 22nd September. Dexter Selboy & The Shonky Trio are a spectacular 3 piece band who will be bringing an eclectic mix of rare and original contemporary, folk, rock & rap.

Phoenix Club are a 4-piece indie / rock / pop band from Bristol. The band has been recording with Marco Migliari (who has recorded with Stereophonics, Robert Plant and Genesis) over the past year at Real World Studios in Box and have just released their self-titled ‘Phoenix Club’ E.P this year.

Dom Padfield  & Ophelia Xerri, the lead singers from Forty Thieves, Bristol, will be kicking off the ‘Hip-hop Funk Evening’ at 7pm with an eclectic mix of folk/ska/soul enthused with spoken word. Dom Padfield will also be the main motivator, the compere for the day, keeping the crowds on their feet.

Emmy J Mac is a singer, songwriter and performer from Bristol, she starred in BBC One’s The Voice UK singing a fantastic rendition of Corinne Bailey Rae ‘Put your Records On’. The blonde beauty will be performing her new debut single ‘Heatwave’ – By Hazel Soze feat. Emmy J Mac.

The Clunks are a 4 piece ska-hop band from Bath, they have recently been spreading their wings to London’s best music scenes but the boys are being grounded to Somerset soil and the team are making sure they bring their finest set to the BIG PIG GIG.

The big headliners for the event will be Three Kings High, a six-piece Bristol outfit, impress with an EP that mixes up influences from rock, soul, funk, hip-hop and more besides. Off the back of the successful and acclaimed “Tell Em Lies” EP, released in 2013, the demand and momentum of Three Kings High has never been greater. Successfully completing their first headline tour of the UK in March 2014, the Kings are returning to Bath especially for the BIG PIG GIG. They have a huge fan base, their 2013 YouTube video ‘Tell ‘Em Lies’ received over 57,000 views.

Zoe Tainton, event organiser comments: “My friends and I love the Pig & Fiddle in Bath and we’re often going there to enjoy the live music acts. We realised there was an opportunity laying right in front of eyes-  to organise a fun event which involves our two loves; music and food. I am actually the Community Fundraiser here at The Forever Friends Appeal, part of my role is to support those who are so kind to organise fundraising events for us. I wanted to follow in their footsteps and organise an event myself, in my hometown. This is my turn to raise funds for all those I have met through The Forever Friends Appeal. I have been touched by some incredible, inspirational and positive people, who have made me feel proud to be part of our current Cancer Care Campaign. I know that this charity makes a huge difference to so many lives around us and I passionately believe that all those affected by cancer, truly deserve this new Cancer Centre. Thank you to all those amazing people who have been so kind, selfless and enthusiastic about raising funds, you are all amazing. I would like to give a huge thank you to our fabulous sponsor for this event- The Flying Pig Renovation Company in Bath, who are specialists in the renovation of prestigious property in and around Bath. Local stores have also been so kind to donate lots of great raffle prizes, the crowds are in for a treat! I would also like to thank The Pig & Fiddle for hosting this event for us, a special thanks to Charlie, Matt & Alex for helping me to get everything sorted. Here’s to a happy day of feel good music and food- woop! ”

Join the BIG PIG GIG’s event page – https://www.facebook.com/events/669340533145043/

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Movie by Moonlight presents Grease!

The Forever Friends Appeal is excited to be showing the popular musical romance Grease, certificate PG, at their annual Movie by Moonlight. Royal Victoria Park in Bath will play host to the outdoor film screening on Sunday 31st August, which will start at around 8.30pm, when moonlight arrives! Entry to the event is free and all funds raised on the night will go towards the Royal United Hospital’s Cancer Care Campaign.

The Appeal’s annual event will once again take place on Middle Common Royal Victoria Park just opposite the Approach golf course, with the very kind support of Geoff Bissex of Filmair Mobile Cinema Services.  Last year, hundreds of people came along to the event for a screening of Dirty Dancing, which raised over £6,000 for the Appeal’s Cancer Care Campaign.  Events & Community Officer for The Forever Friends Appeal, Emily Lynch, comments: “Our Movie by Moonlight is a really special event where you can enjoy a summer night’s entertainment with your friends and family. Last year’s screening of Dirty Dancing was a huge success and we hope that this year, even more people will come along to watch Grease, to help us get even closer to reaching our £8.5 million target to help build a new Cancer Centre at Bath’s RUH.”

The RUH Cancer Care Campaign is the current focus of The Forever Friends Appeal, with the aim to help build a new and pioneering Cancer Centre which balances clinical expertise with the provision of a nurturing and therapeutic environment.  The new Centre will make patients feel safe, supported and special so that they can get through their treatment with the least amount of stress, and their families can feel that they are well supported as well.  The event is free entry but there will be a bucket collection on the night for the Campaign, as well as the opportunity to text your donation.

The Forever Friends Appeal is encouraging anyone who has a love for Grease, or has never seen it before and feels it is about time they experienced the classic film, to come along. Organisers recommend arriving early to secure a good spot to enjoy the show. There will be refreshments available for you to purchase throughout the evening or you are more than welcome to bring along your own picnic, although please note that BBQs and glass are prohibited on site. It is recommended that you bring warm clothing and a torch for later in the evening.  Heart FM will also be supporting the event.

Emily further comments, “We are adding an extra special fancy dress element this year and are very excited to be working in partnership with Bath Theatrical Costume Hire, Frome who will be dressing staff at The Forever Friends Appeal in Grease inspired outfits. We encourage everyone to come dressed in their finest Pink Lady or T-Bird inspired costume to make it an evening to remember. There will also be a prize for the best dressed boy and girl!”

For more information about the Movie by Moonlight and the work of The Forever Friends Appeal, including other events coming up, please visit our events section. Or for those of you on social media, ‘like’ The Forever Friends Appeal page on Facebook or follow @ForeverFriendsA on Twitter.

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Frome Lions Golf Day

Thirty-six teams of 4 golfers took part in the Frome Lions Charity Golf day held at Orchardleigh Golf Course on Friday the 16th of May 2014. The hundred and forty-four players played to support the Forever Friends Appeal at the RoyalUnitedHospital to help build a new pioneering Cancer Centre.

The grand sum of £5,500 was raised and will help towards the Appeal’s target of £8.5 million (33 / 66% partnership between The Appeal and RUH). The Lions Club of Frome have chosen to support the RUH Cancer Care Campaign because they believe that those around them in Frome and surrounding areas will benefit from the exciting new Centre

Chairman of the Golf Committee, Keith McLeod comments: “Our Club are thrilled to help such a worthy local cause, not only will our efforts help to build this new Cancer Centre which is much needed to replace the old shabby facilities, the project will help patients, relatives and friends relax in a far better environment, they deserve.  The Golf Day was a huge success, we all played in glorious sunshine on a course that had been specially prepared for the Somerset County Championships, so our thanks to Peter Holloway and his staff for the great conditions and hospitality. We would like to give a big thanks to our sponsors for their generous support both in attendance and kinds donations; The Brothers Drinks Co. Ltd., Shepton Mallet.,Framptons Transport Services Ltd., of Shepton Mallet., Bath Building Society., C.W Accountancy, Frome., Pearson May, Bath and Trowbridge., D. Lucy Ltd., Ground Works Frome., MACK Civils and Construction Consultants., Studio Prints, Frome., Radstock Co-operative Society., Thornbury Sports., and by kind permission of Dr. Chris and Mrs Sue Ellis the donation of and original Brochbank Cartoon which raised a brilliant £300. Of course, let’s not forget the fantastic players, volunteers and staff of Orchardleigh for a great day. We are so pleased to have raised such a fantastic amount for a great cause, we would like to wish The Forever Friends Appeal every success in their fundraising.”

The winners of the Team Stableford was Mogers Solicitors with a score of 111.  Runners up NatWest bank with a total of 109. Various individual prizes were won by: Straightest Drive – Colin Berry one of our Sponsors of Thornbury Sports. Longest Drive – Adam White of Brunel Bandits.  Ladies nearest the pin on the 10th hole Pat Jones of Orchardleigh Golf Club.  Longest  putt Steven Maggs of NVB Architects and many more.

We were so pleased to be able to support the Appeal and we wish them every success in their fundraising and future projects.”

“The annual Charity Golf Day has been running successfully for 6 years, and so we are pleased to say we won’t keep the supporters eagerly waiting for the next date, as we already have it planned- make sure you add to your diaries, the Lions Charity Golf Day on 15th of May 2015.”

Zoe Tainton, Community Fundraiser says: “Thank you to Keith and his fellow Lions for putting on such a great Golf Day. The fantastic amount raised will bring us one step closer to making our dreams come true. We are very excited to bring a new pioneering Cancer Centre to over half a million residents in the South-West. We want to replace the outdated facilities which are over seventy years old and be able to welcome our patients and their families into a holistic building, which will provide a soothing and relaxing environment they deserve.”

If you would like to find out more about the RUH’s plans to build a new Cancer Centre, please visit our Cancer Centre pages

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Cyclists tackle golf challenge

Cumberwell Park Golf Club captain Martin Cooper continued his year of fundraising with a cycling challenge incorporating his love of golf.

Mr Cooper, 61, of Trowbridge set off from Cumberwell on Monday and cycled around nine Wiltshire golf courses, playing one hole at each, before returning to his club to play nine holes.

He was joined by three other riders and cycled 40 miles to raise money for the Cancer Care Campaign at the RUH in Bath and Breast Cancer Campaign, after his wife Sue was diagnosed with cancer.

He said: “It was a great day and there was a terrific reception when we got back. It was great fun changing our shoes, playing a hole at each golf course then changing to cycling shoes.”

He is half-way through his year of fundraising and has reached just under £9,000.

To donate, visit http:// uk.virginmoneygiving.com/minicoops61

Story & Photo Wiltshire Times

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Walk of Life Video

This film captures just a few minutes of a wonderful day at the Walk of Life 2014. Can you spot yourself?

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Our grateful thanks to Damien Hockey and Marsden Murison (filming), Matthew Curry and Marsden Murison (editing) for the production of this wonderful film.

If you are interested in signing up for 2015, then please see our Walk of Life page.


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RUH receives prestigious award

The Royal United Hospital in Bath has received one of the most prestigious awards in British healthcare.

Held jointly by the Health Service Journal (HSJ) and the Nursing Times, the Patient Safety and Care Awards celebrate excellent, safe and innovative care throughout the health service. The awards seek to recognise those organisations proving successful at implementing initiatives whilst improving quality, clinical efficiency, effectiveness and safety at the same time.

The RUH was announced as the winner of the Safety in Surgical Recovery category for its work in reducing the incidence of Perioperative Hypothermia.

Dr Lesley Jordan, who leads the award-winning team, said: “Hypothermia following surgery can lead to increased complications such as wound infections but it can be quite difficult to keep patients warm during their surgery. Improving management of patients’ temperature during surgery has led to over 90% of our patients being warm in the post anaesthetic care unit and has increased safety of surgical patients at the RUH as well as improving patients’ experience. This has been achieved by the entire theatre team and was recognised as being ‘outstanding’ by the Patient Safety and Care Awards panel. The theatre team are often the ‘unsung heroes’ as much of the work occurs when patients are asleep.

“I am exceptionally proud of all the theatre teams at the RUH and absolutely delighted that their hard work and dedication to improving our patients’ care in the operating theatre has been recognised nationally. This is an amazing achievement and exceptionally well deserved.”

Dr Tim Craft, Medical Director at the RUH said: “For the past three years teams from the RUH have been finalists at these prestigious awards. This year we were represented by four separate entries in the finals and we are extremely proud to have won the award for Safety in Surgical Recovery. It is great to see our dedicated staff recognized for the work they do, and for the innovations they have developed – there’s a real spirit of innovative thinking at the RUH.”

“Though it is good for us to take stock of our achievements, awards are not the motivating force behind our desire to deliver the best care – our patients always remain our top priority and an integral part of our team as we strive to continuously improve the care that we offer.”

The RUH was nominated for four awards across three categories, and staff from the nominated teams represented the hospital at a special awards ceremony in London. Senior Sister Natasha Howard and her team were nominated in the Patient Safety in Hospital Care category of the awards for their work on improving hydration in an acute setting, and the Acute Diabetes Team, led by Dr Marc Atkin, were nominated in both the Diabetes Care and Patient Safety in Hospital Care categories.

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Leaving a lasting legacy and helping patients in the future

Jan Witt is the Legacy & In Memory Officer for the Appeal. A major part of her role is to promote, administer and process all legacy enquiries and gifts for the whole of the RUH. Here she explains how gifts left in wills are crucial to the fundraising work we do and the big difference they can make to the future of the hospital.

“The subject of legacies can be difficult and sometimes tricky to talk about, but, as part of my job, I have the opportunity not only to build and develop wonderful relationships with legators and their families, but also see the
impact their gifts have on the RUH.

“For many people, the ability and wish to give during their lifetime is very limited and therefore they often choose to leave a gift in their will to benefit the RUH, however big or small, that is very close to their hearts for a variety
of reasons. This often provides them with an opportunity to say thank you for the care received and a way for them to give something back, thus helping the hospital to plan and secure opportunities for the future.

“In the last couple of years the generosity of legacy donors has helped to fund some valuable projects for many wards and departments of the RUH, and also towards our major fundraising campaigns:
• £200,000 helped towards the funding of a Gamma CT Scanner for the Nuclear Medicine department.
• £158,000 has so far been received towards our current RUH Cancer Care Campaign.
• £418,000 has benefited many of the 70 wards and departments across the Trust and has been used towards the purchase of medical equipment, patient amenities, funding for research, plus those finishing touches and ‘extras’ that complement the high quality of care our patients receive.

“Whilst many wish to choose to leave their wonderful gift to us for a specific ward or department, it is important to bear in mind that names of wards and departments can change. It is often better to say what your intended area of
support is to The Forever Friends Appeal, using the categories as follows:

General, Older People, Cardiology, Children, Critical Care, Cancer, Arts, and General Research

“No matter how large or small, a gift in a will is an incredibly thoughtful way to support the RUH. You can be sure that it will make a difference to the care provided to the 500,000 people living in Bath & North East Somerset, Wiltshire, South Gloucestershire and Somerset long into the future.”

If you would like to find out more about legacies or wish to talk to Jan confidentially regarding your wishes, please call her on Tel: 01225 825819, email jan.witt@nhs.net or visit our Legacy web page

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History Makers of Bath – Heroes, Heroines and Villains

A very exciting exhibition will take place in Bath celebrating some of the famous, and occasionally infamous, people who have left a lasting impression on the city.

Located in the Abbey Churchyard at Kingston Parade, this outdoor exhibition has been sponsored by local businesses and organisations with the Lead Sponsor being St John’s Hospital. This is particularly appropriate since St John’s has been providing support to those in need within the city since 1174. Many of the History Makers may have had first-hand knowledge of St John’s and its work for the people of Bath.

From follies to novels and from Royalty to rogues, this World Heritage city of Bath has a wonderful past with so many dynamic and inspirational personalities.  This exhibition depicts the legacies of 28 notable individuals on colourful panels that will be accessible by everyone.

Over the seven-week exhibition, these stimulating display panels will create a memorable feature showing stunning images and informative details enabling visitors to explore relevant museums, cultural centres, churches and even cemeteries!  This will form a “treasure trail” around the city linking the past and the present together and will run from 4 September until 23 October.

It is well known, for example, that Mary Shelley completed her Frankenstein novel in Bath but not so many people will be aware that Sidney Horstmann manufactured magnificent cars in the city. A fine example of one of the Horstmann cars can be seen at the Museum of Bath at Work.

Sue Tucker, Development Officer from The Forever Friends Appeal, said “This amazing exhibition I am sure will be a credit to Bath and we are so delighted to be the beneficiary charity with proceeds supporting the Cancer Care Campaign.  The diversity of people who have helped to fashion this city, in so many different aspects, is really highlighted in this exhibition and the fact that it is freely available to everyone – from the young to the not so young, is wonderful!”

For further information and opportunities to sponsor a History Maker, please contact

Angela Calvert-Jones, History Makers of Bath:  info@Bathcelebrities.co.uk

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Continuing to support the whole of the RUH

For many years now, The Forever Friends Appeal has been focused on major campaigns such as the CT Scanner, NICU, Gamma-CT Scanner and Cancer Centre. We would like to share with you our new model for fundraising for the whole of the RUH, which we believe will give you, our supporters, more choice in how you support the hospital and, in part, take us back to our roots.

We support not only major campaigns (including our current Cancer Care Campaign), but also a number of smaller campaigns, and ensure we are supporting all other areas of the hospital whilst maximising how the income can be spent.

The focal areas of fundraising are as follows:
• Main campaign: Cancer Care
• Smaller campaigns: Currently, Arts and Emergency Care of Older People
• Departmental areas: Art, Cancer, Cardiac, Children (including NICU), Critical Care, and Older People

In addition to these, the Appeal will be working with the individual wards and departments to promote charitable giving and fundraising. It is our belief that, with your help, we will continue to make a real difference to the Royal United Hospital.

See our ‘Causes section‘ to find out more about each area.


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The Big Gig just got even bigger!

Big Bass Fri 11th July Poster Now in its 6th year, we are pleased to announce that this year’s Big Gig ha got even bigger. The event will now run over the weekend of the 11th – 12th of July in our purpose built marquee with a fully licenced bar at Midsomer Norton Rugby Club with all profits made going towards our very deserving local charities which, this year, are the RUH Forever Friends appeal to raise money for a new cancer treatment centre; Time is Precious; Children’s Hospice Southwest; Dorothy House and the Mitch Chalmers appeal.

The weekend will start with MC Fader presenting Big Bass music including Changing Ways, South West Squad, Hailstorm, James Bridges Rash DJ and more on Friday night, a 5-a side football tournament on the Saturday afternoon for the Mark Netherwood and Mark Box cups and finally the Big Gig itself on the Saturday night featuring 7 local bands including: White City Shakers; Johnnies Day Out; Truth and the Happy Endings; Venezuelan Pig Rustlers; Aztec Hotel; Real Life and to finish the night off the very special Big Gig Big Band!

The Big Gig Sat 12th July Poster

For more information please see our website www.thebiggigmsn.co.uk, Facebook page: Facebook/theevenbiggergig or contact us on 07738127904 if you would like to sponsor this event. Any sponsorship we receive goes towards covering our costs so that the money made from ticket sales can be donated to our nominated charities.Tickets are on sale now at £7.50 for the Friday night (This is a ticket only event) and £15 in advance (£20.00 on the door) for the Big Gig. These can be purchased at the following outlets: Norad Travel; Quick Print; Premier Plumbing and Midsomer Beauty (the Hollies). There will be no glass permitted on site and no dogs please.

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