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The rain doesn’t stop Box Rocks as it raises over £2,000

Heavy rain failed to dampen spirits at this year’s Box Rocks festival. The Bank Holiday Monday event, at The Queens Head in the village, carried on regardless, with bands continuing to play despite heavy showers.

Hundreds of people sheltered under the pub’s marquee as the rain lashed down.

Landlord Dean Creighton said Straight Shooter played the bad weather away around 5pm.

He said: “It would actually take a tornado coming through my car park to stop us.

“Obviously we didn’t get our normal amount of people, but we were still in the hundreds by the end of the day.

“The crowds were phenomenal for turning out in the rain, we do have a lot of really good support for Box Rocks.

“When you get all these people prepared to come out in the rain and support the event, that just shows how well liked it is.”

Box Rocks began at The Queens Head 21 years ago.

The day featured music from seven different bands, including The Adam Rose Band, Straight Shooter and The Corporations, collecting £2,076.53 for The Forever Friends Appeal.

Appeal staff are campaigning to raise £8.5 million for a cancer centre at the Royal United Hospital in Bath. This year’s total means Box Rocks has raised more than £25,000 for the Forever Friends so far.

Mr Creighton said: “The Forever Friends are fantastic, they man the doors with us all the way through, and if anyone wants any information about where the money goes they are there.

“The bands are always really good and we never have a problem trying to fill the slots because we take pride in what we do and we do build a proper show.

“It’s not just a band on the back of a lorry.”

Story & Photo courtesy of Bath Chronicle

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Been nominated to do the Ice Bucket Challenge?

If one of your friends, workmates or even your boss has nominated you for the Ice Bucket Challenge, why not choose The forever friends Appeal to benefit from your donation? Its simple, make sure you let people know you are support us on the video and then text the following:

ICED10 £3 to 70070 (If you wish to make a larger donation then simply replace the £3 with another amount up to £10.)

Once you have uploaded to Facebook (or Twitter) make sure you add a picture of the text payment, as this will prompt others to do it as well.

If you tag or upload to our Facebook page we will share it with our friends https://www.facebook.com/foreverfriendsappeal or just use #IceChallengeRUH and we will see it!

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Fundraisers preparing for China Trek raise £40,000

This September, fourteen incredible individuals from Bath, Bristol, Somerset and Wiltshire will take the first of thousands of steps as part of a six day trekking challenge along the Great Wall of China. In the months leading up to departure, each trekker has worked extremely hard to raise vital funds for The Forever Friends Appeal’s RUH Cancer Care Campaign. From cake sales, band nights, clothes swaps to raffles and a very apt Panda naming game; they have raised a combined total surpassing £40,000 towards the new Cancer Centre at the Royal United Hospital in Bath – and they’re still going!

Each of the fourteen trekkers have their own personal reasons and stories for taking part, but all have one thing in common – a remarkable focus to support their local hospital and help transform cancer services for the future.

The trekking team includes: Rebecca Brooks, Karen Burge, Russell Corbett, Jacqueline Cousins, Dr Dorothy Goddard, Dr Hugh Goddard, Sarah Leybourne, Paula Richards, Christine Walters, Sue Gilby, Sally Smith, Patricia Symons, Alex Whiting and Biddy Walcot.

Among the fourteen includes five members of RUH staff, including Dr Dorothy Goddard who has recently retired as the Director of the Breast Unit to become Associate Medical Director for Cancer Strategy at the hospital and sees on a daily basis just how important a new Cancer Centre is, not only for current and future patients, but also clinicians and staff members alike.

The team will walk up to seven hours a day as part of the six days of tough trekking, and will be challenged early on in their journey with a 200 step near-vertical ascent up ‘Heavens Ladder’ to the top of a mountain. Whilst some portions of the Wall have been extensively renovated there are many parts which have been left virtually untouched by modern man, taking the trekkers out of their comfort zones to experience it all! Passing though watch towers, traditional farming villages, valleys and mountains this ancient wonder has already lead the group to some amazing fundraising achievements before they even set foot in China.

The Forever Friends Appeal’s RUH Cancer Care Campaign is raising £8.5 million towards a pioneering Cancer Centre at The Royal United Hospital in Bath. This new Centre will transform the care for patients and their families affected by this life changing diagnosis. The hospital is planning on replacing its outdated 1940s cancer facilities, with a state-of-the-art £23.5 million Cancer Centre (66% NHS funded / 33% charitable funds) 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.

Laura Pearce, Events Fundraiser for the Appeal comments: “We are so proud and grateful to all of our China trekkers and those who have supported them so far. They have all worked incredibly hard, not only to train and prepare for this physical challenge but to help raise significant funds for the build of the new Cancer Centre – £40,000 is no easy feat! We now wish them the very best of luck on their Great Wall adventure where they can create memories that will last a lifetime, with the knowledge that each step they take is one step closer to a pioneering Cancer Centre at the RUH.”

Although places on this challenge are now full up, there are plenty of ways to get involved and challenge yourself including Ted’s Big Day Out!, places in the Vitality Bath Half Marathon and a trekking challenge in 2015! For more information visit the events section of this website or give Laura a call on 01225 821535.

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Box has been rocking for 21 years

The Queens Head pub in Box is rocking out for their BIG 21st Anniversary charity festival- Box Rocks. Save the date for Bank Holiday Monday 25th August, for eight great hours of live music. Adults pay £4 and children £2.00 on the door (under 5’s get in for free).

21 years of Box Rocks has raised over £23,000.00 for The Forever Friends Appeal at the Royal United Hospital in Bath. This year’s funds will be donated to the RUH Cancer Care Campaign- raising £8.5 million towards a new pioneering Cancer Centre.

There will be 8 bands over 8 hours- it’s great way to spend a Bank Holiday, relaxing with a drink in the hand and enjoying a day full of live music. Amazing acts will be performing from 1pm – late. Here are a few to name; Amadou Diagne & guests, the Bohemian Embassy, The Phoenix Club and The Corporations and friends will be the headliners for the evening.

This will be the 12th year that Box Rocks has supported The Forever Friends Appeal. Zoe Tainton, Community Fundraiser says: “This is a gig not to be missed! It is busy every year and the atmosphere is brilliant. Everyone relaxes with a drink, enjoying the music in the garden, with some great views and great company. There is a huge shelter as well, so if it rains, don’t let it put you off! We are very proud to say that the Queen’s Head at Box has been recognised as one of our Community Partners with our last project The Dyson Centre for Neonatal Care for our premature babies. We are now delighted that they are continuing to support the RUH Cancer Care Campaign- they have raised over £8,300 so far towards the new Cancer Centre, helping all those around us affected by cancer. Their commitment and enthusiasm to do something positive for charity is inspirational- the Box Rocks Crew are legends!”

Event organiser, Dean Creighton comments: “It’s our 21st birthday – that means we need to celebrate! There are over 30 of us in the Box Rocks crew who are dedicated to making this year the biggest and the best. We are so proud to support The Forever Friends Appeal, they are a fantastic charity who help so many people we know, not only do we get to raise much needed funds towards their projects, we also have fun doing it – come along to Box Rocks, it’s going to be epic.”

All those who have a passion for music and don’t want to miss out on this rocking festival, there will be a live internet link which will allow viewers to watch the festival from their own computers at home. You can also donate online and make this year it’s biggest yet!

Visit www.boxrocks.biz to donate now and catch up on the line up.

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The Big Pig Gig

The Big Pig Gig was held at The Pig & Fiddle,Bath on Sunday 10th August 2014 and raised a fantastic £1,390.88 for The Forever Friends Appeal’s RUH Cancer Care Campaign- thank you so much for supporting all those affected by cancer around us!

As a free entry event, this is an amazing amount was raised from the fab sponsors The Flying Pig Renovation Company in Bath, the raffle & BBQ – that’s a lot of hungry people and gamblers wishing to win some brilliant prizes.

Thank you to everyone who came, the volunteers, the raffle prize donors, Morrisons, Waitrose, Terry & Sons butchers (Walcot Street), the Pig & Fiddle staff & all the epic bands who played for free: Tess Henderson, Sophie Clesham & Matt Craig, Dani Miche, Glass City Vice, Dexter Selboy & The Shonky Trio, The Mighty PeasForty ThievesEmmy J Mac, Phoenix Club, The Clunks, Headliners- Three Kings High.

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Local business celebrates five years by supporting the RUH

To celebrate the company’s five year anniversary, Simple Recruitment based in Paulton have chosen to support the Royal United Hospital’s Forever Friends Appeal as their chosen charity partner.  Company Director, Jayla Wilcox, launched the business in April 2009 and has therefore decided that their five year anniversary was the perfect opportunity to engage the company in focusing all its fundraising efforts towards one local charity.

To co-ordinate with their anniversary, Simple Recruitment have launched a fabulous new website www.simplerecruitmentltd.co.uk which includes a page all about Jayla and the Simple Recruitment teams support for The Forever Friends Appeal’s Campaign to help build a pioneering new Cancer Centre for the hospital.

Due to Jayla’s passion for sport, she has recently signed up for a Colour me Rad 5k event in August, the Chippenham Half Marathon in September, shortly followed by the Bristol Half just a few weeks later.  Jayla comments:  “I have participated in many sporting events over the years and have often thought I should try and combine my sporting activity, a charity and my business contacts in some way- it seemed a little daft training and doing these events just to say I have done them without someone/thing benefiting, with the anniversary of Simple Recruitment I thought it would be nice to do something to mark the event.

Working with The Forever Friends Appeal campaign to help build a new Cancer Care Centre for the hospital seemed the perfect answer. Sadly we have all been touched by cancer, if not personally then through friends, family or neighbours. I hope that with the people I know, business contacts I have made and alike we can raise a great sum of money for a great cause.”

The RUH Cancer Care Campaign is raising £8.5million towards the building of a pioneering and urgently needed new Cancer Centre.  The RUH treats over 2200 new cancer patients every year, and although the clinical care is amongst the best in the UK, the buildings are outdated, uncomfortable and no longer fit for purpose.  Using innovative design and state-of-the-art technology, the new Centre promises to become a healing environment that will dramatically improve patient care.

Simple Recruitment are also supporting the Appeal by signing up to be a screen sponsor for the  2014 annual Movie by Moonlight on Sunday 31st August in Royal Victoria Park, Bath.  Showing the popular hit musical Grease, this annual event is free entry, with donations and fundraising on the night.  For more information about The Forever Friends Appeal and the Movie By Mooonlight, visit www.foreverfriendsappeal.co.uk.

Corporate Officer for The Forever Friends Appeal, Jo Common, comments:  “It is wonderful to see Jayla and her team so passionate about supporting our Campaign for a new Cancer Centre.  So many of us are touched by cancer, so this is what makes our Campaign to help build a new Cancer Centre at the RUH so close to people’s hearts.  Jayla and her team have lots of sporty plans for the next few months, so please get on board and support their fundraising challenge.”   

If you would like to support the Simple Recruitment fundraising challenge, visit their justgiving page www.justgiving.com/Jayla-SimpleRec/ or contact Jayla on jayla@simplerecruitmentltd.co.uk.

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Ted’s Team need you for the Vitality Bath Half Marathon 2015

The Forever Friends Appeal is thrilled to have been selected as Featured Appeal Charity for the Vitality Bath Half Marathon 2015.

To celebrate, the Appeal have 200 Silver Bond places up for grabs and are looking for people across Bath, Somerset and Wiltshire to put on their running shoes and join what is affectionately known by everyone as “Ted’s Team” in the Vitality Bath Half Marathon 2015, to raise funds for the Royal United Hospital (RUH) in Bath. This popular race, located in the historic city of Bath, will take place on Sunday 1st March 2015 and the Appeal team is excited to announce that this year, funds raised by taking part in the race, can be donated to support any ward and/ or department at the RUH, as well as the main RUH Cancer Care Campaign, raising £8.5 million towards the build of a pioneering new Cancer Centre at the hospital.

Silver Bond places for The Forever Friends Appeal are now available and can be purchased for just a £35 initial donation, with a pledge to raise a further minimum sponsorship of £175 for The Forever Friends Appeal.  Events and Community Officer for the Appeal, Emily Lynch comments:  “We are so privileged to have been named Featured Appeal Charity for the Vitality Bath Half Marathon 2015. The Appeal has built a fantastic relationship with race organisers Running High over the years and are very excited to have a record 200 Silver Bond places in next year’s race!”

Mel Taylor, Charity Director at Running High added: “We have a longstanding relationship with the team at the Forever Friends Appeal which has been built over the years whilst working with them to raise funds through the Vitality Bath Half Marathon. The work they do is imperative to the RUH and since working with them we have seen so many developments at the hospital that are already benefiting so many people, which is why we selected them as our Featured Appeal for the 2015 race.

“Vitality BATHALF runners and their supporters are renowned for being some of the most motivated and generous in the running community, and I would like to take this opportunity to encourage them to run for this incredibly worthwhile local cause”.

The Vitality Bath Half Marathon 2015 is not just a race for experienced runners and athletes, with people of all abilities competing every year. Runners often show the lighter side of this famous race with fancy dress costumes, and the enthusiastic cheering of spectators enhances the feel-good factor of taking part.

Emily continues: “If you are up for taking on a challenge to support your local hospital, our Silver Bond places are now available via our website. Together we can make 2015 our biggest Bath Half team yet! Funds raised from taking part can be donated to support a ward or department of your choice at the RUH. As a member of Ted’s Team you will get a free team running vest, lots of support and encouragement during your fundraising and training and a meet and greet on the day with our famous mascot Big Ted!” 

Although runners for the Appeal will be able to raise funds for all wards and departments at the RUH, there is also the option of supporting the RUH Cancer Care Campaign. The Appeal has now raised over £6 million of their £8.5 million target, which will contribute vital funds to the building of a pioneering new Cancer Centre for the RoyalUnitedHospital in Bath.

To support The Forever Friends Appeal in the Vitality Bath Half Marathon 2015, you can purchase Silver Bond places now online at www.foreverfriendsappeal.co.uk. The Appeal is also encouraging people who have already secured their own general public place in the event to raise funds for the RUH. If you belong to a business and fancy a challenge with a difference, Corporate Challenge places for the race are now open! Please contact Jo Common on 01225 825392 for more details.

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Six-Hour Spinathon at Bath Sports & Leisure Centre

Aquaterra staff at Bath Sports and Leisure Centre are getting geared up for an extra special open day on Saturday 16th August. Everyone is invited along to the City Centre and Rush Hill sites to do something a bit different and try the free activities on offer from gym and swim sessions, exercise classes and activities for the little ones. Alongside this will be a 25-bike charity Spinathon, for six hours from 9am to 3pm, on the walkway outside the Bath Centre. Spinners will pedal as fast as they can alongside their supporters to help raise funds for The Forever Friends Appeal’s RUH Cancer Care Campaign.

Spaces are still available to get on a bike to spin for this local cause – Weather you want to do it alone, as part of a team or if you are an experienced spinner, want to try something new or simply want to spend your Saturday supporting those turning sweat into vital donations, this really is an activity and day out for everyone!

Daniel Goetz, Fitness and Operations Manager at Bath Sports and Leisure Centre comments: “Aquaterra is passionate about investing in projects and services that really benefit communities at their heart and improve quality of life, health and wellbeing. We’re delighted to be able to support the fantastic Forever Friends Appeal and we are encouraging staff, members and non-members to really get behind this event and take part. It’s open to everyone – all abilities, even if you can only cycle for a short period of time. It’s going to be a lot of fun and your donations and support of this event will make a huge difference.”

The Appeal’s RUH Cancer Care Campaign is raising £8.5 million towards the build of an exceptional new Cancer Centre at the Royal United Hospital in Bath. We have all been touched by cancer, if not personally then through friends, relatives, colleagues or neighbours.  Each year the RUH treats over 2200 new cases of cancer from the hospital’s extensive catchment area. It has been a long-term aim to seek a solution to the current 70 year old facilities and bring Cancer Services at the RUH all under one roof. The new Cancer Centre will balance clinical expertise with the provision of a nurturing and therapeutic environment, making 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.

Laura Pearce, Events Fundraiser for The Forever Friends Appeal comments: “We are so grateful to Bath Sports and Leisure Centre who support the Appeal year after year, taking on a variety of fitness activities from Spinathons to rowing marathons. Over the years the Centre has raised over £8,000 for the Royal United Hospital. We really couldn’t achieve our fundraising goals without the wonderful and continued support from the public and local organisations, who are dedicated to raising important funds and help spread the word about the Appeal and the importance of supporting their/your local hospital.”

Spinning Bikes can be reserved in advance for a £10 donation towards the RUH Cancer Care Campaign. This will allow you to either take on the six hour challenge or organise a team of spinners (friends, family or colleagues) to share the workload! Alternatively on the day there will be a select few bikes available to anyone to jump on and off.

If you want to get involved and spin for sponsorship please contact Bath Sports and Leisure Centre on 01225 486905 or email Daniel Goetz at Daniel.goetz@aquaterra.org.

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World record bid as part of fundraising challenge

Have you ever thought about getting your name in the record books? Local company Excalibur are offering people the chance to do just that as they announce their world record attempt in support of their fundraising appeal to raise £50,000 towards the Teenage and Young Adult Facilities for the new Cancer Centre at the Royal United Hospital in Bath.

On the 11th of October David Lloyd Gym in Swindon will play host to the Excalibur challenge to break the world record attempt for the largest Swiss ball exercise class. Anyone from the age of 14 upwards* can join in the fun in a low impact 40 minute class. Participants will be required to pay a £25 registration fee and will be issued you with their own record breaking ball to use during the class and keep as a memento of the attempt.

Kiz Davis the lead instructor for the event said “the current record stands at 348 and we are aiming to set the new record at 600 people. The class will be low impact and suitable for all levels of fitness* and if all participants look to raise additional sponsorship there’s no reason why we can’t raise in excess of £15,000 from the event. We can’t wait to welcome our future world record holders through the doors at David Lloyd this October”.

Each year, the RUH treats over 2200 new cases of cancer from the hospitals extensive catchment area. The Forever Friends Appeal are therefore raising £8.5million towards a new pioneering new centre for the hospital which aims to provide a nurturing and therapeutic environment that is centred on patient care and experience, promoting health and a ‘holistic’ approach for patients and their families.

Excalibur’s CEO James Phipps is confident with the backing of the local community they will hit their £50,000 target, “The RUH Teenage cancer area is a much needed facility, helping young people battle through such a terrible disease. Currently teenagers are treated in the children’s ward before moving to adult care at the age of 18. Our teenage years are so important and it’s essential we provide these patients with the ability to stay in contact with their friends and keep up with their studies. The money we raise will help Bath RUH create a start-of-the-art facility providing a more holistic and complete approach to care that covers much of the South West.”

The record breaking balls event marks the third in a series of events Excalibur are organising in support of their fundraising efforts.

Sign up to take part at ex-c.co.uk/recordbreakingballs

* Participants must complete and pass pre-exercise medical clearance for the event

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Withy King staff get sporty for charity

It’s not every day that a giant teddy bear visits you at work.  But staff from Withy King in Bath were thrilled to have a visit from the much loved and well known Forever Friends Appeal mascot Big Ted.  The 6 foot cuddly teddy bear visited the firm’s office on Midland Bridge to say thank you to all the staff who have been fundraising so energetically for the Royal United Hospital’s Forever Friends Appeal.  Dubbed their ‘Summer of Sport’, the Withy King team has run, walked, cycled and climbed, all to raise funds to help build a pioneering new Cancer Centre for the hospital.

Withy King’s Summer of Sport was launched back in March when 10 members of staff ran the 13.1 mile Bath Half Marathon.  This was then followed by a team of 6 who competed in the Walk of Life Corporate Challenge in May – consisting of walking 21 miles along the Kennet and Avon canal from Devizes to Bath.  A group of 28, including 16 from Bath, tackled the Three Peaks Challenge on one of the hottest weekends we have had this summer, which was then followed by their final sporting challenge at the end of June, when staff set off bright and early one Saturday morning to take on the 60 mile Bike Bath challenge.

While they are still busy planning fundraising activities for the year ahead, at just over half way through their two year fundraising commitment, Withy King has raised over £13,000 so far for The Forever Friends Appeal.  These funds will go towards the RUH Cancer Care Campaign to help build an exceptional new Cancer Centre for Bath’s RUH.  Corporate Officer for The Forever Friends Appeal, Jo Common, comments:  “The support from Withy King has been incredible.  It is wonderful to see so many people take on such difficult sporting challenges – they all deserve huge congratulations, as people have been training for months to make sure they are fit enough for each activity.   Taking part in sporting events with your colleagues really does boost staff morale and team spirit!  We are so pleased to have been chosen as Withy King’s Charity of Choice – their passion for the cause is keeping them all going.”

With the support of firms like Withy King, the RUH Cancer Care Campaign is raising £8.5million towards the building of a pioneering and urgently needed new Cancer Centre.  The RUH treats over 2200 new cancer patients every year, and although the clinical care is amongst the best in the UK, the buildings are no longer fit for purpose.  Using innovative design and state-of-the-art technology, the new Centre promises to become a healing environment that will dramatically improve patient care.

Chris Kane, Partner at Withy King, who took part in several of the sporting challenges for charity, said: “The last few months of sporting activities have been physically and emotionally tough but we’ve really enjoyed the challenge! Our Summer of Sport has provided a great opportunity to get to know our colleagues better while raising money for such a worthwhile local cause as the Forever Friends Appeal.”

Withy King, which also has offices in Swindon, Marlborough and Oxford, has chosen three charities to support for two years from May 2013.  Wiltshire Air Ambulance and Headway Oxfordshire are both beneficiaries, in addition to the RUH Forever Friends Appeal.

If anyone would like to support Withy King’s fundraising Summer of Sport for the Appeal, please visit http://www.justgiving.com/teams/WithyKingSummerofSport

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