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RUH Bath successful in becoming an NHS Foundation Trust

The Royal United Hospital in Bath is the first hospital to be authorised as an NHS Foundation Trust in sixteen months, health regulator Monitor announced today.

To reflect its new status, the hospital’s formal title will change to Royal United Hospitals Bath NHS Foundation Trust – effective from 1 November 2014.

RUH Bath Chief Executive, James Scott, said:

“This is a momentous day for our hospital, our patients and the community we serve. Achieving NHS Foundation Trust status is recognition of the high quality services and safe care that the hospital provides and the dedication its staff give 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.”

“It is also a demonstration of our commitment to the future of the hospital and to providing services that reflect the needs of the local community.”

“An NHS Foundation Trust can make its own decisions about services. Whether you are a patient, carer, local resident or a member of the public, this is an ideal time to join the hospital as a foundation trust member and play a vital role in shaping its future.”

RUH Bath Chairman, Brian Stables, added:

“I am delighted that the qualities of the whole team here at the hospital have shone through this rigorous assessment. I would like to thank all those involved in the process and especially our staff for many of whom this has been a long journey.”

“Going forward, our priorities remain patient safety and quality of services. However, there will be many opportunities for input and I would like to encourage patients, carers and residents in the wider area to join our efforts and get involved in shaping the future of local health services.”

The RUH currently has over 7,800 Members who are consulted on a regular basis through the Council of Governors. The Council of Governors has been operating in shadow form and has been supporting the foundation trust application process from within. The Council of Governors will now be responsible for holding the hospital and its leadership to account as well as ensuring the public and staff are involved and engaged.

Miranda Carter, Monitor’s Executive Director of Provider Appraisal said:

“We are pleased to announce the authorisation of Royal United Hospital Bath NHS Trust. Up to half a million patients could now have a greater say over their healthcare and the new foundation trust will have greater freedom to provide services that meet the needs of local people.”

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The Forever Friends Appeal is Burns’ Night beneficiary charity

The Pump Rooms has announced The Forever Friends Appeal as its beneficiary charity for its highly anticipated Burns’ Night celebrations on Friday 23rd January 2015.

The annual event, which was awarded Winner of the Best Celebratory Event at the 2014 BEHTA Awards this year, will celebrate the life and poetry of Robert Burns in true Scottish style, whilst raising funds for The Forever Friends Appeal in their mission to raise £8.5m towards the cost of a pioneering new cancer centre at the Royal United Hospital.

Guests will enjoy a sparkling drinks reception around the magical torch-lit roman baths before being served a supper devoted to the poet’s Scottish heritage, including traditional haggis, fillet steak accompanied by ‘Belhaven’ ale gravy, and classic Scottish dessert cranachan.

Entertainment will run throughout the evening with Burns’ poetry readings by Leonard Pearcey, a traditional piper and Gailic ceilidh dancing, as well as live music from the White Horse Band.

A charity raffle for The Forever Friends Appeal will also be held on the evening.

Jo Common, Corporate Officer for The Forever Friends Appeal comments:  “We’re thrilled to be chosen as beneficiary charity for the Burns Night event to help us get that step closer to our target for a pioneering new Cancer Centre.  What a fabulous way to celebrate Burn’s Night in 2015 by attending a Scottish themed evening in the beautiful setting of the Bath Pump Rooms – raising funds that will help transform care for patients with cancer and their families at the RUH.”

Kayleigh Robbins, marketing executive at The Pump Room, comments: “It’s great to be supporting a charity who are so close to the community. We hope that people will come along to enjoy what promises to be a fantastic evening, whilst helping to raise funds for a truly great cause.”

Tickets for the evening are now on sale at £55 per person. To book tickets or for more information email events.bath@searcys.co.uk or call 01225 444477.

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Spintastic For Midsomer Norton RUH Fundraising Group

Midsomer Norton RUH Fundraising Group raised an incredible £1,279 by holding a bucket collection last Saturday at Tesco’s in Paulton. The bucket collection ran alongside a special “spinnathon” at the supermarket, where enthusiastic spinners raced for success in an enduring eight hour challenge, rotating hourly to keep the fundraising alive . The event was held in support of The Forever Friends Appeal

The fundraising group meets monthly to plan fun, friendly exciting activities in Midsomer Norton and surrounding areas. They have already successfully organized a Quiz Night and are in the process of planning future events. The groups lead fundraiser, Debbie Saffin said, “Most people know someone affected by cancer and the importance of this centre that will benefit our community. It is really uplifting doing something so positive in such a fun, friendly social group for such an amazing cause.”

The Forever Friends Appeal set up the fundraising group in Midsomer Norton to help support the current RUH Cancer Care Campaign aiming to raise £8.5 million towards the build of an exceptional new Cancer Centre at the hospital. This 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 supported as well.  Much of the existing RUH cancer services are located in inadequate, 70 year-old war time accommodation.  It has been the long-term aim to seek a solution and bring Cancer Services at the RUH all under one roof. The Cancer Centre will be a 66% / 33% partnership respectively between NHS and Charitable Funds, and thanks to the wonderful support of the public and two local Foundations the Appeal have so far raised a fabulous £6 million.  It is now down to the public and their continuing fundraising efforts that will help this pioneering building to be truly exceptional and vastly improve cancer care in this region.

Community Fundraiser for The Forever Friends Appeal, Zoe Tainton explains: “I am very proud of the Midsomer Norton Group – this was their first major event – which was clearly a huge success! It was an amazing team effort and I am so happy they had the support of the public behind them! Tesco’s were fab in letting us use their facilities and thank you to South Wansdyke Sport Centre for lending us the bikes. This is a lovely group, so friendly and enthusiastic- they have so many more fun times ahead of them!”

The group are now welcoming old and new faces to join them to help organize future events on Thursday 30th October at Farrington Golf and Country Club at 7pm. For more information please contact Events & Community Officer Emily Lynch on 01225 825823 or emily.lynch@nhs.net.

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Big Ted gets down to business for the Bath Half!

Businesses all over the Royal United Hospital’s catchment area are being encouraged by Big Ted and his teddy bear colleagues to enter Corporate Challenge teams in the 2015 Vitality Bath Half Marathon in support of The Forever Friends Appeal charity based at the race’s local hospital – the RUH.

Taking place on Sunday 1st March 2015, the race will see thousands of runners pound their way around the popular city centre course, all taking on the race for a different personal reason.  Every year over 500 runners representing business teams sign up to the race as part of the ever popular Corporate Challenge – a great opportunity to help build teamwork across departments, competition between businesses, fitness in the work place, whilst still raising money for great local causes.

The Forever Friends Appeal charity at the RUH has been selected as Featured Appeal for the event and is encouraging businesses across Bath, Somerset and Wiltshire to join in the Corporate Challenge in 2015 to help transform care for patients and their families at the hospital.  Business teams can invite clients, suppliers, friends and family to join their team – so together they can raise funds for a cause close to their hearts.

Corporate Officer for The Forever Friends Appeal, Jo Common, comments:  “We are currently raising £8.5million to help build a pioneering new Cancer Centre for the hospital, and are therefore calling on the support of our local businesses to help us achieve our goal by taking on this team challenge!  The current cancer unit facilities at the RUH are outdated and uncomfortable, and do not provide the positive healing environment our patients need to compliment the exceptional medical care.  It is therefore our goal to raise these much needed funds to build a truly exceptional new Centre which will transform the care of our patients here at the RUH.”

Corporate Challenges places cost £42.50 and each entrant must pledge to raise a minimum of £175 for The Forever Friends Appeal. There is no limit to the number of entrants in each team (subject to the overall limit of 500 places), but a minimum of 5 runners are required to score in the team results and to qualify for the separate mens’ and women’s trophies.

Corporate Challenges places are allocated on a first come first serve basis.  For more information visit www.bathhalf.co.uk/the-event/corporate-challenge/ or www.foreverfriendsappeal.co.uk

If you would like to sign up to the run the Bath Half Marathon for The Friends Appeal with an individual charity place, please contact the Appeal events team on 01225 821535.

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Bridges staff raise £3,000

Midsomer Norton based Electrical Engineering company, Bridges Electrical, are delighted to be presenting a cheque for £3,090.06 to the Royal United Hospital’s Forever Friends Appeal charity following their recent Paulton Rovers fundraising party.

Organised by a small team of employees from Bridges, who form the company’s charities committee, the Bridges Fundraising Party was held at Paulton Rovers on Saturday 13th September.  Over 275 party goers attended on the night and enjoyed the musical tunes of Freeze – Bristol’s very own top covers band.  Staff were overwhelmed with the incredible support the event received, selling over £1500 worth of raffle tickets, for prizes donated by generous local companies and suppliers.

Lynn Bentley, Bridges Electrical Finance Manager and Charities Committee member comments:  “We were overwhelmed by the response from the local community, suppliers and local businesses.  We originally started the charity committee as sadly two colleagues passed away from cancer within months of each other which affected the whole company. Many thanks to all that supported the event and helped on the night.”

The cheque is being gratefully received by Jo Common, Corporate Officer for The Forever Friends Appeal, and will be allocated to the RUH Cancer Care Campaign – raising £8.5million to help build a pioneering new Cancer Centre for the RUH.  Bridges staff have chosen to purchase three virtual ‘Be a Brick’ walls at £1000 each with their fundraising total, which will result in Bridges being acknowledged within design of the new Cancer Centre.    Jo Common, comments:  “Raising over £3,000 in one night is truly incredible and we would like to thank Bridges Electrical for putting so much hard work into raising this wonderful amount for our Be a Brick scheme.  All the fundraising will go towards a new Cancer Centre which will balance clinical expertise with the provision of a nurturing and therapeutic environment. 

Jo Common continues:  “The clinical care provided by the staff at the RUH is amongst the best in the UK, but the current cancer care buildings are outdated, uncomfortable and no longer fit for purpose.  Our cancer patients deserve better.  We are therefore so grateful for the support from our community, and local businesses like Bridges, who are helping us get that step closer to reaching our £8.5million target for a pioneering new Centre.”

To find out more about The Forever Friends Appeal and their ‘Be a Brick’ fundraising scheme, visit www.foreverfriendsappeal.co.uk.

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Join our Dalai Lama Trek team 2015

Take on on one of the best treks charity events can offer, through the foothills of the Himalayas (North India) and make a real difference at the RUH.

Your challenge is to trek for 67km over five days through this fascinating region of North India at the heart of the world’s highest mountain range. Explore the Kingdom of Gaddi – a semi nomadic race who wander the high passes with their cattle – passing Hindu settlements and Buddhist Monasteries with spectacular views of the Himalayan mountains.

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Crafty Saturday raising money for two local charities

Join families nationwide on 25th October 2014 for Crafty Saturday – a new fun packed charity event which will take place across the country, run by The Creation Station.

The event in Bath will be raising money for 2 local charities – the Forever Friends Appeal for RUH NICU and also Harmonie-Rose Allen’s Trust – Hope 4 Harmonie. Harmonie-Rose attended baby classes with us and I feel it’s very important to help raise funds to try to help Harmonie-Rose and her family. It was always a pleasure to have Harmonie-Rose in the class and all of us involved in that class feel the need to do something, anything to help.

Crafty Saturday will be running locally at St Philips & St James Church from 10am to 1pm. The children will be able to take part in inspirational and exciting crafty activities based around an Awesome Autumn theme. There will be activities available for all ages of children, even babies as young as 6 months, allowing all the family to enjoy some quality, creative time together. All are welcome to come along and discover the range of experiences offered by the Creation Station Bath, from our Baby Discovery classes to our Arty Parties and Create Club After School clubs.

Entry to Crafty Saturday costs £5 per child or £8 for the family and includes the cost of materials used. You are able to drop by the event any time between 10am and 1pm, but please pre-book to ensure sufficient materials are available for all.

Please email me: nickismith@thecreationstation.co.uk to confirm your places.

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Bath Uni Engineering & Design raises hundreds for Ted’s Big Day Out

The Faculty of Engineering & Design raised over £400 pounds for Ted’s Big Day Out last Friday. Staff banded together for the good cause by baking an array of delicious cakes and selling them on stalls in each Department.

Iain Forster, Director of Administration said: “I am delighted at all the support received across the Faculty. It is amazing how selling cakes over just a couple of hours raised a fantastic total of over £400 to support this event, Ted’s Big Day Out for the Forever Friends Appeal.

“The Forever Friends Appeal supports our local hospital, the funds raised help make a real difference to the lives of many patients cared for by the Royal United Hospital.”

A special thank you to Claire Hogg for getting the Faculty baking, and to everyone who baked, staffed the stalls and contributed to the total by buying a cake.

Ted’s Big Day Out is the Royal United Hospital’s annual fundraising day, when thousands of organisations and individuals take their teddy bear to work and raise money for a good cause. The day is part of the Forever Friends Appeal which funds additional equipment, research and innovations, as well as the finishing touches and ‘extras’ that complement the existing high quality care at the Hospital.

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Funky footwear and bears raise cash on Ted’s Big Day Out

Thousand across Wiltshire, Bath and Somerset took teddy bears to work and school for the day and put on funky footwear.

Despite facing competition from the Stand up to Cancer campaign, Ted’s Big Day Out, celebrating its 15th birthday, was said to be the best ever.

Money was raised for the Forever Friends Appeal’s RUH Cancer Care Campaign, for a cancer centre due to open at the Bath hospital in 2018.

Hospital mascot Big Ted visited children at Grittleton House School, Lodge Farm Nursery School in Kington St Michael and Bath ASU in Corsham, which provides aseptic manufacturing services including chemotherapy.

Grittleton House School’s headmaster Nathan Dawes said: “It is a charity that we love to support and we were very privileged to have a visit from Big Ted.”

“The early years children thoroughly enjoyed the day and the footwear theme really captured their imaginations; there was everything from shiny wellies to decorated slippers.”

Ted’s Big Bake Off in the RUH atrium sold a record amount of cakes to staff and visitors and raised £1,000 towards the appeal for the new cancer centre.

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Ted’s Big Day Out! has arrived

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