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Handy tips on raising sponsorship for the BHM

Vitality Bath Half Marathon charity director Mel Taylor offers some handy tips on raising sponsor money

Over the Christmas holidays Bath’s streets will be peopled with runners putting in the miles of training ahead of the 2015 Vitality BATHALF marathon on Sunday 1 March. Quite a few of those runners will have committed to raising money for their favourite charities and race charity director, Mel Taylor has some handy fundraising  tips for the lead up to the big day.

This year alone the world has seen a social media fundraising storm with both the extremely successful ‘no make-up selfie’ and the ALS Ice Bucket challenge far removed from the modest charity box. Still though, one of the biggest ways that charities raise money is through teaming up with running events such as the Vitality Bath Half Marathon (Vitality BATHALF).

When Bath based family business, Running High Events, took over the organisation of the Vitality Bath Half in 2000, the event was raising just £30,000 a year for charity, but since then the event has grown year on year, pushing new boundaries and smashing fundraising targets.

Funds raised by Bath Half runners has increased every year for the past 16 years, bringing the total raised in that time to around £16m. Over the years, the number of charity partners has evolved from just one in 2000, to more than 90 local and national charities today. Last year, runners helped raise over £2million for their chosen good causes and the organisers hope to beat that record again in 2015.

If you are fundraising for a charity that is close to your heart by taking part in the 2015 Vitality BATHALF and you’re a little unsure of how to get the best out of your endeavour, here are some top tips to get you on your way to fundraising success.

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Mel Taylor’s top fundraising tips:

• Be passionate: Whether you’re running for an animal charity, children’s charity or local good cause you have to be passionate about who you are dedicating your challenge to.

• Share your story: The only way to increase the amount that you raise is to share your story anywhere that you can because you never know who you might inspire. Make use of social media – it’s free, quick and easy to use. Remember, the more people that see it, the more likely you are to receive donations. We are also always looking to share stories of our inspirational runners so make sure that we know about it too, as well as telling the charity that you are running for.

• Create an online donation page: In order for people to donate to your cause quickly and effectively it’s best to have an online donation page. They are great because the donation is instant so you don’t have to worry about collecting the money yourself and the sites give you the option to be a bit creative. Our favourite is uk.virginmoneygiving.com where you can set a page up for free and it takes minutes to complete.

• Team up: When thinking about signing up for a large event like the Vitality BATHALF it can be quite daunting, especially if you are going solo. Teaming up is a great way to fundraise for an event for many reasons: there are more of you therefore you can share your story wider, you can create fundraising days together and share out tasks, and most importantly if there is a team of you training for the race you can keep each other motivated.

• Create a blog: People love nothing better than a story that they can follow. Document your progress with training, donations and any fundraising days that you have and allow people to really get behind your story. You could do this in any way that you like whether it’s just a series of Facebook posts, an online journal or a series of Instagram pictures – anything you can think of to share your journey will benefit your cause, you may even motivate and inspire someone to join in.

• Be creative: Another way is to host a fundraising event. My advice is to start simple and build up to the more creative and wacky ideas. Why not host a dinner party and ask friends to donate what they would spend eating out to your cause? You could also go to your local bar or cafe and see if they will host a quiz night and ask people to donate there. Another thing to note is that most charities will have a fundraising pack available to download or order with posters, leaflets, sponsorship forms and will have plenty of hints and tips also.

• Think local: Thousands of local events and fairs take place locally so keep an eye out to see if there is anything happening where you may be able to set up a cake or craft stall or even better , find out if any traders will be willing sell products on your behalf to generate donations. The best place to check would be on council websites who will usually have a directory with all listed traders.

• Have fun: Most importantly, enjoy yourself. Be proud that you are making a difference. There really are so many worthwhile causes out there and every penny counts. So get your fundraising cap firmly on, pull on your running shoes and join us to be part of what we hope will be another record breaking year at the Vitality BATHALF in terms of fundraising.

This year’s featured charities are: Lead Race Charity, Teenage Cancer Trust; Official Fun Run Charity, Jamie’s Farm; Local Charity of the Year, Bath Rugby Foundation; and the Featured Appeal, RUH Forever Friends Appeal. In addition to the featured race charities, the organisers of the Vitality BATHALF work with more than 90 local and national charities who all have reserved places available in the race.

Story from http://thebathmag.co.uk/proud-making-difference/

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Anneliese’s Story

In August 2014 I was diagnosed with breast cancer.

The three months following that diagnosis have been a bit of a blur… At the beginning of August life was normal, a holiday to look forward to with Mia, Matt and Jack, a new home to nest in and decorate… Life was good… and a flippant remark when registering with a new GP turned life up side down, resulted in two surgeries, countless hospital appointments, complications and in two days time I start the first cycle of chemotherapy, all from one sentence, one you never think you’ll hear, you read about this happening to other people, not you… Right?

‘I’m really sorry, you have Breast Cancer’.

In the UK 1 in 3 people will be touched by cancer, 1 in 8 women will be affected by breast cancer… I just never thought I’d be one of them, not at 40 years old! And those who know me will know that I’ve already had what I considered to be the one big shock illness in life, needing a dual chamber pacemaker implanted in Dec 2012, because of a rare heart disorder! Hard to believe that less than two years later I’m putting loved ones and friends through another shock diagnosis!

What has struck me most since the discovery of a ‘lump’, is the speed at which I have been treated. The staff at RUH Bath have been amazing! My surgeon has been quick, decisive, positive, inspired confidence… My breast care nurse, a hug in human form, compassionate and sensitive… All the teams I’ve encountered on my cancer journey so far, the theatre teams, anaesthetists, the ward nurses, pacemaker techs, cardiology, oncology, all quick to react, busy in the background making sure things go to plan, without hitches. We couldn’t predict the second surgery, owing to a lack of clear margin, but again action swiftly taken…

It’s been tough, I won’t lie to you, I’ve been as scared as I have been strong in the last three months. I’ve lost several centimetres of my left breast, had the nipple removed and had my tumours regraded as the most aggressive form of Breast Cancer… Yet right now, even though I’ve had surgeries, I don’t feel ill, almost feel embarrassed when people ask how I am, because externally I don’t look different to any other woman. But I’m still at the beginning of my journey, 7th Nov sees the start of chemo every three weeks, taking me through to March, a short break before radiotherapy everyday for 4 weeks, more breast surgery, a possible pacemaker replacement as it’s likely to be fried from the treatment.. Months of support ahead of me from all the teams at Royal United Hospital, all aiming to make my treatment as easy as possible in the circumstances…

There is no dedicated cancer unit at RUH. I had breast surgery and was sent to recover on a hip replacement ward with women (and men!) mostly 70 plus… And this brings me to the Forever Friends Appeal. RUH are building a new state of the art cancer unit aimed at delivering a holistic approach to cancer and giving control to the patient. RUH need to raise £8.5m of the c£23.5m needed to build this unit…

I will start to see my hair thin after my first chemo cycle, the second will bring about most of my hair falling out.., and this is the point I want to take control of my cancer and face it on my terms. I don’t want to face chemo or cancer, or any part of the journey I face over the next year, without feeling I am in control of what happens… That I’m fighting and beating cancer!

I’m not letting chemo take my hair, I’m making it count, making the decision to shave my hair off on 11th Nov for charity, before cancer takes it away from me, to raise money for a worthy cause. I won’t benefit from the new cancer unit at Bath, it won’t be completed until after my treatment ends but I want my hair loss to be a positive thing! I’m making a bald statement and standing up to breast cancer!!

Chemo represents the hardest part of breast cancer for me, the part where I start to look less like me and more like a cancer sufferer, the day where I can’t hide what I’m going through. So I was hoping you’ll help turn this into a positive experience for me and help benefit others who will need RUH’s help, like me, to beat cancer.

I can’t get through the next few months alone, without the support of my family, friends and the staff at RUH treating me… And I don’t often ask for help and realise that times are tough for us all financially, but I’m hoping you will all help support me in raising money, as much as you can afford to give…

Thanks for your help and generosity in advance!!

Anneliese xx

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Support our NICU Unit on World Prematurity Day

This year 15 million babies will be born prematurely around the world, 60,000 right here in the UK. On 17 November, World Prematurity Day, we will join with other organisations around the globe to raise awareness and funds.

We know that having a premature baby can turn your world upside down. Join us and help us turn the world the right way up for the hundreds of families who use the Dyson centre for Neonatal Care.

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2015 Rotary Golf Classic supports The Forever Friends Appeal

The Rotary Club of Chippenham  are looking forward to meeting you at the 2015 Rotary Golf Classic, to be held on Thursday 16th April.

The day offers a great opportunity to play a challenging game of golf at the award winning Manor House Golf Club at Castle Combe, which is located in splendid scenery, on the edge of the Cotswold escarpment. The venue is listed as the Number 1 Course in Wiltshire, and is included in the UK’s “Top 100 Golf Courses”.

For 2015, the Rotary Club have nominated charity will be Bath’s Royal United Hospital “Forever Friends” Appeal, which is building what is believed to be the best cancer care centre for a district hospital in the UK. This is so important, as one in three people are affected by cancer. Every day, lives are changed forever by this disease, which indiscriminately alters the futures of people everywhere.

The club are looking to beat the nearly £4000 that was raised at the 2014 event.

This year the club will follow the now successful format, with access to the driving range to limber up, coffee and a bacon roll to get you going, followed by a “shotgun” start for a Texas Scramble medal competition. Buggies are included in the price and the day will be rounded off with the opportunity for a drink in the bar before the prize giving, followed by a traditional carvery dinner. This will include a charity auction with some stunning lots donated by local organisations. The £55 per person fee for all of the above is considerably cheaper than the usual cost of playing at this splendid course!

What a great opportunity to play a round of golf with friends, work colleagues, or to entertain corporate guests.

In addition to the two charity holes (beat the Pro and “stay on the green”), the day will feature on-course competitions for the straightest drive and nearest the pin for both ladies and gents.

There will be a number of excellent lots in the auction, which will be run by Gordon Brockman of Chippenham Auction Rooms as auctioneer – so bring your cheque book!

The star auction lot this year is the opportunity to drive a brand new £60 000 Jaguar F-type for a weekend with all expenses paid. This splendid lot has been provided courtesy of Grange, the Swindon Jaguar dealership. If rented from a specialist car hire company, the cost would be £1500+.

The application form and further information can be downloaded here.

If you would like to sponsor a hole at the event, please contact Rotarian Liz McCarron on liz.mccarron@btinternet.com.  For £120 you have the opportunity to display a banner for your company at a tee and behind the green, plus a mention in the Programme and Auction Schedule.

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Dad’s memory lives on through music in huge hit fundraiser

A tribute gig in memory of a Paulton musician has raised more than £3,200 for the new Cancer Centre at Bath’s Royal United Hospital.

Father-of-two Steve Nowell lost his long fight against a rare form of cancer in March this year.

The gig brought together three bands including his own band D Cups, where he played lead guitar, for the fundraiser.

Tickets sold out with more than 250 people turning up to the support the bands.

There were two donations of £500 each from businessmen Simon Roper and John Ford along with the ticket sales.

The proceeds from the night have helped swell Steve’s fund to more than £7,072.

Other money has come through donations from the funeral and from his widow, Ellie, and her efforts in the Bristol 10k with two friends just nine weeks after Steve died.

Ellie hopes the band night will become an annual event raising money for the Bath Cancer Centre.

She said: “Steve would really have enjoyed the night, music being such a passion of his and Timsbury being his home ground.

“We would really like to thank everyone who attended and supported the event, making it such a resounding success.

“It’s a testament to how well loved Steve was and how kind people are. We are deeply touched by everyone’s support.”

Steve, who lived in Paulton, was given the news he had adenoid cystic carcinoma in 2007. Only 30 people a year are diagnosed with the illness.

Ellie now has a new target to meet having been told by Jan Witt, the in memory and legacy officer at the Forever Friends Appeal, that if she manages to break the £10,000 barrier over the next couple of years then the support will be recognised through Steve’s fund by featuring his name on a facility, a room or a large piece of equipment.

Jan Witt has already paid tribute to the efforts by Ellie and Steve’s friends.

She said: “With such incredible support to date for Steve’s fund we will be able to significantly improve our cancer services for the hundreds of patients and their families who walk through our doors each and every day.

“Our pioneering cancer centre will be a state-of-the-art building, taking a holistic approach that is designed to produce a highly beneficial healing environment.”

Anyone wishing to make a donation should visit www.justgiving.com/Ellie-Nowell1/

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Big Ted & Mogers Drewett announce winners of school competition

On Friday 17th October, thousands of people across Bath, Somerset and Wiltshire took part in The Forever Friends Appeal’s annual fundraising day “Ted’s Big Day Out! 2014”, paying £1 to either take their teddy bear out for the day or to wear some funky footwear, all to raise funds in support of Bath’s Royal United Hospital.

To celebrate 15 years of Ted’s Big Day Out! official sponsors of the event, Mogers Drewett Solicitors, launched a special schools and nursery competition, open to every school and nursery who registered to take part in the Appeal’s annual event, which every year raises money to help transform care for patients and their families at The Royal United Hospital, across Bath, Somerset and Wiltshire.

Steven Treharne, Managing Partner at Mogers Drewett said: “Almost everyone knows someone who has been treated or cared for at the RUH, whether family, friends or colleagues and that is why Mogers Drewett are pleased to adopt The Forever Friends Appeal as our charity of the year again this year”.

The competition challenged pupils from registered schools and nurseries to design a pair of “Wacky Wellies” for the Appeal’s popular mascot “Big Ted”. Prizes up for grabs included a £50 Odeon Cinema gift card for the winning child and £100 Waterstones book vouchers for the winning school and nursery.

On Tuesday 11th November, Big Ted himself, along with staff from Mogers Drewett Solicitors paid a special surprise visit to the two lucky winners Ben Proctor from Leigh on Mendip School in Radstock and Sophie Willis from King Edward’s Pre-Prep and Nursery, Bath. Big Ted and friends presented the children with their prizes and thanked both schools for taking part in the Appeal’s annual fundraising day, which every year raises funds to support patients and their families at Bath’s Royal United Hospital.

Both Ted’s Big Day Out! and Mogers Drewett’s “Wacky Welly” competition provided the perfect opportunity for pupils at Leigh-on-Mendip First School to be creative,. Both children and adults at the school also took part in the Big Stomp around the school grounds wearing their funky footwear! Head teacher Mary Sturgess said: “We were so delighted to hear that Ben had won the design a welly competition with his crocodile design. Well done Ben!” Ben, who is 8, joined Leigh-on-Mendip School in September this year.

Jayne Gilbert, Head teacher at King Edward’s Pre-Prep said: “Sophie and the rest of the children didn’t’ know Big Ted was coming today, so imagine their excitement when he joined assembly today! We are so proud that Sophie’s beautiful picture was picked by the judges and we were delighted to support the RUH’s Forever Friends Appeal earlier in the month when the whole school wore the brightest, most funky footwear to raise money for the appeal.”

Events & Community Officer for the Appeal, Emily Lynch, comments: “The Forever Friends Appeal are so grateful to Mogers Drewett for supporting Ted’s Big Day Out! once again, and for all of the schools and nurseries who took part in our annual fundraising day for the hospital! Last year’s event raised over £21,000 for the Appeal’s RUH Cancer Care Campaign and whereas it will be some time yet before we know the grand total raised at this year’s event, we’re hoping to beat last year’s total!”

For more information about Ted’s Big Day Out!, The Forever Friends Appeal and their upcoming events, please visit www.foreverfriendsappeal.co.uk.

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Mother says “my son was in safest hands at NICU unit”

The mother of a baby born prematurely at the RUH has said a huge thank you for the wonderful care and treatment she received at the hospital’s neo-natal unit.

Kate Leonard’s baby son Joseph was born seven weeks early on June 24, weighing just 2lbs 13oz.

Thanks to the help and support from staff at the Dyson Centre for Neonatal Care (NICU) at the hospital, Joseph is now doing very well, gaining weight and growing fast.

Kate said: “It is such an amazing place. I cannot thank the staff enough, and it is a lovely environment.

“Nobody plans on these things happening. We never thought we would be in that situation, but it makes life so much easier when you feel so well looked after, and you know your baby is in the safest of hands.”

NICU and maternity services at the RUH generally has recently been awarded globally-recognised baby-friendly status by Unicef.

“The staff could not do enough to help us,” said Kate, and she and her partner Julian were allowed to visit Joseph at any time of the day or night.

“When it came near the time to bring him home, we were allowed to stay in a flat at the unit with Joseph, so that we could be nearby if there were any difficulties.

“The scariest thing is when you bring your baby home at first. You are so used to being surrounded by machines with alarms, monitoring his every breath.

“Then suddenly you are alone with this tiny baby and it can be very nerve-wracking.”

She gave birth to Joseph unexpectedly at 31 weeks after being diagnosed with preeclampsia, a potentially life-threatening condition for both mother and baby, by her health visitor.

“I went to a routine appointment at 31 weeks. I had no symptoms, and my health visitor picked it up straightaway.

“I gave birth unexpectedly that night. Thank God I had an appointment that day,” she said.

Joseph’s story, and many others like him, offers encouragement to other families of premature babies.

“It can be a very worrying time, but the staff at NICU are so dedicated and committed. There is nothing they would not do for you,” said Kate.

The Unicef award is in recognition of the care and support given to families of new-born babies in the area, and for work in supporting breastfeeding.

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Hollywood actor launhes Walk of Life 2015

Popular Irish actor, comedian and film director Chris O’Dowd, best known for his roles in films “Bridesmaid’s” and TV series “IT Crowd” and “Girls”, took time out of his busy schedule whilst visiting Bath this month, to help launch The Forever Friends Appeal’s 2015 Walk of Life.

The Walk of Life, proudly sponsored by Kier Construction, is an annual event that challenges people across Bath, Somerset and Wiltshire to walk 21 miles along the Kennet and Avon canal between Devizes and Bath to raise funds for Cancer Care at Bath’s Royal United Hospital. Chris was in Bath this month to promote his first novel “Moone Boy” at Bath’s Komedia Club and was happy to officially launch the date for next year’s event, which has been set as Saturday 16th May 2015.

Over 300 people signed up to take part in the 2014 Walk of Life, some to celebrate the memory of lost loved ones, others to fundraise in support of friends or family members who are being treated at the RUH. Many were brave enough to take on the full 21 mile challenge, whilst others chose to walk 12 miles in the morning from Devizes to Bradford-On-Avon or 9 miles in the afternoon from Bradford-On-Avon to Bath.  This year’s event was a huge success, raising over £40,000 for the RUH Cancer Care Campaign. People are now being encouraged to sign up early for 2015 so they can start kick start their training and fundraising.

May 2015 will see the Appeal organizing the eighth annual Walk of Life event, which was created in 2008 in memory of Vanessa Kyte – a remarkably inspirational mum, daughter, sister, wife and friend who was diagnosed with cancer in the year 2000.  Seven years on, Vanessa passed away at her home in Rudge with her family around her and this weekend will see the seventh anniversary of Vanessa’s death. Vanessa’s sister Nic Noble comments:  Seven years have passed since Ness, my amazing fundraising sister, said goodbye. The total raised at this year’s event was incredible, and thank you so much, but painfully I am reminded about why we do the Walk of Life. Each year, another dear person is touched by cancer and shows me how fantastic the RUH’s Oncology team are at dealing with this disease and why we need the new Cancer Centre to help encompass them and the community. You can now register to take part in next year’ Walk of Life online, so when you’re thinking “I need a challenge!” over the Christmas period, do remember me and please sign up!

The Walk of Life 2015 is a positive walk to celebrate life, and sets off from Devizes Wharf, heads along the Kennet and Avon canal through Bradford-On-Avon and finishes just off the canal pathway in Sydney Gardens, Bath.  Walkers can choose to walk 9, 12 or 21 miles and are encouraged to raise sponsorship to go towards a pioneering new Cancer Centre.

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 the RUH.

2015 will be the second year that construction company, Kier, has sponsored this popular annual event.  Kier is working in partnership with the RUH Bath NHS Foundation Trust on the redevelopment of the hospital site.  

Open to both men and women, early bird registrations are now open for the 2015 Walk of Life at just £15 per place when you sign up online via The Forever Friends website.

Events & Community Officer for The Forever Friends Appeal, Emily Lynch comments:  The Appeal were absolutely overwhelmed at the support for the 2014 Walk of Life – the event just keeps growing! The Events team is now busy making plans for next year’s walk, where regular walkers will see some exciting new changes to several aspects of the event, courtesy of both our supporters and lead sponsor Kier Construction!  We hope that as many people as possible will take advantage of our early bird online registrations between now and Christmas. To sign up to help better Cancer facilities for patients and their families at the RUH, simply our walk of Life page

Volunteer marshals are located on various locations along the Walk of Life route – handing out water, refreshments and encouragement.  Please contact the Appeal if you would like to volunteer your time to help marshal at the event.  To sign up for the 2015 Walk of Life online click here or call the events team on 01225 825823 for more information.

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Rode Ball raises over £21,000 for two local charities

Over 300 members of the local community attended the Rode Autumn Ball on Saturday 11th October 2014 to raise funds for two local causes.  The glamorous event, organised by the Rode Ball fundraising committee, has raised an incredible £21,000 – £11,282 for the Royal United Hospital’s Forever Friends Appeal and £10,000 for The Friends of Rode School.  This is the second Rode Ball organized, the first being held in October 2012.

Guests were greeted with champagne and canapés on arrival at the fire themed black tie event.  A fire performer and magician entertained guests as they made their way to the marquee, kindly sponsored by Southwest Marquees. Champagne then flowed, as dinner was served by ‘A Bit of A Do’ Catering Company.

Following dinner both Mrs Carolyn Tommy, Head teacher of Rode School and Mr Jeff Manning, President of The Forever Friends Appeal, spoke to guests about the importance of the nights fundraising for each charity.  The Forever Friends Appeal is currently raising £8.5million towards the building of a pioneering new Cancer Centre for the RUH.  Mr. Manning’s speech was then followed by a few words from a former patient of the RUH who, having had recent successful treatment for stomach cancer, shared his incredible and moving story with guests.

Guests then had the chance to bid at a spectacular auction, which included lots donated from many generous companies and individuals including a week in Palm Springs, tickets to the Graham Norton show and a signed 50th anniversary Red Arrows flying suit. The evening then culminated in everyone being entertained by local Bristol Band, Soul Strutters and Alex Fell, DJ from Bespoke DJ Events.  The dance floor was never empty and the fun continued with the arrival of a London Black cab photo booth and bucking bronco.  This, in conjunction with the Vodka Ludge Ice Sculpture, provided much entertainment for the rest of the evening.

Kelly Jupp, Member of the Rode Ball committee comments: “As a committee we would like to thank all the local businesses and organisations who supported the event either through sponsorship or donations to our raffle and auction. The night was a huge success and we are thrilled that we managed to increase the amount we raised in 2012. We were privileged to be awarded the Forever Friends Appeal Community Partner Award in 2012 and to be able to donate a further £11,282 to the Forever Friends Appeal and £10,000 to the local school is just fantastic”

The Forever Friends Appeal would like to thank Rode Ball committee for raising such an incredible amount to go towards the Campaign for a pioneering new Cancer Centre. Jeff Manning is proud to have started The Forever Friends Appeal 16 years ago and is now Hon President. Speaking after the Rode Ball he said: “This was a truly fabulous occasion. The hard working Rode committee did a brilliant job of planning such a big and glittering event.  It was a pleasure and a privilege for me to represent our Cancer Care Campaign.”

To find out more about The Forever Friends Appeal, visit www.foreverfriendsappeal.co.uk.

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Mogers Drewett awarded Corporate Partner status

Employees at the Bath and Wells offices of law firm Mogers Drewett received a surprise visit from Big Ted, the mascot of The Royal United Hospital’s Forever Friends Appeal, to thank them for their fundraising support during this year’s Ted’s Big Day Out and to present them with a corporate plaque officially marking the company’s status as a Corporate Partner of the Appeal.

The Forever Friends Appeal is the chosen charity of the West Country based law firm and the company has raised over £18,000 towards the Appeal’s £8.5 million fundraising goal to help build a pioneering new Cancer Centre for Bath’s RoyalUnitedHospital. The news was delivered direct to the employees by Big Ted himself on his visit with the presentation of a Corporate Partnership plaque to the staff.

Steven Treharne, Managing Partner of Mogers Drewett said, “We feel passionately about supporting the local communities and charities where we operate from and we have been involved with raising funds for the Forever Friends Appeal for a long time.  The Cancer Care Appeal has really touched our team as unfortunately, many of us know or have known cancer sufferers.  It is an honour to be recognised by the charity for our involvement in fundraising and the team is delighted to be able to continue to support such an important cause.”

Corporate Officer for The Forever Friends Appeal, Jo Common, comments:  “This ongoing support shows just how important relationships between charities and local businesses can be.  We thoroughly enjoy working with Mogers Drewett and are so pleased that the Bath and Wells offices are on board with our fundraising Campaign for a pioneering new Cancer Centre.  We would therefore like to thank them for all the funds they have raised for the Appeal over the years.  Recognising Mogers Drewett as one of our highly valued Corporate Partners, with an acknowledgement in the new Cancer Centre, is our way of being able to say thank you.”

The fundraising activity is already set up to continue throughout 2015, with eight Mogers Drewett employees signing up to run the Bath Half Marathon in March in aid of the charity. For more information on The Forever Friends Appeal and how to become a Corporate Partner, visit www.foreverfriendsappeal.co.uk.

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