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Miracle Baby Poppy Laker’s Charity Golf Day

On 17th April 2013, Poppy Laker arrived into the world and into the arms of the doctors and nurses at Bath’s Royal United Hospital’s Dyson Centre for Neonatal Care (NICU). After a difficult birth, where Poppy was starved of oxygen, she was transferred to Bristol St Michael’s NICU in a specialist ambulance and was only the second baby in the world to benefit from xenon gas treatment to minimise the risk of brain injury. The treatment proved to be remarkably successful and miracle baby Poppy is showing no signs of brain damage. On Friday 8th May Poppy’s family, including parents Steve and Kelly Laker, are organising the ‘Poppy Laker Charity Golf Day’ at Farrington Park to say thank you to the teams that looked after her in her first days. The day will be raising funds for the Dyson Centre for Neonatal Care (NICU) at the RUH, Cots for Tots in Bristol and SPARKS Children’s Medical Research Charity.

Here’s Poppy’s remarkable story:

Poppy was born on 17th April 2013 into the arms of the doctors and nurses at RUH Bath’s Dyson Centre for Neonatal Care (NICU). After a difficult labour and birth Poppy was in a critical condition after being starved of oxygen she had a weak heartbeat and had stopped breathing. The team worked tirelessly where they successfully revived and stabilised her, enabling this fragile child to be transferred to Bristol St Michael’s NICU. This journey itself was ground breaking, as Poppy was only the second baby in the world to travel in the specialised ambulance.

During this surreal nightmare Poppy’s new parents, Steve and Kelly Laker from Paulton,  were approached by the doctors and asked if they would consider allowing their poorly baby to take part in a trial treatment. With only a 30 minute timeframe to decide, time was crucial. This involved a specialised incubator, which cools the child’s body temperature whilst breathing Xenon gas. After agreeing to the medical help available. Poppy spent the next three days receiving this treatment which slows brain activity and reducing the potential of brain damage caused by oxygen starvation. During this time and ever since, Poppy has received world-class treatment from the teams at RUH and St. Michael’s. Her successful recovery has been nothing short of a miracle. If you meet the bright, chatty and outgoing toddler Poppy, you’d never know or believe the trauma she went through at birth.”

At the Royal United Hospital in Bath one in ten babies are born too early, too sick or too soon and therefore need additional care. The Dyson Centre for Neonatal Care (NICU) provides this type of care to around three hundred babies every year. These babies, who can fit in the palm of your hand or are too sick to survive on their own, like Poppy, need everything that modern technology can offer. This very Centre was 50% funded by The Forever Friends Appeal, the main charitable arm of the Hospital, from charitable support as part of the NICU ‘space to grow’ Campaign and provides these premature babies with the best possible start in life. Charitable donations continue provide state-of-the-art treatment and diagnostic equipment that helps staff deliver the best possible care to these fragile young lives.

Steve and Kelly have been through any parent’s idea of hell and because of this have organised the ‘Poppy Laker Charity Golf Day’ to say thank you and raise funds that will help support all the team’s involved in Poppy’s recovery to help families of special care babies in the future. The Golf Day will take place on Friday 8th May at Farrington Park near Farrington Gurney and Paulton. There are a variety of fun ways you can get involved from entering a 4 ball team for £180, hole sponsorship as well as a raffle and silent auction in the day. To find out more please contact Steve or Kelly Laker at poppyfundraiser@outlook.com or 01761 413834

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Drivers take a spin round Castle Combe Circuit

A variety of cars, old and new, experienced the need for speed and a taste of track action all for a good cause last Thursday 16th April. The second charity track day of its kind at Castle Combe Circuit raised over £5,250 for its selected beneficiary charity, The Forever Friends Appeal at the Royal United Hospital in Bath.

The track day gave drivers the opportunity to experience speed in their own cars, in a controlled environment, at one of the longest established and famous motor circuits in the UK. The concept of these fundraising track days is fondly referred to as ‘fun with a purpose.’ Where automobile self-abuse is out and enjoying your car, the track experience and the bigger picture is in.

On the day, cars ranged from a 1963 Aston Martin and Maserati Biturbo to BMW M3, Porsche 911 and several Lotus Elise’s. Passenger rides were also popular for those wanting the chance to ride in a car of their dreams, in exchange for a donation to the charity.

Maria Fisher from Castle Combe Circuit comments: “I’m so pleased that we can yet again help contribute towards this worthy cause and of course a big thank you must go to the track day organiser, Christopher Darwin, to offer us this great opportunity to choose a local charity especially as I still visit RUH for regular check-ups after my major operation in 2013.”

The days fundraising will go towards the RUH Cancer Care Campaign which is raising £8.5million, contributing vital funds to the building of a pioneering new Cancer Centre for the Royal United Hospital in Bath. This Centre will be a pioneering building, focused on an individualised and holistic approach to the treatment of cancer patients, where every part is designed around the needs of patients with different forms of cancer as well and their friends and family who visit them.  It will transform care for local patients and their families in Bath, Wiltshire and Somerset and even further afield.

Over the years, these ‘fun with a purpose’ track days have raised over £100,000 for a variety of good causes at circuits around the country.

Laura Pearce, Events Fundraiser for The Forever Friends Appeal, says:

“We are thrilled that Castle Combe Circuit chose to support The Forever Friends Appeal for a second year in a row with this fantastic track day. As a hospital serving over 500,000 people across Bath, Somerset, Wiltshire and even further afield, supporting the RUH is a local cause that touches the hearts of so many – including motor-enthusiasts! In 2014 they raised over £3,000 so to beat that total the second time around, with an incredible £5,250 is amazing! We hope all of the drivers and passengers thoroughly enjoyed their day on this world-class track– thank you Castle Combe Circuit!”

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Business teams invited to join the Walk of Life

Businesses across Bath, Somerset and Wiltshire, are being encouraged to enter teams in the 2015 Walk of Life.  Taking place on Saturday 16th May, the Walk of Life, proudly sponsored by Kier Construction, is an annual event organised by The Forever Friends Appeal charity.  The event challenges people to walk 9,12 or 21 miles along the Kennet and Avon canal between Devizes and Bath to raise funds for Bath’s Royal United Hospital.

2015 will be the second year that construction company, Kier, has sponsored this popular annual event and will be entering a Kier team in the Walk of Life Corporate Challenge.  Kier health & safety mascot, Kieran, and Forever Friends Appeal mascot, Big Ted, met up on the canal recently in preparation for the event on May 16th.

Kier Construction Operations Director, Dave Snell comments: “We agreed to sponsor last year’s walk knowing it was an excellent event supporting a really good cause.  All our staff enjoyed taking part in the Corporate Challenge and I know that we will be even better represented this year.  We have given our management trainees the almost impossible task of working with the organisers to make a brilliant event run even more smoothly.  I will be monitoring their performance over 21 miles!”

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Many walkers choose to take on the full 21 mile challenge, whilst others sign up to walk 12 miles in the morning or 9 miles in the afternoon.  The Walk sets off from DevizesWharf, heads along the Kennet and Avon canal through Bradford-On-Avon and finishes just off the canal pathway in SydneyGardens, Bath.  Corporate Challenge entrants can take part in any section of the Walk of Life (9, 12 or 21 miles) and registration costs £20.00 per person to enter.  Businesses are being invited to enter teams of colleagues, clients and suppliers in this unique team building event, and there is no limit to the number of entrants in each team.

Corporate Officer for The Forever Friends Appeal, Jo Common comments:  “Completing the Corporate Challenge as a team gives you an opportunity to enjoy a fun day out of the office, have time for team bonding, experience an environment where companies can compete against each other in a positive and friendly way and be involved with supporting a cause that is close to the hearts of so many people!”

Walkers can choose for their fundraising to go towards the RUH Cancer Care Campaign, or another ward or department of their choice in the hospital.  Many people sign up to celebrate the memory of lost loved ones, others to fundraise in support of friends, family or colleagues who are being treated at the RUH.

This is 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 passed away from cancer in 2007. One in two people will be 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, which will transform care for patients and their families at the RUH.  Walk of Life sponsors, Kier Construction, are pleased to be working in partnership with the RUH Bath NHS Trust on the redevelopment of the hospital site.  

To sign up for the 2015 Walk of Life as an individual or as a team in the Corporate Challenge, visit our walk of Life page

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Head shaved on William budd

The amazing Mandy Harmandian (left) is fundraising for the new Cancer Centre at the RUH and has just had her head shaved on William Budd ward! Mandy is currently receiving treatment at the RUH for Non Hodgkin Lymphoma and will hopefully have a stem cell transplant soon, with cells donated by her identical twin. Her niece Tara is planning to cut off her long hair into a bob to show her support.

To read more about Mandy’s story and support her fundraising please visit her JustGiving page: www.justgiving.com/Tara-Smith9

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King Edward’s School Pre-Prep Opens ‘Teddy’s Lodge’

A new school building, Teddy’s Lodge, has been opened at King Edward’s School Pre-Prep to give a ‘home from home’ atmosphere for children requiring care around school times.

The lodge was opened at King Edward’s School Pre-Prep on Friday 17th April during which children from the school were joined by Big Ted, from the The Forever Friends Appeal.

Located in its own building at the Pre-Prep with dedicated indoor and outdoor space, Teddy’s Lodge offers a real ‘home from home’ atmosphere for children requiring early morning and after school care.

Run by the teaching staff at KES, Teddy’s Lodge includes a welcoming kitchen and dining area, sitting room with comfy sofas and a bright and airy conservatory.

Teddy’s Lodge includes its own secure outdoor play area and children attending sessions will also enjoy the wider facilities available at the Pre-Prep including the sensory garden, outdoor wooden fort and extensive playground and playing field.

In addition to providing before and after school care, Teddy’s Lodge is also designed to act as a community space for families in the local area who will be able to drop in for regular ‘Stay and Play’ sessions or join classes run by Jo Jingles and the Creation Station, among others.

Anyone is welcome to attend these sessions and there is no requirement to have a prior connection with the school.

Teddy’s Lodge is the vision of King Edward’s Head of Pre-Prep, Jayne Gilbert, who said: “The whole idea of Teddy’s Lodge was to make it feel like a home from home for children staying on after school or arriving earlier in the morning.

“It’s a cosy nurturing space that is a world away from the classroom environment.”

Just as important to Jayne Gilbert was to make Teddy’s Lodge available to everyone in the Bath community.

Local families can join one of the weekly toddler classes or simply drop in for one of the regular ‘Stay and Play’ sessions.

As toddlers play and have fun, parents can enjoy a cup of tea and meet or catch up with other families.

Jayne Gilbert commented: “I really wanted to be able to offer local families a place where they could come and meet friends while their children played in a friendly and inviting space that offers both indoor and outdoor play areas.

“We also have an exciting number of classes on offer, with more being added to the timetable over the coming weeks, so do keep an eye on our calendar of events on the school website and spread the word to anyone looking for new baby or toddler groups.”

In the run up to the opening of Teddy’s Lodge, children at the Pre-Prep entered a school competition to draw a teddy bear.

Winning entries from each year will be framed and put on show in Teddy’s Lodge.

As part of the opening ceremony the school community also raised funds for the RUH Forever Friends Appeal, with all the children bringing their own teddy bears into school for the day.

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Playing the Ukulele all the way to Indian Adventure

Musician in Residence at the Royal United Hospital, Frankie Simpkins (24 years of age), will be swapping her ukulele for walking boots this October to take part in The Forever Friends Appeal’s India Dalai Lama trek to raise funds for the new Cancer Centre at the RUH. Frankie’s talent is singing so she will be raising funds by busking in Bath, and not only hopes to raise the awareness of her role as part of the Art at the Heart team at the Hospital, but the important role the arts has to play across the Hospital as well. Alongside her passion for helping and uplifting the spirits of patients through music, she also has been touched by cancer personally.

Frankie explains: “As soon as I saw the poster in the Hospital for the trek I knew straightaway that this was a fundraising adventure I wanted to take on for a few reasons. A number of people in my family have had and are fighting cancer, and although not all of them are being treated at the RUH, I really want to give something back to my local area. Without sounding morbid, the statistics suggest that someone close to me will get cancer in the future and would inevitably be treated at the RUH, so it is so important to me to help in some small way and contribute to the amazing new Centre planned.

I also love to challenge myself, and trekking India gives me two challenges – training to get fit and fundraising!”

Frankie’s role at the RUH as Musician in Residence is part of Hospital’s music programme Soundbite, which is run by Art at the Heart. Art at the Heart supports the Royal United Hospital with an innovative arts programme that aims to stimulate healing and well-being and creates an uplifting environment for all who stay.

Soundbite brings a varied programme of live music and creative activities to RUH wards and public areas of the Hospital. Since its initial pilot in 2010-2011 the programme has gone from strength to strength offering a completely different experience to standard background music, by providing an extra level of care that becomes the focus of attention, taking people’s minds off the worries they are likely to face in Hospital.

Frankie continues: “My job involves performing on the older people’s unit accompanied by my ukulele, singing well known oldies and I have recently started performing on the Children’s Ward where I tend to sing Disney, more specifically ‘Frozen’ songs! With my time on the Children’s Ward I have been working with young Oncology patients, which has really fuelled by desire to raise funds for the new Centre which would have a hugely positive impact on the lives of these little patients.

I love to sing and am so lucky to have a job where I get to sing to people every day. I choose my songs to complement the ward environment, so on a day where things seem quite frantic or fraught I might sing calmer quieter songs to promote a calm atmosphere, or if the patients seem a bit sad or anxious I will sing happy songs to cheer them up. Many patients sing along with me which is amazing, but I don’t expect them to, likewise I don’t force my music on people and always give them a choice – if I were poorly I wouldn’t necessarily want someone singing at my bed all the time!

My music doesn’t only affect the patients, but staff too, some sing along or dance around as they are doing their work which is so lovely and often the patients smile and laugh, which really helps the staff-patient relationship.

As well as working at the RUH, I am a franchisee of Musica, operating as Musica Wiltshire where I go into care homes and run interactive music workshops and I’m also a ‘Singing for the Brain Facilitator’ for the Alzheimer’s Society. Funnily enough I often come across people in the RUH who I know from my other work and it can be nice for them to see a familiar face. Often I can sing them their favourite song!”

Over the next few months Frankie will be putting her talent to even more good use by busking in and around Bath to get the fundraising part of her adventure going. She will be raising funds for The Forever Friends Appeal’s RUH Cancer Care Campaign is raising £8.5million, which will contribute vital funds to the building of a pioneering new Cancer Centre for the Royal United Hospital in Bath. This Centre will be a pioneering building, focused on an individualised and holistic approach to the treatment of cancer patients, where every part is designed around the needs of patients with different forms of cancer as well and their friends and family who visit them.  It will transform care for local patients and their families in Bath, Somerset, Wiltshire and even further afield.

Departing in October 2015, the Appeal’s India Dalai Lama challenge, in association with Global Adventure Challenges, 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. Trekkers will have the unique opportunity to explore the Kingdom of Gaddi (a semi nomadic race who wander the high passes with their cattle) passing through traditional Hindu settlements, Buddhist Monasteries, pine forests and even a glacier with spectacular views of the Himalayan mountains. This incredible challenge will end with time to explore the incomparable Taj Mahal, the greatest monument to love ever built!

To support Frankie’s trek and the RUH Cancer Care Campaign please visit her online fundraising page: www.justgiving.com/Frankie-Simpkins.

If you would like to join Frankie and travel to Northern India to raise funds towards the build of a pioneering new Cancer Centre for the Royal United Hospital (or another department in the hospital of your choice) please get in touch with Events Fundraiser, Laura on 01225 821535 / laurapearce1@nhs.net for more information or visit our India page. Places for the trek will be closing on Thursday 30th April so don’t miss out on this amazing opportunity!

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Ben’s Walk of Life

Benjamin Hinchliffe from Chapmanslade, who at the age of 32 has had more than his fair share of health problems, is planning to take on the challenge of a lifetime by taking part in The Forever Friends Appeal’s Walk of Life on 16th May. Despite a recent stay on William Budd Ward at the Royal United Hospital, Ben is determined to take part in the full 21 mile walk along the Kennet & Avon Canal, alongside his mum, dad and brother along with other members of the family. He will be raising funds for the RUH Cancer Care Campaign to say thank you to the oncology staff at the Hospital who have looked after him so well.

When Ben was just four years old he was diagnosed with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia, a cancer of the white blood cells. At such a young age Ben was faced with grueling treatments, multiple hospital stays and care that still continues to this day. Here’s Ben’s story as told by mum Sally:

“Our brave son Ben has had more than his fair share of problems during his early years than most people have in a lifetime. He was diagnosed with ALL (Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia) at the age of four and at the age of seven had already relapsed and required a bone marrow transplant from his older brother. This itself led to further problems and more hospital stays.

Recently Ben has spent even more time as a patient in the RUH after an emergency admission in April 2014 led to another devastating diagnosis, bowel cancer. After the removal of a significant part of his bowel, chemotherapy followed. Treatment was dependent on how his body reacted having had so much treatment when he was younger.

He is now determined to return to full health and at the same time raise funds towards the build of a new state of the art Cancer Centre at the Hospital.”

One in two people are affected by cancer and everyday lives are changed by this disease, just like Ben and his family.  The Forever Friends Appeal’s RUH Cancer Care Campaign is raising £8.5million, which will contribute vital funds to the building of a pioneering new Cancer Centre for the Royal United Hospital in Bath. This Centre will be a pioneering building, focused on an individualised and holistic approach to the treatment of cancer patients, where every part is designed around the needs of patients with different forms of cancer as well and their friends and family who visit them.  It will transform care for local patients and their families in Bath, Somerset, Wiltshire and even further afield.

With the help of amazing supporters just like Ben, the RUH Cancer Care Campaign is over half way to achieving its target of £8.5 million. Ben explains why this Walk and fundraising for the new Centre is so important to him:

“Before finishing my treatment at the end of 2014, having fought off pneumonia and other complications associated with my treatment, I picked up a leaflet for the Walk of Life and vowed I would take part this May. I continue to experience numbness and pain in my hands and feet as well as fatigue but I’m determined not to let these problems get in the way! Training is already well underway with walks along the canal, getting stuck into the gym and a break with my family in the Brecon Beacons!

After the wonderful care, support, kindness and understanding from the amazing team of nurses and doctors at the RUH I want to give something back and repay them in some way for all that they have done for me. By taking part in the Walk of Life’s 21 miles with the rest of my family I can help towards raising funds towards the build of the much needed new Cancer Centre that will help patients as well the brilliant staff.

If you would like to sponsor Ben and support the RUH Cancer Care Campaign please visit his online fundraising page: www.justgiving.com/Ben-Hinchliffe2

The Walk of Life, proudly sponsored by Kier Construction, is a positive walk to celebrate life with every step along the beautiful Kennet & Avon Canal.  Taking place on Saturday 16th May, walkers can choose to walk the 9, 12 or 21 mile route which sets off from Devizes Wharf, winds through Bradford on Avon and ends at Sydney Gardens in Bath. Open to both men and women, entry is just £20 and walkers are encouraged to raise funds for the Cancer Care Campaign or another ward or department of choice at the RUH. If you would like to be part of this event and join Ben and his family please visit our Walk of Life page for more information.

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Family Rally together to Ride over the charred Cape Peninsula

On 8 March 2015, 12 members of one family, from four continents, cycled the Cape Town Cycle Tour to celebrate the life of Richard Sheen. Richard (34), from Castle Combe, died on 23 June 2014 in the Royal United Hospital Bath, after a short illness. The family raised funds towards The Forever Friends Appeal’s RUH Cancer Care Campaign, as a way of saying thank you for the excellent medical care he received during his three month stay in the Intensive Therapy Unit.

Richard knew he was dying after a very late diagnosis of an aggressive Bowel Cancer and said he was too young to be planning his own funeral. Even though he was terribly sick, he made it clear that if his experience raised awareness and help save the lives of any of his family and others in the future, then it would have been worthwhile.  Richard died of the same Cancer that took his Uncle Mark, 15 years earlier, also at a very young age.

At his bedside the family promised him that they would do something to celebrate his life and decided to participate in the Cape Town Cycle Tour, his home town, whilst supporting the hospital that gave him such wonderful care, support and kindness by the amazing staff he called his ‘Angels’. Richard was very touched by the idea,  as at times during his treatment there was a glimmer of hope that he too would be able to return to Cape Town for his last months, but is was never possible.

The 110 kilometre event is billed as the “World’s largest timed cycle race” and had British Cyclist, Mark Cavendish as the guest rider. The family gathered, from UK, USA, Australia and South Africa in March for the final training rides. Some were regular cyclists; others had not been on a bicycle for 40 years!

Unfortunately, the Cape peninsula was hit by devastating bush fires, as the strong winds fanned the fire from one ocean to the other. The organisers took the decision to cancel the event and replace it with a truncated 50 kilometre solidarity ride in tribute to the fire fighters who had spent days and days fighting the fires. It was a disappointing outcome, but the family still took the opportunity to pay tribute and remember Richard and Mark, and also the bravery of the fire fighters in what was a very special event.

Wendy Sheen, Richard’s mother was tearful as she mourned the loss of her son and celebrated the gift of his short life, she said “It was a fitting tribute and I hope Rich was staring down on us and smiling.” Richard loved ‘the angels’ at the RUH Bath and as a family we are extremely grateful for the quality of care provided by the NHS when he was at his most vulnerable.”

Jan Witt, In Memory & Legacy Officer for the Forever Friends Appeal comments “We cannot thank Richard’s family enough for  their bravery and commitment for taking on such a big challenge at a very difficult time in their lives. What they achieved in Richard’s memory is absolutely incredible and their support towards the RUH Cancer Care Campaign will make a huge difference to patients suffering from cancer now and in the future.”

Richard’s father, John Sheen continues, “Even though we could not participate in the full event , all the training we did for it just means we will have to do the real thing next year.”

In the process, the family raised over £1,500 for the new Cancer Unit so that others like Richard and Mark can have the best possible care in their time of need.

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Simply does it for the RUH

Simple Recruitment, based in Midsomer Norton, have been busy engaging their clients throughout March to help their Easter initiative to support the Children’s Ward at Bath’s Royal United Hospital, as well as two other Bristol based Children’s charities. Companies all over the area have been donating Easter eggs to give to those children being looked after on the ward over the Easter period.  On Tuesday 7th April, Company Director, Jayla Wilcox visited the RUH Children’s Ward to present their donation of gifts, which were gratefully received on behalf of the children, by Lyn Gardiner, RUH Play Specialist.

In addition to this Easter initiative, in 2014 Simple Recruitment chose the Royal United Hospital’s Forever Friends Appeal as their charity partner, to support the Campaign to help build a pioneering new Cancer Centre.  Jayla Wilcox and her team have consequently spent the past eight months getting involved in all aspects of fundraising for the charity, in order to buy a ‘Virtual Wall’ for the new RUH Cancer Centre.  As part of the ‘Be a Brick’ fundraising scheme, organisations who raise £1000 can purchase a virtual wall, and will be given the opportunity to have their chosen name acknowledged within the design of the new Cancer Centre building.  Simple Recruitment have now raised over £1000 to purchase their virtual wall, and therefore have their company name acknowledged in the new Cancer Centre.  The team are now busy working towards their second thousand.

To help towards this target, on the first bank Holiday Monday in May, Jayla is taking on the Trowbridge long distance triathlon, including a 600m swim, 48k bike, 10k run.  Jayla’s past achievements for the charity in 2014 include completing both the Bristol and Chippenham half marathons, as well as the 5k Colour me Rad event last August.   Jayla comments:  “Every year our Easter Egg collection gets bigger and bigger our clients just love to get involved so much so we now deliver to 3 charities each year, it’s wonderful to work with companies who want to help in any way they can.  The RUH do a fantastic job in the services they provide throughout the hospital from the children’s ward to cancer care and all in between. The new cancer care unit is such an important project and we are glad to focus our fundraising activities in their direction.

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.

Corporate Officer for The Forever Friends Appeal, Jo Common, comments:  “We are so pleased to have the wonderful support of Jayla and her team at Simple Recruitment.  They are passionate about supporting many different areas of the hospital – not only is Jayla taking on many personal sporting challenges to raise funds for the Cancer Centre, she is also determined to help make a positive difference to patients on the children’s ward as well.  Here at the RUH, we are so very grateful for their ongoing support!”

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

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Cordero Lounge supports the RUH to celebrate Frome opening

Loungers, the West Country based restaurant/café/bar group is opening a brand new site in Frome on Wednesday 1st April 2015.   Cordero Lounge will open in the Westway Shopping Centre creating 25 jobs for local people.

To celebrate the opening and to emphasise Cordero Lounge’s family-friendly credentials, Loungers will donate 50p from every burger and 10p from every coffee sold in the first month of trading to the RUH’s Forever Friends appeal.  Money raised will be put towards the Children’s department.

Corporate Officer for The Forever Friends Appeal, Jo Common, comments: “We are so pleased to have been chosen as the beneficiary charity for Cordero Lounge’s first month of trading.  Every year, tens of thousands of local children receive care and treatment at the Royal United Hospital. Charitable support helps make life better for these children, and their families, by funding additional care, facilities and equipment. Thanks to our generous supporters, like Cordero Lounge, we are able to make life better for thousands of local children and families who are cared for in the RUH each year.”

Loungers has invested £550K transforming the site into a retro home from home, where dramatic art work will sit next to oversized vintage sofas and statement light fittings, in the eclectic style much loved by Lounge aficionados.

Graham Blackwell, operations manager, Loungers, said:  “Frome is the perfect location for our Lounge concept. There’s already a thriving and vibrant community and we’re really looking forward to playing our part in the foodie scene here.   Residents will be served by the very best – our new team is passionate about hospitality.  Our excellent pre-opening and ‘on the job’ training programme ensures our staff will be at the top of their game.  Training includes expert guidance from one of Europe’s most acclaimed baristas.”

Cordero Lounge will cater for all tastes throughout the day.  Whether you’re looking for the best coffee in town, a business lunch with colleagues or a lazy all-day brunch, Cordero Lounge is the perfect place to relax and unwind.  The menu features everything from their famous authentic tapas and Hero Burger to Tin Pan Louie’s beef chilli and the best mac and cheese you’ve ever tasted… or there’s the ever changing specials board.  Little people are well catered for with their very own kids’ menu.

Cordero Lounge, 5 Westway Shopping Centre, Frome, BA11 1BS


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