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Mamma Mia announced as 2015 Movie choice

The Forever Friends Appeal’s Movie by Moonlight is returning to Royal Victoria Park in Bath on Bank Holiday Sunday 30th August! Members of the public are being invited to put the date in their diaries for an evening of fun and entertainment under the stars with this year’s outdoor film screening of Mamma Mia (certificate PG).

Complete signage solutions company, Freestyle Designs, based on the Windsor Bridge in Bath has been announced as lead corporate sponsor for this popular annual event organised by the Royal United Hospital’s Forever Friends Appeal.  Entry to the event is free, with all funds raised on the night going towards the RUH Cancer Care Campaign – to help build a pioneering new Cancer Centre for the Hospital.

The film starts at approximately 8.30pm (or when it gets dark!), but people are encouraged to arrive early to secure a good spot.  Food outlets will be available on site and the Appeal team recommend bringing warm clothes and a torch for later in the evening.

Jayson Godridge set up Freestyle Designs just over 7 years ago and has worked closely with The Forever Friends Appeal since then, producing vehicle graphics, event banners, charity display boards and even the most recent bespoke flowers for the Appeal’s ‘Flower to Remember’ scheme. Jayson is therefore thrilled to now be sponsoring the Appeal’s popular outdoor film screening event.   Jayson, Managing Director comments:  “As a local company, we have always been very proud to support a local Charity. Over the years we have worked with and helped the team at The Forever Friends Appeal through various signage and display projects, so it’s an honor to be able to do more, by being given the opportunity to support an event like this.”

Events & Community Officer for The Forever Friends Appeal, Emily Lynch comments:  “The Movie is one of our most popular annual events – we are therefore just so pleased that Freestyle Designs have signed up to be our lead Movie by Moonlight sponsor this year as it is essential in helping us cover the costs of putting on such a large scale event.  Our gratitude also goes to Filmair Mobile Cinema Services for enabling us to hold this popular annual event. Last year saw our biggest crowd yet turn out for Grease, raising over an incredible £7,000 for a new Cancer Centre at the RUH. So don’t miss out on another night to remember, and we look forward to seeing what amazing 70’s inspired fancy dress costumes turn up on the night!” 

All funds raised at the event will go towards the RUH Cancer Care Campaign to help build an exceptional new Cancer Centre for cancer patients at the Royal United Hospital in Bath.  Each year the RUH cares for 2,200 new cancer patients from the hospital’s extensive catchment area.  The clinical care is amongst the best in the UK, but the cancer unit facilities are outdated and uncomfortable, and do not provide patients with the positive environment necessary to support the healing process.  The hospital’s vision is to build a Cancer Centre which will balance clinical expertise with the provision of a nurturing and therapeutic environment.

Emily continues, “This year the Appeal are very grateful to Bath Party Shop of Moorland Road for kindly donating some great 70’s costumes for our staff to be able to promote the movie. This year we are encouraging anyone planning to come along to Movie by Moonlight to pay a visit to Bath Party Shop to buy 70’s inspired outfits for the event – 10% of all proceeds will go to the RUH Cancer Care Campaign and there will be a spot prize for the best dressed boy and girl on the night!”

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

The Forever Friends Appeal are now looking for screen sponsors for the Movie, so if you are interested in finding out more, please contact Appeal Corporate Officer Jo Common on 01225 825392.

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Epic 100-mile run completed in memory of his father

A Frome man has completed a gruelling 100-mile run in 24 hours, raising more than £2,000 for The Forever Friends Appeal.

Guy Lucas, of Wayside Close, Frome, managed to complete the mammoth South Down 100 run in 24 hours and 26 minutes, finishing in 111th place from 265 starters, 62 of which did not finish.

The inspiration behind the run was Mr Lucas’ father, Paul, who suffered with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) for 12 years and died in Bath’s Royal United Hospital at the end of December aged 65.

COPD is the name given to a collection of lung diseases including chronic bronchitis, emphysema and chronic obstructive airways disease.

The ultra marathon started in Winchester and finished in Eastbourne and this year was in aid of the RUH’s Forever Friends Appeal.

Mr Lucas said: “I found the race to be very enjoyable and everything went well for the first 80 miles, it was the last 20 miles that I found extremely tough. They were run through the night when it got cold and windy. I went off course down a very steep and rocky gully for around half a mile and then had to turn around and climb back up it, which had a huge impact on my morale. The finish line at 6.26am was a very welcome site as was the cup of tea, bacon sandwich, hot shower and a chair.

“I would like to thank everyone who has donated to my cause, I have been truly humbled by everybody’s generosity and have received donations from people who I have never met. Myself and my family are extremely grateful that we are able to give something back to the people who cared for our father.”

Jan Witt, legacy officer at the Forever Friends Appeal, said: “We are absolutely thrilled Guy completed such a magnificent challenge in loving memory of his dear dad. The appeal is deeply indebted to him for choosing to support the respiratory unit at the royal united hospital and take this positive approach, whilst still coming to terms with his loss.

“Keeping his dad’s spirit alive in this way whilst raising funds towards the department where his father received such wonderful care over the years, I hope it makes him feel very proud of himself – well done Guy.”

There is still time to sponsor Mr Lucas, visit www.justgiving.com/Guy-Lucas1

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Bath man with brain cancer raises £1,450 towards new Cancer Centre

Tony Davidge has raised nearly £3,000 for two cancer causes despite being in the grip of the disease, yet again.

Tony went ahead with a charity sale last month just weeks after being diagnosed with brain cancer.

The Fairfield Park resident raised £2,900 which will be split between Cancer Research UK and The Forever Friends Appeal campaign to build a new cancer centre.

Tony had originally planned the sale to celebrate 25 years of surviving with cancer. Read the original story here


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Sir James Dyson starts demolition work at RUH

Staff at the Royal United Hospital (RUH) in Bath were delighted to welcome Sir James and Lady Deirdre Dyson this afternoon (4pm, Friday 12th June 2015) to celebrate a key milestone in the hospital’s redevelopment programme which will lead to a pioneering new Cancer Centre opening at the RUH.

The James Dyson Foundation generously donated £4 million in 2013 to the hospital’s charity – The Forever Friends Appeal – to help drive their Cancer Care Campaign. As leading donors and also Patrons of the Campaign, Sir James and Lady Deirdre Dyson were at the RUH today for the start of demolition work on the North side of the hospital site where the new Cancer Centre will be built following a sequential demolition and redevelopment programme.

The redevelopment programme is designed to relocate facilities without disrupting services and patient care whilst building projects are underway. A new Pharmacy and a new Combined Therapies centre will be built first in order to free up the space required to build the new £27 million Cancer Centre.

The RUH Cancer Care Campaign is raising £8.5 million towards the cost of this exceptional new facility for all those affected by cancer in the hospital’s South West catchment area. With a sensitive design and state-of-the-art technology, the new Cancer Centre will support the hospital’s bespoke and holistic approach to care for patients and their families. The new therapeutic building is being thoughtfully designed to promote health and wellbeing, reduce stress and anxiety and ultimately enhance the long-term survivorship of those patients with cancer.
Sir James and Lady Dyson were inspired to support the Cancer Care Campaign after being impressed by the design and success of the recently built Dyson Centre for Neonatal Care at the RUH and which has shown the huge impact that a healing environment can have on the recovery and development of premature babies.

Sir James and Lady Deirdre Dyson donated £600,000 towards the new Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) at the hospital, which opened in 2011. A holistic approach to care for tiny patients and their families has achieved extremely positive results and actively provides a model for the future of neonatal care in the UK and beyond.
The RUH now believes it will be building the very best Cancer Centre for a District General Hospital, and it is expected that the new Centre will also provide a model for the provision of cancer care throughout the UK.

Emma De Winton, lead Oncologist at the RUH says: “The hospital’s vision is to build a Cancer Centre which will complement our clinical expertise with the provision of a nurturing and therapeutic environment. Each year the RUH cares for 2,200 new patients with cancer. The clinical care is amongst the best in the UK, but the old buildings currently housing the Cancer Unit date back to the 1940s. They are uncomfortable, inefficient and do not currently provide patients with what we feel is the positive environment necessary to help promote patient recovery.”

The new Centre will include state-of-the-art medical equipment, dedicated research facilities, as well as art and pastoral gardens for patients and their families. There will be a dedicated Patient Wellbeing, Information, and Support Centre and an encouraged sense of community integrated with patient privacy and comfort.

The new RUH Cancer Centre will be a partnership between NHS and charitable funding sources. The project will be underpinned by funding from The Forever Friends Appeal and its £8.5 million Cancer Care Campaign.

Sir James Dyson says: “More than one in two people will develop cancer at some point in their lives and all of us will know someone suffering from this terrible disease. The new Cancer Centre is a unique opportunity to give up-to-the-minute care in a welcoming environment. It’s a project that thousands of people in the Bath area will benefit from – and a cause that I am passionate about.”

John Cullum, Chairman of The Forever Friends Appeal, says: “We are extremely grateful for the Dysons’ ongoing kindness and generosity towards supporting the RUH and Appeal fundraising as Patrons of the Cancer Care Campaign. We are now working on raising the last £1.9m of the campaign to reach the £8.5m target and welcome the continued support of the public in helping us to achieve this over the next two years.”

James Scott, RUH Chief Executive says: “The vision of the new Cancer Centre is to provide a therapeutic environment that is centred on patient care and experience, reducing stress and anxiety and promoting health. There is a real opportunity to build a Cancer Centre that provides the best possible support for patients, designed around the patient pathway from first diagnosis through to survivorship, remission or even end of life care. This vision will make the RUH’s cancer accommodation distinctive, integrating the healing environment into one site and services in a way that no other local trust has achieved at present.”

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Madison Oakley – Slow & Dirty Radstock Walk

Madison Oakley are raising funds for the Butterfly Room at the RUH Labour Ward by walking from their Moorland Road office to Radstock along the Two Tunnels cyclepath in fancy dress.  Starting at 11am on 28th June, you are welcome to join them for any or all of the route (fancy dress is optional!) and they’d also be very grateful for any donations to support their chosen charity.

GEDSC DIGITAL CAMERAAll the funds raised through the walk will go towards The Butterfly Room, on the RUH’s Labour Ward, which has been developed as a dedicated suite for families facing stillbirth.  The room is away from the hustle and bustle of Labour Ward, and is designed to allow the family the space and privacy to give birth and then spend time with their baby, making precious memories in their short time together.  The team intend to furnish the suite in a more homely way than is usual in hospital, with a sofa, coffee table and reclining chair for birth partners, along with restful artwork – but the funds must be raised to do this!  Donations welcome via The Forever Friends Appeal at www.justgiving.com/RUHButterflyRoom

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Walking the Himalayas to overcome cancer

Helen Pyne, 45 years of age from Gastard in Wiltshire, was devastated when she received the life changing diagnosis that she had breast cancer in March 2012. To help her come to terms with this cruel disease and get through the darker days following, Helen took up walking – and discovered that she loved it! Her treatment at the Royal United Hospital has since been successful and has taken part in a number of walking events. On the 30th October she will be lacing up her well-used walking boots to hike for five days through the foothills of the Himalayas as part of The Forever Friends Appeal’s trekking team. Helen is raising funds for the RUH’s Cancer Care Campaign, to give something back after the wonderful treatment and care she has received.

Helen describes her inspirational journey so far and how she’s preparing for the walk of a lifetime: I was diagnosed with breast cancer on the 20th March 2012 at the RUH – and it brought me to my knees.  However, even with the scary diagnosis of cancer, I was fortunate to only needed a lumpectomy as my lymph nodes were clear. I had the op on the 2nd May 2012 and then went on to four weeks of radiotherapy, so I got to know the RUH Oncology department fairly well!

One week after my op I gave up smoking for good on the 9th May 2012, two years to the day after I lost my Dad to smoking-related cancer.  Due to not having cigarettes and the awful tamoxifen used to treat my cancer, I started putting on weight.  I needed to do something to get myself out of the doldrums to help my mental recovery as well as get moving, so started walking and I found that I love it. I was never really a runner but one day while walking my black labrador Hector, I just decided to go that little bit further, then every day we did the same. We now do 4+ miles daily and at times we can be gone for anything up to 8 miles on a nice evening!

Walking has become Helen’s way to say thank you to all the staff that helped and cared for her throughout treatment and give a little bit back. She explains: The staff in the oncology department and the breast unit are wonderful people but are working in very tired surroundings, the buildings are so old and depressing which makes a scary time in people’s lives seem even darker. Walking and fundraising for the new Cancer Centre is my way of giving something back and saying thank you for looking after me.

In February 2013, I came across an advert for The Forever Friends Appeal’s Walk of Life and along with 9 friends completed the 21 miles in May and then again the following May raising over £4,000 for the new Cancer Centre. This year I wanted something different, more of a challenge and saw last year’s Great Wall of China walk for the Appeal and thought – YES!  So here I am, getting ready to go to India for the Himalayas Trek later this year. I have never done anything quite like this before and I do like my creature comforts and hate having dirty hands!  But for five days in November I won’t even have a loo to use let alone a sink to wash in – yikes!  It’s going to be one hell of a challenge, but what an experience.  I am so excited and am very much looking forward to it and have my wonderful sister-in-law Sandie coming along too.”

Departing in October 2015, The Forever Friends 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 Helen’s trek and the RUH Cancer Care Campaign please visit her online fundraising page: www.justgiving.com/HelenPyne.

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1pm sign up as Brick Wall Club Members

Award winning finance company, 1pm, have recently handed over their £1000 cheque to become members of the exclusive Forever Friends Brick Wall Club.

Each year the Bath based company hold a charity event for their business partners & clients and here at The Forever Friends Appeal, we were thrilled to have been selected as the charity to benefit from their most recent event raffle. The 1pm team were delighted to have raised a fabulous £500, which was then match funded by the company, to bring their total donation up to £1000! As members of The Brick Wall Club, 1pm will be in with the chance of winning a room naming opportunity in the new RUH Cancer Centre.

For more information about The Brick Wall Club, visit https://www.foreverfriendsappeal.co.uk/brick-wall-club

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Trowbridge grandmother to be remembered with new Flower to Remember

A Trowbridge grandmother who suffered with cancer and planned her own funeral to help raise money for Royal United Hospital in Bath will be honoured in their new floral campaign later this year.

Heather Timbrell, pictured with grandchildren Lauren and John, died last November and to mark her appreciation for staff who cared for her at the cancer unit, husband Roger will be donating joining hundreds of other families by making a donation to the Forever Friends appeal. In return her name will be commemorated on a flower at the hospital.

Mr Timbrell said: “Heather had a lot of treatment at the RUH for 14 months and I’ve been getting treatment there for over 12 months and it is still ongoing so we have been trying to raise money for the hospital ever since.

“They helped us so much and we thought this initiative would be the perfect way to say thank you to the RUH.”

A Flower to Remember aims to raise funds hopes that families make a donation towards a new £8.5m cancer centre at the hospital, while marking the loss of their loved one with a flower which will be part of a floral garden display in September.

Mrs Timbrell was involved with charitable organisations including the British Heart Foundation where she was the memorial secretary for Trowbridge as well as being the trophy secretary for the West Wilts Music Festival.

In September 2013 she was diagnosed with cancer and was given an aggressive chemotherapy treatment but in July last year, the cancer spread further.

From this news, Mrs Timbrell began arranging details for her funeral which included ways to raise money for the RUH asking people to donate funds instead of flowers at the service.

Mr Timbrell has stuck to his wife’s wishes and completed a 15-mile walk raising a total of £580 for the appeal.

He said: “We are doing everything we can to remember Heather and this is one thing I’m sure she would have loved this,” Mr Timbrell added.”

Families who donate towards the ‘A Flower to Remember’ will be invited to a special ‘Time of Reflection’ event on the September 26, where they can celebrate the lives of their loved ones. It will form part of the flower display from September 7-21.

The Forever Friends Appeal has also launched Ted’s Big Bake Off to support their quest for a new cancer centre.

The week of baking starts on Monday, October 5.

For more information, visit our Flower to Remember page

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Support in loving Memory for MAU at RUH

For family, friends and daughter Rachel Starr, the pain of losing Mum, Karen Goddard suddenly to Cancer at the age of 55 years old will never fade. However, having the knowledge that Karen was given the very best care by the fantastic medical team in the Medical Assessment Unit (MAU) at the Royal United Hospital, Bath (RUH) during her final days, provided them with something positive to continue to carry on and use their experience to benefit others.

Determined to make a difference for future patients in MAU, Rachel with the help of her family organised a moonlight charity walk around their home town of Midsomer Norton to raise funds to purchase a second specialist machine that her Mum had used on the Unit.  The top of the range  Nasal High Flow system is a piece of breathing equipment that had made Karen’s last few days in hospital more comfortable and gave her family their last precious moments with her.

The walking event was a huge success and together, with the support of family and friends raised the £2,500 needed to purchase the equipment with the hospital’s charity, The Forever Friends Appeal with further funds going towards their RUH Cancer Care Campaign. Rachel, together with her Father, David, Aunt Sharon and close friend Amy Budds returned to MAU to present to the team the living saving equipment.

Helen Jeffcoat, Senior Sister, commented “On behalf of the team on MAU I would like to again thank the Goddard Family for their generous donation of a Nasal High Flow Oxygen machine for the unit. It is hopefully a great comfort to them that it gave Karen some relief and dignity in the last stages of her  life. It is therefore their generosity that will then ultimately give so many other patients the same high level of care and treatment. This is an exceptional piece of equipment that has proven to be of such benefit to the many acutely ill patients that we see here on MAU. We cannot thank the family then enough’.”

Jan Witt, In Memory & Legacy officer, The Forever Friends Appeal, continues “It is incredibly moving when bereaved families find the inner strength to cope and become passionate about fundraising for people in a similar situation and choose to support the work of staff at the RUH. We are extremely

grateful to Rachel and her family for their tireless fundraising efforts and the incredible response of their friends who helped raise the amount needed to purchase this specialist equipment for MAU and towards the fundraising for a new Cancer Centre. Every year we are amazed by the generosity of our supporters who help the hospital in this way. This kind of support enables the clinical teams to take advantage of advances in medical technology and deliver the very best care for their patients at the RUH.”

Rachel on behalf of the family commented “After losing Mum so suddenly it felt that our world had been ripped apart but through the pain and dark we saw light, in the fact of the amazing care that my Mum received whilst on MAU and so we decided we wanted to give back to the department to also help so many other families whose lives can be saved or made more comfortable with this machine. There are a few people in particular we want to thank for the Charity Walk that took place last November, which saw over 70 people walk the 5 miles past local places that were significant in my Mum’s life; firstly Abi and John Anderton & The Winterfield Inn for holding the event and catering, Huw Garrett at Quick Print for Sponsoring the printing of the T-shirts, Wilts Electrical for supplying the T-shirts, Travis Perkins for donating the high vis jackets as all of these meant all the money raised would benefit the RUH, Alex Evans for the disco and Mulberry and Bristol City FC for our top raffle prizes plus all the other companies who donated prizes for the raffle. I would especially like to thank everyone who came on the night, purchased raffle tickets or donated as without you this wouldn’t of been possible, we were overwhelmed with how much of a success the night was. On returning to MAU to present the machine to the staff it made us all feel extremely proud that Mum can have a lasting legacy at the RUH and take comfort in knowing so many other families will benefit and to acknowledge the team for care and support they gave my Mum. To finish I would like to add that I would like to continue to organise another event to raise further funds for MAU and the RUH to support all the great work that they do”

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Get ready to Bake a Difference for the RUH!

The Forever Friends Appeal are asking people across Bath, Somerset and Wiltshire to pop on their aprons and get baking this October to raise vital funds for Bath’s Royal United Hospital.

Ted’s Big Bake Off, proudly sponsored by Mogers Drewett Solicitors, is the brand new annual fundraising week for the Appeal. Taking place between Monday 5th and Friday 9th October 2015.

Ted’s Big Bake Off asks individuals, schools, businesses and community organisations to pre-heat their ovens, prepare their mixing bowls and get baking to support the RUH Cancer Care Campaign or a ward or department of their choice at the Hospital. Whether it’s holding a bake sale or hosting a bake off competition at work, school or with friends and family, you can help raise some serious dough to help transform care for patients and their families.

Events & Community Officer for The Forever Friends Appeal, Emily Lynch explains: Ted’s Big Bake Off replaces Ted’s Big Day Out! as our brand new annual fundraising week for the Royal United Hospital. As the RUH provides a service to over 500,000 patients and their families across Bath, Wiltshire, Somerset and even further afield, we hope that as many people as possible will get baking in October to support the Hospital and the local community. Raising money couldn’t be more delicious! Once again we are very grateful to all staff at Mogers Drewett Solicitors for sponsoring Ted’s Big Bake Off.”

Baking is a fun and simple way to raise money and whip up some delicious treats that everyone can enjoy! All bakers will be able to choose their own recipe for success and bake to fundraise for a ward or department close to their heart, or the current RUH Cancer Care Campaign – raising £8.5 million towards a pioneering new Cancer Centre. Whether its Victoria sponges, cupcakes, flapjacks or delicious breads; all tasty treats made will help transform care for patient and their families at the Royal United Hospital.

Ted’s Big Bake Off is proudly sponsored by Mogers Drewett Solicitors, who have supported the Appeal’s old annual fundraising day “Ted’s Big Day Out!” for the past four years. As part of their involvement Mogers Drewett run a schools and nurseries competition to get children of all ages involved and baking for the RUH. Schools and nurseries will receive more information about this after registration.


Steven Treharne Managing Partner at Mogers Drewett Solicitors says:  “We are delighted to continue our support of the Forever Friends Appeal.  Ted’s Big Bake Off is a great idea and bound to be popular particularly with the schools competition, and as we have a number of keen bakers on our team I am looking forward to judging the cakes they make on the day.

Whether you’re an individual, business, school or community organisation, getting involved in Ted’s Big Bake Off couldn’t be easier! Simply visit www.tedsbigbakeoff.com to register and get your oven mitts on your FREE baking pack with tips, tools and tasty ideas to really add the icing on the cake.

Alternatively call 01225 825823 for more information.

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