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An opportunity to make a will and help your local hospital

Members of the general public across the Royal United Hospital’s catchment area are being urged to make their Will as local solicitors are waiving their fees and showing they care by supporting The Forever Friends Appeal.

Sixteen local solicitors have teamed up with the hospital’s charity, The Forever Friends Appeal to give their support to its first ever RUH Will month scheme in September to encourage people to plan for the future and help get their affairs in order, whilst helping their hospital.

To help raise as much money as possible throughout September, the participating solicitors will prepare and draw up a single standard Will for £100 or two standard mirror Wills for £150.00. This fee will then be waived by the solicitor and donated directly to The Forever Friends Appeal for the benefit of all the patients at the RUH. The client will be able to choose the area of the hospital they wish to support with the fees.

Making a Will is one of the most thoughtful and important things you can do to protect those you love. Yet it is surprising that fewer than half of people have made one. Having an up to date Will which reflects their current situation is something a lot of people put off, thinking that there will be time to do it later and simply haven’t got around to it. Yet it can take years to sort out someone’s estate if they die without a Will, leaving their loved ones in great distress.

Jan Witt, Legacy Officer, says, “Some of the best and worst days of our lives will be spent in the Royal United Hospital, Bath. By taking part in the RUH Will month scheme and putting your own affairs in order, will not only help your loved ones in the future, but also the patients, family and their friends cared for by the RUH.

Jan Witt continues “We are enormously grateful and absolutely thrilled with the number of solicitors who are generously giving their time for free in support of The Forever Friends Appeal and donating their fees to help the hospital continue its valuable work it does, it is truly appreciated! Being the very first time we have ran this type of scheme, we are hoping that the general public will come onboard with Will month and show their support whilst having peace of mind that their affairs will be put in order.”

To take part in the scheme simply call one of the participating solicitors listed below now and make your appointment for September stating that you are taking part in the RUH’s Make a Will Month or contact Jan Witt for an information leaflet on Tel 01225 825819 or email jan.witt@nhs.net / visit https://www.foreverfriendsappeal.co.uk/make-a-will-month

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Mamma Mia! It’s Movie by Moonlight!

The Forever Friends Appeal’s Movie by Moonlight, Proudly Sponsored by Freestyle Designs, is once again returning to Bath’s Royal Victoria Park 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).

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.

This year, The Appeal are excited to be teaming up with the popular “Split Screen Ice Cream Company” who will be serving their mouth-watering, award-winning organic ice cream to audience members on the night, from a seriously cool and iconic 1967 Karmann VW Beetle.  Events & Community Officer for The Forever Friends Appeal, Emily Lynch comments:  “We are so excited to be working with local company Split Screen Ice Cream this year who are renowned for selling delicious ice-cream in the local area.”

A hot food outlet will also be available on site and the Appeal team recommend bringing warm clothes and a torch for later in the evening. Once again the event is being supported by the Heart Angels who will be handing out popcorn to audience members who will have the opportunity to sit on their comfortable deckchairs 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, “Once again the Appeal’s Events Team will be handing out special spot prizes for the best dressed girl and boy on the night! Anyone planning to come along to Movie by Moonlight should 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! So don’t miss out on another night to remember, and we look forward to seeing what amazing fancy dress costumes turn up 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 www.foreverfriendsappeal.co.uk. 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 Louisa Smyllie on 01225 825392.

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Good reasons to run as Bath Half picks causes

It sees thousands of people hit the streets of Bath and raises more than £2 million a year for charity.

Organisers of the BathHalf, sponsored by Vitality, have announced, which good causes will benefit from next year’s event.

Macmillan Cancer Support has been named as the event’s lead charity with Bath Rugby Foundation as the family fun run charity, and the Royal United Hospital’s Forever Friend’s Appeal as the charity appeal.

Time is Precious has been selected as the local charity and Laureus Sport for Good Foundation is the official run series charity.

Around 15,000 runners now take part in the city’s half marathon, which will celebrate its 35th anniversary in 2016.

Charity director, Mel Taylor, said: “Our aim, as always, is to put on a great event which supports these charities and brings a fantastic spectacle to the city of Bath. ”

The list of people running 2016’s half marathon in support of these charities is already growing with former Coronation Street actor Will Thorp running for Time is Precious.

Visit our Bath Half page for details of how to enter.

The Forever Friends Appeal BHM 2016 team is proudly sponsored by local mail company, Velopost (formerly Docmail Local Post).

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Farrington golfers score more than a “bogey” and smash fundraising target

Fundraising efforts by keen golfers at Farrington Park have smashed their £10,000 target to recognition as a Forever Friends Appeal community partner.

The club has raised £17,000 towards the building of a pioneering new Cancer Centre at the RUH.

The appeal was chosen by the 2014 club captain, Kevin Brimble, who had built close links with the Oncology Department, having been a patient there for 12 months following a diagnosis of Stage 4 Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma in 2012.

After ongoing chemotherapy and follow-up treatments , Mr Brimble is now in complete remission, and wanted to support the RUH Cancer Care Campaign as a thank you for the help he received at the RUH.

He said: “I received great support from all of the staff at the RUH during my treatment, but sadly the facilities and buildings at the cancer unit are in desperate need of update.

“When I was elected as Captain at Farrington Park Golf Club, it was an easy decision to focus my fundraising efforts in support of the RUH Forever Friends Appeal.”

The initiative was supported by ladies captain,Didi Ager, and senior’s captain, Jim Farmer, and the club members.

Members organised a series of fundraising activities including regular competitions for members, a Captain’s Charity Day, quiz nights, a golf marathon and a number of members who ran the Bath and Bristol half marathons.

Community Fundraiser for The Forever Friends Appeal, Lydia McGivern, said: “We are so grateful to everyone at Farrington Park for their incredible support.

Their commitment, enthusiasm and generosity has allowed them to make an amazing contribution to the RUH Cancer Care Campaign, which will help to transform cancer care for thousands of local patients.”

 

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New Cancer Centre gets funding boost

Kier Construction handed over £3500 to The Forever Friends Appeal’s RUH Cancer Care Campaign. The money was raised by employees from Kier’s regional office in Warmley who took part in the Bath Half Marathon and the annual Walk of Life.

Kier operations director, David Snell, said: “It has been a pleasure to work with the enthusiastic Forever Friends team on these events. I personally, very much enjoyed taking part in the Walk of Life and would encourage anyone who enjoys a healthy stroll in the country to sign up for next years event.”

Jo Common, Corporate Officer for The Forever Friends Appeal commented: “Kier has been working with the Appeal very closely over the past few years – from sponsoring and taking part in our Walk of Life event, to entering a team in the Bath Half Corporate Challenge. We are just so pleased to have their support in helping us achieve our fundraising goals for the new Cancer Centre and would therefore like to thank every member of the Kier team for their wonderful enthusiasm and passion for our charity!”

The Forever Friends Appeal is raising £8.5m 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 Bath.

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RUH Surgeon Climbing Mountains for Cancer Patients

On the 16th August 2015, RUH Consultant Stuart Gillett will be taking his place at the start line of La Ultra – The High (The High Ultra), a 208 mile footrace through the Indian Himalayas. In a race where the altitude ranges from 11,000ft to 17,700ft (higher than Everest Base Camp) and competitors scale and descend three mountain peaks, this is ultimate test of human endurance and the biggest challenge to date for experienced ultra runner Stuart. He will be taking part in this challenge to help raise awareness about the local head and neck cancer services he is so passionate about, through fundraising for the new Cancer Centre at the Royal United Hospital in Bath and Macmillan Cancer Support.

The High Ultra is tough even by ultra standards, taking place entirely above 11,000ft in Northern India. Climbing up and down two of the world’s highest passes, Khardung La and Tanglang La on the Leh-Manali highway, the bravest of competitors face extreme altitude and extreme weather variation – temperatures have been known to range from -10C to 40C within the space of 7 hours! The full race covers a massive 208 miles and to make things a little more challenging, competitors are given a 72 hour window to complete the route. To date only a single person has ever completed the full race – many have tried but have been forced to pull out due to severe altitude sickness or near frostbite…but Stuart is determined.

Stuart explains why he will be pushing himself to the limits for Cancer Services in Bath and the surrounding areas: As a Consultant Head, Neck and Thyroid Surgeon at the RUH in Bath I am extremely passionate about ensuring that the population of Bath and the surrounding areas have long term provision and access to high quality localised cancer treatment. As part of this race I want to raise awareness about Head and Neck Cancer services as well as fundraise to provide support for two charities very close to my heart.

Firstly The Forever Friends Appeal at the Royal United Hospital Bath where fundraising will go towards the development of the new Cancer Centre, benefitting patients with many different types of cancer to receive state of the art treatment close to home; including the Head, Neck and thyroid cancer patients that I treat.

Secondly Macmillan Cancer Support services. Having worked closely with two incredible Macmillan nurses, I realise what a huge difference Macmillan makes to the lives of patients and families of those affected by cancer. By supporting Macmillan we can ensure that the support services, that help many at often very difficult times in their lives, continue for many years to come.”

Stuart is no stranger to a long-distance race or two, but this challenge really is a step-up from the rest, that will be just as much a test of his mind as it is of his body. Stuart continues: I have completed many other ultra-distance running events before including the Marathon des Sables, Yukon Arctic Ultra, Spartathlon, Ultra trail Tour de Mont Blanc and a 250 mile non-stop race in the UK called the Thames ring.  However the High Ultra takes this type of challenge to a new level.

Training for the race is tough and is taking a considerable amount of time. Fitting this around a busy day job and helping my wife to look after our three young children is a challenge in itself – but I am incredibly lucky to have such a supportive family. I have also been lucky enough to have had support from the Circle Hospital in Bath that has allowed me to use their specialist hypoxic training equipment that allows me to simulate training at extreme altitudes without the need to fly thousands of miles to mountainous regions.

Every day I remind myself that I’m doing this to benefit our patients and the local community and I know it’s all worth it.”

Half of Stuart’s fundraising will go towards The Forever Friends Appeal’s RUH Cancer Care Campaign which is raising £8.5 million towards the build of an exceptional new Cancer Centre at the Royal United Hospital in Bath. Each year the RUH treats over 2200 new cases of cancer from the hospital’s extensive catchment area and it has been a long-term aim to seek a solution to the current 70 year old facilities and bring Cancer Services at the RUH all under one roof. The new Cancer Centre will balance clinical expertise with the provision of a nurturing and therapeutic environment, making patients feel safe and supported (that will incorporate Macmillan Cancer Support services and other patient support facilities), so that they can get through their treatment with the least amount of stress, and their families can feel that they are well supported as well.

The other half of Stuart’s fundraising will go towards Macmillan Cancer Support’s services which aim to ensure that no-one faces cancer alone. It is estimated that 6,200 local people are living with or beyond cancer. Because of many factors including advancements in treatments and an aging population it is thought that this number will almost double to 11,000 by 2030 (just 15 yrs away). When you have cancer, you don’t just worry about what will happen to your body, you worry about what will happen to your life.  In order to continue funding services that will help people feel less isolated and more in control such as Macmillan nurses, doctors, welfare benefits advisors, information specialists and many others over £259,000 needs to be raised this year.

To support Stuart’s High Ultra Challenge please visit his online fundraising page: uk.virginmoneygiving.com/StuartGillett.

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Ted in new drive to raise dough for Royal United Hospital

The Forever Friends Appeal is 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, sponsored by Mogers Drewett Solicitors, is the brand new annual fundraising week for the Appeal.

Taking place in October (between Monday 5 and Friday 9), 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, anyone can help raise some serious dough to help transform care for patients and their families.

Emily Lynch, events and community officer for The Forever Friends Appeal, said: “Ted’s Big Bake Off replaces Ted’s Big Day Out! as our brand new annual fundraising week for the Royal United Hospital.

“The RUH provides a service to over 500,000 patients and their families across Bath, Wiltshire, Somerset and even further afield, and 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.”

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 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.

Emily said: “This year we are proud to be working in partnership with Bath Chronicle who, in celebration of Ted’s Big Bake Off, will be launching an online baking competition which will run throughout the summer holidays. Budding bakers will be asked to upload a photograph and description of their best baking efforts onto the Bath Chronicle website. Members of the public will then be asked to vote for their favorite bakes online; the top three most voted for bakes will be shortlisted and the Appeal will invite the three shortlisted bakers to the RUH on Monday October 5 where their cakes will be judged by special guest judges, with an exceptional prize for the star baker.”

This year, the appeal is also being supported by Platinum Vauxhaull, Trowbidge which has kindly donated the Appeal’s Events Team with a promotional vehicle, affectionately known as “Ted’s Truck” which will be busy travelling around the hospital’s catchment area throughout the summer months to promote the event.

Claire Ellis, Group Media / Promotions Manager at Platinum Vauxhall said: “We are very happy to be supporting this great cause. The Forever Friends Appeal do a tremendous job of raising funds and awareness for the RUH. We look forward to continuing this support with the team.”

Emily said: “We are so grateful to everyone at Platinum Vauxhall, Trowbridge for supporting the Appeal with our brand new event. Their kind support since 2004 with loaning our busy events team a vehicle in which to promote the event is invaluable help to the team, enabling us to travel around the RUH catchment area to promote the event, increase registrations and help transform care for patients and their families at the RUH in the process!”

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.

Keep a look out on the Bath Chronicle website for the launch of our Ted’s Big Bake Off competition very soon and if you spot Ted’s Truck on your travels, be sure to take a picture and send it into us at forever.friends@nhs.net

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Chosen as charity of the year at Sainsbury’s in Melksham

Customers at Sainsbury’s in Melksham have voted the Royal United Hospital’s Forever Friends Appeal as their chosen charity of the year.

The charity was voted in by customers in store and online with a total of 262.

The Forever Friends Appeal is hoping to raise £8m to help build a new cancer centre at the hospital.

To celebrate the announcement, a launch day will take place at the Melksham branch on the weekend of July 31 as Big Ted will be visiting the store on the Saturday.

Customers get a chance to meet representatives from the charity and learn more about the work they do. The store team will also be fundraising for the new charity by holding an activity weekend with bag packing and offering gift items for sale.

Bev Viveash the Local Community Fundraiser from Bath RUH Forever Friends Appeal said:

“We’re absolutely thrilled to be chosen as the Sainsbury’s Melksham Local Charity of Year. We can’t wait to work together and raise the profile of our charity over the next year. Thank you to all the customers that voted for us, we really appreciate the support.”

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Bath Cake Company lend their support to Ted’s Big Bake Off

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 October Monday 5 and October Friday 9 2015, the Bath Cake Company has kindly agreed to front the competition for a very good cause.

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. The RUH provides a service to over 500,000 patients and their families across Bath, Wiltshire, Somerset and even further afield, and 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.

Emily continues: “This year we are proud to be working in partnership with Bath Chronicle who, in celebration of Ted’s Big Bake Off, will be launching an online baking competition which will run throughout the summer holidays. Budding bakers will be asked to upload a photograph and description of their best baking efforts onto the Bath Chronicle website. Members of the public will then be asked to vote for their favorite bakes online; the top three most voted for bakes will be shortlisted and the Appeal will invite the 3 shortlisted bakers to the RUH on Monday 5th October where their cakes will be judged by special guest judges, with an exceptional prize for the star baker.”

This year, the Appeal are also being supported by Platinum Vauxhaull, Trowbidge who have kindly donated the Appeal’s Events Team with a promotional vehicle, affectionately known as “Ted’s Truck” which will be busy travelling around the hospital’s catchment area throughout the summer months to promote the event.

Claire Ellis, Group Media / Promotions Manager at Platinum Vauxhall says: “We are very happy to be supporting this great cause. The Forever Friends Appeal do a tremendous job of raising funds and awareness for the RUH. We look forward to continuing this support with the team.”

Emily says: “We are so grateful to everyone at Platinum Vauxhall, Trowbridge for supporting the Appeal with our brand new event. Their kind support since 2004 with loaning our busy events team a vehicle in which to promote the event is invaluable help to the team, enabling us to travel around the RUH catchment area to promote the event, increase registrations and help transform care for patients and their families at the RUH in the process!”

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.

Keep a look out on the Bath Chronicle website for the launch of our Ted’s Big Bake Off competition very soon and if you spot Ted’s Truck on your travels, be sure to take a picture and send it into us at forever.friends@nhs.net

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Withy King cycle, run, climb and bake to £18,500

A ‘summer of sport’ has helped the Bath offices of law firm Withy King raise nearly £18,500 for the Royal United Hospital’s Forever Friends Appeal – their chosen charity for the past two years.

Staff from the two offices took part in a range of fund-raising activities inside and outside working hours including individuals and teams running, cycling and completing the gruelling Three Peaks Challenge. On the less sporty side, they also took part in a bake-off.

Every two years Withy King’s employees vote for their charity of choice in each of the firm’s three principal locations – Bath, Wiltshire and Oxfordshire. The total amount raised across the firm amounted to almost £50,000 – with Bath staff bringing in £18,428.83.

The firm’s other charities of choice were Wiltshire Air Ambulance and Headway Oxfordshire.

Withy King partner and chair of its charities’ committee Chris Kane said: “We are committed to making a positive impact on the communities we work in.

“The staff in our Bath offices nominated Bath RUH’s Forever Friends Appeal as their ‘charity of choice’ and we are delighted with what individuals and teams have managed to achieve over the last two years.

“I am immensely proud of the initiative they have shown in coming up with novel fund-raising ideas as well as the effort they have put into the activities themselves.”

The Forever Friends Appeal corporate officer Jo Common added said:  “Big Ted and The Forever Friends Appeal have loved working so closely with the Withy King team over the past two years. The team have been so passionate about raising funds for our new cancer centre that they have taken on a huge range of different fundraising challenges – from completing the Three Peaks Challenge, to running the Bath Half, joining our Walk of Life, holding a bake-off competition, plus many more.

“I would therefore like to take this opportunity to say a really heartfelt thank you to every single member of the Withy King team who has put so much time and effort into fundraising for our charity – we are so grateful to have had your support helping us to raise these vital funds towards a new cancer centre that will transform care for patients and their families here at the RUH.”

The Forever Friends Appeal has helped secure more than £17m to provide state-of-the-art equipment and facilities at the RUH.

The cancer care campaign aims to raise £8.5m towards the cost of a pioneering new cancer centre designed to produce a highly beneficial healing environment for patients and their families.

Withy King Bath offices’ charity for the next two years will be Dorothy House Hospice in Bradford-on-Avon.

Pictured: Withy King staff with Big Ted and members of the Forever Friends Appeal team

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