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Appeal receives Fabulous support for baking event!

This year, TLC’s Fabulous Baker Brothers: Bite of Britain Tom and Henry Herbert, are encouraging individuals, businesses, schools and nurseries to sign up and support The Forever Friends Appeal’s brand new fundraising event for Bath’s Royal United Hospital: “Ted’s Big Bake Off”.

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, the event asks individuals and organisations across Bath, Somerset and Wiltshire 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 coffee morning, 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.

Tom and Henry, who have their own show on TLC and two books to their name, are fifth generation bakers who are also famed for fronting Hobbs House Bakery, their popular family run business and cooking school in Chipping Sodbury.

Tom Herbert, Operations Director at Hobbs House Bakery says “I know how you can have your cake and eat it! Bake something delicious for Ted’s Big Bake Off AND make it guilt free by raising money”

Events & Community Officer for the Appeal, Emily Lynch, says: “We are absolutely thrilled that Tom and Henry are supporting Ted’s Big Bake Off, our brand new annual fundraising week for the RUH.”

Tom, the “bodacious baker” of Hobbs House Bakery with a “zeal for imaginative design” will also be visiting staff, visitors and patients at the Royal United Hospital on Friday 9th October to officially open the Appeal’s closing activity for the fundraising week: the “RUH Big Bake Sale”.

Emily continues, “As part of Ted’s Big Bake Off week, on Friday 9th October Forever Friends Appeal staff and volunteers will be holding the “RUH Big Bake Sale” which is our attempt to hold the biggest cake sale the RUH has ever seen! We are delighted to announce that Tom will be visiting the RUH on the day to officially open the cake sale and to also meet staff, volunteers, patients and visitors at the hospital. All profits from the cake sale will go towards our RUH Cancer Care Campaign which is raising £8.5 million towards the build of an exceptional new Cancer Centre at the RUH”

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. You could even win a visit from Big Ted himself!

If you are unable to take part in Ted’s Big Bake Off but would like to donate cakes for the Appeal’s cake sale on Friday 9th October, please contact Emily on 01225 825823 or Emily.lynch@nhs.net.

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Second PIE talk to dish up slice of clowning and cooking

After the success of the inaugural PIE Talks, Mea Fabula Films are proud to announce the second of the three events ‘PIE Talks’, all to raise money for The Forever Friends Appeal, the primary fundraising charity for the Royal United Hospital (RUH), Bath.

For October’s event, the PIE Talks are switching focus to different ways of expressing your personality. We will be touching on cooking and belly dancing, clowning and parenting, making for a unique and eclectic evening. As always they’ll be a Q&A afterwards where the audience can ask questions.

The speakers for the second event are Wafaa Powell, who loves belly dancing and Lebanese cooking, and Wayne Lindsay, imagining director of Bath-based creative consultancy Imaginnovation® and currently studying contemporary clowning.

Wafaa’s talk is called “Across continents and cultures” and Wayne’s “Playing with space”. The band is Silver Phoenix, a five piece that plays music from the 60s and 70s with a few modern ones thrown in for good measure. Ticket prices are £8 for an adult, £2 for a child and the money raised is donated to the Forever Friends Appeal at the RUH.

Tickets available at http://meafabula.net/pietalks

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Batterham Matthews Architects Join The Brick Wall Club

Bath based company Batterham Matthews Architects has recently donated £1000 to buy a Brick Wall and become members of the exclusive Forever Friends Brick Wall Club.

This unique new initiative was launched earlier this year and is open to the first 25 companies that join as members, after which the club doors will close. All members will then be invited to a prestigious Announcement Event, where they will each be entered into a draw and one lucky member will win a room naming opportunity in the new RUH Cancer Centre. All 25 members will be recognized with a lasting acknowledgement within the design of the new Cancer Centre building.

Corporate Officer for The Forever Friends Appeal, Louisa Smyllie, comments: “We are delighted to welcome Batterham Matthews Architects on board as members of The Brick Wall Club. Having the support of local businesses to help build a new Cancer Centre is invaluable and we hope others are inspired to join.”

The RUH Cancer Care Campaign is raising £8.5million towards the build of an exceptional new Cancer Centre for cancer patients and their families. Each year the RUH cares for 2,200 new patients with cancer 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.

To become a member of The Brick Wall Club or for more information, visit Brick Wall Club page or call the Appeal office on 01225 825392.

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CFH Docmail Go The Extra Mile for Bath Half Team

Local business Velopost is sponsoring Ted’s Team in the 2016 Bath Half as supporters of The Forever Friends Appeal. Known in Bath for their eco-friendly postal delivery service delivering mail by bicycle, Velopost, part of the CFH Docmail Ltd are once again going the extra mile for their local community.  As well as supporting all the Forever Friends Bath Half runners through their sponsorship  CFH staff will also be taking on the 13.1 mile challenge and running as part of Ted’s Team. Velopost provides an efficient, secure, and environmentally friendly way to save money on sending local letters.

Victoria Coates, Client Services Manager at CFH Docmail Ltd comments:

We are so proud to be working with Ted’s Team again this year with our team of runners in the Bath Half Marathon. As a local business to the Royal United Hospital, and an employer of over 350 people at our sites in Bath and Radstock, the work the charity does is essential for our community. Cancer affects so many people and has also sadly affected several of our staff and their families at CFH, making it even more reason for us to support this fantastic organisation.”

The Bath Half is a fantastic personal challenge whilst raising funds for a cause close to your heart. The Forever Friends Appeal is encouraging people to join Velopost and sign up to run in Ted’s Team. You can run as a group from work by creating a Corporate Team competing in Big Ted’s Corporate Challenge. Silver Bond places for The Forever Friends Appeal are also available now and can be purchased for just a £35 initial donation, with a pledge to raise a further minimum sponsorship of £175 for The Forever Friends Appeal.

Corporate Officer for the Appeal, Louisa Smyllie, comments:  “We are thrilled that Velopost and CFH Docmail Ltd have chosen to support Ted’s Team again in 2016, and we hope that others will be inspired to get involved to run the Bath Half next year for the hospital.  It is the perfect opportunity to show your support for a friend, family member or loved one who has been looked after at the RUH.”

The Forever Friends Appeal is also encouraging people who have already secured their own general public place in the event to raise funds for the RUH Cancer Care Campaign.  For more information, please visit our Bath Half Mararthon page or call the events team on 01225 825823.  If you would like to join Ted’s Team but have another department in the hospital that you would like to support, please also contact the events team for more information.

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Roger Lloyd-Pack highlights the problems arising from not creating a will

Only Fools and Horses star, Roger Lloyd-Pack, died intestate leaving an estate worth £1.4 million, highlighting the problems that can arise from not creating a will.

The issue of not having a valid will is a common occurrence within the wills and probate industry.  The recent high profile example of Roger Lloyd-Pack passing away intestate has highlighted an already prominent issue for the population. Indeed, current statistics show that two thirds of those in the UK die intestate.

Although intestacy rules exist in order to protect individuals who die without a will, they can only cover a limited number of situations. A consequence of this is that without a will, a share of the estate could then be passed on to the individual’s children, potentially triggering much greater inheritance tax (IHT) repercussions.

[alertinfo]During September you can make a Will at participating solicitors and help support The Forever friends Appeal. Find out more about RUH Will Month here[/alertinfo]

In the case of Lloyd-Pack, the impact of not creating a will has meant that the distribution of his estate has been governed by the stricter intestacy rules. Consequently, his estate will be subject to more tax, coupled with the fact that he was unable to have a direct say on how his possessions would allocated subsequent to his death.

High profile cases such as this are not uncommon. Rik Mayall is another example of a British actor who has passed away recently without possessing a valid will, meaning that his preference could not be established over the next steps of his high-value estate.

The low percentage of the population currently possessing a will arguably demonstrates a need for improved financial and tax education in order to increase awareness surrounding the importance of the legal document. Many solicitor firms already market wills to their clients, however some have argued that more should be done on a national level to ensure people retain as much control over their estate as possible after they pass away.

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Schools & nursery Competition launched for Teds Big Bake Off

To celebrate The Forever Friends Appeal’s brand new annual fundraising week for the Royal United Hospital “Ted’s Big Bake Off!”, official event sponsors Mogers Drewett Solicitors are launching a special schools and nursery competition, which is open to every school and nursery who registers to take part in the event.

Steven Treharne, Managing Partner at Mogers Drewett says “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”.

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

Steven continues: “To encourage as many people as possible to get involved in Ted’s Big Bake Off, Mogers Drewett are running a competition and inviting all registered schools and nurseries in the region to encourage their pupils to design and decorate a cupcake for Ted”

Events & Community Officer for the Appeal, Emily Lynch, explains: “Registration to take part in Ted’s Big Bake Off is completely free! Every school and nursery who registers will receive competition details as well as a special cupcake stencil which can be duplicated, decorated and sent back to the Mogers Drewett team for the chance to win special prizes!”

Mogers Drewett are giving away a £50 Odeon Cinema gift card to the student who is judged as designing the most impressive cupcake and £100 of Waterstones book vouchers to the school or nursery of the winning child. The closing date of submission of entries is Friday 28th September and the competition is split into two categories – 6 and under and 7 to 11 year olds. The winning pulpils and their schools and/or nurseries will be announced by Mogers Drewett by Friday 9th October and the lucky winners will be presented with their prizes by a special visit from Big Ted himself!

The competition was launched this Tuesday 15th September by members of Mogers Drewett, The Forever Friends Events Team and their friendly mascot Big Ted, at three carefully selected schools and nurseries across the RUH catchment area and Daisy Chain Day Nursery in Melksham was one of the lucky three.

Helen from Daisy Chain Nursery comments:  “The preschool and toddler children have enjoyed making a pinic for Big Ted for his visit to Daisychain. They have been busy making cupcakes, biscuits and a large sponge cake for him out of lots of recyclable resources and then decorated them. They hope Big Ted has enjoyed his visit as much as they have.”

“For Ted’s Big Bake Off, we will be baking proper cakes and biscuits for all the mums and dads and grandparents to buy during October 5th and 9th October and there will be lots of exciting teddy bear themed activities for everyone to take part in throughout the week.”

If you belong to a school or nursery, you can register today to take part in the Ted’s Big Bake Off week this October and you’ll receive further information about the Mogers Drewett “Design a Cupcake for Ted” Competition. Your support will help The Forever Friends Appeal transform care for patients and their families at Bath’s Royal United Hospital!

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. You could even win a visit from Big Ted himself!

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Apple Tree Nursery go baking mad for Bake A Bear Competition

Children at Apple Tree Day Nursery have gone baking mad in support of The Forever Friends Appeal’s “Bake A Bear” Competition and last Friday were surprised with a special visit from the Appeal’s popular mascot “Big Ted” to thank them for all their hard work.

The Forever Friends Appeal (the primary charity at the Royal United Hospital in Bath) has teamed up with the Bath Cake Company to launch this exciting new baking competition as part of the charity’s brand new fundraising event for the hospital, Ted’s Big Bake Off, proudly sponsored by Mogers Drewett Solicitors, that takes place this October.

Rhianna Davies, Nursery Manager at Apple Tree Day Nursery says ‘Here at Apple Tree we are very proud to be taking part in The Forever Friends Appeal’s “Bake A Bear” Competition. The smell of the children’s delicious homemade cupcakes has been filling the air throughout our nursery and we were very proud to show Big Ted our creations. Parents and carers joined in the fun and proudly brought in their children’s beautifully decorated cupcakes to share with their friends here at Apple Tree. The children were very proud of their achievements and we are now looking forward to taking part in the Appeal’s main fundraising event “Ted’s Big Bake Off” in October!”

The Appeal are now encouraging as many individuals, schools, nurseries and organisations as possible from across Bath, Somerset and Wiltshire to Bake A Bear for the chance to win some amazing prizes. The competition is open to young and old, with two categories: Under 18s and Over 18s. To take part, all you have to do is follow the cupcake recipe, kindly provided by Bath Cake Company, and decorate with your very own teddy bear design. Take a photograph of your creation and email in to us at the Bath Chronicle via tedsbigbakeoff@localworld.co.uk . The cupcake recipe can be found by visiting www.tedsbigbakeoff.com along with full terms and conditions of the competition.

Emily  Lynch, Events Officer for the Appeal says, “The deadline for cupcake entries is 15th September and after this point, all entries will be considered with the best decorated being shortlisted in two separate categories: Over 18s and Under 18s. The shortlisted entries will be invited into the RUH on Monday 5th October, where the cupcakes will be judged in a live taste test by special guest judges, with exceptional prizes being presented to the two star bakers.”

Emily continues, “The Appeal has launched the Bake A Bear Competition especially to celebrate our brand new annual fundraising week for the hospital, Ted’s Big Bake Off.”

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.

Emily Lynch comments: “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!”

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.

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.

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MAMMA MIA! Movie by Moonlight raises thousands for RUH Cancer Care

The Forever Friends Appeal’s annual Movie by Moonlight, Proudly Sponsored by Freestyle Designs, took place once again this year on Bank Holiday Sunday 30th August to great success! Despite the wet weather the event managed to raise over £6,000 for the Royal United Hospital’s “RUH Cancer Care Campaign” which is raising £8.5 million towards a pioneering new Cancer Centre at the hospital.

Thousands of people from across the hospital’s catchment area turned out with their deckchairs, blankets and picnics to enjoy Mamma Mia! under the stars with family and friends.

Events & Community Officer for The Forever Friends Appeal, Emily Lynch comments:  “We are so grateful to everyone who braved the bad weather to come and watch Mamma Mia with us on Bank Holiday Sunday. It was lovely to see so many happy faces during the movie and we were so thrilled that the audience donated so generously to the Appeal’s RUH Cancer Care Campaign 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, “The Appeal are so grateful to local signage company Freestyle Designs for sponsoring the event this year and for bringing along complimentary bottled water and mints for our audience to enjoy. We would also like to thank Julian Jones and the Heart Angels for presenting on the night and for bringing along snacks and lastly and most importantly, Geoff Bissex and his son Nic at Filmair Cinema Services for their continued support with putting on the event – the event would not be possible without their kind support every year”.

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.

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Ride in memory of tragic Kelly raises £1,400

Cyclist Craig Townsend has raised more than £1,400 in memory of hairdresser Kelly Ross who died this summer aged just 32.

Mr Townsend, 34, of Quakers Walk, Devizes, was one of more than 450 riders who took part in the Wiltshire 100 and Big Wheel ride on Sunday.

He left the Green at 7am with friends Paul Paradise and Carl Minshull and arrived back at 2.50pm after covering 100 miles of Wiltshire countryside. He was determined to raise money for The Forever Friends Appeal at the Royal United Hospital, Bath, where mother-of-two Mrs Ross was treated for cancer.

Mr Townsend said: “Money is still coming in but at the moment stands at £1,426 which is fantastic considering my original target was only £500. I had a text from Kelly’s brother Ashley on Sunday night saying the family were proud of me.”

Mr Townsend wore a t-shirt printed with Mrs Ross’ photograph showing the smile that will always be remembered by all her family including her cousin Abi, who is Mr Townsend’s wife.

Mr Paradise, 32, of Forty Acres Road and Mr Minshull, 33, who works with Mr Townsend at Cross Manufacturing in Devizes, both raised money for Wiltshire Air Ambulance along with a large group of other riders. They both took up cycling to help lose weight and have seen astonishing results. Mr Minshull has lost four stone and Mr Paradise nine stone.

He said: “I selected Wiltshire Air Ambulance because a family member a few years ago was treated by them, but sadly he passed away from the injuries.You never know when you will need them yourself.”

Race organiser Euan Scott-Batey said: “It was a fabulous day. The weather was perfect as it was not too hot and not too cold and there was no wind. We had over 450 riders including about 50 people taking part in the 12 mile family ride.

“This is our third time of running the race from Devizes and we would love to be back next year. It was fantastic to see so many riders raising money for different charities and this year there was a large number supporting Wiltshire Air Ambulance.

“Riders seemed to really enjoy the route and a number said they were seeing parts of Wiltshire they did not know existed. Cycling has become more and more popular and these days lots of people want to do the 100 mile route. Going back cycling used to be the preserve of the poor or the odd but now more middle aged men are buying cycles than they are motorbikes.”

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Hundreds sing and dance in the rain at Box Rocks festival

Festival goers in Box sang and danced in the rain on bank holiday Monday as hundreds attended Box Rocks all in aid of raising money for the Forever Friends Appeal.

The annual festival in the village has been bringing in sell-out crowds for over twenty years and on Monday, eight bands played for over eight hours to the delight of well-wishers at The Queens Head pub.

Organiser Dean Creighton said despite the downpours, he was pleased with the amount of people who made the trip to the much-loved event.

“The whole festival went very well considering the weather which put a lot of people off but despite this some people did come along to enjoy the day,” he added.

“It was a very good show and this year was probably the first year that I have enjoyed the entire show throughout the day instead of running around like a headless chicken sorting everything out. I managed to have the time to sit down and take it all in and all the bands went down really well.”

Since it began, the festival has been able to raise money for local causes and for the last 12 years, organisers have raised over £25,000 for the Forever Friends Appeal at the Royal United Hospital in Bath.

As a result of their fundraising success, they were recently presented with a senior community partner plaque which honoured their ongoing support to the charity.

Acts playing on the day included The Red Hot Philly Peppers, Suzy Condrad, Polar Front, Reloaded, Port Erin, Kat & Co. , Kylemusic , Bill Smarme and The Bizness and to end the evening were The Corporations who made a return to festival to put on a performance of Saturday Night Fever.

Mr Creighton added: “The Corporations and their Saturday Night Live performance went down a storm and we transformed the car park into a disco and it was really nice to see people dancing and singing in the rain.

“Everyone I spoke to said what a great show it was and the bands said they event enjoyed played. They give their time for free to support the charity and I believe that musicians should get paid for their performances so we tried to give them the best show we could.

“A lot of ideas were floating around on the weekend for next year’s event so we are already starting to plan what we’re going to do.”

The total amount raised over the popular bank holiday weekend event was £2573.26 which will be added to the £25,000 already raised over the past decade.

Lydia McGivern, community fundraiser at the Forever Friends Appeal said: “As always, Box Rocks was an absolutely fantastic event, with lovely people and amazing bands all day long. We cannot thank the whole Box Rocks team enough for the huge amount of hard work they put in year after year to help raise funds for The Forever Friends Appeal. They have supported a number of areas across the RUH, and in doing so are helping to transform care for thousands of local patients and their families.”

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