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Climate Change: Vital Signs Of The Planet

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Dedicated To Helping Kids Making A Playground.

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Integer sollicitudin ligula non enim sodales, non lacinia nunc ornare. Sewid commodo tempor dapibus. Duis convallis turpis in tortor vo are risus in euismod varius nullam feugiat ultrices. Sed condimentum est libero, aliqculis.Phasellus scelerisque nisl non ullamcorper mollis. Donec et libero quis erat commodo suscipit. Mae elit a, eleifend leo. Phase pharetra mi, ctor diam. id iarciet spen idisse rhoncu ut pharetrnisi vestibul mum ornare.Lorie ipsum dolor stamet, cons ctetur adipiselit. Duis non scelerisque est, quis aliquiam ligula.Aene amet, consectetuer adipiscing elit. Phasellus hendrerit. Pellent iesque aliquet nec urna. In nisi neque.

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Climate Change: Vital Signs Of The Planet

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Integer sollicitudin ligula non enim sodales, non lacinia nunc ornare. Sewid commodo tempor dapibus. Duis convallis turpis in tortor vo are risus in euismod varius nullam feugiat ultrices. Sed condimentum est libero, aliqculis.Phasellus scelerisque nisl non ullamcorper mollis. Donec et libero quis erat commodo suscipit. Mae elit a, eleifend leo. Phase pharetra mi, ctor diam. id iarciet spen idisse rhoncu ut pharetrnisi vestibul mum ornare.Lorie ipsum dolor stamet, cons ctetur adipiselit. Duis non scelerisque est, quis aliquiam ligula.Aene amet, consectetuer adipiscing elit. Phasellus hendrerit. Pellent iesque aliquet nec urna. In nisi neque.

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Hospital saved my life and gave me the best care I could have asked for

On October the 1st 2013 Leigh Wilkins had (as he puts it) a bit of an accident on his mountain bike…. He doesn’t even remember going out for a ride that night. Next thing he knew was waking up in at the RUH Bath​… A week later!

So what happened? He’s not sure he will ever know, no one witnessed it as he was first down and it was dark, but he knows he hit a tree in a fast section .. 27mph to be exact (According to the gps).

Leigh was found under the tree making raspberry noises by his riding buddies. After realising he wasn’t taking the micheal an ambulance was called. When the paramedics arrived it became clear that getting him out of the wood posed a problem. Two and a half hours later he reached the ambulance and with my helmet for evidence they sped off.

Leigh woke up a week later in the RUH, He missed his youngest daughters 1st birthday and her first steps but wasn’t in too much pain and didn’t appear to have any cuts. Then He got told the list of injuries… a brain bleed, broken neck in 3 places, broken shoulder blade, damage to the nerves which control my arm functions(BPI), double blood clots on his lungs, double vision and a chipped tooth. He was to stay in hospital for 4 weeks.

15 months on and the only lasting injury is a partially paralysed left arm. His hand and wrist work but Leigh has no bicep function and can’t raise his arm. To get around this and to get him back on the bike Leigh has to ride with a shoulder brace, arm brace, steering damper and a widened handlebar grip. But he’s back on a bike.

Getting back racing… Although it’s a different format (xc on a beach on a fat bike and not enduro) is a big leap forward for Leigh and what better way than to raise a few quid for the The Forever Friends Appeal – RUH Bath​ and help the hospital that saved my life and gave me the best care I could have asked for!

Feel inspired by Leigh’s story? take a look around the website to see how you can help or make a donation on Leigh’s JustGiving page https://www.justgiving.com/Leigh-Wilkins

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THEATRE ROYAL BATH CREATIVE FUND SPONSORS HISTORY & HERITAGE PROJECT

The Forever Friends Appeal and Art at the Heart have been working together to secure funding from the Theatre Royal Bath Creative Fund in support of arts at the RUH. The Creative Fund have pledged £3000 to fund a unique intergenerational project entitled ‘Small Acts of Kindness Make A Difference’ to commemorate the WWI centenary and history of the hospital.

The project will involve weekly creative workshops on both the Children and Adolescent’s Ward and Combe Ward, a Dementia friendly ward for elderly patients. Patients will have the opportunity to explore the history of the War Hospital and the many stories recounting community support and even incidents where animals (including a chicken!) provided therapeutic comfort for soldiers. During the workshop Artist in Residence Edwina Bridgeman will create a 3D tapestry with patients and it will be displayed alongside the main WW1 Hospital exhibition and remain at the RUH as a permanent legacy.

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Businessman fights back from crash injuries to run in Bath Half

Dave Broadway (57) is Managing Director of hybrid mail company CFH Docmail Ltd and Bath based fossil fuel free bicycle letter delivery service Velopost.  A serious runner since 2001, until last year he routinely ran 30 miles a week. In 2015 a broken hip threatened to end his running career but after an incredible fight back, in March 2016 he returns to the track to raise funds for The Forever Friends Appeal and the RUH Cancer Care Campaign to help provide the best care for Bath cancer patients and their families.  https://www.justgiving.com/Dave-Broadway

In February 2014, Dave was invited by Hays Recruitment to take part in a cycle pursuit race at the London Velodrome.  After a successful practise run as Dave crossed the finishing line the automatic reaction to freewheel kicked in, the bike stopped and the front tyre exploded, throwing Dave to the ground at 26 miles per hour.

He was taken to hospital in East London where it was established that the head of his femur was broken resulting in the insertion of a dynamic hip screw which employs four screws and a metal plate to hold the joint (which is notoriously difficult to heal) together.

Home after three days Dave immediately started the walking which would be the first stage to recovery and within three weeks was able to walk three miles without a walking stick or crutches. Once he had built up to four or five miles, he began to add gym work and stretching to increase the movement and functionality of his leg.

The speed with which functionality had been lost was surprising but the nerve damage meant it was essential to get everything working as quickly as possible. Cycling and rowing were then added to the non-impact mix to help build muscle.

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In August the surgeon at The Royal United Hospital (RUH) in Bath who had been overseeing the recovery process agreed that running on grass could be introduced. This proved to be the hardest part of all despite Dave’s extensive running history, in fact more challenging than when he first taken up running 17 years earlier. Dave says ‘My legs just wouldn’t move, some of my mobility has gone for good, I still struggle to put my socks on.’

However gradually things improved and Dave began road running, building from a four mile run, to a 10 mile outing last weekend.

12 months on Dave is preparing to take part in the Bath Half Marathon and whilst his time may not match his personal best of 1.53 or even his 2014 time of 1:58, all the signs are that he will finish in under 2.30.

Dave will be running for The Forever Friends Appeal, a Bath based official charity for the RUH which CFH have supported for a number of years. Dave will be joined in running the half marathon by his wife, daughter and other members of CFH staff and he is hoping to raise £10,000 for the charity.

Dave says  ‘I think it’s likely that every family in Britain has been touched by Cancer to a greater or lesser degree. Last year was particularly bad for myself  and the team at CFH, as we lost a number of good friends, colleagues and ex-colleagues.

This year, we are once again the key sponsor for The Forever Friends Appeal’s “Ted’s Team” at the Bath Half Marathon through our Velopost division. This is our third time at being the main sponsor, and to date we have reached almost £17,000 of donations.

So as we approach this year’s Bath Half Marathon, I really want to put something back into the NHS – both in gratitude for fixing me, but also in memory and tribute to the good friends that I have lost this year.’

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 CFH Docmail and 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 still 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 can’t thank the team enough for their continued and creative support of the Appeal. And now, with New Year’s resolutions in the air we hope others will be inspired to join the Velopost team in the Bath Half this March and support their local hospital.”

For more information, please our Bath Half 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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Farrington Gurney workmates raise cash in colleague’s memory

The team at a Farrington Gurney business have paid tribute to a beloved colleague by raising £1,000 for The Forever Friends Appeal.

Staff at print firm TPM (UK) Ltd have worked hard to raise as much money as possible to help the new cancer unit being built at Bath’s Royal United Hospital.

They decided to support the hospital’s appeal after losing friend and workmate Nick Whittock to cancer earlier this year.

The fundraising was spearheaded by Wendy Emery, who has fought cancer herself in the past, and saw the colleagues raise funds through a series of events including cake and craft sales.

The company also held a Christmas jumper day that saw the TPM team dressed in festive attire in exchange for a donation.

A total of £949 was made which was made up to £1,000 for the RUH thanks to donations from Nick’s mum and cousin.

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Beckington Cricket Ball Smashes Fundraising Targets

The Forever Friends Appeal were delighted to welcome members of Beckington Cricket Club to the Royal United Hospital on Thursday 14th January to celebrate the amazing success of their fundraising Masquerade Ball in October, and show them the effects that their generosity will have for the hospital’s patients and their families.

This phenomenal event surpassed all expectations to raise an incredible total of £18,000, £14,000 of which was donated to The Forever Friends Appeal’s Warminster & District RUH Fundraising Group (WAD), who are raising funds towards the build of a revolutionary new Cancer Centre at the RUH. In light of this fantastic achievement, The Forever Friends Appeal has recognised Beckington Cricket Club as one of their valued Community Partners (awarded to groups raising over £10,000 towards The Appeal), and WAD as one of their Senior Community Partners (for raising over £25,000).

The organisers of the Ball, Chris Weare, Daniel Gulliford and Ang Allen, worked tirelessly to put on a glamorous evening including a champagne reception and fine dining from “A Bit of a Do Catering”. Star-studded entertainment was provided with live music from The Voice’s Tom Carpenter and award winning international act, The Three Waiters. Disguised amongst genuine staff serving at the event, these three phenomenal singers surprised the 330 guests, bursting into incredible operatic renditions of well-known songs including Nessun Dorma and It’s Now or Never.

Dinner was followed by an Auction of Promises, with some truly stunning lots donated from many generous supporters. Amongst these fantastic prizes were four tickets to a Natwest t20 cricket match for the 2016 season, donated by Sky Sports; two Cheltenham Gold Cup Members Tickets including magnificent steam train travel, donated by Bottle Green; and four 2-day tickets to play Golf at the world-famous Belfry Course, with overnight accommodation at the Belfry Hotel, donated by Thornbury Sports Ltd.

Overall the event was an overwhelming success and the money raised will go a long way to transforming cancer services at the RUH, Bath. The RUH Cancer Care Campaign, to which the funds have been donated, is raising money towards the build of a pioneering new Cancer Centre at the hospital, a development which will allow state-of-the-art cancer treatment to be provided to their thousands of local patients and their families.

Community Fundraiser for The Appeal, Lydia McGivern, comments ‘we are completely overwhelmed by the unbelievable support that Chris, Dan, Ang and all at Beckington Cricket Club have given to our Warminster Community Group and our RUH Cancer Care Campaign. WAD is a group of inspirational volunteers who have worked tirelessly over the past 3 years to raise funds towards a cause very close to all of their hearts. For Beckington Cricket Club to have worked so hard to help them with this challenge is beyond generous. We truly cannot express how grateful we are for their kindness.

Chris Weare comments, ‘We would also just like to say a huge thank you to Thornbury Sports Ltd who were the primary sponsor for this event. Without their help the ball simply could not have taken place and we would not have been able to help such a worthwhile local cause.’

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Inspirational Fundraiser ‘Goes with the Flo’ to Mark 10 Years of Walk

A remarkable local woman is planning to walk over 100 miles, to celebrate a decade of fundraising with The Forever Friends Appeal.

Nicola Noble, 53 from Warminster, started fundraising for the Appeal in 2003 with her sister Vanessa Kyte. Vanessa had been diagnosed with breast cancer in 2000, and as part of her treatment had to undergo a bilateral mastectomy. Vanessa and Nic decided to raise funds to improve Cancer facilities at the RUH, finding them much outdated and in need of modernization.  Despite undergoing grueling treatment, Vanessa found the positives in every situation. As such, she went on to enter the Bath Half Marathon in 2003 supporting The Forever Friends Appeal, even stating that at least it made it “easier for me to run!” Together, Vanessa and Nic went on to take part in a huge variety of fundraising activities for the Appeal, including wing walks and moon walks. Finally in 2006, the sisters worked with the Appeal to set up “March Miles”, a challenging annual fundraising walk around the RUH catchment area, which later evolved into the Appeal’s “Walk of Life”, along the Kennet and Avon Canal from Devizes to Bath.

By 2007, Vanessa’s breast cancer had progressed, leaving her unable to complete the March Miles walk. Even at this stage, Vanessa refused to sit by and watch, and joined Nic for March Miles for as much as possible, even being wheeled down Milsom Street with a band playing to finish the final leg!

Vanessa sadly passed away on 15th November 2007. Today, Nic continues to help with the annual organization of the Walk of Life in Vanessa’s memory in order to see Ness’s dreams of a new Cancer Centre at the RUH realized. Every year the Walk of Life raises tens of thousands for the Appeal’s RUH Cancer Care Campaign, which is raising a minimum of £8.5 million towards the build of a pioneering new Cancer Centre at the hospital.  To date, Vanessa and Nicola have raised over £255,000 to improve Cancer Care facilities at the RUH.

2016 will mark the Walk of Life’s 10-year anniversary and therefore the first year of Vanessa and Nicola’s initial March Miles event. In honour of this, Nic is planning to recreate the very first March Miles, by walking around the hospital catchment area with individuals who have offered special support to her, the Appeal, and her much-loved Jack Russel, Flo, over the past 10 years.

The last leg of Nic’s ‘Go With the Flo’ walk will take place on Saturday 14th May 2016, to purposefully coincide with the Appeal’s 10th annual Walk of Life along the Kennet & Avon canal – and Nic is now inviting you all to join her for this final leg of her challenge by signing up to take part in the 2016 Walk of Life.

The Forever Friends Appeal’s annual Walk of Life is a 21 mile positive walk to celebrate life. Every year the walk takes place from Devizes to Bath, along the beautiful Kennet and Avon Canal. Walkers can choose to walk the full 21 miles from Devizes to Bath or 12 miles from Devizes to Bradford on Avon or 9 miles from Bradford on Avon to Bath. By taking part you can choose to fundraise for the RUH Cancer Care Campaign or a ward or department of your choice at the hospital. Last year over 300 people took part in the 2015 Walk of Life raising over £30,000 to help transform care for patients and their families at the RUH.

To mark a decade of the Walk of Life, Nic and little Flo will be walking over 100 miles in the week leading up to the Walk of Life. In order to complete their own impressive challenge, and keep Nic’s promise to Ness to ensure better cancer facilities for future patients, they are now looking for sponsorship from local people, groups and businesses.

Nic comments, ‘One promise, ten years, hundreds of walkers and thousands of pounds – a wonderful legacy for my beautiful sister. I am taking on this challenge to celebrate ten years of amazing fundraising, by walking around the community which will benefit so enormously from this new Cancer Centre.’

‘I am asking local businesses, groups and individuals to get involved however they can, whether it’s by sponsoring my walk with Flo or joining me for the final leg by entering the Walk of Life. How amazing that local people can help to provide the building blocks of a pioneering Cancer Centre which will transform care for thousands of local patients and their families for years to come.’

If you would like to sponsor Nicola or would like more information about her walk, please contact The Forever Friends Appeal on 01225 825825.

Alternatively, if you would like to support Nicola and Flo by joining them in the 2016 Walk of Life on Saturday 14th May, please visit our walk page to sign up. Discounted earlybird places are available until 31st January 2016 with general place entries open until May 2016.

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Friends of Huck help Cancer Centre target pass £7million

The Forever Friends Appeal are celebrating some New Year’s cheer this January as the local charitable fund Friends of Huck reach their £100k target for Cancer Care Campaign. This mammoth achievement has helped The Forever Friends Appeal to reach the £7.1million mark of their £8.5m fundraising target for the Cancer Care Campaign.

Tim Hobbs, Head of Fundraising at The Forever Friends Appeal, comments: “We are thrilled and delighted that Friends of Huck have helped us reach this important milestone.  The group’s incredible efforts have raised £100k for the new Cancer Centre and taken us past the £7m mark in the Campaign.  We have greatly enjoyed working with the Friends of Huck over the years, Mark and Emma have been a source of real inspiration to all who have supported them. We now have £1.4m to go to reach our minimum target for the new Cancer Centre and we are confident that the dedication and generosity of supporters such as the Friends of Huck will help us get there!”

Friends of Huck was founded by Motocross champion Mark Hucklebridge (Huck) and his wife Emma from Colerne following Mark’s battle with cancer. In November 2010, when Mark (then aged 31) had to tell his family and friends he had been diagnosed with cancer, it was a terrible shock for everyone involved.  Consequently over these past five years since his first diagnosis, Mark and Emma have been joined by hundreds of their friends, family and colleagues to support their fundraising efforts for a charity very close to their hearts – the RUH Forever Friends Appeal.  Mark has undergone chemotherapy, radiotherapy and surgery to help fight the spreading cancer, and is therefore very passionate about The Forever Friends Appeal’s current major fundraising campaign to raise £8.5million to help build a pioneering new Cancer Centre for the Royal United Hospital in Bath.

Friends of Huck are very lucky to be involved in a network of people that support their fundraising events. As a charity they have been overwhelmed by the support given by people running half marathons, holding motocross events, auctions, shooting clays, baking cakes and filling collection pots, gymkhana’s, boxing challenges – you name it they have done it. Mark Hucklebridge, Founder of Friends of Huck, comments “The dedication by these selfless people is unbelievable and the charity would not exist without their generosity. We are continually looking for more people to hold events, or take on new challenges, to keep the charity alive and fresh. At this time we would like to thank a few special people and companies that have gone above and beyond to raise money:

M J church

Kawasaki Motors

Marshfield MX Club

Motoxtreme

Wyatt Fencing

Dingmaster

Hucklebridge Events

Chambers Engineering

Nigel Roberts

Fight Like A Girl

Arenacross UK”

The work of the Appeal and the efforts of its supporters such Friends of Huck were highlighted last week in a letter from the Prime Minister, David Cameron, to Bath MP Ben Howlett.  He said “The Forever Friends Appeal has a very impressive record in raising funds for the RUH and I know that it is held in the highest regard in the local community.

“I wish all those involved with the Appeal every success with your endeavours to raise the additional funds needed to build a world class Cancer Centre at the hospital.

“It is heartening to hear that the Appeal has already raised £7.1 million, this is a tremendous achievement. I very much hope that any organisation or individual that is able to support this much needed investment will do so in any way they can”

“I have no doubt that it will prove to be of great value for the people of Somerset and Wiltshire”.

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