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Epic 10 hour Spinathon to raise money for Cardiology Ward

Locals Rob Walsh and Tash Hillier are organising an epic ‘Spinathon’ which will see 50 teams of intrepid spin cyclists cycle for 10 hours solid in aid of The Forever Friends Appeal, the primary charity at Bath’s Royal United Hospital and the British Heart Foundation.

These causes are very close to the organisers’ hearts as Rob Walsh explains:

“Last June I lost my brother, Neil, unexpectedly through a heart attack.  As you can imagine this was a devastating loss for me and my family.  But what is very important to me is to turn this tragedy into something positive.

Having found out that my Spin Class Instructor Tash Hillier experienced the loss of her father last year as well, also through a heart attack, we hatched the idea of a 10 hour ‘Spinathon’ never done before in the Bath area, to raise money both for the British Heart Foundation (BHF) and the Cardiac and Intensive Care Units at Bath’s Royal United Hospital, where our loved ones were treated.”

The organisers are aiming to raise £10,000 in vital funds, both to support the work of the incredible teams at the hospital and also to help further heart research.  And their Spinathon idea has really taken off since they discussed holding a modest event initially!

Rob continues: “The Spinathon will be held on Saturday 5th March 2016.  It will last 10 hours, from 8:00 am until 6:00 pm and we are holding it in the centre of Bath, at Southgate Shopping Centre.

Our plans have grown and we have now secured 50 spin bikes for the event and brave locals are ‘buying’ each of the bikes and putting teams together to cover the time period.

We are aiming to raise a total of £10,000 through the event to be split equally between BHF and the hospital units”

Rob is also looking for local businesses to sponsor a bike at the event, something which will not only contribute to the target funds but also benefit businesses through some handy promotion:

“We are offering the chance for businesses to sponsor a bike. For business owners who would like to do this, it costs £100 and their business logo will appear on their sponsored bike.

After the event they will also get a picture of their bike being ridden during the event for your own promotional experiences.”

Businesses wishing to sponsor a bike can do so by donating £100 via the event giving page:

http://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/team/RobWalshTashHillier

Emily Lynch, Events and Community Officer at The Forever Friends Appeal says: “We are incredibly grateful to Rob and Tash for putting on such an incredible event to raise funds for the RUH Cardiology Unit. Every penny raised at the Spinathon will go towards transforming care for cardiology patients at the hospital. Please do come along and support the event on Saturday 5th March – Big Ted will be there cheering the team on!”

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Businessman bounces back from injury with aim to raise £10,000

Dave Broadway, Managing Director of Bath-based CFH Docmail is aiming to raise £10,000 for the Royal United Hospitals Bath NHS Trust by running the Bath Half Marathon just one year after a cycle accident resulted in a broken hip and major surgery.

The funds will be donated to the Forever Friends Appeal, the fundraising charity for the Royal United Hospitals, which will support the building of the Royal United Hospital’s new cancer care centre.

In February 2015 Dave was racing in a charity cycling event at the Olympic Velodrome in London, organised by recruiters Hays, when he crashed his bike, breaking his hip and requiring an operation to hold his hip together with a plate and four screws.

Just after one year from his accident Dave will take on the 13.2 miles of the Bath Half Marathon on 13 March to give back to the NHS. To boost his fundraising efforts Hays, the leading recruiting experts, have donated £1,000 to the appeal.

Simon Winfield, Managing Director at Hays in the West & Wales said: “Dave’s determination to bounce back from injury to complete this challenge is inspiring. After Dave’s contribution to our own charity fundraising appeal we’re delighted to be able to support his fundraising for this very important cause.”

To support Dave’s fundraising visit www.justgiving.com/Dave-Broadway

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RUH Cardiac team walk over fire to raise money for Unit

A team of 11 brave colleagues who work within the Cardiology Centre at Bath’s Royal United Hospital will take part in The Forever Friends Appeal’s Firewalk this March, in order to raise funds towards a vital piece of medical equipment that will help transform care for cardiac patients at the hospital.

On Sunday 20th March the team of 11 will arrive at Bath’s Lansdown Cricket Club and join other brave participants to walk over red hot coals burning at over 1,000 degrees Fahrenheit. By taking part in the Firewalk the Cardiac team will raise a minimum of £700 which will be put towards buying a new “Ambulatory ECG Monitor” for the Cardiology Centre. The 11 colleagues will be led by Helen Twemlow, Head of Adult Technical Services for Cardiology at the RUH.

Helen explains, “The Ambulatory ECG Monitor is a vital piece of equipment for cardiac patients, which is able to record the electrical activity of the heart. The human heart produces small electrical impulses which spread through the heart muscle to make it contract and these impulses can be detected by the ECG machine to detect its general rhythm and rate. An ECG recording is painless – it doesn’t put any electricity into one’s body and the monitor can be worn whilst the patient is walking about. The machine’s reading can tell us whether there are any irregularities in the heart beat when recorded over a 24 – 48 hour period. Patients commonly wear this monitor to strive to capture dizziness and palpitations”

Back by popular demand, The Forever Friends Appeal’s Firewalk will take place on Sunday 20th March 2016 at Bath’s Lansdown Cricket Club. The Fire Walk is being organized by Time4Change and its founder Cliff Mann, the most experienced firewalking instructor in Europe. The entry fee is £30 and participants can choose to take part to support the Appeal’s RUH Cancer Care Campaign or a ward or department of their choice at the hospital.

Helen continues, “We are all very excited about facing our fears and walking over fire in March to help transform care for our patients. This is the first time that any of us in Cardiology will have taken part in a Firewalk and I encourage anyone out there to come and join us in March for what will be a very special, “once in a lifetime” experience! We are also welcoming any Cardiology patients to join our team or if you are unable to walk, then please donate to our Just Giving page!”

Emily Lynch, Events & Community Officer for the Appeal says, “We are so grateful that the Cardiology Centre are taking part in the Firewalk to raise vital funds for their own department. Taking part in a Firewalk is a great way to challenge yourself, increase your confidence and overcome your fears while making a real difference at the Royal United Hospital. Open to both RUH Staff and members of the general public, we still have places left on the Firewalk and hope that as many people as possible take part in support of either the RUH Cancer Care Campaign, or a ward or department of their choice”.

Places are limited and online entries are now open! To sign up online today and make a real difference to patients and their families at the RUH, please visit our Firewalk page or contact Laura Pearce on 01225 821535.

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Join our team and Trek Cambodia for RUH

Have you ever wanted to take on an exhilarating challenge and raise funds for a charity that is close to your heart?  If so, then now is your chance.  The Forever Friends Appeal, the primary charity for Bath’s Royal United Hospital are looking for 18 adventurous people from across Bath, Somerset and Wiltshire to join their 95km trek across Cambodia which will journey through the ancient city of Angor Wat– known as the realm of the gods!

The Appeal team hope that in November 2016 a team of 18 fundraisers will take part in this experience of a lifetime – at the same time as raising significant funds for the charity.  The current focus of The Forever Friends Appeal is the RUH Cancer Care Campaign – to raise a minimum of £8.5 million towards the build of a pioneering new Cancer Centre for the RUH.  By signing up to join the trek, people will be helping to transform care for patients with cancer and their families at the RUH.

Event & Community Officer for The Forever Friends Appeal, Emily Lynch comments:  “This is the Appeal’s third annual overseas trek where participants can choose to fundraise for the RUH Cancer Care Campaign or an RUH ward or department of their choice. We’re hoping that this year’s Trek to Cambodia will be our most successful yet! Our trek will start in the beautiful Siem Reap and take you through dazzling green rice paddies, jungles dotted with Buddhist temples and ruins. Trekkers will be immersed in ancient Khmer tradition, will discover the beauty of the sacred Kulen Mountain and have the opportunity to explore the jewel in Cambodia’s crown, Angor Wat”

One in two people are now affected by cancer and everyday lives are changed by this disease.  The Forever Friends Appeal’s RUH Cancer Care Campaign has now raised over £7.1 million towards its minimum £8.5 million target to help fund the build of a pioneering new Cancer Centre at the hospital.  This Cancer Centre will be a state of the art building, with every part designed around the needs of patients with different forms of cancer.  It will transform care for patients and their families at the RUH.

Emily continues: “Last year, our Overseas Trek saw 17 inspirational trekkers journey to Northern India. Our trekkers raised over £25,000 for the RUH Cancer Care Campaign and we’re hoping that this year’s trek to Cambodia will raise even more to help us reach our target!”

If you have a passion for culture, a great sense of adventure and the desire to do something challenging to help The Forever Friends Appeal achieve its goal, sign up today to join their team.  For more information, visit Cambodia Trek page or call the events team on 01225 825823.

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Community comes together to crochet for Cancer

Bath In Fashion have selected The Forever Friends Appeal as their chosen charity for the 2016 festival and will be crocheting for the Cancer Care Campaign. Each year Bath In Fashion create a huge Yarnbomb and decorate Milsom Street in Bath to raise funds and awareness for their chosen charity. This year the Yarnbomb will be in support of the RUH Cancer Care Campaign and fashion icon Mulberry have come on board to sponsor the event. Mulberry will sponsor £100 for every post decorated on Milsom Street to help raise funds for the new Cancer Centre.

Rob Billington, Group Production and Sourcing Director at Mulberry Company (Design) Ltd comments:  Having been based in Somerset since 1971, Mulberry has a long history of supporting charities that make a positive difference to the people in the communities where our own employees live and work. Many of our 800 employees working in Somerset have friends or family that have been cared for by the RUH. We are therefore proud and privileged to be sponsoring The Forever Friends Appeal and to be working with Bath in Fashion to make a real difference in our local community.

The Yarnbomb will go up for the duration of Bath In Fashion (18th – 24th April) adding colour and fun to the streets of Bath alongside the stella line-up for this year’s fashion fest. Emma Leith from Bath In Fashion came up to the RUH to run a drop-in session with staff, patients AND Big Ted at the hospital. She comments: “This will be our third yarn bomb for Bath in Fashion and its made all the more special for me that it is supporting the RUH Forever Friends Appeal.  Having recently been diagnosed with breast cancer myself I am only too aware of the value and importance of this wonderful charity. Milsom Street will be transformed into a festival of colour and we hope it will add a bit of joy into people’s lives much like the Forever Friends Charity does all year round.” 

This event will be a real collaboration, with wool being donated from Rico Design, and the whole community will get involved! The Forever Friends Appeal are calling on the community to make and donate their crocheted creations to form part of the Yarnbomb. Whether a beginner or a pro, the charity welcomes your support to help decorate Milsom Street and raise funds. The theme is floral and please visit The Forever Friends website to find out how to crochet a flower: www.foweverfriendsappeal.co.uk/events/bath-in-fashion-yarnbomb

One in two people are affected by cancer and everyday lives are changed by this disease. The Forever Friends Appeal’s RUH Cancer Care campaign is raising a minimum of £8.5 million towards the building of a pioneering new Cancer Centre. This Cancer Centre will be a state of the art building, with every part designed around the needs of patients with different forms of cancer. It will transform the care for patients and their families at the RUH.

Corporate Fundraiser for The Forever Friends Appeal, Louisa Smyllie, comments:  “We are delighted to have been chosen by Bath In Fashion and to be working with them on the Yarnbomb. It is an exciting opportunity to create something spectacular and have the support of Mulberry too is amazing! We hope that everyone is inspired to get involved and send us their crochet creations.”

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Building Financial Capability For Children

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Make Life Easier For Ebola & Alzheimer

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Seminar For Children To Learn About The Future

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Discussing The Importantce Of Vaccines

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Midsomer Norton Community Group to celebrate two years

Two years of fundraising for a new cancer care centre are about to be celebrated by a Midsomer Norton fundraising group.

In the two years the Midsomer Norton Fundraising group has raised thousands of pounds for vital work through events including walks, bucket collections and fairs.

The anniversary is being marked with an information evening on Monday, February 22, at Welton Rovers Football Club.

The evening will give people the chance to hear about the progress of The Forever Friends Appeal and the building of the new Cancer Centre at Bath’s Royal United Hospital.

The friendly group of volunteers meet once a month to organise and take part in fundraising events and activities in the community.

One of the group’s most successful fundraising ideas comes in the form of their supermarket spinathons, which they have held twice in Paulton’s Tesco store.

For both of these events, volunteers came forward to meet the challenge, completing hour spinning slots throughout the day to help raise funds.

Through the hard work, determination (and sweat) of these volunteers, the spinathon events have raised a combined total of more than £2,500.

One of the group’s members, Graham Darke, was referred to the RUH 14 years ago following unexplained blackouts. An X-ray revealed a grapefruit-sized mass between his lungs and his ribcage, which turned out to be a rare form of cancer – related to testicular cancer.

After four spells in hospital for chemotherapy over the three months following this devastating diagnosis, Mr Darke is now fit and well – with no sign of the cancer returning.

He joined the group to show his gratitude and give something back for saving his life and giving him more time with his two children, who were eight and 10 at the time.

The keen cyclist cycled 84 miles with his cousins from the RUH to Musgrove Park, Taunton, raising more than £2,000 for charity, to celebrate his tenth anniversary of recovering from cancer.

Mr Darke said: “I joined the Midsomer Norton Group with the aim of helping to organise similar active challenges to help the RUH build a state-of-the art facility and get over the limitations their wartime buildings have (such as lack of privacy when in the shared wards at a vulnerable time in your life).

“These challenges are always more fun when shared with other enthusiasts. One challenge I would like to set up, for instance, is to cycle from Welton through the newly reopened Somerset and Dorset railway tunnels up to the RUH and then possibly on to the cycle track to Bristol and back again.”

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