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Dave to take on a 3,500 mile road trip of thanks

In 2008, Camerton resident, Dave Cameron, was told he had only between eighteen months and three years left to live, after being diagnosed with advanced prostate cancer. Eight years on and Dave, having defied the odds, has decided it is time to give something back to the people who have helped him along the way, thanks to the support of the Oncology and Urology Departments at the RUH and new developments in the treatment of advanced prostate cancer by Cancer Research UK.

On 7th June, Dave will be setting off from the RUH on his trusty eighteen-year-old motorbike on a 3,500 mile trip around the coast of England, Scotland and Wales to raise money for the Forever Friends Cancer Care Appeal and Cancer Research UK. The journey will take him around three weeks to complete, and he aims to ride 160 miles a day.

Dave explains: “The current Forever Friends Appeal is focusing on helping to fund the new Oncology Department at the RUH. At present it is housed in the old, single storey, pre-fabricated units. Of course, the staff work brilliantly within the surroundings they have got and make it as friendly as possible for the patients. However,

the new unit will really revolutionise cancer care in the area and provide a great environment, both for patients and for the staff who support them.

“My choice of these two charities is based on one being involved in the treatment of cancer patients locally and the other developing new and more effective treatments for the future. This seems to me to be a sensible way of splitting any sponsorship I manage to raise.

“I chose to ride around the whole coast of Britain for various reasons. Firstly, it’ll be a real challenge for me, as my medication tends to produce fatigue at times. Doing it by car would be much easier – I could just take naps in the car while completing the trip – but that wouldn’t be enough of a challenge.

“I also hope to demonstrate that even after being diagnosed with cancer, in my case, advanced (metastatic) cancer, it’s still possible to live with the cancer rather than the cancer being allowed to take over your life completely.

“I’ve been really lucky. I’ve had great support from family and friends, health professionals and research, which I know isn’t the case for every patient.

“I had a motorbike years ago, but when I met my wife, we decided that I looked better with both legs attached to me, so I stopped riding for many years. However, when I was told I had perhaps eighteen months to live, we both decided that it was time I got myself another bike.

“As it happens, I’ve reached over eight years since diagnosis – and I’ve still got both legs!”

If any readers would like to support Dave on his trip they can do so via: http://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/DaveCameron63



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Baker Brothers knead you to bake a difference for the RUH!

The Forever Friends Appeal, the primary charity at Bath’s Royal United Hospital, are excited to announce that the popular Baking Brothers Tom and Henry Herbert from Hobbs House Bakery, have become the proud new ambassadors for their annual fundraising week: “Ted’s Big Bake Off”.

Ted’s Big Bake Off which is proudly sponsored by BuroHappold Engineering, sees adults and children all across Bath, Somerset and Wiltshire pop on their aprons and get baking for the RUH. From Victoria Sponge’s, fairy cakes, breads, pastries and pies there’s something for everyone to enjoy…and it’s a delicious way to show your support for the hundreds of thousands of local people who are cared for by the Hospital each and every year – the real icing on the cake! Now in its second dough-raising year, the official fundraising week will take place between Monday 17th and Friday 21st October 2016.

Tom and Henry are now asking all individuals and organisations across Bath, Somerset and Wiltshire to register today and pre-heat their ovens, prepare their mixing bowls and get ready to bake a difference for patients and their families this October. 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 choose your own recipe for success to help patients and their families at the hospital. Funds raised by your cake activities can be dedicated to support the 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, or a ward or department of your choice.

Baking brothers Tom and Henry, who have enjoyed 3 seasons of “The Fabulous Baker Brothers” on Channel 4, global success with DiscoveryNetwork, and now have 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. The Hobbs House brand has now become so popular that a new Bakery has just opened in Malmesbury, and the boys couldn’t be happier to support the RUH, who serve many patients from this area.

Tom Herbert, Innovations Director at Hobbs House Bakery says: “Join us, Big Ted and local baking lovers for a delicious and fun week of fundraising. It’s a tremendously tasty way to raise money for the Bath Royal Hospital. So bake your best and we’ll see you there!”

TBBO-posterEvents & Community Officer for the Appeal, Emily Lynch, says: “Tom and Henry were kind enough to support Ted’s Big Bake Off last year and we are absolutely thrilled that they have agreed to come on board as official ambassadors for the event! When we decided to launch our very first baking themed event, the brothers were our first choice for support as the Hobbs House brand has become a household name in Bath – the quality of their baking is second to none! Last year, Ted’s Big Bake Off raised over £20,000 which will do so much to help transform patient care at the RUH. With Tom and Henry’s help, this year we hope that we can smash this fundraising target and raise even more funds both for the RUH Cancer Care Campaign and other areas of the hospital.”

Tom and Henry will also be paying a special visit to staff, visitors and patients at the Royal United Hospital on Friday 21st October to officially open the Appeal’s closing activity for the fundraising week: the “RUH Big Bake Sale”.

Whether you’re an individual, business, school or community organisation, getting involved in Ted’s Big Bake Off 2016 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! Plus if our baking week doesn’t work for you, you’re more than welcome to hold your event on a date that does.

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Moustache to be hit for six to raise charity funds

Former Devizes Cricket Club chairman Richard Read hopes to knock his fundraising target for six when he shaves off his moustache at a music evening.

Mr Read, 63, of Nursteed Park, Devizes, has had his prized moustache for longer than many of his friends and family have known him but has decided to have it shaved off to raise money for the Forever Friends Appeal at the Royal United Hospital, Bath for a new cancer unit.

He was diagnosed with cancer a year ago but is now been given the all clear and he wants to help the appeal that has a target of £8.5 million. Mr Read said: “I have known my wife Kim for 38 years and she has never seen me without a moustache. Raising money for the appeal is my way of saying thank you for the tremendous care I got at the RUH.”

During his chemotherapy for diffuse large b-cell lymphoma his moustache thinned but he still retained the distinctive feature. But now he is to have it shaved at a music evening at Devizes Sports Club on July 9.

Tickets are now on sale to see bands Shades Of Blue and Zero Return play. He said: “I hope to get at least a £1,000 in sponsorship for the shave. What time in the evening it happens depends on how quickly I get the money in. I don’t want to let it go cheaply.”

His fundraising started last month when Mr Read, who is secretary of the Wadworth darts league, staged a tournament at The Cavalier and made £416. He thanked publicans James Blake and Tricia Baldwin for their support.

His next fundraiser will be an exhibition evening by professional darts player Andy Smith, who is known on the circuit as The Pie Man, back at The Cavalier, where Mr Read is a regular, on June 4.

Mr Smith will hand out awards for the Wadworth Darts League and then take on all comers who will pay for the privilege. Mr Read hopes it will raise around £400.

Then on August 27 musician John Morris, who is a friend of Mr Read, will lead a camp fire evening of songs at The Cavalier.

Carpenter Mr Read, who was chairman of Devizes Cricket Club for nine years, was only diagnosed with cancer by chance when he went for a routine x-ray for his arthritis in March last year. A shadow was picked up on his chests and he had further tests which showed he had the lymphoma.

He underwent six courses of chemotherapy and said that a beneficial side affect of one of the drugs was that it greatly improved his arthritis. He said: “The drug is very strong so you wouldn’t normally be prescribed it but it really improved my arthritis. Before I couldn’t lift my arms above my head or have the strength to mow the lawn but now I can.”

To buy tickets for the music evening on July 9, which cost £7 each or £50 for a table of eight, email richr@uwclub.net or visit his justgiving page at www.justgiving.com/Richard-Read6

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Successful Pamper Evening boosts RUH Cancer Campaign

Beauty Therapy students are thrilled to have raised £1,200 towards the new Cancer Centre at Bath’s Royal United Hospital following a hugely successful pamper evening.

Level 3 Beauty students and Beauty Therapy lecturer Chloe Paxton get a hug with Big Ted to celebrate a hugely successful pamper evening which raised £1,200 for the Forever Friends Appeal.

Nine Level 3 students worked tirelessly to organise the event at the Trowbridge campus, which saw 36 clients book into the Aspire Salon for a back massage or mini facial on Thursday, March 17.

The students also organised a raffle and silent auction with some great prizes including a Spa Day for two people at Aqua Sana, Longleat, Bishopstrow Hotel and Spa, MacDonald Hotel and Resort Spa and Whatley Manor and a Mulberry make up bag.

All proceeds from the event will go towards the Forever Friends Appeal’s Be A Brick Campaign, which is raising funds for a new Cancer Centre for patients and families dealing with cancer.

Beauty Therapy Lecturer Chloe Paxton said: “We are all so chuffed at how successful the event was.

“The students chose to raise money for the cancer centre after seeing a video that highlighted that everyone is affected by cancer.

“We all agreed that this charity would hugely benefit from any money we could raise and liked that we would know just how much we had helped as £10 buys a brick, £100 buys a row of bricks and £1,000 will build a wall.

“The dream was to raise enough money to buy a wall, but it did seem like it would be quite a challenge to raise that amount during the three hour pamper evening.

“As the treatments were fully booked before the event even started, we know we had already made £360 just on that alone.

“When we realised through the raffle and silent auction that our total came to £1,200 we all screamed with excitement!

“I am really proud of the students, who had to run a promotional event as part of their course, but they learned so much including how to work as a team, time management and organisational skills – all things that will benefit them working in that industry.”

Rebecca Pickford, who progressed onto the Level 3 from the Level 2 course, said: “It was a wonderful experience to see so many customers enjoying their treatment and to know that we have raised a lot of money for our chosen charity at the same time.”

A welcome addition to the pamper evening was a visit from RUH mascot Big Ted, who was pleased to have his photo taken with both the students and clients.

Lydia McGivern, who is a Community Fundraiser for the Forever Friends Appeal, said: “The event was amazing; the students put so much work into making it a success and we are delighted that they are helping us to reach the £8.5 million needed to build the new Cancer Centre at the RUH.”

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Team triumph in Vitality Bath Half Marathon

The Forever Friends Appeal would like to say a huge thank you and well done to all of the runners in ‘Ted’s Team’ who took part in the Vitality Bath Half Marathon on Sunday 13th March. This year, an amazing 177 runners put on their trainers to help raise funds for The Forever Friends Appeal and have so far raised a fantastic £50,000 for wards and departments at the RUH. Among them were Dave’s Docmail Dream Team – a team of runners from the headline sponsors of Ted’s Team, CFH Docmail/Velopost.

This year Managing Director of CFH Docmail, Dave Broadway, took on the challenge of a lifetime alongside his colleagues by completing the Bath Half after breaking his hip only a year before. Thanks to this passion and commitment, the company has raised over £10,000 for the Appeal. Dave Broadway comments: “Incredibly pleased to have completed the Bath Half Marathon in a reasonable time – and amazed at the fantastic support both before and at the event. Thank you to all of the wonderful people that donated and helped me exceed the £10,000 target – it all looked like a mountain to climb when I started – so to have achieved everything is amazing.”

CFH Docmail/Velopost has supported the Appeal since 2012 and has raised in total over £27,000 towards the Cancer Care Campaign and have become Senior Corporate Partners for the new Cancer Centre at the RUH. As a Senior Corporate Partner, CFH will receive a naming opportunity within the new Cancer Centre as an acknowledgement for the dedicated support the company has given us over the years.

Head of Fundraising for The Forever Friends Appeal, Tim Hobbs, comments:  “CFH Docmail has been an incredible supporter of The Forever Friends Appeal for many years and we are delighted to be welcoming them as Senior Corporate Partners for the Cancer Care Campaign. Their recent achievement of raising £27k for the new Cancer Centre will make a truly significant difference to the lives of our cancer patients at the RUH.  We would like to say a particular thank you Dave Broadway and his Dream Team who took part in the Bath Half this year and raised over £10,000 whilst taking on an such an incredible personal challenge. They’re a true inspiration.”

The Forever Friends Appeal were delighted to also have the support from other local businesses who ran alongside CFH in the Corporate Challenge including Kier Construction, Rotork Engineering, Future Publishing and Bridges Electrical. The Forever Friends Appeal wouldn’t be able to achieve their fundraising goals without the support and dedication of our supporters. If you have been inspired to get involved with a challenge Silver Bond / Corporate Challenge  places will soon be open for the 2017 race taking place on Sunday 12th March 2017 and please email forever.friends@nhs.net

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