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Moulin Rouge at Royal Victoria Park

Baz Luhrmann’s Oscar-winning musical Moulin Rouge will be coming to Bath in September for a special screening under the stars at Royal Victoria Park.

Members of the public are invited to the outdoor screening of the 12A certificate film for this year’s Movie by Moonlight on Saturday (Sept 2).

MoulinRougeA4-web-versionMovie by Moonlight is organised every year by the fundraising charity for Bath’s Royal United Hospitals (RUH) The Forever Friends Appeal. The Appeal raises funds for all areas of the hospital, including the major fundraising RUH Cancer Care Campaign.

Emily Lynch, Events & Community Officer at the Forever Friends Appeal said:

“We’d like to see as many people as possible at this year’s screening. You don’t need a ticket to attend, just make a donation on the gate. Bring a blanket and snuggle up under the stars to watch this romantic musical. I’ll be there with my team welcoming everyone and we hope that people will make a generous donation on the night as all the money raised will go to our Cancer Care Campaign, for a pioneering new Cancer Centre to be built at the RUH.

“We know that one in two people are affected by Cancer and everyday lives are changed by this disease. Therefore, the Appeal aims to raise a minimum of £8.5 million towards the building of the new Cancer Centre which will transform the care for patients and their families at Bath’s RUH. So far, an incredible £8 million has been raised, so we are getting close to the amount we need and that’s why we organise events like these so people can show their support and make a donation whilst enjoying free entertainment.”

The gates to the Movie by Moonlight event will open at 5pm and the film will start at 8:30pm. Access to the area will not be allowed before 5pm, so please don’t arrive too early.

Emily said:

“I’d also like to take this opportunity to thank our Sponsor, Freestyle Designs, Bath’s signage solutions company.  For three year’s Jayson Godridge, Managing Director at Freestyle Designs has sponsored this event to promote the Appeal and help us fundraise. Heart FM will be co-hosting with us on the night and the cinema screen is kindly brought to you by Filmair Cinema Services, so I’d like to say thank you to them for ensuring we have a fantastic atmosphere during the screening in Royal Victoria Park.”

Jayson Godridge, Managing Director at Freestyle Designs, says: “We have worked with the Appeal for a number of years now and know how important the RUH Cancer Care Campaign is to so many people. It’s a privilege to be sponsoring Movie by Moonlight for the third year and we hope that lots of people turn out to enjoy Moulin Rouge and donate to the cause this September!”

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For more information about the Movie by Moonlight event visit our Movie by Moonlight page or call 01225 821535.

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Rod goes the extra mile in Yeovil

A Somerset site manager has proven he really does go the extra mile after walking a marathon for The Forever Friends Appeal, fundraising charity for the Royal United Hospital.

Rod Dunford, who works at David Wilson HomesWyndham Park development in Yeovil, trekked 26.2 miles from Devizes to Bath in the charities annual Walk of Life to raise more than £500.

He said: “I was a bit sore the next day but it was definitely worth it raising so much money for charity. It took just under six hours so it was good to be first across the line and get some well needed rest while cheering on the others completing the challenge.”

Louise Ware, sales director at David Wilson Homes, said: “Rod is a shining example of how our employees go the extra mile and we couldn’t be more proud of him.

“It’s not just in his charity work that he goes the extra mile. He’s recognised by all of us at David Wilson Homes as one of our outstanding site managers, who works tirelessly behind the scenes to bring new homes to the area.”

Since being appointed as site manager at Wyndham Park two years ago Rod has improved customer satisfaction to an impressive 95.5%. In his last 37 NHBC surveys, which rigorously check the quality of homes, he has scored 100%.

Rod said: “I really enjoy my job and I’m proud of the quality of homes we build. For me, the most rewarding part is seeing people move into their new homes. Buying your own home is a big life event and helping to make that happen and seeing the smiles on people’s faces as they move in is a real pleasure.”

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Fifty miles for fifty years!

Radstock-based hairdresser, Jean Meredith and her husband, Roy, celebrated their fiftieth wedding anniversary by running fifty miles to raise funds for two local causes.

The pair regularly fundraise for local charities through running, having also completed a run for Jean’s 70th birthday.


This time, the pair ran the Cotswold Way, Painswick to Bath, just over fifty miles, gaining sponsorship for the RUH’s Forever Friends Appeal and the Bath branch of Parkinson’s UK, raising a total of £1,213 which will be split equally between the two. Jean said: “I would like to thank everyone who donated, my loyal customers and our friends and family, who gave us donations instead of presents for our wedding anniversary.”

John Saunders, from Parkinson’s UK, Bath branch and Laura Pearce, from the RUH, both thanked Roy and Jean for their continued support.

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£100k raised at inaugural Royal Crescent Hope Ball

The Forever Friends Appeal is set to benefit from a six-figure sum raised at a glamorous ball at the Royal Crescent.

John Cullum praised the “unprecedented” amount of money raised for the hospital’s Cancer Care Campaign at the inaugural Hope Ball last weekend.


An auction featuring artistic works from Bath painters Peter Brown and Nick Cudworth, world-famous photographer Sir Don McCullin and a portrait by Paul Roberts should help push the total beyond the £100,000 mark.

The gala was hosted by the Royal Crescent Society on the crescent’s 250th anniversary.

It saw cancer patient Justine Elliott join oncologist Mark Beresford in a short film to highlight the vision for the new RUH Dyson Cancer Care Centre.


The 250 guests on Saturday (June 17) sipped award-winning Ridgeview ‘Cavendish’ vintage sparkling wine on the crescent’s private lawns before enjoying a three-course menu devised by the team at Eat Five Star.

With waiters zipping around the tables, few were prepared when some of the employees revealed themselves as West End singers, dazzling the room with a medley of opera arias and musical classics.

Bringing the house down with a rendition of ‘That’s Amore’ and then leading a conga line of guests around the room, everyone was soon on the dancefloor enjoying Ed Leaker and the Swing Machine Jazz Orchestra with special guest performances by Claire Martin and Alfred ‘Pee Wee’ Ellis, both giants of jazz.


“Helping the RUH Forever Friends Appeal raise the last million pounds of their £9.25 million fundraising goal has brought the Bath community together,” said Hope Ball committee chairwoman Tabitha Claydon.

“The silent auction was open to the public, and we’ve had donations from friends far and wide.

“We would love to see everyone who can find a way to contribute to help the RUH provide a holistic environment for their state-of-the-art cancer treatments, and support patients on their journey through cancer.”


The Forever Friends Appeal chairman Mr Cullum said: “‘With generous sponsorship from local businesses, including E.P. Mallory, Emery Brothers and Aaron Evans Architects, and the support of Bath’s artistic community, the Hope Ball and art auction looks set to raise over £100,000.

“The event was unprecedented and set a record high for amount raised at a single event of its kind.”

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Camomile Café adult & baby massage-athon supports NICU

The Camomile Café in Corsham is an incredibly exceptional and extraordinary place which functions as a children’s activity & therapy café.

The café recently organized an ‘adult & baby massage-athon’ with a goal to raise funds towards the purchase of nests for incubators to be used for NICU here at the RUH.

At the Royal United Hospital, 1 in 10 babies are born too small, too sick or too soon and therefore need additional care. The neonatal unit is responsible for providing the necessary care for these precious babies. The main supporters in terms of funding for the center are The Forever Friends Appeal, whom provide charitable support as part of the NICU ‘space to grow’ Campaign and give these precious babies the best possible start in life.

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The efforts and impacts of this fundraising from the café is extremely supportive as incubator nests are used to enable the vulnerable babies within the incubators to feel safe and secure, whilst still being able to monitor them safely. For one nest it costs £28 and it is no question that this is a small price to pay for helping these tiny babies. In total, the Camomile café raised an impressive £308 for the center through their talented and effective massaging skills.

Owner of the café, Frances worked as a practice nurse for the past 15 years and has only recently retired. She has a particular interest in helping others to understand how to manage their health and wellbeing by providing them with the knowledge and confidence to do so and question the things they don’t understand.

Daughter and co-owner Anna works here in our very own NICU. She has expressed how it’s been a privilege to work as a nurse in the amazing unit over the past 6 months. Anna was inspired by her team and all that they do within the unit; she knew there was a shortage of nests for incubators and so she decided to fundraise in order to add to the numbers along with her mother in a very creative way. The café will continue on with their work, the next fundraising scheme is to begin £2 classes which raise money to go towards supporting the Chippenham Birthing Centre. If you are at all interested in getting involved, please contact Camomile Café on 01249 714666.

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