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Brothers skydive to fundraise for the RUH

Melksham brothers, Corey and Haken Blackmore will mark their 18 and 21 birthdays by doing a skydive to raise funds in memory of their grandad who passed away last year.

Their grandad, Brian Hartley aged 71, bravely fought ill health for many years. Sadly, his health deteriorated in March 2017 where admissions to the RUH continued until he passed away in September 2017.

Corey Blackmore, who turns 21 on 2 May said:

“My brother and I wanted to do something exhilarating to celebrate our birthdays. Haken turned 18 in February and I’ll be 21 next week. Our Grampy was always so supportive and he looked forward to seeing us do something together.

“We wanted to raise money for the RUH as a small gesture to thank staff for everything they did for him. When we heard about the The Forever Friends Appeal Skydive day, we signed up to take part. As Grampy stayed on different wards in the RUH, the money we raise will be donated to the RUH to spend where it’s needed most.”

The brothers initially set up a Just Giving page with a target of £700, fully expecting to top up the money raised themselves. However, within one week of sharing their fundraising page, they were amazed to see their target reached and boosted it to £1,000 which has been surpassed once again.

Corey said:

“We are absolutely amazed at the generosity from our family and friends as donations came flying in. Currently our total is sitting at £1,065 and we just can’t believe how much has been raised in such a short amount of time.

“Our Grampy would have been very proud and extremely grateful. The fundraising is to thank the staff at the RUH who cared for him and looked after our family when we stayed by his bedside. If you knew him and would like to say your own thank you to the RUH, we welcome any further donations via our just giving page.”

Corey and Haken will take part in The Forever Friends Appeal’s Skydive Day on Sunday 8 July where every jump will support RUH patients. The Army Parachute Association at Netheravon Airfield will host the day and participants will jump at 13,000ft and travel at 125mph in just 60 seconds.

Laura Pearce, Events and Community Officer, The Forever Friends Appeal said:

“We are hoping to have as many thrill seekers together as possible on the day of skydiving. They’ll be jumping over the beautiful Wiltshire countryside and may catch a glimpse of the White Horse hill figures on the way down.

“Patients and their families face tough challenges every day, and the RUH staff are always there to support and care for them, so if you would like to show your support and have an experience of a lifetime, then a skydive is for you. Your one minute adrenaline-rush will help transform care for thousands of patients when they need it most.”

There are a limited number of places still available for the Skydive Day. If you would like to find out more click here


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Lands’ End to John O’Groats Charity Cycle

A group of friends from Marshfield will cycle 1,000 miles from Lands’ End to John O’Groats in just one week, from the 5 – 13 May 2018 to raise funds for the new Cancer Centre. With a target of £8,000, they have already raised over £3,600.

The team, which comprises of Tristan Barton, John Hardy, Ian Price, Mike Batty, Martin Knight, Rhys Gwilliam, and Jon Millar have been training for many months getting ready for the cycling challenge. The group will be supported by Tom Day, who will drive along with the cyclists and provide invaluable support.

Tristan Barton, RUH Orthopaedic Surgeon and one of the cyclists said:

“We are proudly raising money for The Forever Friends appeal, fundraising for the new Cancer Centre at the Royal United Hospital, Bath. We are self-funding the trip, so all money raised will go directly to the charity. This is really important to us all, both individually and as a group as friends and family have received treatment for cancer at the RUH over the last few years and we want to give something back and help contribute towards improving care provided to patients and their relatives.”

England and Bath rugby player, Henry Thomas presented their team kits recently at a gathering with their sponsors. Tristan said:

“We’d like to thank everyone who has supported us so far, the kit looks great and we really appreciate it. Training through the rain and snow has been challenging, as well as doing extensive planning for the route, and organising accommodation, food supplies, and bike kit. After many hours in the saddle, we are now ready and raring to go!”

If you would like to sponsor the team, please click here.  The group are planning to keep everyone updated on their journey via Facebook, Instagram and Twitter profiles, simply search ‘marshfieldcycle’. They also welcome posts with tips, advice, and encouragement.

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Host a Big 7Tea party to celebrate NHS turning 70

Today, to mark 70 days until the NHS turns 70, we are inviting the public to raise a cuppa and celebrate our wonderful health service.

The NHS Big7Tea has been organised to raise awareness of the vital work of NHS charities and is looking to the public to get involved and host a tea party to celebrate 70 years of the NHS on Thursday 5 July.

Tim Hobbs, Head of Fundraising said:

“We’re proud of supporting the RUH and we would like to see as many people as possible involved in the 70th anniversary celebrations, raising funds for the Appeal as a thank you to the NHS.

“Tea brings us all together and is a symbol of community, so why not host a tea party of your own, a street party, in your local village hall or at work and invite your friends, family or colleagues to have a cuppa and mark the occasion. We’d love to hear about your Big7Tea event, so don’t forget to tell us about it.”

Over the last 70 years the NHS has transformed the health and wellbeing of the nation and helping behind the scenes are more than 250 dedicated NHS charities.

The Forever Friends Appeal has funded major capital projects for the RUH, such as the Dyson Centre for Neonatal Care (NICU) which opened in 2011. This building was the first of its kind in the UK and would not have been possible without the help and support of everyone who donated towards it.

The Appeal is currently fundraising £2m for the new RNHRD and Therapies Centre and maximising its Cancer Care Campaign for the new cancer centre as well as funding pioneering medical equipment for wards and department and supporting other areas in the Trust to help patients access the best possible care when they need it most.

To help people host a tea party, a party pack with templates of posters, bunting, cake cards, and even selfie props can be requested here

NHS 7tea

The NHS is turning 70 this year and what better way to celebrate one of the nation’s most loved institutions than with a cup of tea.

RUH Skydive Day

Take the leap for patients and help celebrate the NHS’ 70th birthday… by freefalling from the sky with us!
Join the team on the 8th July

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Take part in the Walk of Life – Saturday 12 May

There’s still time to take part in our Walk of Life event which is happening on Saturday 12 May 2018. People are invited to sign up now and join us on the walking marathon that starts in Bishop Cannings, near Devizes and finishes in Bath.

The Walk of Life is held to celebrate the life and memories of loved ones. It was originally created with and in memory of Vanessa Kyte and every year, Vanessa’s family and friends love seeing many others step out and support the RUH.

The event is open to both men and women and there is a 10 mile route option if walking 26.2 miles is too much of a challenge. The 10 mile distance will set off from Bradford on Avon in the afternoon.

Walkers are asked to raise £100 for patients and their families at the RUH.  They can choose where their fundraising goes; either to the Cancer Care campaign, new Therapies Centre or a ward or department in the RUH.

The walk will officially be started by Glastonbury festival founder, Michael Eavis (CBE) in Bishop Cannings and then participants will take to the tow path along the Kennet and Avon Canal, where they will finish at the Holburne museum in Bath.

Justine Elliott (pictured above, centre), who took part in the 2017 event shortly after being diagnosed with terminal cancer, is planning to be part of the day once again, alongside her family. She said:

“Being diagnosed with cancer has been a truly life changing time for me, my family and friends but it’s given me an opportunity to help focus on leaving a legacy that I would feel proud of. Although I probably will not be here to see the new Cancer Centre open at the RUH, I know that everyone who will pass through its doors will benefit immensely from it.

“Last year I had set a mental and physical target to achieve the walk as a defiant stance against my cancer and to raise funds for a cause that is close to my heart. Thanks to the generous support of my friends and family, we raised £21,000 – a truly awesome amount.

“Based on the original prognosis from the doctors, I would not be around in 2018 to complete it again.  However for those of you who know me, I love a real challenge. So, whilst I am not well enough to walk, I am hoping to be there to support everyone.”

Laura Pearce, the Appeal’s Events and Community Officer said:

“We’d love to see more people sign up and join us on Saturday 12 May. Whether you choose to walk the 26.2 or 10 miles, it’s going to be a great day. Hopefully the sun will shine and you’ll be walking with so many other amazing people who are stepping out to support patients at the RUH.

If you’d like to take part, visit our website for more information and register by 9 May. It costs just £20 to sign up, which includes a t-shirt, a medal for completing and there’ll be refreshment stops along the way.”

Last year, 500 people took part in the Walk of Life and over £130,000 was raised for the RUH.

For more about the event click here. Deadline to sign up is 9 May.

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Rotork £50K pledge for Cancer Centre

A pledge to donate £50,000 for the new Cancer Centre at the Royal United Hospitals, (RUH) Bath has been made by Rotork, a market-leading solution provider for the actuation, flow control and industrial markets based in Bath.

In recognition of their support, Rotork is now a Principal Corporate Partner of The Forever Friends Appeal. Tim Hobbs, Head of Fundraising said:

“I personally would like to thank the staff at Rotork. They’ve been long-standing supporters of the Appeal and have made significant contributions including raising £25,000 towards the build of the Dyson Centre for Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) which opened in 2011.

“The building work for the new Cancer Centre is due to commence in 2019 once the new RNHRD & Therapies Centre is in place. In the meantime the fundraising campaign for the Cancer Centre continues to have huge momentum to maximise our fundraising efforts, ensuring it is truly special in its design, facilities and equipment.

“Fundraising in the fight against cancer never stops and we are confident that with the help of our dedicated supporters and the goodwill of the public, we will achieve this important goal towards the very best care, treatment and quality of environment for our patients.”

Karen Leigh, Group HR Manager, Rotork said:

“We are delighted to be named as a Principal Corporate Partner as we’ve been fundraising for the Appeal for a number of years. Our charity committee decided to raise funds for the new Cancer Centre after seeing the hospital’s Oncology department where current facilities are not ideal and highlighted the need for a new Cancer Centre.

“To know that there will be a specialist area in the new Cancer Centre named after us means a lot, as my colleagues, their families and friends have been touched one way or another by Cancer and we want to help raise the much-needed funds to help those being treated.”

The Forever Friends Appeal works with companies of all sizes and offers a range of ways to get involved to raise funds for patient care at the RUH including; corporate partnerships and events, payroll giving, sponsorships and more. Interested? Contact us for more information.

For information about how to make a donation or fundraise for the new RUH Cancer Centre click here


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Heart monitor gift to RUH Cardiac ward

Cardiac patients at the Royal United Hospitals, Bath are to benefit from a portable heart monitor – a generous gift in memory of a Wiltshire man.

Keith Jones, (pictured below) sadly passed away in November 2017. He suffered from heart disease and had been a patient at the RUH’s Coronary Care Unit.

His son, Kane Fulbrook-Smith, (pictured below) said:

“My father was always full of gratitude to the nursing team and surgeons at the RUH for their continued professionalism, personal care and compassion.

“One of his wishes was that he’d like donations to help fund more portable heart monitors – it was one of his main frustrations as he didn’t like being ‘tied to the bed’ as he would say. He wanted others in the same situation as him to benefit from the use of a portable heart monitor. So I took it upon myself to raise funds by doing regular car boot stalls – and raised £1,700.

“His legacy of care for the wards is a positive one, and I would like to thank everyone involved with the pre and post-care given to him. He spoke highly of the RUH staff and it was their dedication, empathy and compassionate care that made the difference to his well being and recovery on every admission.”

Marta Pargana, Junior Sister, Cardiac ward, RUH said:

“On behalf of the Cardiac ward we would like to thank Kane for this amazing donation. The additional portable heart monitor will make a great difference on our ward by enabling a patient to move freely around the ward whilst being monitored.”

Donating to support patient care in memory of a loved one is a special way to celebrate their life, and for many families this can provide small comfort during a very difficult time. Jan Witt, In Memory and Legacy Officer, The Forever Friends Appeal said:

“Receiving Kane’s kind support in honour of his Father, Keith, enables the Appeal to support the valuable work of the Cardiac ward and will enhance the care it already gives to patients. On behalf of The Forever Friends Appeal, we are truly grateful to Kane and his family. Thank you for choosing to support us in this way.”

If you would like to celebrate your loved ones life and keep their memory alive and support a particular RUH ward or an area of work that is of special interest or importance to you, please contact Jan on 01225 825819 or email Jan.


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