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Curo raise money for pioneering Cancer Centre

Curo, the not-for-profit housing and support organisation in Bath has chosen to support The Forever Friends Appeal as their charity of the year and are fundraising to help build the pioneering new Cancer Centre at the Royal United Hospitals, Bath.

A staff vote from the Bath-based team chose The Forever Friends Appeal and a number of fundraising activities  have been planned for the year ahead. Colleagues also took part in the Appeal’s Walk of Life Corporate Challenge and walked from Bishop Cannings near Devizes to Bath along the Kennet and Avon canal, raising over £2,000.

Curo recently replaced their fleet of vans with more energy efficient vehicles and colleagues took the opportunity to sponsor and name them after their pets, children or loved ones that they would like to honour or remember, so now there is even one called ‘Ted’ after The Forever Friends Appeal’s mascot.

Rachael Allen, Communications and Brand Manager said:

“The RUH is at the heart of our Bath and North East Somerset community and we’re looking forward to raising lots of money for the new Cancer Centre through the fundraising activities we have planned for the rest of the year.”

The Forever Friends Appeal announced earlier this year that it had reached the minimum £8.5m needed towards the building of the pioneering new Cancer Centre, however the Appeal would continuing its fundraising efforts with many of its donors and supporters wanting to keep going to ensure the new Cancer Centre would be truly special in its design, facilities and equipment.

Laura Rankin, Corporate Officer, The Forever Friends Appeal said:

“We are delighted to be Curo’s chosen charity this year and it’s great to see them support our Cancer Care Campaign. We’re grateful for the support we receive from organisations like Curo and the local corporate community so we can invest in projects that go above and beyond what the NHS can provide.”

If your place of work is interested in supporting The Forever Friends Appeal, please contact Laura Rankin on 01225 825392, email: laura.rankin@nhs.net or click here for more information.


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MJ Church charity race day raises over £36,000

A charity race day organised by Chippenham-based contractor MJ Church has raised an amazing £36,000 for our Cancer Care Campaign.

In its third year, the event saw 176 attendees from 15 companies enjoy a day at Bath Racecourse with the aim to dig deep and raise money for the charity which is close to their hearts.

Carol Heneghan, Business Development and Marketing Manager at MJ Church, said:

“We all worked hard to make the day entertaining and I’d like to thank the Appeal team along with our guest presenters Matt Powell and David Flatman for their lively entertainment and encouragement of bidders during the ‘Money Can’t Buy Experiences’ charity auction, where eight items raised over £15,000 bringing the total to £36,00 for the day.

“Thank you to everyone who attended and for their generosity. The charity race day is our most successful fundraiser and the response from people this year has been tremendous with our largest ever amount raised at a single event. We already have bookings for next year’s race day as it was such a success.”

Last year, the Appeal were pleased to welcome MJ Church as one of the charity’s Principle Corporate Partners and they will receive a specialist area named after them in the new Cancer Centre.

Back in February this year, we announced we had reached the minimum fundraising target of £8.5 million. But, stressed we will continue the Cancer Care Campaign as many of our donors and supporters want to keep going to ensure the new Cancer Centre would be truly special in its design, facilities and equipment.

Tim Hobbs, Head of Fundraising said:

“M J Church has supported the Appeal for many years and the race day is an example of their successful corporate events. I would like to take this opportunity to thank Paula, Mike and the team at M J Church, not only for this incredible recent donation, but for their kind and continued support of the Appeal. With the amount raised at the race day, M J Church have now raised over £100,000 towards the new Cancer Centre, which is absolutely amazing. We really are truly grateful”.

Businesses interested in supporting the Appeal and fundraising for the RUH are invited to take part in the Big7Tea event on 5 July in time to celebrate 70 years of the NHS.

For information about the Big7Tea and how you can get involved in fundraising for The Forever Friends Appeal click here.

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Lansdown Golf Club presents cheque for Cancer Care Campaign

Last week, we were delighted to be presented with a cheque for £3,250 by Michael, Club Captain of Lansdown Golf Club, in Bath. This amount will be donated towards our Cancer Care Cancer Campaign.

Thanks to the generosity of its club members and the public, this significant amount will go towards the pioneering new Cancer Centre which will be built at the Royal United Hospitals, Bath, with construction of the Cancer Centre planned to commence in 2019.

Michael Cheek, Club Captain, Lansdown Golf Club said:

“We decided to support the Cancer Care Campaign because we have lost a number of friends over the years to cancer and we know how well the RUH looks after people who have this dreadful disease.

My wife, Lynn was diagnosed with breast cancer in 1996 but fortunately it was caught in time and although she did need to have a lumpectomy and subsequent radiotherapy treatment she was eventually given a clean bill of health.

“Over the years, nearly all our family have required treatment at the RUH for various matters, some relatively minor and some quite serious – in 2005 I had to have an angioplasty with four stents. So, you will appreciate why we hold the RUH and all who work there in such high esteem.”

Back in February this year, the Appeal announced it had reached its minimum fundraising target of £8.5 million. But, it stressed it would continue the Cancer Care Campaign with many of its donors and supporters wanting to keep going to ensure the new Cancer Centre would be truly special in its design, facilities and equipment.

Claudia Hickin, Senior Community Fundraiser said:

“It was a real pleasure working with Mike and everyone at Lansdown Golf Club, especially when we were invited to enter a team at one of their quiz nights – needless to say, our skills lie in fundraising! Thank you to Mike and his wife Lynn, and to all at Lansdown Golf Club for their hard work and support over the past year.”

Find out more about our major campaigns and special appeals and how you can get involved in fundraising, taking part in an event or volunteering here

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Take the plunge and be rescued by a Newfoundland dog!

People are encouraged to come and take the plunge in Portishead Marina, Bristol and be rescued by a Newfoundland to raise funds for the Royal United Hospitals, (RUH) Bath.

This once in a lifetime opportunity will take place on Saturday 22 September and places cost just £30 – with a pledge to raise £100 for any ward or department at the RUH that’s close to your heart.

The event has been organised jointly by Newfound Friends for The Forever Friends Appeal.

Laura Pearce, Events and Community Officer said:

“This is a fundraising event with a difference – we are so excited to working be with these life-saving dogs again as it was such a big hit with those who took the plunge last year. Sign up today and you will get the full experience of what it’s like to be rescued by a Newfoundland dog.

“They are powerful dogs, each weighing around 14 stone, and are an impressive sight in the water. After you’ve suited up, you’ll be taken out into the marina and be asked to jump in, but don’t worry, your furry rescuer won’t be far behind and will tow you back safely!

“Last year, almost £7,000 was raised for the RUH – an amazing total and as participants can choose which area of the hospital their sponsorship would support, we saw donations going towards our new builds such as the new Cancer Centre and Therapies Centre, as well as wards such as Critical Care, Cardiology including other departments in the hospital, which is fantastic.”

As well as teaming up with Newfound Friends in September, dog handler Ellie and her Newfoundland Tizz, made a recent visit to the hospital’s Children’s ward to see how fundraising can make a difference.  The young patients, parents and carers and staff loved meeting Tizz and many photos were taken – he was the star patient of the day.

Alice Done, Nurse on the Children’s ward said:

“It was lovely to have Tizz visit us on the ward – he was very well behaved and enjoyed all the fuss. I actually took part last year’s dog dive day as it was a great opportunity for me – I love dogs and as we could choose where our sponsorship money was donated, it felt personal to give to my own ward.

“We had a wonderful day in Portishead. The dogs are such gentle giants, I loved meeting them and their owners who clearly adore them and enjoy giving them a great day out while supporting charities at the same time. Rescuing people from water is what Newfoundland’s were born to do!”

Places are limited on this day and as they were oversubscribed last year, anyone interested should sign up on The Forever Friends Appeal website as soon as possible. For information about the event and to book your place click here

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Pig Race raises £2,300 for RUH Cancer Centre

The Warminster and District RUH Community Group’s next fundraiser – the renowned ‘Pig Race Night’ will take place on Saturday 30 June at The George in Longbridge Deverill, near Warminster.

Earlier this year, their pig race – which uses fluffy toy pigs, not real ones, raised an incredible £2,300 by the Warminster and District RUH Community Group joining forces with Frome Town Rotary Club in Beckington Village Hall.  The funds raised have since been donated to our Cancer Care Campaign.

The Pig Race was a fantastic fun night. The evening started with the toy pigs being  auctioned off to the crowd and other race goers followed by placing a wager on the pigs. The event comprised five races, each consisting of five contenders – eager to be crowned the olym-pig champion! We had over 80 people up on their feet with anticipation – cheering on their pig to make it to the finish line.

Annie Hickmott, Chair of the Warminster and District RUH Fundraising Group said:

“We were overwhelmed by the generosity of everyone, including local companies that sponsored the event. Frome Town Rotary put on a brilliant evening and we were thrilled that they asked us to bring our infamous ‘ Pig Racing ‘ to their first fundraising event and to support a cause which we are so passionate about.”

Fundraising in the fight against cancer never stops. The Appeal continues its Cancer Care campaign to ensure that the very best care, treatment and quality of environment are available for patients and their families at the RUH. Lauren Noble, Community Fundraiser, The Forever Friends Appeal said:

“I am continually amazed by the generosity and goodwill of the public at all of our community fundraising events. The Warminster and District Fundraising Group’s commitment to the Cancer Campaign and their positive and fun-loving attitudes inspire individuals in our community which make the Pig Race Nights such a success.

“It was wonderful to work with Andrew and The Frome Town Rotary Club to plan such a fantastic event and I’m excited to see what is in store for the future.’’

Andrew Lee, President of Frome Town Rotary said:

“The Pig Racing night was great fun and we were very pleased with the amount of money we were able to raise.  One of our members had recently lost her father to cancer and most of us have lost friends or family to cancer, therefore, the prospect of having a pioneering Cancer Centre in our area is well worth supporting.”

Anyone interested in joining one of our Community Fundraising Groups or setting one up should contact Lauren, our Community Fundraiser on 01225 824013 or email: lauren.noble1@nhs.net

To find out more about our Cancer Care Campaign and/or to make a donation please click here


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Castle Combe Charity Track Day

Last week, motor-enthusiasts enjoyed a thrilling day at Castle Combe, driving old classics and new sports cars. The track day raised over £5,000 for our Therapies Matter campaign which will go towards the RNHRD and Therapies Centre that is currently being built at the RUH.

Thanks to the Brownsword Match funding challenge, this total will be doubled to an amazing £11,500 to support patients who need specialist therapy, rheumatology and pain services at the RUH.

It’s the fifth year that the Castle Combe Team have hosted a charity track day for us and in recognition for their long term commitment, they are now one of our Senior Community Partners.

Maddy Jones, Senior Events Fundraiser said:

“On behalf of the Appeal, I’d like to thank everyone who took part and especially to Maria Fisher and the Castle Combe Circuit team. It was a brilliant day, despite the wet weather and to have raised in total £5,750 – what a fantastic result!”


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