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Over £9million raised for new Dyson Cancer Centre

Thanks to the continued support and goodwill from the public over £9million has been raised for the new Dyson Cancer Centre, due to be built at the Royal United Hospitals (RUH) Bath in 2019.

We launched the Cancer Care Campaign five years ago in response to the RUH’s Fit for the Future redevelopment opportunity to transform cancer care for its patients and their families.

Tim Hobbs, Head of Fundraising said:

“We are delighted and very grateful for the support and goodwill from the public – back in February, we announced we had reached our minimum fundraising target of £8.5million and that our supporters very much wanted us to sustain the campaign. Six months later, we’ve reached another significant milestone, ensuring the Cancer Centre will be truly special in its design, facilities and equipment.

“The fundraising efforts that people go to, to raise money for the centre always amaze me – recently we’ve received £15,000 from a group of friends from Marshfield who cycled the length of the country, our newest community group in Bath have handed us a cheque for £10,000 and some of the funds raised at our recent and most popular Movie by Moonlight event have gone to our Cancer Care Campaign.”

“I would like to personally thank everyone for their support and contributions. Fundraising in the fight against cancer never stops, and as we enter our 20th year of fundraising for the RUH we will continue to support this amazing project to achieve the very best care, treatment and quality of environment for our patients. We are hoping to reach at least £9.5m for the new Cancer Centre over the next year.”

The new Dyson Cancer Centre will cost c£27m to build and construction is due to commence in late 2019, once the new RNHRD and Therapies Centre is in place.

The Forever Friends Appeal is also currently fundraising £2million towards the build of the RNHRD and Therapies Centre and would like to encourage the public to support its Therapies Matter campaign to help raise the final £450K needed. The Therapies Matter Campaign was also a beneficiary of the very successful Movie By Moonlight event. With a match-funding scheme supporting the campaign thanks to the Brownsword Challenge, every £1 pound donated to Therapies Matter will be doubled.

Other vital services in the RUH are also receiving fundraising support by The Forever Friends Appeal, and we are hoping to announce soon an exciting match-funding challenge for their four new Special Appeals – raising funds for the Facial Surgery and Orthodontics Department, the Critical Care Unit, the Breast Unit and the Friendly Faces Project – part of the hospital’s dementia services. There are a number of ways to get involved in fundraising and anyone interested are invited to click here, or email: forever.friends@nhs.net or call 01225 825691.

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Movie by Moonlight raises over £14,000

This year’s Movie by Moonlight raised over £14,000 – so thank you to those who came to watch The Greatest Showman and made a donation, you have helped support your local hospital, The Royal United Hospitals (RUH) Bath.

The funds will go towards our major campaigns and recently launched Special Appeals – raising funds for the RUH’s Critical Care Unit, Breast Unit, Facial Surgery and Orthodontics Department and the Friendly Faces Project, part of hospital’s Dementia care services.

Tim Hobbs, Head of Fundraising said:

“This year’s Movie by Moonlight saw the biggest crowd – over 6,000 people! We’ve never seen a turnout like we did on Saturday. We hope everyone enjoyed themselves and I would like to say a huge thank you to those who showed their support and made a donation in our 20th year of fundraising.

“We rely on donations from the public to help further improve vital services at the RUH and we are truly grateful to everyone who has made a donation.

“We still have a way to go to reach our fundraising targets, but this is an incredible amount and the public’s generosity has highlighted how much local people want to get behind and support the RUH, especially if they or their family have been treated in one of these departments – so we hope people will continue to remember us and donate towards these Special Appeals.”

We say a huge thank you to Freestyle Designs for sponsoring the event for the fourth consecutive year. Also to our volunteers who collected the donations and we’d also like to thank Geoff and Nic Bissex of Filmair Cinema for bringing the magic of the cinema to Bath every year. Without Filmair’s support, the event would not happen.

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Bath Community group raises £10,000

A group of Bath residents are to be recognised for their dedication and commitment in fundraising £10,000 for The Forever Friends Appeal.

The Bath RUH Fundraising Group meet once a month at The Locksbrook Inn and organise fundraising activities and events around Bath in support of the Appeal’s cancer care campaign.

Jo Grimes, secretary of the community group said:

“My mum had cancer and was treated in the RUH’s current cancer unit. After she lost her battle with cancer, I decided that I wanted to make a difference for future patients.

“That’s when I got involved with the Bath fundraising group. I’ve made new friends and we all share the same passion – to support the RUH and fundraise for their charity. I love every minute of helping organise different events throughout the year and being with such a positive group of people.”

The group will be officially acknowledged for their significant contribution at the Appeal’s Annual Partner Reception in November – created to thank its supporters and recognise the fantastic fundraising efforts made by the local community, businesses, and families that support The Forever Friends Appeal.

Claudia Hickin, Senior Community Fundraiser said:

“I would like to thank Rob, Jo, Lucy, Amanda, Pete, Joyce, Felicity, Sue and Hannah for supporting the Appeal over the past three years and everyone who has made a donation at their events.

“They’re a lovely group who are committed in helping us build the pioneering new Cancer Centre and as well as becoming one of our community partners, a piece of equipment in the new Cancer Centre will be named after them.”

We have four community groups across the hospital’s catchment area. New members are always welcome and anyone interested in joining can find out more on our website or by contacting Claudia Hickin, our Senior Community Fundraiser.


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Cyclists raise £15,000 for the new Cancer Centre

Six friends from Marshfield, South Gloucestershire cycled from Land’s End to John O’Groats and have raised almost £15,000 for the new cancer centre that will be built at the Royal United Hospitals Bath.

The team, ‘Marshfield Cycle’ took up the notorious challenge back in May and cycled close to 1,000 miles in nine days. The sponsorship money raised has been donated to the hospital’s charity, The Forever Friends Appeal.

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

“We did it – Mike Batty, Rhys Gwilliam, John Hardy, Jon Millar, Tom Day, Ian Price and I are delighted to be able to present a cheque for £14,860 to The Forever Friends Appeal.

“We wanted to complete this challenge to support our local hospital – as a number of our relatives and close friends have been treated at the RUH over the years. The new cancer centre is an exciting project to support and we know how much it will help further improve local cancer services.

“The bike ride was extremely challenging both physically and mentally and required months of training and preparation. There were plenty of highs and lows, never ending up-hills and exhilarating downhills, but knowing that so many people had donated, we kept peddling to repay their generosity.”

As well as fundraising for the cause, the team was sponsored by local companies, including Marshfield Ice Cream, Graze, Bond’s Haulage, Player Layer, John Moore Sports, Charlotte Knight Osteopaths and Torq Energy Gels. The team would like to thank everyone for the support they received from their sponsors, friends and family.

Maddy Jones, Senior Events Fundraiser, The Forever Friends Appeal said:

“On behalf of the Appeal, we say a huge thank you and congratulations for not only completing such a huge physical challenge, but also for all of their hard work fundraising throughout 2018.  As they’ve raised over £10,000 they are invited to our annual partners reception to receive their Community Partner Award in November.”

The Forever Friends Appeal has now raised £8.9m towards the cost of the new Cancer Centre which will be a pioneering centre, taking a holistic approach to produce a highly beneficial healing environment for patients and their families.



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M J Church raises over £100,000

Over £100,000 has been raised for the Appeal by M J Church, the Chippenham-based contractor.

The company has supported us since 2000, and have fundraised for the Dyson Centre for Neonatal Care and more recently our Cancer Care Campaign. Paula Church, Director at M J Church said:

“Our dedicated team at M J Church are all very passionate about supporting our local hospital – and as a local company we enjoy getting behind a cause that is close to the hearts of so many people. I am so pleased that as a company we have been able to support the Dyson Centre for Neonatal Care and most recently, the Cancer Care Campaign. I would like to thank everyone in the company involved in helping us reaching this wonderful amount.”

Co-owners Paula and Mike and their staff have fundraised in a number of ways including having a Santa’s grotto event, coffee pot donations and race days at Bath Racecourse. The race day held in May was their most successful fundraising event – an incredible £36,749 was raised and donated towards building the pioneering new Cancer Centre at the RUH.

Since being named as one of the charity’s Principle Corporate Partners, M J Church will receive a specialist area named after them in the new Cancer Centre.

Tim Hobbs, Head of Fundraising said:

“I would like to take this opportunity to thank Paula, Mike and the team at M J Church for their kind and continued support of the Appeal over the last 18 years. Their commitment to The Appeal has been incredible and with their help we have been able to achieve some fantastic things here at the RUH, like our Dyson Centre for Neonatal Care and building our pioneering new Cancer Centre. We are so grateful to them for raising this fantastic amount.

“The Appeal has currently raised £8.9 million for the new Cancer Centre and it is very much hoped that with the help of donors and companies like M J Church, we will be able to generate nearly £10m towards the building.”

Businesses interested in supporting the Appeal and fundraising for the RUH should contact Laura Rankin on 01225 825392, email: laura.rankin@nhs.net

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Party on the drive is back

Following the huge success in 2016, Party on the Drive is back on 29 September 2018. Tickets are available now and a proportion of the proceeds will be donated to The Forever Friends Appeal.

Prince Scott, one of the organisers said:

“We will have live music from The Imperials, Brother from Another, The Blues Breakout, Oxalis, Vocal Works Gospel Choir and Mr Jarid Clark, as well as other local DJs.  We’ve also organised a prosecco and gin bar and there will be food available on the night. 1 Tavinor Drive will be transformed into a fun event, what better way to come and celebrate the end of the summer.”

“We are pleased to once again support the Appeal and we look forward to seeing as many people join us as possible.”

Tickets (entitling you to food or a drink) cost £24 for adults, £10 for under-18s and under 10s go for free.

For further information and to purchase tickets, please click here.

Party on the Drive 2 will take place on Saturday 29 September 2018, from 1pm-1am at:

1 Tavinor Drive,Chippenham, SN15 3FT

… it’s sure to be a night that you don’t want to miss!

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Help with every aspect of making a Will

By Ruth Coles, Partner, Wards Solicitors

Making a Will is the only way you can be sure that your wishes will be carried out when you’re no longer alive. With a Will in place, you can be confident that your assets will go to the people you intended – without leaving them any unnecessary burdens or worries.

By taking part in the RUH Will Month scheme again this year, we are pleased to offer our professional Will writing service for a standard Will for you or standard mirror Wills for a couple and continue supporting the important work of the Royal United Hospitals, Bath in their support for all of us.

A specialist Will writing solicitor can help put plans in place to help both you and your loved ones

  • Marriage, civil partnership or divorce
    If you’re just about to tie the knot, you’ll want to make sure your assets go to your loved one. Similarly, if a relationship comes to an end, you’ll be keen to settle matters while avoiding lengthy and costly court disputes. We’ll work closely with you to develop a strategy that’s fair for you and your family, protecting your financial security – and your well-being.
  • Moving in with your partner
    When you’re starting a new relationship, the last thing you want to think about is that relationship breaking down. But the fact is, if you’re living together, neither of you is protected by the law. The ideal solution is a cohabitation agreement. As Will writing solicitors, we can also help with pre-nuptial agreements to safeguard your future interests should a relationship fail.
  • Protecting your wealth
    You want to make sure that your wealth and assets are protected for future generations following your death. When you’re making a Will, you can also maximise the value of your hard won assets through effective estate planning. We could help you achieve significant tax savings to help you manage your wealth now and in the future.
  • Other milestones
    There are, of course, other times when you may want to consider writing a Will and getting your affairs in order. From buying a house, to the birth of your children – a life-changing event such as this can make having a Will a necessity. Changes in the law and tax legislation may also mean that it’s important to make or update a Will.

As expert Will writing solicitors, we can help you protect the things you’ve worked hard for. Whether your estate is simple or complex, we can make the process of making a Will cost-effective and straightforward.

It’s human nature to put things off, but there are certain times when you’ll find it’s vital to make or update your Will. So we’re here to help, no matter what the situation demands.

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