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Clay pigeon shooting event raises over £5,000

Oakwood Shooting Ground Ltd, a local company near Chippenham, has raised over £5,000 for The Forever Friends Appeal.

The money was raised at a two day clay pigeon shooting event in September, and has been donated to our Cancer Care Campaign towards the build of the pioneering new Dyson Cancer Centre at the RUH.

Ian Anderson, who with the help of Edward Drewett and Andy Nurden organised the event said:

“We know of so many people who have received specialist cancer treatment and are aware of the Appeal’s Cancer Care Campaign for the new cancer unit at the RUH in Bath, so we thought we’d hold a clay shooting event to raise money for this worthy cause.

“The shoot was held at our shooting ground in Dauntsey and over 130 people attended during the two days. The weather was perfect, allowing all participants to enjoy shooting 100 clays per gun in ideal conditions. We are very grateful to everyone who supported our efforts to raise the funds, including our sponsors.”

The Forever Friends Appeal launched the Cancer Care Campaign five years ago in response to the hospital’s Fit for the Future redevelopment opportunity to transform cancer care for its patients and their families.

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 RUH in 2019.

Laura Rankin, Corporate Officer said:

“On behalf of the Appeal, I’d like to thank Ian, Edward, Andy and everyone at Oakwood Shooting Ground for their wonderful donation towards our Cancer Care Campaign.

“We rely on the invaluable support we receive from the local corporate community to be able to invest in projects that go above and beyond what the NHS can provide, and Oakwood Shooting Ground’s support will make a real difference to patients, their families, carers and the staff who treat them.”

If your place of work is interested in supporting The Forever Friends Appeal, please contact Rosie Scott on 01225 826431, email  or click here.

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Local Trust backs companion project

The Forever Friends Appeal has been awarded close to £80,000 from The Sperring Trust to fund an innovative three year pilot project designed to support end of life care at the RUH.

The Compassionate Companions Project will be delivered in partnership with RUH’s Palliative Care Team and Dorothy House Hospice Care to provide companionship support to patients, ensuring no one spends their final days alone and in an unfamiliar environment. Edward Hassall, Trusts and Foundations Officer, The Forever Friends Appeal said:

“As well as fundraising for new builds and major campaigns, we also explore opportunities with trusts and foundations where there is a real synergy with our aims to fund specialist equipment and innovative projects. Thanks to this significant grant from the Sperring Trust patients nearing their final days will have a companion with them which we hope will help make a real difference to them and their families.”

The funding will enable a new companion support worker role with Dorothy House Hospice Care to support coordination of volunteers at the RUH. These volunteers will provide compassionate companionship to patients during their last days or hours of life on the hospital wards.

Helen Meehan, Lead Palliative and End of Life Care Nurse and Project Lead, RUH said:

“We are so grateful to The Forever Friends Appeal for helping us obtain this funding and to The Sperring Trust for choosing to support this much needed companionship service for our patients. This means that thousands of hours of volunteer time will be given to patients on our wards, seven days a week.

“Caring for people nearing the end of life is one of the most important things we do in hospital as well as being able give respite support to patients’ families so that loved ones can recuperate during what is an emotionally and physically exhausting time.

“Often the last sense patients lose during end of life care is their hearing. Being able to provide a compassionate companion during their final days or hours to read to them, provide comforting words or hold their hand is very much the support these patients need at this time.”

Michelle Jorden, Administrator of the Sperring Trust said:

“The Trustees are very happy to support such a worthy project. Ralph left his estate in trust to benefit the local community and we are delighted to help make his wishes possible as this project will have a big impact on so many people including those who live locally to where the Sperring Trust is based. We look forward to working with The Forever Friends Appeal.”

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Owls of Bath Auction – Wednesday 17th October

The Owls of Bath charity auction is this Wednesday 17th October at the Apex Hotel in Bath, when the super sized owl sculptures that have entertained thousands of residents and visitors to Bath this summer will be flying the nest and are now looking for new homes. The eye-catching, individually decorated owls would be a fantastic addition to any garden, home or business!

The auction will be hosted by Greg Ingham, Chair of Creative Bath and Media Clash, with charismatic charity auctioneer Addison Gelpey and Bonhams Bath taking the bids. Olympic gold medalist Amy Williams MBE who painted OWLympus the Owlet, will be auctioning some of the owls and BBC Points West is planning to broadcast live from the the event.

Guests can have their photos taken and printed with Pip the real Little Owl and all 61 of the owls and owlets being auctioned will be on view at the event.

AUCTION TICKETSare available via

the Owls of Bath website , emailing auction@minervasowls.org or phoning 01225 340697.

BIDDINGis live in person at the auction, or by phoneor by absentee bid for Bonhams to bid on your behalf. The auction will also be online at

https://www.theauctionroom.com/

CHARITIES -100% of event profits will be donated local charities – the new Royal United Hospital Cancer and Therapies Centres; Bath Young Carers’ Centre (a vital resource for children who look after ill, frail or disabled family members); the Roman Baths Archway Project (opening up secret Roman tunnels & creating a new World Heritage education centre) and the UK Little Owl Project (based in Bath and working to protect Little Owls, whose numbers have declined by over 60% in recent years.

TIMINGS

6.15pm – Big Hoot bubbly (and Kir RoyOWL) reception, with selection of hot savoury dishes. View all 61 owl sculptures and have your photo taken with Pip the real Little Owl and printed out to take home.  Pick up raffle tickets for a chance to win ‘Raff’Owl’, the large white owl (draw at approx 9.30pm).

6.30pm – BBC Points West broadcast from the auction

7.00pm – Move to the Lansdown Suite for desserts, cheese & fruit platter, chocs.  Tea/Coffee available. Table service & cash bar. Table drinks can be preordered at discounted prices.

7.35pm – Greg Ingham, Chair of Creative Bath and Media Clash welcomes guests and introduces charity auctioneer Addison Gelpey.

7.45pm – Auction begins – Bonhams and auctionroom.com take online, phone & absentee bids

9.45pm – approx – auction ends.  Draw the Raff’Owl winners.

DRESS – Cocktail/jackets

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Metal Detecting Rally raises £27,000 for RUH

A treasure trove of roman coins, ceramics, silver celtic coins and even a piece of gold, were discovered at a metal detecting weekend rally that was organised to raise money in memory of a local man.

Rodney Cook sadly passed away in September 2017 after a brave two year battle with cancer. He was treated and cared for by staff at the Royal United Hospitals Bath.

The event, dubbed The Rodney Cook Memorial Rally has raised £27,000 for the RUH. It was organised by Gary Cook in memory of his dad Rodney and all profits raised from ticket sales, the raffle and extra donations will go to the RUH’s new Cancer Centre, who did so much to help his dad.

Gary Cook, Rodney’s son said:

“When my father was suffering from cancer he was looked after more than words can even explain – the staff in the RUH’s Oncology Unit are amazing. They really cared for my Dad every step of the way through his treatment. That’s why we are thrilled to have raised money in his memory for the new Cancer Care Centre.

“It is all about the beginning, middle and end of your treatment. From when he was first given the diagnosis, the way that they talked to my dad, to us his family and how they looked after him was just fantastic.

“We knew that the hospital is in need of funds, so we decided to organise a metal detecting weekend rally to help raise money for cancer care in Rodney’s memory. The RUH Cancer Unit were simply amazing and we wanted to give something back.

With the help of all of my friends at Trowbridge and District Metal Detecting Club, sponsors, land owners and close friends and family, we organised The Rodney Cook Memorial Rally just outside Cirencester.  From the ticket sales and raffle £27,000 will be donated to The Forever Friends Appeal’s Cancer Care Campaign.”

Claudia Hickin, Senior Community Fundraiser at The Forever Friends Appeal said, ‘We are so grateful to everyone involved in the Rodney Cook Memorial Rally, a group of kind, friendly and generous people who put in so much effort to raise a substantial amount of money for a cause close to their hearts. We are delighted to welcome them as a Senior Community Partner, and to acknowledge their fundraising, we will be naming a room in the new Cancer Centre after them.’

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Bath Half 18 Alternate Runs and Stories

Sadly one of our favourite events, the Bath Half, was cancelled this year due to some very unexpected snow in March!  This didn’t stop some of our amazing fundraisers, however, as they sought out new challenges and continued to collect sponsorship monies to support patients at the RUH.  Our runners travelled as far as 180 miles to complete their 13.1 mile challenge.  Here are just a few of our amazing runners’ stories…

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If you would like to sign up to the Bath Half 2019, please click here

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Redcliffe Homes Ltd donates £10,000

Redcliffe Homes Ltd, an independent house building company, has generously donated £10,000 to The Forever Friends Appeal.

The donation will be split between our Critical Care Special Appeal – where we are raising £150,000 towards the refurbishment of the unit, and also the RUH’s Cardiology and Respiratory wards.

Tom O’Connor, Managing Director, Redcliffe Homes said:

“Having recently been an in-patient at the RUH I can only say how very, very impressed I was with the staffs’ professionalism, and dedication. It is not until you need their help that you realise what a gem we all have, available to all.

“We are all very fortunate to have such an excellent NHS hospital close by, if and when we need it and I am extremely grateful to the hospital and staff for looking after me so well, although I’m in no rush to return!”

In recognition of this significant donation, The Forever Friends Appeal is pleased to welcome Redcliffe Homes Ltd as one of the charity’s Corporate Partners.

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

“On behalf of the Appeal, I’d like to thank Tom and Redcliffe Homes Ltd for their wonderful donation towards our Critical Care, Cardiology and Respiratory Units.

“We rely on the invaluable support we receive from companies like Redcliffe Homes to be able to invest in projects that go above and beyond what the NHS can provide. Acknowledging Redcliffe Homes Limited as a Corporate Partner is our way of saying thank you for helping us achieve our fundraising goals.  We rely on the wonderful generosity and support of our Corporate Partners to help make a really big difference to the patients and their families who are cared for at the RUH.”

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 further information.

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Golf day raises funds for Children’s ward

Altus Consulting, a Bath financial services company has raised £5,660 for the Children’s ward at the Royal United Hospitals Bath.

Martyn Evans, Head of Consulting, Altus Consulting said:

“This is the first time we have used our corporate golf day to raise money for charity – we chose to raise funds for our local hospital as a colleague of ours had one of their twin girls born with a serious heart condition last year.

“When baby Clara was born, the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) was instrumental in monitoring her condition. Clara has now undergone open heart surgery and the RUH continues to monitor her progress and development.

“We have been overwhelmed by the generosity shown by our clients and staff, ‘everyone chipped in’ helping to raise £5,660 for this worthwhile cause. We would like to thank everyone including, Bath Golf Club, the people who donated the raffle prizes and The Forever Friends Appeal for helping us organise the day.”

Laura Rankin, Corporate Officer said:

“On behalf of the Appeal, I’d like to thank everyone at Altus Consultancy for raising funds for our Children’s ward.

“We rely on the invaluable support we receive from companies like Altus Consultancy to be able to invest in projects that go above and beyond what the NHS can provide, and make a real difference to patients, their families, carers and the staff who treat them.”

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.

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