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Judith takes on Walk of Life to thank Cardiology team

Frome resident, Judith White, will be donning her walking boots to take part in our annual Walk of Life event on Saturday 11 May 2019. She’s walking to raise money for the RUH’s Cardiology department as a thank you for saving her life.

Back in 2016, Judith was taken to the hospital with chest pains and was subsequently diagnosed with a rare form of heart failure. She’s since made a full recovery and will be one of the 500 participants from across Bath, Wiltshire and Somerset taking part to raise money for our Appeal.

Judith, who is 60 years old, said: “I was rushed to hospital with what turned out to be a stress-induced form of heart failure called Takotsubo Cardiomyopathy. My heart actually changed shape and its function was measured at a mere 18%. Fortunately, it is a reversible type of heart failure and thanks to the expert care I received at the hospital, I have made a full recovery.

“The RUH has made a huge difference to my life so I want to give something back to their Cardiology department as a thank you. I am taking part in the Walk of Life as I hope I can make a difference in return. So far, I’ve raised £390 of my £500 fundraising target.”

The Walk of Life event is open for registration and people can choose to walk either the full marathon or join the route, like Judith in Bradford-on-Avon and walk the final 10 miles to the finish line.

It costs just £25 to sign up and the event is open to both women and men. Participants are asked to raise a minimum of £100 and sponsorship can go towards any ward or department at the RUH that’s close to your heart or to our major campaigns or special appeals.

In return, we will provide walkers with fundraising and training support, an official Walk of Life t-shirt as well as complimentary refreshments and treats. At the finish line you will receive a medal amid plenty of celebrations.

To find out more about the Walk of Life and to sign up, click here. If anyone would like to sponsor Judith, please visit her Just Giving page.

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Malcolm wins Volunteer of the Year award

A huge congratulations goes to our one of longest-serving volunteers, Malcolm Pearce, who won the ‘2018 Volunteer of the Year’ award. He received this prestigious award at the RUH New Year’s Honours Awards Ceremony held in the Assembly Rooms, Bath.

Malcolm, who lives in Saltford, has been volunteering for us for 19 years. It all started in 2000 when we put a call out in the local paper for volunteers to help us with a special mission  – to dig treasure at the Roman Baths. It took many weeks to clean, count and sort the coins collected and during this time, it became clear that the real treasure we found was Malcolm. His friendly nature, dedication to tasks (and he always says ‘yes’!) along with his enthusiasm for helping the RUH and patients, soon made him a very popular volunteer within the team. He has been involved in countless fundraising events, become an ambassador for our charity, and built friendly rapport with members of the local community. Over the years, he’s supported us by selling raffle tickets, collecting money for our collection tins and buckets, manning our Christmas Market stand, and marshalling our events  to name but a few. On top of all this, he also spares some of his time to help us into our fundraising office.

His favourite volunteering role is a bucket collector at our annual outdoor cinema event, Movie by Moonlight. He is always there no matter the weather and even spent his 80th birthday collecting money for us at the event a few years ago. We can count on him to be there until the very end, making sure that every last coin has been collected. To his credit, at the 2018 ‘Greatest Showman’ he alone collected a staggering £1,200, helping make a total of £10,800 collected in our buckets as part of a combined effort of 30 volunteers.

At the awards ceremony, his citation read as follows: “Malcolm’s volunteering work with us, spanning almost two decades, has made a real and lasting impression on everyone at The Forever Friends Appeal. His kindness and willingness to help makes him a valued member of our volunteering team, who are at the heart of our fundraising events– we couldn’t do it without them! Every hour Malcolm gives and every donation he collects, is always done with helping patients in mind and without asking for any recognition in return.

“With Malcolm’s help, and our team of volunteers, we have been able to achieve our goals for the Dyson Centre for Neonatal Care (NICU) and surpass our minimum target for the coming Dyson Cancer Centre, which is at £9 million raised, and still going… plus so much more. Whatever task Malcolm takes on, if he says he’s doing it, he’ll always be there and will always do it with a big smile and so much cheer.

Malcom is amazing and we are so grateful for the hundreds of hours he has given us over the years, to help RUH patients.”

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