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A bloomin’ lovely tribute

A unique summer floral display marking the 20th anniversary of The Forever Friends Appeal has been unveiled in Bath’s Parade Gardens.

The display, which has been created by BaNES Parks team, was officially unveiled today (Friday 28 June) and is now open to the public to enjoy for the summer.

Long-standing supporters , staff members past and present, major donors and representatives from the council and RUH Bath gathered to see the display unveiled and to celebrate the history and achievements of The Forever Friends Appeal.

The BaNes Parks team, led by Nursery Supervisor Matt Soan have been growing the plants for the display in their nursery for the past three months. They installed the display over 14 days, using three tons of soil and over 5,000 plants.

Matt said: “It’s been a privilege to prepare this display for The Forever Friends Appeal to help them mark their 20th anniversary. I hope everyone enjoys seeing it over the summer and that it motivates them to support or learn more about the charity.

“Over the coming weeks, the display will evolve, with the Pyrethrum Golden Moss that the letters are made from, growing taller and the rest of the flowers bedding in around them, enhancing the 3D effect.

“I’d like to say a big thank you to the rest of the team and volunteers who have helped build the display, and of course a huge congratulations to The Forever Friends Appeal on their 20th anniversary.”

Councillor Paul Crossley, Cabinet Member for Community Services, BaNES said:

“We are delighted to be partnering with The Forever Friends Appeal on this display. 3D displays have been a feature in the Parade Gardens for many years. It’s great for us to be able to support the work of the RUH’s charity as the hospital is such an important part of our all our lives and the community in BaNES.”

James Scott, Chief Executive, RUH said:

“This floral display is a fantastic tribute to our charity. We are incredibly proud of the work by The Forever Friends Appeal and what has been achieved during the past 20 years and I hope through the major campaigns and special appeals, we can continue to make a real difference to our patients, their families and staff. I’d like to thank everyone for their support.”



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Local school fundraises for Dyson Cancer Centre

Classical hits and pop song arrangements were played by King Edward’s School (KES) pupils to patients and their families at the Royal United Hospitals (RUH) Bath yesterday, Monday 24 June.

The KES Baroque Group performed at the hospital to mark the start of a new fundraising initiative by KES musicians in collaboration with Art at the Heart and The Forever Friends Appeal to help raise funds for the new Dyson Cancer Centre that will be built at the hospital.

Rupert Drury, Director of Music at KES said:

“Our pupils really enjoyed playing at the RUH last night and it was wonderful to see so many patients, staff and visitors enjoy our two musical performances. We hope that not only did we entertain and lift everyone’s spirits, but also helped to raise awareness of the therapeutic benefits of music, as well as highlighting our aim to raise money in aid of such a worthwhile cause.”

It is anticipated that over the next few years, KES pupils will lend their musical talents to events to help raise funds for a piano that will reside in the new Cancer Centre at the RUH.

During last night’s performances in the hospital’s Atrium and Jubilee Gardens, patients and their families were treated to a wonderful range of classical and popular music, ranging from Coldplay and Lady Gaga to Vivaldi’s Spring from The Four Seasons.

Jon McFarlane, Head of Surgery at the RUH said:

“I had just finished in theatres and was walking past the Atrium when I heard the music, so I came to listen. It is fantastic to hear music such as this being played by these talented young musicians.”

Ms Riding, a visitor at the RUH said:

“It’s lovely to see youngsters playing to an audience as it helps build their confidence and it is wonderful to hear such cheerful music in the hospital.”

Frankie Simpkins, Art at the Heart Musician in Residence at the RUH said:

“We know from patient feedback that when music is played, it creates an uplifting and positive atmosphere and can help improve patients’ wellbeing and reduce anxiety and we are delighted therefore to be collaborating with the KES music department. Having music provision across the hospital helps us work towards our wider goal of bringing a sustainable programme of music to patients which will include the new Dyson Cancer Centre when it opens in the future.”

Fundraising in the fight against cancer never stops, and as The Forever Friends Appeal celebrates their 20th year, the RUH Cancer Care campaign continues, thanks to their supporters and donors who want to help ensure it is a truly special environment for patients and their families.

Once the new RNHRD and Therapies Centre opens this autumn, the old therapies building at the RUH will be cleared to make way for the construction of the Dyson Cancer Centre.

For more information about the Dyson Cancer Centre and the RUH Cancer Care campaign please click here

Photo to be credited to: King Edward’s School

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New! Make it Grow Corporate Challenge

Businesses in Bath, Somerset and Wiltshire are being invited to take part in a new corporate challenge to help raise funds for the Royal United Hospitals (RUH) Bath.

Launched today, the Make it Grow Corporate Challenge will run from 1 October 2019 to 31 January 2020 and companies are being invited to sign up now.

Patsy Gould, Corporate Officer said:

“The Make it Grow Corporate Challenge is a great way to involve your colleagues in fundraising for our local hospital. The concept is simple – we will give every company a starter fund of £20 and the aim is to make that amount grow more than any other company who is taking part in the challenge.

“Businesses who take part will be able to choose where to donate their funds, whether it goes to a specific area of the hospital which they have a special connection with or to one of our fundraising campaigns such as the RUH Cancer Care campaign or the Breast Unit Special Appeal.

“We have already received a fantastic response from the local business community – Hollywood Bowl, based in Longwell Green are one of the first companies to sign up and we are looking forward to more companies joining our leaderboard.”

Laura Durrant, Centre Manager at Hollywood Bowl said:

“We already have lots of fundraising ideas and have a number of events planned to raise as much as we can. We want to win this challenge as well as support our charity of the year, The Forever Friends Appeal.”

Businesses who would like to take part in the challenge will need to sign up on The Forever Friends Appeal’s website by 1 October. All participants will receive a free fundraising pack which is full of tools, tips and ideas on how companies can make their £20 grow.

For more information about our Make it Grow Corporate Challenge please click here

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Spice girl Geri Horner celebrates our 20th anniversary

Spice Girl, Geri Horner (Halliwell) visited the Royal United Hospitals Bath today, Monday 10 June ahead of the Spice World concert at Ashton Gate in Bristol.

Geri made the special trip to visit patients and staff at the RUH to mark the 20th anniversary of the hospital’s charity, The Forever Friends Appeal.

Tim Hobbs, Head of Fundraising for The Forever Friends Appeal said:

“We are thrilled that Geri came back to celebrate our 20th anniversary with us. Twenty years ago she was here helping us launch our charity and our first appeal ‘Giving new heart to the RUH’. It’s fantastic to welcome her back and show her how we’ve helped transform our hospital.

“We were delighted to give Geri a tour of the hospital to show her some of the areas which we have funded thanks to our generous supporters and donors. We also visited the Breast Unit, for which we are raising funds, and showed her the new RNHRD and Brownsword Therapies Centre that will open this autumn.

Since our launch in 1999 over £25million has been raised for the RUH. The funds are used towards purchasing additional medical equipment, welcoming environments, new patient services and major build projects such as the RNHRD and Brownsword Therapies Centre and the Dyson Cancer Centre.

In tribute to the Appeal’s 20th anniversary a unique floral display will be unveiled in Bath’s Parade Gardens this summer. Created by the BaNES Parks team, the display will be there for everyone to enjoy from 29 June until September.

Later this year, we plan to introduce some new exciting, innovative major campaigns and smaller appeals to continue making a real difference to patients and their families.


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Raise a cuppa for the NHS

The NHS’ birthday is coming up on Friday 5 July and following the success of  last year’s NHS BIG7Tea campaign, we are asking people to raise a cuppa to celebrate our wonderful health service.

The NHS Big Tea is an opportunity to come together and host your own tea party on or around 5 July. Let’s invite friends, family and colleagues to mark the occasion and support our charity’s work in the process.

Laura Pearce, Events and Community Officer said:

“Tea brings us all together. It breaks down social boundaries, and like the NHS it is a symbol of comfort and community.

“We would like to encourage as many people as possible to organise a tea party on or around 5 July to mark the 71st birthday of the NHS, and raise vital funds for The Forever Friends Appeal.”

NHS Big Tea party resources, containing everything you need to get you started including posters and invitations, are available on our website, click here

Don’t forget, please let us know your tea party plans – email: forever.friends@nhs.net and don’t forget to send us photos from the day and share them on social media making sure you tag @Foreverfriendsa and use the hashtag #NHSBigTea.


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