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Businesses set to make funds grow

Sixteen companies from Bath, Somerset and Wiltshire gathered to celebrate the launch of a brand new fundraising challenge which will help raise funds for the Royal United Hospitals (RUH) Bath.

They are all taking part in The Forever Friends Appeal’s Make it Grow Corporate Challenge which starts on 1 October 2019 and will run until the 31 January 2020.

Patsy Gould, Corporate Officer, The Forever Friends Appeal said:

“We are delighted to have so many businesses on board and there is still time for companies to sign up and take part. The concept of our challenge is simple – every company which has signed up will receive a starter fund of £20. The aim is to make that amount grow more than any other company taking part in the challenge.

“We are really excited to hear about their fundraising plans and throughout the next four months, we’ll track their progress on our fundraising leaderboard to see who’s leading the competition.”

At the end of the Make it Grow challenge, the companies will be able to choose whether their funds go to a specific area in the hospital which they have a special connection with or if they would like it to support one of the charity’s fundraising campaigns such as the Breast Unit Special Appeal or RUH Cancer Care Campaign.

Rob Burrows, Assistant Branch Manager, Nationwide Building Society Bath said:

“We are looking forward to taking on the Make it Grow Corporate Challenge 2019. Nationwide Bath supports our local community in various ways so after recently volunteering at the Movie by Moonlight it was clear to see what a difference the Forever Friends Appeal makes to people’s lives. We want to continue working with the Appeal because we are passionate about helping the community which we live in and using our voice to make a positive change.”

Businesses who would like to take part in the challenge should 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 to make their starter fund grow.

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


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A generous legacy helps continue vital cancer research

A recent legacy from a generous former RUH patient has provided another five years of funding for research into oesophageal cancer – one of the most common cancers in the UK, accounting for 2% of all new cancer cases .

According to Cancer Research UK, over 9,000 cases are diagnosed every year and oesophageal cancer has a particularly low survival rate of just 12%.

Dr Ben Colleypriest, Clinical Lead for Gastroenterology at the RUH has been working in collaboration with the University of Bath for the past 15 years researching oesophageal cancer.

He said:

“This generous gift bequeathed to our charity The Forever Friends Appeal will ensure that our important work will have a huge impact in continuing this vital research for another five years, funding a PHD student at the University of Bath. We are extremely humbled by this person’s kindness for choosing to support us in this way.

“We are undertaking gene research to understand why normal oesophageal cells change to Barrett’s Oesophagus, an incurable condition caused by acid reflux that is a precursor to oesophageal cancer. If we can understand the molecular cause of Barrett’s Oesophagus we can better understand how to reverse it and prevent oesophageal cancer.”

Jan Witt, In Memory and Legacy Officer, The Forever Friends Appeal said:

“We are extremely grateful to the late Mr Bolton for leaving his legacy towards one of many hospital’s life-saving research projects that will help to develop new and better treatments. The Trust has an excellent reputation for its research and clinical trials that play a vital role in gathering evidence to improve treatment and care for patients in the NHS.

“For many people, choosing to support the RUH by leaving a gift in their Will is their way of giving something back to the hospital that will undoubtingly change the lives of future generations. We know that many treatments that are used every day would not be available if it wasn’t for investment from charitable gifts bequeathed to the work of the hospital.”

If you are considering supporting the RUH in this way and would like the opportunity to hear more about the research taking place at the RUH, please call Jan Witt, Legacy Officer on 01225 825819. Alternatively, to find out more about leaving a gift in your Will click here.



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Ted’s Big Day Out is back

Schools, nurseries and youth organisations in Bath, Wiltshire and Somerset are invited to take part in Ted’s Big Day Out on 18 October to help raise funds for Children’s Therapies at the Royal United Hospitals (RUH) Bath.

Big Ted, our loveable mascot is making a come back this year to help us celebrate our 20th anniversary. He will also be making a few special guest appearances on the day to join in with the fundraising activities.

Lauren Noble, Senior Community Fundraiser said:

“The aim is to raise money to fund specialist children’s equipment, such as educational and therapy toys for the hospital’s Children’s Therapies department and Children’s Centre.

“We have had a number of schools and nurseries sign up which is great and we would like to extend our invitation to brownies, guides, scouts and other youth groups to sign up and take part.

“This year’s theme is ‘celebrate your way’ – so it’s up to you whether you organise a fancy dress day, wear a silly hat, have a teddy bears picnic or do something else in exchange for a suggested £1 donation per pupil, whilst having fun along the way.”

Patients like Henry Latchem, aged six who is treated at the RUH will be one of the patients to benefit from the funds raised by Ted’s Big Day Out. Henry has cerebral palsy which affects the coordination and his muscles, particularly in his lower body and legs.

Emily Graham, Head of Children’s Therapies at the Royal United Hospitals Bath said:

“Henry’s a bubbly little boy and tries very hard in his physiotherapy sessions, which he’s been having at the RUH since he was 11 months old.

“Henry needs to use specialist seating, standing and mobility equipment and has a walking frame so he can play with his friends and move at school. The hospital is currently looking at different styles of walking frames to best suit Henry to promote improvement in his mobility skills and balance.

“This is why donations from Ted’s Big Day Out are so important as we will be able to purchase an extended range of toys and equipment to make children’s’ experience of therapy sessions more enjoyable. They will also enhance our assessments so we can ensure children like Henry have the right equipment to help them play and move around.”

To sign up your school or youth group please click here or call 01225 824013.

You will receive a free fundraising pack and the first 10 organisations to sign up will receive a visit from Big Ted.

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Walk of Life raises over £100,000

We are delighted to announce the total raised from this year’s Walk of Life event – over £100,000 is going towards benefiting patients and their families at the Royal United Hospitals Bath.

The sponsored canal walk took place on 11 May and on the day 425 people walked along the Kennet and Avon canal towpath, covering an impressive 7,500 miles.

This significant amount will be divided between the Appeal’s RUH Cancer Care Campaign, the new RNHRD and Brownsword Therapies Centre and many of the hospital’s wards and department.

Laura Pearce, Events and Community Officer, The Forever Friends Appeal said:

“We would like to thank everyone who took part and to those who kindly sponsored our walkers. Many people chose to take to either walk in memory of loved ones, show their support for someone receiving treatment at the hospital or to simply take on the challenge.

“We are now inviting people to sign up for next year’s Walk of Life on our website. We have also introduced a new morning walk as part of the event so people have more choice and you can either sign up as an individual or as a team, making every step count for patients and their families at the RUH.”

The three walking distances available next year are:

  • Marathon walk – 26.2 miles (approx.) start at Bishops Cannings (near Devizes) – Bradford on Avon – Bath
  • *NEW* morning walk – 16 miles (approx.): start at Bishops Cannings (near Devizes) – Bradford on Avon
  • Afternoon walk – 10 miles (approx.) start at Bradford on Avon – Bath

A film of this year’s Walk of Life is now available to watch on our website. To register for next year’s Walk of Life visit events page on the Appeal’s website or for more information call the events fundraising team on: 01225 821535.

The first Walk of Life took place in 2006. It was created with and in memory of Vanessa Kyte, who passed away in 2007. To date the event has raised over half a million pounds for the hospital.


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Rode Ball raises thousands for RUH Cancer Centre

A glamorous black tie ball has raised thousands of pounds for the planned Dyson Cancer Centre which will be built at the RUH. Over 250 guests dressed up for the Rode Ball which was held near Frome.

The highlight of the evening was the live auction and raffle which raised £13,200 and by the end of the night an incredible £18,600 was raised.

Half of the proceeds will go towards the RUH Cancer Care campaign and the remaining amount will be donated to The Bobby Moore Fund.

Lauren Noble, Senior Community Fundraiser, The Forever Friends Appeal said:

“We would like to thank organisers Kelly Jupp and Joanna Pobjoy and the rest of the Rode Ball Committee for organising the event and choosing to raise money for this important cause.

“We are grateful for their support in fundraising for the Dyson Cancer Centre and we would like to thank everyone who attended and donated including the local businesses and other organisations who helped make the event possible.”

Special guests included RUH Medical Director, Dr Bernie Marden who on the night made a speech about the value of charitable funding.

Since 2012 when the first Rode Ball was held over £30,000 has been raised for The Forever Friends Appeal. The Rode Ball committee will be welcomed as a Senior Community Partner later this year at the charity’s annual partners event.

The RUH Cancer Care Campaign has so far raised £9.6m and continues, with supporters raising more funds to help ensure the RUH achieves the very best care, treatment and quality of environment for patients and their families who are living with and beyond cancer.

For more information about Dyson Cancer Centre and to make a donation to the RUH Cancer Care Campaign, click here.

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Movie by Moonlight raises over £12,000 for Breast Unit Appeal

We are delighted to announce this year’s Movie by Moonlight has raised over £12,000 and will be donated to our Breast Unit Special Appeal to benefit patients at the Royal United Hospitals (RUH) Bath.

The outdoor screening of Bohemian Rhapsody was aired in Bath’s Royal Victoria Park on Saturday 31 August. Although it was free entry, people could make a voluntary donation to the Appeal on the night.

Laura Pearce, Events and Community Officer said:

“We hope everyone had a great time on Saturday and I would like to thank everyone who generously donated to our charity.

“I would also like to thank the local food vendors who joined us on the night – The Scallop Shell, JC’s Kitchen, Have! A Pinch and The Split Screen Ice Cream Co, Freestyle Designs for sponsoring our Movie by Moonlight event and Filmair Cinema Services for always ensuring we have a fantastic atmosphere during the screening in Royal Victoria Park.”

The Appeal is aiming to raise £450,000 for the hospital’s Breast Unit. With the proceeds from the charity’s Movie by Moonlight event, the total to-date sits at £110,000.

Once the fundraising target has been reached, the funds will be used towards the redevelopment and expansion of the Breast Unit which sees and treats an increasing number of patients every year.

The redevelopment and expansion of the unit will include: a new welcoming and calming waiting area, larger consultation suites, an area for mammographic and MRI reporting and examination areas. Patients will also benefit from a dedicated treatment room for nursing and breast prosthetic fittings, space for essential survivorship support, an outside area for private retreats, and quiet rooms for privacy and dignity where staff can carry out holistic needs assessments.

We are appealing to the public to continue to support the Breast Unit Special Appeal so that patients will benefit from a Breast unit that promotes welling being and recovery, whilst providing the very best facilities for an ongoing patient-centred approach to care.

For information about how to get involved and support our Breast Unit Special Appeal and/or to make a donation please click here

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Rodney Cook Memorial Metal Detecting Weekend

It’s just a few days until the Rodney Cook Memorial Rally weekend – 700 detectorists are expected to travel from all over the world to Bath. From Friday 6th to Sunday 8th September a charity weekend of metal detecting will be held in aid of raising funds for the RUH Cancer Care Campaign.

Last year,  the first first charity metal detecting weekend organised by the Trowbridge and District Metal Detecting Club raised in incredible £27,000 for our RUH Cancer Campaign in memory of Rodney Cook.

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

The club’s aim again this year is to provide a warm welcome and fantastic fun weekend for all whilst raising money towards the Dyson Cancer Centre and the children’s cancer charity, Clic Sargent. As well as metal detecting, there will be a live band, disco, raffle and more.

If you would like to support the Trowbridge and District Metal Club, all donations will be gratefully received via their JustGiving Page

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