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Light and love Remembrance service at RUH Bath

Relatives who have lost loved ones are invited to join a special Light and Love remembrance event at the RUH Spiritual Care Centre on 5 December.

The event will allow friends and family to share memories and celebrate the lives of loved ones together.

Jan Witt, In Memory and Legacy Officer said: “We want to give people the opportunity to gather with friends, family and their local community to pay tribute to those they have loved and lost. We welcome anyone who wishes to attend, regardless of faith.”

As part of the ceremony, guests will be given a star to hang on the Christmas tree and light a candle as a dedication.

The Light and Love gathering is from 3pm on 5 December at the RUH Spiritual Care Centre.

If you would like to attend, please contact Jan Witt. Tel:01225 825819 Email: jan.witt@nhs.net

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Book your place on the Walk of Life 2020

Early bird places are now available for the popular sponsored canal walk, the Walk of Life, which will take place on Saturday 16 May 2020. Until Monday 2 December, people can book their place at a discounted rate for just £20.

The Walk of Life takes place along the Kennet and Avon Canal and is organised by the Royal United Hospitals Bath (RUH) charity, The Forever Friends Appeal. People can choose to walk one of three distances, 10, 16 or the marathon 26.2 mile walk from Bishops Cannings near Devizes to the Holburne Museum in Bath.

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

“The Walk of Life is all about coming together to support our local hospital, the RUH. You may decide to walk in memory of a loved one, take part to thank staff, to show your support for someone receiving treatment, or simply to take on the challenge. Whichever your reason, every step you take will make a huge difference to patients.

“Michael Eavis CBE will officially start the Walk of Life in Bishops Cannings, where the marathon walk and 16 mile morning walk begins, a new walking distance for 2020. The marathon walking route passes through Bradford on Avon, where the morning walkers finish and the afternoon 10 mile walkers join, before heading to Bath.”

“So why not do something amazing and book your place today – your support will help us continue to fund additional specialist medical equipment, improve the hospital’s environment and support life-changing research and innovations that go above and beyond what NHS funding can provide.”

An incredible £100,000 was raised from this year’s Walk of Life, benefitting a variety of wards and departments at the RUH.

The Walk of Life is open to both men and women and you can choose to support any area of the RUH that is close to your heart, alternatively sponsorship will go where it is needed most to benefit patients.

You can enter as an individual or as a team of four or more, and you will receive fundraising and training support, a t-shirt, refreshments and snacks on the day and a medal on completion.

The Walk of Life began over a decade ago when it was created with and in memory of Vanessa Kyte, who passed away in 2007. Since then, thousands of people from all across Bath, Somerset and Wiltshire have stepped out along the towpath to support patients and families.

Kier Construction, MJ Church and Savills are proudly sponsoring next year’s Walk of Life event.

To book your place or team’s place click here

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Local firm raises over £10k for Children’s Ward

Bath-based financial services company Altus Ltd has raised over £10,000 for the Forever Friends Appeal, following their second annual charity golf day which was held at Bath Golf Club.

In total, Altus has raised an incredible £11,894 and this amount will go to the Children’s Ward at the Royal United Hospitals (RUH) Bath to thank staff for the care given to the daughter of one of their colleagues who was born with a serious heart condition.

Martyn Evans, Consulting Director, Altus said: “We wanted to give something back to the hospital for supporting a former colleague whose daughter, Clara was born with a form of congenital heart disease and the Children’s Ward was instrumental in monitoring her condition.

“Clara spent a lot of time in hospital and has since undergone open heart surgery. The RUH team have continued to monitor her progress and development and we are delighted to donate this amount to show our gratitude for the support given to her and her family.”

A representative from the charity was presented with a cheque for £5,784 that was raised at their golf day. Altus has since been welcomed as a Corporate Partner of The Forever Friends Appeal for raising over £10,000.

Jo Common, Corporate Officer, The Forever Friends Appeal said:

“We are so pleased to have had Altus’s support for a second year running and their golfers certainly didn’t let the torrential rain dampen their spirits. We would like take this opportunity to thank the Altus team for their kind support.”

If your company would like to support The Forever Friends Appeal to raise funds for the RUH please contact Jo or Patsy on 01225 825392 or visit www.foreverfriendsappeal.co.uk/getinvolved

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Jim’s birthday gift

Grateful RNHRD patient Jim Pidgeon has celebrated his 80th birthday – by asking friends and family to make donations to the hospital instead of giving him presents.

Jim, from Wells, who’s a long-term rheumatology patient and former publican, held two birthday parties and raised £606.00.

He said: “I wanted to raise money to show my appreciation for the fabulous treatment that I have had over the years.

“When I was 18 I was a rugby player and played for the Bath RFC Colts. I had also been selected to join the Royal Marines and they requested that I represent them before I was due to join up. It was at one of these matches that I had an accident and my kneecaps were shattered and I spent over a year in hospital undergoing operations, having intensive treatment and rehabilitation.”

Jim has suffered from osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis since having the rugby accident but despite his injuries, he went on to play competitive cricket and golf and then bowls.

Jim’s 80th birthday gift will go towards enhancing the courtyard area at the back of the new RNHRD and Brownsword Therapies Centre at the RUH.

Julie Russell, Rheumatology Physiotherapy Lead, RNHRD said: “I have known Jim for many years. He is an engaging, larger than life character, with a very dry sense of humour. It is entirely typical of his generosity to hold a fundraising event for his birthday and we truly appreciate and value his support.”


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