A tribute fund set up in the name of local resident Lindsay Game has raised over £25,000 for the planned Dyson Cancer Centre at Bath’s Royal United Hospital (RUH).
Lindsay, who lived in Chew Stoke, was diagnosed with breast cancer 31 years ago. While receiving treatment at the RUH, she became a supporter of The Forever Friends Appeal and decided to start fundraising for the RUH Cancer Care campaign.
In 2015, the cancer returned and she was told it was untreatable – sadly, in 2017, Lindsay passed away. Her husband Nigel wanted to continue raising funds for The Forever Friends Appeal and set up the Lindsay Game Forever Fund to keep her memory alive.
Nigel said: “Lindsay and I always wanted to support the RUH in all its good work. Supporting The Forever Friends Appeal was foremost in our minds. Anything that can make life easier for cancer sufferers must be a worthwhile gesture of goodwill.
“Everyone who Lindsay met was compassionate, reassuring her that she was receiving the best treatment available. I cannot thank the hospital enough.”
Lindsay’s Forever Fund was set up through the Appeal with the aim for family and friends to have the opportunity to help it grow by fundraising in honour of Lindsay whilst making a difference to future patients living with cancer and being treated at the hospital.
Over the years a number of fundraising events have been held, ranging from coffee mornings to Ceilidh band nights (a mixture of Scottish, Irish and English folk music) in the local village and in 2019 alone, Lindsay’s Goddaughter, Ali Wilkinson raised over £1,000 by skydiving, while family friend Dave Cox raised almost £500 by running the Bath Half Marathon.
Jan Witt, In Memory & Legacy Officer, The Forever Friends Appeal said:
“We are awe-inspired by Nigel’s achievements in raising over £25,000. Lindsay’s determination and passion to help future RUH patients has definitely been embraced by all her family, friends, businesses and the local community as we have watched her fund grow over the years. We were delighted to be able to thank and acknowledge the amazing fundraising efforts by presenting Nigel with a Senior Family Partner Award under our charity’s partnership scheme.
“We understand the impact that the loss of a loved one can have on families, friends and colleagues. For some, there is a need to have something to focus on which offers a meaningful remembrance, such as setting up a Forever Fund in the name of their loved one. Having a Forever Fund gives people the opportunity to come together, pay tribute and celebrate special memories in a very personal and positive way, whilst supporting the work of the RUH.”
For information about Forever Funds click here or email Jan.Witt@nhs.net