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Trekking Everest for the Dyson Cancer Centre

Thanks to Penny Slayton’s determination to show support for our RUH Cancer Campaign, she’s raised more than £1,500 for the new Dyson Cancer Centre.

She said: “I got the fundraising bug in 2017 after completing a wing walk. I decided that my next adventure was a trek to Everest base camp to raise more funds. I started training, gradually increasing distance, time and backpack weight. I trekked with eight others including Australians, Americans, Canadians, and five Sherpas. The Sherpas were fantastic; they were great company and looked after us all amazingly.

“There were so many highlights – climbing Kala Patthar at 18,000ft to watch the sun set over Everest was just magical, camping in minus 12 degrees and waking up with frosty eyelashes, and hearing the boom of the avalanches. Also flying into Lukla, the world’s most dangerous airport, with the Himalayan peaks above the helicopter, and walking along the valleys with helicopters flying below you. The scale of the place is mind-blowing!

“The biggest challenge of all was the altitude. You feel your body working harder to compensate for the lack of oxygen – it wasn’t a nice feeling. Walking on the narrow track got tricky especially when a convoy of yaks came towards us. And the loos, well there’s no further explanation needed!

“It’s great to know that the money I’ve raised will help future patients. I was diagnosed with cancer in June 2012 and this amount is a little gesture to say thanks to the incredibly caring, supportive and professional team at the RUH.”

Thank you Penny for taking your steps for the RUH.

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Neonatal unit has homely makeover

Parents are benefitting from new interior design changes in the RUH Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) to help them feel more at home whilst their babies are being cared for in the unit.

New colourful sofas, bean bags and a stylish coffee table donated by TR Hayes have improved the parent room making it feel more like a living room where families can go and relax. The kitchen area now feels less clinical with pictures framed by Meltone Gallery in Bathwick, colourful storage tins and bright, re-useable coffee mugs, provided by KeepCup.

The items were all donated thanks to Tiffany Wood (pictured below, left), a local interior designer who is a breastfeeding peer support volunteer on the unit.

She said: “As part of the volunteer training we had to imagine what it is like being a parent whose baby was in the unit and what it’s like to spend a lot of time there.  This resonated with me as I spend my time trying to make people’s homes not only look better but feel better and whilst the clinical areas in NICU are second-to-none, I wanted to make it feel more homely for parents.

“I approached companies who I have worked with and asked if they could donate a few interior items to make parents as comfortable as possible during such a difficult time for them. The suppliers who donated items were all marvellous and they were so keen to help enhance the unit with some homely touches, making it a welcoming and warm space.

“I would also like to thank bespoke furniture makers Fitting Tribute from Edington who built specially adapted lockers where parents can keep their bedding when they wish to stay overnight; while Seymours Home provided luxurious silk pillows and protectors. Fitting Tribute also made a bespoke chalkboard for the play area in the unit.”

Jo Hodson, Consultant Neonatal Nurse, RUH said:

“It’s the little things that make a difference. We have already noticed that the revamped spaces have changed the way parents are interacting with each other. They now seem more comfortable chatting to one another. And the children absolute love the chalkboard.

“Thank you to Tiffany and all the companies to helped make this transformation. There is no doubt the makeover contributed towards NICU being awarded its Unicef Baby Friendly status.”

The RUH’s Dyson Centre for Neonatal Care is one of only six neonatal units in England and Wales to be awarded Unicef’s prestigious Baby Friendly accreditation which was awarded last month.

If you would like to support NICU or any other department in the hospital, please click here

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Curo’s charity partnership raises over £35K

Thanks to the hard work and commitment by colleagues at Curo, the housing association and house-builder in Bath over £35,000 has been donated to our Appeal to benefit patients and their families.

Our partnership with Curo has grown remarkably over the past two years and they’ve worked tirelessly to raise as much as possible to help us transform patient care at the RUH.

In 2018 the company raised over £13,000 for the RUH Cancer Care Campaign and last year they raised even more – £22,161 for the Children’s Ward.

Rachael Allen, Communications, Brand and PR manager, Curo said:

“Every year Curo colleagues vote for who they want to support through fundraising as our Charity of the Year. We were delighted to support The Forever Friends Appeal as we wanted to give something back to the RUH, its staff and patients in gratitude for the care given to our colleagues, loved ones and wider community.

“We’ve seen our colleagues take on some tough challenges from running in the Bath Half and other marathons to cycling the length of the country. We’ve also got together collectively and raised money by organising fun activities such as bake sales, growing sunflowers, naming our fleet of repair vans and taking part in the charity’s Walk of Life event and their Make it Grow Corporate Challenge.”

Paul Book a Curo colleague who got involved and helped fundraise for the charity said:

“My daughter Amelia was admitted to the Children’s Ward in 2018 as she wasn’t feeling well and we received the news that she had acute lymphoblastic leukaemia. She started her treatment in the Bristol Royal Hospital for Children and now most of her treatment is carried out at the RUH and thankfully she is doing well and is in remission.

“Amelia loves the doctors and nurses and they are helping to make the journey better for her and us until she finishes the treatment in April 2021. We can’t thank her consultants Polly and Jagadeesh enough for what they do, that’s why I nominated the Children’s Ward so I could fundraise and give something back to thank them for all of their hard work.”

To recognise and thank staff for their hard work and commitment, The Forever Friends Appeal has welcomed Curo as Senior Corporate Partners of the charity.

Jo Common, Corporate Officer said:

“It’s thanks to generous supporters like Curo, our charity can help further improve facilities, services and fund specialist medical equipment to help make real difference to patients and their families being treated and cared for at the RUH.”

To find out how your company could support our charity please click here

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