We are the fundraising charity for the Royal United Hospitals (RUH) Bath NHS Foundation Trust 

On 29 June 2019, we will be celebrating 20 years of fundraising for the RUH

The Forever Friends Appeal raises funds to make a real difference to patient care at the Royal United Hospitals (RUH) Bath. Our work touches the lives of hundreds of thousands of  patients cared for by the RUH every year as well as the friends and family who visit them, and the 4,500 dedicated NHS staff who care for them.

Although the Royal United Hospitals Bath is funded by the NHS, our charity fundraises to provide life-enhancing equipment, new buildings and facilities to benefit of our patients and their families, over and above what the NHS can provide. Since 1999, more than £23 million has been raised by the Appeal for patient care at the RUH.

The funds raised by the Appeal helps pay for additional equipment, research and innovations, as well as finishing touches and ‘extras’ that complement the existing high quality care for patients at the hospital.

Leading up to our official 20th anniversary, we will be celebrating what has been achieved, thanking our donors, supporters and volunteers and will continue to promote our special appeals and current major campaigns to encourage more support.

With the anniversary to mark and developments with key projects such as the opening of the new RNHRD & Therapies Centre, 2019 should be a busy period.

We are registered with the Charities commission for England & Wales. Royal United Hospital Charitable fund, registered charity no’ 1058323

The Forever Friends Appeal is very fortunate to have the support of many public figures who help create awareness about our charity.

As the hospital’s charity, our aim is to make a real difference to patients, their families and the staff who treat them.

The Royal United Hospitals Bath NHS Foundation Trust provides acute treatment and care for a catchment population of around 500,000 people in Bath, and the surrounding towns and villages in North East Somerset and Western Wiltshire.

The annual report takes a look at how people have been helping us to make a difference, highlighting some of the wonderful achievements of the past 12 months.

Our supporters include thousands of individuals, businesses and community organisations, each making their own unique contribution to make life better for the hospital’s patients and their families.

The Forever Friends bear phenomenon began way back in 1987. It started with the introduction of the Forever Friends Bears on a range of greetings cards.

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