Over 100 local people will be running in the Bath Half this Sunday for The Forever Friends Appeal.

The Appeal will be there on the day cheering on its team, which includes 40 members of RUH staff.

Each runner has pledged to raise a minimum of £175 sponsorship – and the overall amount will benefit a number of areas across the hospital, including wards and departments. The money will go towards funding life-enhancing equipment, facilities, research and new buildings such as the Dyson Cancer Centre and RNHRD and Therapies Centre.

Maddy Jones, Senior Events Fundraiser said:

“It’s fantastic that we have so many people from across Bath, Somerset and Wiltshire running for our charity. Many of our colleagues at the RUH will be joining us at our dedicated cheering point near Green Park, and anyone is welcome to join us and cheer on our team from 10:45am, it’s going to be a great day.

“Our ambassador, Ed Jackson, former Bath rugby player and patient at the RUH will be greeting our runners before the race, offering some last-minute coaching and words of encouragement. And, after the race our runners will join us for a celebratory 20th anniversary-themed party in our marque as this year we’re marking our 20th year of fundraising for the RUH.”

Josephine Wildridge, aged 41, who grew up in Trowbridge and now lives in London said:

“I’m doing the Bath Half to raise as much money as possible for the RUH’s Intensive Care Unit and to say thanks to everyone who looked after my mum, especially Doctor Georgiou and the Intensive Care Unit team. My mum was in Intensive Care for 18 days at Christmas after emergency surgery.

“Every evening I ate in the canteen, and saw the posters for the Bath Half Marathon. During those very dark and uncertain days, I started to think about how I could give something back to those caring for my mum. It doesn’t seem enough to say thank you to those who saved my mum’s life, but I’m doing the Bath Half as it’s the only way I can say thank you. The NHS is the best in the world.”

Despite last year’s Bath Half being cancelled due to snow, our team of runners raised an incredible £25,000 for our patients and The Forever Friends Appeal hopes to see even more funds raised this year.

To find out more about the event, including travel information click here