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#WhyIWalk for the RUH – Team DJS

Lisa, Neil, David, Elaine, Kerry, David and Deborah from DJS Wealth Adviser LLP are taking on the Walk of Life as a team to raise vital funds for the Royal United Hospitals Bath (RUH).

The company based in Radstock are walking to say thank you to the RUH for multiple reasons: “As a Practice we have all had experience with the many departments at the hospital. The Cancer Unit, the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU), the Maternity Ward, Accident and Emergency just to name a few.

Lisa Thorne, the Practice Manager had twin boys at 31 weeks who spent their first four weeks in NICU.  She said: “As a family, we are forever grateful for the care the boys received from the NICU team. They are now 15, studying for their GCSE’s, they both love sport and play rugby and football for their local town, Trowbridge.

We want to thank the RUH for the care and support they have provided to each of us. As a team we are looking forward to the 10 mile walk along the canal together to raise vital funds and awareness for the RUH.”

The team will walk 10 miles along the canal each, racking up an impressive team distance of 70 miles on the day.

Looking for a way to bring your colleagues together? After a strange 18 months, we’ve spent more time on-screen with colleagues than real life people. But the time to re-connect is coming, and it’s going to be amazing! Spaces are still available for our marathon canal walk and our 10 mile afternoon walk on 18th September here – the perfect way to get together and show what your team is made of.

To support the DJS Wealth Adviser team, please click here.



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HomeLets joins The Forever Friends Appeal as Corporate Principal Partner

Following the much-anticipated completion of the Cancer Care Campaign fundraising target of £10m, The Forever Friends Appeal is delighted to welcome HomeLets on board as Principal Corporate Partner following a generous donation to the Dyson Cancer Centre.

The Dyson Cancer Centre will bring the majority of cancer services, including research, under one roof, providing oncology, chemotherapy and radiotherapy services and a 22-bed inpatient ward. We are working with the Department of Health and Social Care and NHS England & Improvement team on overall timescales so that the hospital can open for patients as early as possible, currently scheduled for autumn 2023.

A well-known Bath company and long-term supporter, HomeLets first began working with the Appeal in 2017 as part of the ‘Be a Brick’ project. Since then, HomeLets has been involved in sponsoring the hugely popular 2018 Walk of Life event and the Hope Ball in 2019.

The Cancer Care Campaign has always been of significant importance to Marcus Arundell, Managing Director of HomeLets, after his late Mother and founder of HomeLets, Caroline Arundell passed away after a short battle with cancer in 2014. A former nurse, Caroline was recognised for her caring nature in her roles across both medicine and property.

Marcus Arundell, Managing Director at HomeLets said: “HomeLets is proud to be able to continue our ongoing support for The Forever Friends Appeal, and in particular the all-new Dyson Cancer Centre at the Royal United Hospitals (RUH) Bath.

This is a cause incredibly close to all our hearts. The new Dyson Cancer Centre will make a huge difference to patients and their families as they navigate the challenges presented by Cancer diagnosis and treatment, as well as facilitating all-important future research.

The HomeLets team very much look forward to following the Centre’s development and celebrating its key milestones and completion over the coming years.”

Rhyannon Boyd Head of Fundraising at The Forever Friends Appeal said: “We’ve been delighted to work with Marcus and the HomeLets team for a number of years and are very appreciative of their continued support. We know of the incredible impact this donation will have in treating and caring for patients, their families and staff of the Dyson Centre for years to come. We thoroughly look forward to working with HomeLets as our newest Principal Corporate Partner.”

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Blue sky thinking for RUH patients

Radiotherapy patients can now enjoy relaxing views of a sunny blue sky while they wait for their appointments, thanks to a new ‘window’ which has been installed in the ceiling of the outpatient waiting area.

Instead of a real window, the sunny scene is actually created by using a series of light panels that create a realistic image and is all thanks to patient Allan Sinclair, who donated them to the department.

Allan, who has just completed radiotherapy treatment for prostate cancer at the RUH, said:

“It was just my way of giving back something to the staff here who have looked after me so well.

“I just can’t thank the staff enough. From the reception staff, to the radiographers and the consultants, the care I’ve received has been second to none.

“At the RUH you are treated like an individual, you’re not just a number, and that’s what makes the staff here so special.”

Allan owns the company Sky Inside, which provides sky ceilings and artificial windows to healthcare companies and NHS Trusts throughout the country. The Radiotherapy department isn’t the
only one at the RUH to have such eye-catching features – departments including intensive care and cardiology also have similar windows.

Allan said: “It’s a very simple and effective way to brighten up a waiting room or gloomy corridor and can really help lift your mood.”

Lisa Tolson, Radiotherapy Service Manager, said: “We’re so grateful to Allan for such a wonderful gesture. The new window really brightens up the waiting area and it’s already receiving lots of positive feedback from our patients and staff.”

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RUH heroes exhibitions

Two new exhibitions celebrating the heroes of the RUH have gone on display at the Royal United Hospitals Bath NHS Foundation Trust.

The first, called ‘Heroes of the RUH’ is a legacy of Captain Sir Tom Moore who raised millions for NHS Charities Together and highlighted the incredible work that NHS staff do across the country. It comprises a series of photographic portraits with written stories about the people behind the masks and uniforms.

Rhyannon Boyd, Head of Fundraising said: “We are proud of all our staff, they are truly inspiring people and are going above and beyond every day to care for their patients. We wanted to show and celebrate our remarkable staff and share their experiences of the pandemic.

“In this exhibition you’ll read about the nurses who provide care around the clock, the surgeons who save lives, the therapists who help get us back on our feet, the cleaners who keep our hospital clean and the other dedicated staff who are keeping our hospital going, during this difficult time.

“It also gives patients and staff the opportunity to get to know the people behind the masks, or in our eyes, the hero behind the uniform, no one can resist walking past without stopping to take a look.”

The exhibition has been funded by NHS Charities Together and is just one of the many ways that the RUH’s charity is supporting staff and patient wellbeing. The charity has also funded staff care packs, communication devices to help patients stay in touch with loved ones, and longer-term psychological support for staff.

Rhyannon said: “We’re delighted to see the staff photos and stories on display as they originally featured in our Christmas Campaign last year which raised a significant amount and funded many projects at the RUH. It was a colleague of ours, Richard Howman who took these incredible photos.

The second exhibition is a silent auction, called Art for Heroes. It originated at the Abbey Hotel’s Art Bar in the centre of Bath and is a tribute to RUH staff. The hotel’s closure during COVID-19 presented an ideal opportunity to transfer the exhibition to the RUH, which the hotel supports.

Tony Smith, Exhibtions Manager, Art at the Heart said: “The exhibition is a fantastic showcase of work by local artists, including Royal photographer Joe Short and Bath’s ever popular ‘Pete the Street’, Peter Brown, together with some new works not seen before. All work is for sale with 40% of all sales donated to RUH staff health and wellbeing projects There will also be an online catalogue of all the works on display.

“If you would like to see the work and place a bid, visit: www.jumblebee.co.uk/ruhheroesartauction2.”

Both exhibitions are in the main central corridor of the hospital and will be there for three months. As visiting restrictions remain in place at the hospital, only staff and patients who have appointments can visit them.

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M J Church Prize Draw – RUH Staff only

The Forever Friends Appeal would like to say a heartfelt thank you to local company M J Church who have organised a Free prize draw for Royal United Hospital staff.

Throughout the month of April, RUH staff were invited to enter themselves and/or nominate a colleague to be in with the chance to win an incredible selection of prizes.

Entry to the Draw is now closed.  Winners will be selected at random and will be contacted from Wednesday 5th May.

This last year has seen our RUH staff working under intense pressure in difficult circumstances to care for patients.  M J Church therefore want to say thank you to the staff at the RUH, and show them just how much the community appreciate them for caring for the people we love.

Thanks to the generosity of the local community, there is a fabulous selection of prizes on offer.

M J Church and The Forever Friends Appeal would like to express their sincere thanks to everyone who has supported the Draw, including the following organisations:



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Bath business owner takes on Everest

Toby Martin will be taking part in our brand new Sofa to Summit challenge this Spring.

Toby lives in Trowbridge with his young family and runs Reside Letting Agency in central Bath. He will be climbing the height of Everest on his stairs and in the great outdoors, to give something back to the RUH.

Toby said: “The RUH holds a special place in our hearts at Reside due to the experience of my business partner and the founder of Reside, Ben Bower. In 2018, Ben’s wife Natasha gave birth to their son Brandon at just 28 weeks – more than 12 weeks early. It was a horrific time for Ben & Natasha, but the wonderful staff and state of the art facilities in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit meant that they could not have been better cared for. Brandon happily went home two months later – still in advance of his original due date!

“I recall visiting Ben, Natasha and Brandon on the NICU ward. We’d had a baby boy ourselves just a few months before; we were alarmed by what they were going through, but so reassured to see how well they were being looked after. Having heard so much about Brandon, Ben & Natasha’s experience, I’m very proud to be fundraising for the Forever Friends Appeal – no matter how small my contribution is, I am sure it will help to maintain the hospital’s incredible work.

When asked why he chose this challenge, Toby said: “The Sofa to Summit challenge initially caught my eye as a way to become more active whilst fundraising for a cause that I’m sure is close to everyone’s hearts right now. My plan for scaling Everest is currently very basic: 48 flights of stairs for 61 days. But as lockdown restrictions ease, I am hoping that Bath’s hilly surrounds will help to mix up the scenery and preserve the stair carpet.

“To my fellow hikers, I would say: isn’t it good to be doing something meaningful again?”

Events & Community Coordinator at The Forever Friends Appeal, Laura Cherry said: “It’s amazing to see Toby take on such a big challenge to say thank you for the care his friends received at the RUH. Over the last year, our hospital and its dedicated staff have been working under intense pressure in difficult circumstances to care for patients no matter what. Figuratively speaking, they have been moving mountains for us all, so it’s wonderful to see so many people like Toby climbing their own mountains to give something back.”

Join our Sofa to Summit team and register for free here.

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Donation brings RITA to older people’s wards

Reminiscence therapy is helping elderly patients across the Royal United Hospitals Bath thanks to a charitable donation that has funded an additional device called RITA.

RITA stands for Reminiscence Interactive Therapy Activities and it enables patients to enjoy a range of games, listen to music, view old photographs and watch films, to help spark memories and start conversations on the wards.

RUH Dementia Coordinator, Astrid Siddorn said: “We would like to say a big thank you to Chris at Bath Woodburners and the other two companies. During these strange times, hospital stays for people with dementia have become even more difficult, especially without loved ones to visit.

“Your donation for a RITA enables us to support more patients as it reduce patents’ anxiety when they are out of their familiar environment, making patients’ stay in hospital more comfortable.”

RITA is mostly used on the hospital’s older people’s wards but can be used by anyone to help reduce anxiety and distress when someone is out of their familiar environment. In additional to the popular reminiscence apps, patients can play bingo, quizzes as well as watch historic speeches and archive BBC news footage.

Chris Clements, of Bath Woodburners said: “My wife, Cerys and I, were personally very impressed with the work of the RUH and the care received by Cerys’ father, Joe Francis, when he was admitted last year. He was cared for incredibly well in a hugely difficult time for hospitals.

“We have been a fortunate business fitting wood burning stoves for people in the community during the pandemic and this busy period has enabled us and two other respected businesses to work together on giving something back to the community.

“We heard about the RITA devices which seemed like a great idea and we know it will provide a valuable resource in helping those with dementia, their families and the staff at the RUH.”

There are now five RITA devices in the RUH and it is hoped that additional RITA devices can be funded to support more patients in the future.

If you would like to find out how you can make a difference to patients and staff at the RUH please click here

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Local businesses complete Make it Grow Corporate Challenge

We are delighted to announce that our Make It Grow Corporate Challenge which was organised for local businesses to help make a positive difference to staff and patients at the Royal United Hospitals Bath has been a resounding success.

Throughout the four month challenge it was wonderful to see eleven companies from across Bath and Wiltshire take part in numerous fundraising activities. Each company that signed up received a £20 starter fund at the beginning of October last year and the aim was to compete against each other and raise the most by the end of January 2021.

The participating companies were Frank & Moon, BMT, Buro Happold, Trowbridge Ford, Metro Bank in Bath, Puregym Bath, JSBS, Avon Rubber, Touchstone, Bridges Electrical, and Curious Universe.

Patsy Gould, Corporate Officer said: “I would like to thank everyone who took part in this year’s Make It Grow Corporate Challenge. There couldn’t have been a tougher year to take part in this challenge and yet we had nine new companies join us and many socially-distanced and virtual fundraising activities took place during what’s been a really tough time.

“Collectively the challenge has raised £17,500, which is a fantastic amount and will go towards funding projects that will make a difference to patients and staff at the RUH. We are very grateful for everyone’s commitment to our charity and the RUH.”

In recognition of the companies’ fundraising efforts, a number of awards were presented by the charity last week. The winners were:

  • BMT – won the Corporate Challenge Champion Award
  • Buro Happold’s Christmas advent window won the Best Event Award 
  • Curious Universe won the Small but Mighty Award 
  • Avon Rubber won the Big Business Award
  • Buro Happold won the Most Raised Overall Award  

Sarah from BMT said: “I really enjoyed being part of the challenge and to help give something back to the RUH has been really rewarding personally. This is especially poignant to me as fantastic care was given to my husband, mum, dad and father-in-law in the last year by a number of teams in the hospital.”

Kate Miller, Lead Group Co-ordinator at Buro Happold said: “We are proud to have been involved with The Forever Friends Appeal since it started out 20 years ago, including being the headline sponsor of Ted’s Big Bake Off. As well as supporting their charity events, we were also involved in the design and construction of the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU), and no year has ever been more appropriate to support this amazing cause.”

The Make It Grow Corporate Challenge will be back later this year. It will run from 1 October to 31 January 2022. If you would like your company to be involved email forever.friends@nhs.net or for more details click here.

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Give a gift to support our patients and staff this Christmas

Today we have launched a Christmas Appeal inviting the public to help raise funds to ensure patients and their families continue to receive the very best treatment and care at the Royal United Hospitals (RUH) Bath this festive season and beyond.

Although Christmas is likely to be different this year, most people will be celebrating and making memories however there will be many others that will fall ill and need to spend time in hospital. While these people will be away from their families at Christmas, staff at the RUH will continue to be there for them.

Rhyannon Boyd, Head of Fundraising said: “This year has been tough on all of us, especially our patients and staff. The pandemic has shown us just how important our NHS means to us and our services will still be needed at Christmas. For those patients who will be too unwell to return home for Christmas our staff will go to great lengths to give their care, kindness and compassion.

“We are proud of all of our staff. They are truly inspiring people and every day in December we will introduce a staff member on our website and social media channels. We hope people will feel reassured and recognise some of their faces who provide care for patients every day.

“Along with the staff photos we will share their stories. You’ll read about the nurses who provide care around the clock, the surgeons who save lives, the therapists who help get us back on our feet, the cleaners who keep our hospital clean and the other dedicated staff who keep our hospital going.

“By making a donation to our RUH Christmas Appeal you will help us make this Christmas as special as it can be for our patients and staff.”

Niki Hartley is one of the Senior Sisters who features in the charity’s Christmas Appeal. She said:

“What makes me prouder than anything is how I see my staff go above and beyond every day. One example was when we had a homeless man on the ward – and one of the staff took his clothes home to wash and iron them for him. That might not seem huge, but to that patient it meant the world. That just shows how much they care.

“My team work so hard. There is no hesitation to provide cover when another staff member is sick, because they know our patients still need to be cared for and we will all be working together on Christmas day.”

To show your support for the RUH, the patients and staff this Christmas, you can do so in one of three ways, make a donation online, sponsor a staff Christmas hamper or take part in our ‘Keep it Cosy’ fundraising day on Wednesday 16 December.

Keep it Cosy has been designed for schools, groups and businesses. There are three cosy-themed virtual events to choose from and the idea is to have some fun with family and friends while staying safe. For a free Keep it Cosy fundraising pack and to make an online donation please visit our Christmas Appeal page.

We would also like to ask supporters who have in the past donated gifts to the hospital at Christmas to consider making a donation to the RUH Christmas Appeal instead.  With increased infection control measures in place due to COVID-19 unfortunately we are unable to accept gifts such as toys and confectionery for patients and staff this festive season.

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Win a well-deserved getaway with Avios Group (RUH Staff only)

Earlier this year, Avios Group teamed up with British Airways to launch the Avios Thank You Appeal. The idea was to raise as many Avios (reward points) as possible for NHS workers, to say thank you for the amazing work they’ve been doing during the COVID-19 emergency.

They asked millions of British Airways Executive Club Members to donate their Avios to NHS workers, and with their help Avios Group raised an incredible 305 million Avios – enough to thank over 5,090 NHS workers!

At the RUH, we have been given 20 prizes of 60,000 Avios to give away to staff. That’s enough buy a flight for that well-deserved getaway, a trip to the theatre with your loved ones, or a weekend away in a relaxing hotel.

Enter now for free, using the form below. Entries close midday on Thursday 29 October.

Offer now closed

RUH prize draw terms and conditions:

  1. Entry is scheduled to close at midday on Thursday 29 October.
  2. All persons entered must be currently employed by the Royal United Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust.
  3. Winners will be selected at random from the list of RUH staff entered.
  4. All entered RUH staff members will have only one opportunity to win. This means that RUH staff members who enter more than once will have only one entry put into the draw.
  5. Winners will be notified directly by email, shortly after the competition has ended
  6. If the winner cannot be contacted, the winner forfeits all rights to the prize and an alternative winner will be selected
  7. The Forever Friends Appeal charity reserves the right to suspend, cancel or modify the prize draw at any time and for any reason without notice
  8. The prize is non-transferable
  9. Prizes are donated by Avios Group
  10. For details about prize receiving and redemption, see the Avios Thank You Appeal awarding terms and conditions below.
  11. Entry implies acceptance of these terms and conditions as final and binding

Avios Thank You Appeal awarding terms and conditions

  1. The Avios Fund (The Fund) consists of 305 million Avios points donated by Avios Group (AGL) Limited and British Airways Executive Club (BAEC) members during the Avios Thank You Appeal (the Initiative)
  2. AGL will distribute the Fund to 5,090 NHS workers (Nominees)
  3. Each Nominee will receive 60,000 Avios
  4. Nominees will be selected by their local NHS Organisations (e.g. Trusts) by 2 November 2020
  5. The Fund will be distributed proportionally to NHS Organisations in England and Northern Ireland, based on the number of employees in each NHS Organisation.
  6. The number of Awards available to each NHS Organisation will be communicated to each NHS Organisation
  7. Each NHS Organisation assumes full responsibility in selecting their Nominees
  8. NHS Organisations will advise Nominees either via email or phone if they have been selected between 12 October 2020 and 02 November 2020
  9. Nominees should be employed in the relevant NHS Organisation at the time of nomination and should have been involved in supporting the emergency during the Covid-19 pandemic
  10. Nominees will need to be a member of the British Airways Executive Club (BAEC) in order to receive the Avios points
  11. AGL will contact each nominee on their NHS email. Nominees must provide their BAEC details by filling in an online form, by 25 November 2020, in order to receive their Avios Award within a week from submission
  12. Avios Awards will be awarded by 3 December 2020
  13. Nominees that provide details after 25 November will still be able to receive their Avios Award
  14. Nominees that provide details between 25 November and 31 January 2021 will receive their Avios Awards by 15 February 2021
  15. Avios Awards will not be awarded to any Nominee submitting their details after 31 January 2021.
  16. Only 1 Award per Nominee is permitted
  17. By providing their personal and BAEC details, including membership ID, Surname and email address, each Nominee agrees to share the necessary data in order to receive the Avios points and to allow the Integrated Care Systems (ICSs) verification
  18. All data will be treated in accordance with the British Airways Privacy policy
  19. By submitting a nominee list, each NHS Organisation confirms they have the Nominee’s consent to share their personal details with AGL, with the sole purpose of processing the Avios Awards
  20. Recipients will be asked to give permission to AGL and British Airways to include their name and job title in a resulting press release and media opportunities. The recipient may be asked to give a quote for a press release, have their photo taken to use with press, and may be asked to take part in press interviews, should their NHS contract allow. Nominees have the right to refuse
  21. AGL reserves the right to adjust the distribution of Avios points to NHS workers, based on the final number of nominees that provided their BAEC details
  22. Avios are issued and redeemed in accordance with Avios terms and conditions. For full details please visit www.britishairways.com/avios
  23. The promoters are: Avios Group (AGL) Limited, Astral Towers Betts Way, London Road, Crawley, West Sussex RH10 9XY Company registration 02260073 and British Airways Plc (BA), Waterside, PO Box 365, Harmondsworth, West Drayton, UB7 0GB. Registered No. 1777777 England
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