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Whatley Manor and Spa offer to RUH staff

In order to say thank you to the incredible team of staff here at the RUH, Whatley Manor Hotel and Spa have generously gifted three breaks, each of three nights duration for two people with dinner in their beautiful country hotel!  The team at Whatley want to say thank you by having the opportunity to look after you and share the warm and generous hospitality that is the Whatley experience.

We are inviting all RUH staff members to nominate a colleague of their choosing, who they think has gone above and beyond, during the recent crisis.

Entries are now open, and close at midday on Tuesday 11th August.  Winners will be selected at random from the list of RUH staff members who have been nominated.

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By completing this form you agree to the following terms and conditions:

  • Entry opens on Tuesday 28th July 2020
  • Entry is scheduled to close at midday on Tuesday 11th August 2020
  • Nominators and those persons being nominated must be currently employed by the Royal United Hospitals Bath NHS Foundation Trust
  • Entrants are required to meet the criteria specified
  • Winners will be selected at random from the list of RUH staff nominated.
  • Persons nominating will not be entered into the draw – unless they have been nominated separately by a colleague
  • Winners will be notified directly, shortly after the competition has ended
  • The competition is only open to residents of the UK who are age 18 years or above
  • If the potential winner cannot be contacted, the winners forfeits all rights to the prize and an alternative winner will be selected
  • 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
  • The prize is non-transferable
  • Prizes are donated by Whatley Manor Hotel and Spa
  • Winners will have until 30th April 2021 to redeem their gift, dates will of course be subject to availability and excludes Fridays and Saturdays.
  • The gift excludes the following dates 30th August and 31st August 2020, 23 December 2020 to 2nd January 2021. February 14th 2021, 4th and 5th April 2021.
  • Grey’s Brasserie serves dinner Sunday through Monday.
  • The Dining Room serves dinner Thursday to Sunday (please see website for any changes)
  • Bookings will be subject to availability
  • Persons nominating agree to be contacted by The Forever Friends Appeal about your nomination
  • Entry implies acceptance of these terms and conditions as final and binding
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Two wheels for our NHS heroes

Thirty brand new bikes arrived today (Friday 1 May) at the Royal United Hospitals Bath as a special gift for our NHS heroes. The bikes were donated by BW Cycling, a Bristol-based company that wanted to help staff get to work during the coronavirus pandemic.

They will make a huge difference to staff who have been struggling to get to work on public transport because of reduced services and social distancing guidelines. The Trust organised a free draw and invited colleagues who would benefit of having a bike and the lucky winners were selected at random.

Andy Wadsworth, Co-owner of BW Cycling said:

“We are a small privately owned bike shop which can’t make ventilators or PPE but we have bikes to make transport easier. When we heard stories of frontline NHS staff working long shifts with some walking for over an hour to get to work and back because of reduced public transport and being unable to get a lift share, we thought we could help.

“We are very fortunate to have strong client relationships with local companies and Creo Medical has been very supportive in helping fund 100 bikes for NHS staff.  We’ve donated 50 bikes to RUH staff, the remaining 20 will be delivered next week and donated another 50 to staff at Southmead. It’s been a bit challenging with the logistics and social distancing but we’ve done it, much easier in comparison to what many NHS staff are having to deal with on a daily basis.”

As well as donating the bikes, the lucky winners also received a helmet, lights and a bike lock to ensure they can cycle safely.

Ben Ellis was entered into the draw by his colleagues Ashleigh Farmer and Zoe Lockton who work with him in the Emergency Department. When he found out he was a winner, he said: “Winning a bike was a big surprise as I did not know about the offer. I feel very privileged and look forward to being able to ride to work.”

Another winner, Jo Smith, Clinical Dietitian who lives in Southstoke said: “This will certainly help my journey to work – it’s either over an hour’s walk or try and catch two buses!”

The Royal United Hospitals Bath NHS Foundation Trust would like to thank all businesses for their continued support of our staff and patients during this challenging time. Any businesses looking to make a donation should contact the hospital’s charity The Forever Friends Appeal by email: forever.friends@nhs.net before making any deliveries.

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Make it Grow Corporate Challenge raises over £15,000

Seventeen companies from across Bath and Wiltshire have raised over £15,000 for the Royal United Hospitals Bath charity, The Forever Friends Appeal.

The money was raised through the charity’s new Make it Grow Corporate Challenge which launched in October 2019. Each company received a startup fund of £20 and the challenge was to make it grow by fundraising the most in just four months.

Patsy Gould, Corporate Officer, The Forever Friends Appeal said:

“It’s been amazing to see the enthusiasm and commitment to our Make it Grow Corporate Challenge.  We feel incredibly grateful to have worked with a number of new companies on this initiative.

“Thanks to their committed colleagues a number of areas in the RUH will benefit from this fantastic amount helping patients and their families. This includes the breast unit, the Dyson Cancer Centre, Children’s Ward, the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (known as NICU), stroke unit and the Forget Me Not Suite in the hospital’s Bath Birthing Centre which provides space and support to parents who have lost a child.”

To celebrate and recognise the fundraising efforts made by all those who took part an awards ceremony was held last week in Bath’s Apex Hotel. The following awards were presented to:

  • The Corporate Challenge Champion Award – 1pm Finance
  • The Spreading the Word Award -Frank & Moon
  • The Corporate Challenge Enabler of the Year Award – Nationwide Building Society (Chippenham)
  • The Small but Mighty Award – Metro Bank (Bath)
  • The Big Business Award – Andrews Property Group
  • The Innovation Award – Trowbridge Ford
  • The Make it Grow Corporate Challenge of 2019/20 Winner – Curo

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

“We are really pleased to have won the challenge. Our colleagues voted for The Forever Friends Appeal as their chosen charity and they really got involved in fundraising. The largest amount was raised in our raffle – over £3,000 which is an incredible amount. We would also like to thank the residents who joined in and helped fundraise at our Livewell Hubs.”

The 2020 Make it Grow Corporate Challenge will be back later this year. If you are interested in getting involved please email: patsy.gould@nhs.net or jo.common@nhs.net

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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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Local businesses sponsor our Walk of Life event

We are delighted to have the continued sponsorship support from Kier and MJ Church and welcome new sponsors Savills for this year’s Walk of Life event which will take place on 16 May to raise much needed funds for the Royal United Hospitals Bath.

The Walk of Life takes place along the Kennet & Avon Canal towpath, with three distances to choose from. The 26.2 mile walking marathon and 16 mile walks start in Bishops Cannings near Devizes. The 10 mile walk starts Bradford on Avon (where the 16 mile walk finishes) and joins the marathon walkers all the way to the Holburne Museum in Bath.

Jo Common, Corporate Officer said: “We’re delighted to have the continued support from MJ Church and Kier as they have sponsored the event for several years and we are very pleased to welcome Savills as our new sponsor for 2020. The Walk of Life is our biggest fundraising event to organise. Up to 500 people take part and that’s why having sponsors is so important so we can ensure the day is enjoyable for all of our walkers.

“As well as being our sponsors, these businesses are kindly supporting us with some of the logistics of the event and some of their staff will be volunteering on the day. We also look forward to seeing their own teams take part in our Walk of Life helping to raise more funds for our charity, so we really can’t thank them enough.

“We would love to see more teams sign up from our local business community and take part in our Walk of Life Team Challenge. This is a fun team building opportunity for colleagues, clients and suppliers to fundraise together. Places can be booked on our website.”

Luke Brady, Head of Savills Southern Residential Division and the Bath office said:

“The RUH is at the heart of our community, it’s integral to each of us at various points in our lives. We are proud to play a part in supporting its future through our sponsorship of this year’s Walk of Life. Our team is very much looking forward to taking part in May and we encourage others to do the same.”

Paula Church of MJ Church said:

“We are very pleased to be joint sponsors for the Walk of Life event. Our team will be raising funds for the Dyson Cancer Centre as it’s a cause close to our hearts. A family member, friend, and colleague of ours was diagnosed with cancer in 2010 and passed away in 2017 and we want to continue fundraising for the cancer centre in his memory.”

David Snell of Kier Construction said:

“We are proud to be supporting Walk of Life, a truly special event that brings together the local community to raise vital new funds for RUH. This is now our 6th year of supporting Walk of Life and many of us who helped deliver the new RNHRD and Brownsword Therapies Centre will be taking part. It is a fantastic initiative that makes a real difference to RUH and we encourage others to get involved.”

Individual and friends & family team entry is also available for the Walk of Life and it is open to anyone over the age of 10, depending on their choice of walking distance.

The event is a wonderful opportunity to celebrate life and the memories of loved ones and the charity is hoping to see another sell-out year, smashing last year’s total raised to help transform patient care at the RUH. Last year an incredible £100,000 was raised benefitting a variety of wards and departments at the RUH.

Entry costs £25 per person and everyone who signs up will receive fundraising and training support, a 2020 Walk of Life t-shirt, refreshments along the route and a medal on completion. Glastonbury festival founder, Michael Eavis CBE will be there to officially mark the start of the Walk of Life in Bishop Cannings, near Devizes.

For more information about the Walk of Life or to sign up as an individual or corporate team click here.


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Local firm raises over £10k for Children’s Ward

Bath-based financial services company Altus Ltd has raised over £10,000 for the Forever Friends Appeal, following their second annual charity golf day which was held at Bath Golf Club.

In total, Altus has raised an incredible £11,894 and this amount will go to the Children’s Ward at the Royal United Hospitals (RUH) Bath to thank staff for the care given to the daughter of one of their colleagues who was born with a serious heart condition.

Martyn Evans, Consulting Director, Altus said: “We wanted to give something back to the hospital for supporting a former colleague whose daughter, Clara was born with a form of congenital heart disease and the Children’s Ward was instrumental in monitoring her condition.

“Clara spent a lot of time in hospital and has since undergone open heart surgery. The RUH team have continued to monitor her progress and development and we are delighted to donate this amount to show our gratitude for the support given to her and her family.”

A representative from the charity was presented with a cheque for £5,784 that was raised at their golf day. Altus has since been welcomed as a Corporate Partner of The Forever Friends Appeal for raising over £10,000.

Jo Common, Corporate Officer, The Forever Friends Appeal said:

“We are so pleased to have had Altus’s support for a second year running and their golfers certainly didn’t let the torrential rain dampen their spirits. We would like take this opportunity to thank the Altus team for their kind support.”

If your company would like to support The Forever Friends Appeal to raise funds for the RUH please contact Jo or Patsy on 01225 825392 or visit www.foreverfriendsappeal.co.uk/getinvolved

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Businesses set to make funds grow

Sixteen companies from Bath, Somerset and Wiltshire gathered to celebrate the launch of a brand new fundraising challenge which will help raise funds for the Royal United Hospitals (RUH) Bath.

They are all taking part in The Forever Friends Appeal’s Make it Grow Corporate Challenge which starts on 1 October 2019 and will run until the 31 January 2020.

Patsy Gould, Corporate Officer, The Forever Friends Appeal said:

“We are delighted to have so many businesses on board and there is still time for companies to sign up and take part. The concept of our challenge is simple – every company which has signed up will receive a starter fund of £20. The aim is to make that amount grow more than any other company taking part in the challenge.

“We are really excited to hear about their fundraising plans and throughout the next four months, we’ll track their progress on our fundraising leaderboard to see who’s leading the competition.”

At the end of the Make it Grow challenge, the companies will be able to choose whether their funds go to a specific area in the hospital which they have a special connection with or if they would like it to support one of the charity’s fundraising campaigns such as the Breast Unit Special Appeal or RUH Cancer Care Campaign.

Rob Burrows, Assistant Branch Manager, Nationwide Building Society Bath said:

“We are looking forward to taking on the Make it Grow Corporate Challenge 2019. Nationwide Bath supports our local community in various ways so after recently volunteering at the Movie by Moonlight it was clear to see what a difference the Forever Friends Appeal makes to people’s lives. We want to continue working with the Appeal because we are passionate about helping the community which we live in and using our voice to make a positive change.”

Businesses who would like to take part in the challenge should sign up on The Forever Friends Appeal’s website by 1 October. All participants will receive a free fundraising pack which is full of tools, tips and ideas on how to make their starter fund grow.

For more information about the Make it Grow Corporate Challenge please click here 


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Bumper meets Big Ted

What happens when a mouse meets a big cuddly bear? The answer is – a fantastic new partnership between Hollywood Bowl at Bristol Longwell Green and The Forever Friends Appeal.

The mascots, Bumper from Hollywood Bowl and Big Ted from The Forever Friends Appeal, met for the first time this week to celebrate the launch of their charity partnership.

Laura Durrant, Centre Manager at Hollywood Bowl Bristol Longwell Green said:

“What better way to celebrate our partnership than to introduce our loveable mascots and have a game of bowling. We were delighted to see the healthy competition between the mascots, all in the aid of the charity.

“At Hollywood Bowl, we’re committed to supporting local charities and embracing the Hollywood Bowl experience, which is all about family fun and creating memories. This is why we’ve chosen to support a charity that’s close to our heart. It’s a particularly significant charity for some of our team who have previously received treatment and support from the children’s services at the RUH.

“We’re now planning fundraising events for the appeal, which include the Hero Pin Friday event each Friday evening in June, where we’ll donate £10 for every customer who scores a ‘Pink Pin’ strike.”

All the money raised by Hollywood Bowl Longwell Green over the next 12 months will be donated to the Appeal to fund additional equipment and services for the Children’s Department at the RUH. For those wanting to get involved in the events visit Hollywood Bowl’s website and Facebook page for details.

Jo Common, Corporate Officer, the Forever Friends Appeal said:

“We are delighted to have support from Hollywood Bowl, as they are a new charity partnership and we look forward to hearing their fundraising plans for the year ahead.

“Charity of the Year partnerships are a great way for companies to work with their teams and make a positive impact in their communities. Not only does the fundraising help us to further improve services at the RUH, it also promotes team spirit and boosts morale.

“We are thrilled to have Hollywood Bowl’s support for our Children’s Services to help us make life better for the children, and their families, who are receiving treatment and care at the RUH.”

Anyone interested in our Charity of the Year partnerships can find out more information on our website or call Jo on 01225 825392.


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Big Ted & Mogers Drewett announce winners of Schools competition

Between Monday 5th and Friday 9th October, thousands of people across Bath, Somerset and Wiltshire held coffee mornings, bake sales and bake offs in support of The Forever Friend’s Appeal’s brand new annual fundraising week for the Royal United Hospital: Ted’s Big Bake Off, proudly sponsored by Mogers Drewett Solicitors. Participants taking part in Ted’s Big Bake Off could choose to raise funds for the RUH Cancer Care Campaign or a ward or department of their choice at the hospital.

To celebrate the very first year of Ted’s Big Bake Off, official sponsors of the event, Mogers Drewett Solicitors, ran a special Schools and Nursery Cupcake Decorating Competition back in September which was open to every school and nursery who registered to take part in Ted’s Big Bake Off.

Steven Treharne, Managing Partner at Mogers Drewett said: “Many of us know someone who has been treated or cared for at the RUH, whether it be family, friends or colleagues, and at Mogers Drewett we admire the care and dedication shown by the hospital and staff. We are delighted to once again adopt The Forever Friends Appeal as our charity of the year.”

The competition challenged pupils from schools and nurseries participating in Ted’s Big Bake Off, to design a special cupcake for the Appeal’s popular mascot “Big Ted”. Prizes up for grabs included a £50 Odeon Cinema gift card for the winning child and £100 Waterstones book vouchers for the winning school and nursery.

On Thursday 15th October, Big Ted himself, along with staff from Mogers Drewett Solicitors paid a special surprise visit to the two lucky winners Cicely Beattie (7 yrs and over) from Moorlands Junior School and Amelie Willis (6 yrs and under) from King Edward’s Pre-Prep and Nursery, Bath. Big Ted and friends presented the children with their prizes and thanked both schools for taking part in the Appeal’s brand new annual fundraising week for the RUH.

Events & Community Officer for the Appeal, Emily Lynch, comments: “The Forever Friends Appeal are so grateful to Mogers Drewett for supporting us once again, this year with our brand new fundraising week for the RUH: Ted’s Big Bake Off. We would also like to thank all of the schools and nurseries who took part in our annual fundraising week and raised some serious dough for the RUH! It will be some time yet before we know the grand total raised at this year’s event, but we expect it to be in the tens of thousands!”

Next year’s Ted’s Big Bake Off is due to take place between Monday 17th and Friday 21st October 2015. For more information about Ted’s Big Bake Off, The Forever Friends Appeal and their upcoming events, please visit our Events section.

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