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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.

  • Nominate yourself to be in with the chance of winning

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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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Staff at paper mill lose pounds to gain funds for our charity

Inspired by the many examples of kind gestures by the local community during the COVID-19 pandemic, staff members at a local paper mill decided they wanted to pull their weight too.

Four members of B Shift at the Portals Paper mill in Bathford took on a weight loss challenge to help raise funds for our charity in support of the Royal United Hospitals Bath (RUH).

Dave Collins, Neil Livall, Andy Dagger and Andy Wilcox weighed in and kept a record of their progress. Over 16 weeks they lost 46 kilos between them (just over 7 stone), but more importantly raised over £1,400 for the charity.

Dave said: “The weekly weigh-ins always created a bit of banter and some were keener than others to step on the scales, depending if the weekend before had been a bit full on!

“Thanks for everyone’s support, including the company which contributed £540. We want to give all the staff at the RUH our best wishes in these testing times.”

After the first weigh-in they also all paid for take-away pizzas to be delivered to RUH staff working both the day and night shifts over a weekend to show how much they are much appreciated.

Patsy Gould, Corporate Officer, The Forever Friends Appeal said: “What a great achievement by B Shift. We really appreciate the support the hospital receives from local firms such as Portals. Their donation will be used to 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.”

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Francis Hotel Bath offer to RUH staff

To say thank you to staff for their incredible work during the recent Covid-19 pandemic, MGallery Hotel Collection have generously gifted five two night stays in their beautiful Francis Hotel, Bath.

“Thank you to all of the NHS staff at Royal United Hospitals Bath NHS Foundation Trust for your amazing care and dedication to protect and look after our community during the coronavirus pandemic. As a thank you, Francis Hotel Bath – MGallery Hotel Collection would like to offer five two-night stays to the team.

Those chosen at random will get to spend a couple of nights relaxing in one of Francis Hotel’s historic guestrooms with a loved one of their choice. Situated in the heart of Bath, opposite Queens Square, the hotel provides a wonderful central location to rediscover the historical sites of your home city and to enjoy a few days of much deserved rest and relaxation.” – Olivier Croso, General Manager Francis Hotel

The prize draw is open for any member of RUH staff to nominate themselves and/or a colleague to be in with the chance of winning one of these fabulous overnight breaks.

The draw is now open and will close at midday on Wednesday 16th September. The five winners will be selected randomly from all entries using an online draw website.

Offer now closed

 

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

  • Entries are now open and close at midday on Wednesday 16th September 2020.
  • Entrants must be currently employed by the Royal United Hospitals Bath NHS Foundation Trust.
  • RUH staff members can either enter themselves and/or enter their colleague(s) to win.
  • All staff members entered will have only one opportunity to win.  This means that RUH staff members who are nominated more than once, will have only one entry put into the draw.
  • Entrants are required to meet the criteria specified.
  • Winners will be selected at random from the list of RUH staff nominated.
  • Winners will be notified directly by The Forever Friends Appeal, shortly after the competition has ended.
  • Acceptance of the prize means the winner agrees to be named on social media.
  • 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 winner 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. All additional extras are chargeable. Alcohol and soft drinks are not included.
  • Bookings will be subject to availability.
  • Offer expires 31st December 2020. Excluding Christmas Day, Boxing Day, New Years Eve and the 5th December.
  • Entry implies acceptance of these terms and conditions as final and binding.
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Local company completes 34 day fundraising challenge

A local firm embarked on a 34 day fundraising challenge to say thanks for the care given to their colleague who fell ill with COVID-19 and spent 34 days on a respirator at the Royal United Hospitals Bath (RUH).

Gavin Davis, owner of Halsall, a construction and development firm, fell seriously ill with the virus and was admitted to the unit on 3 April. Thankfully he is now out of hospital and continues his recovery at home.

The team at Halsall and the Davis family wanted to show their gratitude to the RUH and embarked on the challenge to raise £3,400 in recognition of the 34 days he spent on a respirator.

The company were overwhelmed to have more than doubled this target and handed a cheque to The Forever Friends Appeal charity for an incredible £8,288 for the Pierce Intensive Care Ward.

Hannah Taylor, Office Manager, Halsall said: “The care that Gavin received while in the Pierce Intensive Care Unit was nothing short of remarkable. We were therefore inspired to show our appreciation for the NHS Staff and the Pierce Intensive Care Unit by taking on this fundraising challenge.”

For 34 days a series of fundraising events were organised all themed around the number 34. Activities (which all followed Government guidelines) included challenges such as eating 34 crackers without a drink, walking 34km, cycling 34km for 34 days, cycling 340 miles in 34 days, and a 34-hour spinathon.

Jo Common, Corporate Officer said: “We are so pleased to hear that Gavin is home and recovering well, and we would like to say a heartfelt thank you to the team at Halsall and the Davis family for taking on this wonderful challenge. The staff in our Intensive Care Unit are overwhelmed to hear that such in incredible amount has been raised, to thank them for their exceptional care.”

Margi Jenkins, Matron, Critical Care and Outreach said: “We are so happy to hear that Gavin continues to get better. The progress he has made has been so rewarding for us as a team and we are very grateful for this generous donation which will help us to continue providing the best care possible for our patients.”

If you would like to support The Forever Friends Appeal please click here

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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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