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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.

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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.

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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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