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Local school fundraises for Dyson Cancer Centre

Classical hits and pop song arrangements were played by King Edward’s School (KES) pupils to patients and their families at the Royal United Hospitals (RUH) Bath yesterday, Monday 24 June.

The KES Baroque Group performed at the hospital to mark the start of a new fundraising initiative by KES musicians in collaboration with Art at the Heart and The Forever Friends Appeal to help raise funds for the new Dyson Cancer Centre that will be built at the hospital.

Rupert Drury, Director of Music at KES said:

“Our pupils really enjoyed playing at the RUH last night and it was wonderful to see so many patients, staff and visitors enjoy our two musical performances. We hope that not only did we entertain and lift everyone’s spirits, but also helped to raise awareness of the therapeutic benefits of music, as well as highlighting our aim to raise money in aid of such a worthwhile cause.”

It is anticipated that over the next few years, KES pupils will lend their musical talents to events to help raise funds for a piano that will reside in the new Cancer Centre at the RUH.

During last night’s performances in the hospital’s Atrium and Jubilee Gardens, patients and their families were treated to a wonderful range of classical and popular music, ranging from Coldplay and Lady Gaga to Vivaldi’s Spring from The Four Seasons.

Jon McFarlane, Head of Surgery at the RUH said:

“I had just finished in theatres and was walking past the Atrium when I heard the music, so I came to listen. It is fantastic to hear music such as this being played by these talented young musicians.”

Ms Riding, a visitor at the RUH said:

“It’s lovely to see youngsters playing to an audience as it helps build their confidence and it is wonderful to hear such cheerful music in the hospital.”

Frankie Simpkins, Art at the Heart Musician in Residence at the RUH said:

“We know from patient feedback that when music is played, it creates an uplifting and positive atmosphere and can help improve patients’ wellbeing and reduce anxiety and we are delighted therefore to be collaborating with the KES music department. Having music provision across the hospital helps us work towards our wider goal of bringing a sustainable programme of music to patients which will include the new Dyson Cancer Centre when it opens in the future.”

Fundraising in the fight against cancer never stops, and as The Forever Friends Appeal celebrates their 20th year, the RUH Cancer Care campaign continues, thanks to their supporters and donors who want to help ensure it is a truly special environment for patients and their families.

Once the new RNHRD and Therapies Centre opens this autumn, the old therapies building at the RUH will be cleared to make way for the construction of the Dyson Cancer Centre.

For more information about the Dyson Cancer Centre and the RUH Cancer Care campaign please click here

Photo to be credited to: King Edward’s School

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Facial Surgery & Orthodontics Special Appeal is complete

The Forever Friends Appeal has smashed its fundraising target for the newly relocated Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery and Orthodontics department at the Royal United Hospitals Bath.

Thanks to the generosity from individual donors and a local charitable trust, patients can now look forward to visiting a modern Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery and Orthodontics department in Zone C at the RUH.

Tim Hobbs, Head of Fundraising said:

“I would like to thank everyone who made a donation towards this special appeal. It’s thanks to everyone’s support that we’ve been able to help the RUH create a fantastic new facility for the team to continue delivering life-changing care and treatments to the 9,900 new patients treated in this department each year.

“A significant donation was made in memory of two former patients, Lyn Ann Lewkowicz and Dorothy May Angell. Both patients were treated for Orofacial cancers and we understand that when Lyn was being treated she had to travel to Bristol to have a special type of X-ray as the RUH does not have this particular piece of equipment in-house. Therefore, in tribute to Lyn, the donation will be invested in one of these specialist X-ray machines so that future patients can have all their treatment and scans at the RUH.”

A further significant donation was also received from the Medlock Charitable Trust which set up a Space to Smile challenge, a match-funding scheme which doubled the value some of the donations. Other fundraising activities came from the Walwin family and their friends who held a charity event raising £10,000 and staff from the Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery and Orthodontics team ran in this year’s Bath Half as well as holding a silent art auction.

The facilities in the improved Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery and Orthodontics department includes new X-ray equipment, four modern consulting rooms, a fully equipped orthodontics suite, two minor operations rooms, an updated dental laboratory, a bright and a welcoming reception and waiting area.

Serryth Colbert, Consultant in Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery at the RUH said:

“We are very grateful for the generous donations made to our charity, The Forever Friends Appeal. As soon as patients walk into our new department they’ll benefit from the calming, holistic environment. This is so important as we know patients can feel stressed when facing a challenging disease or injury.

“The additional funding has meant that we can purchase a Cone-Beam CT X-ray machine for our unit. Having the cone-beam technology in our clinical practice will allow early and accurate diagnosis of deep-seated facial lesions and tumors. This will make our treatment quicker and ultimately reduce waiting times. My team and I are looking forward to celebrating the opening of our new department with an official ceremony later in April.”

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Therapies Matter – can you help us raise the last £100,000?

Thanks to the recent charitable contribution received from the Minerva’s Owls of Bath sculpture trail, The Forever Friends Appeal has £100,000 left to raise for the new RNHRD and Therapies Centre that’s taking shape at the Royal United Hospitals (RUH) Bath.

The charity is now appealing to the public to show their support and make a donation to complete its £2 million fundraising target for the new centre, which will provide the much-needed therapy services for around 25,000 patients each year.

Last year, thousands of people visited Bath to see the Minerva’s Owls of Bath on display across the region. The Minerva’s Owls went on to be sold at a charity auction and the profit has gone to four Bath charities, including The Forever Friends Appeal.

With the Appeal receiving some of the profits from the auction of the large Minerva’s Owls of Bath sculptures, the money has divided between the RNHRD and Therapies Centre and Dyson Cancer Centre.

Tim Hobbs, Head of Fundraising, The Forever Friends Appeal said:

“I would like to thank the Minerva’s Owls project for making us the major beneficiary of the whole scheme last summer. Their contribution has brought us closer to reaching our fundraising target and if the public can help us raise this last essential £100,000 it will make a huge difference to what we can do with this new facility.”

“We’ve been fundraising for this major build since 2017 and as part of our 20th anniversary celebrations, I would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone who has donated and supported us. All donations to this centre have been doubled thanks to the Brownsword match-funding Challenge.

“The new RNHRD and Therapies Centre will, under one roof, provide the therapy services that are currently provided at the Royal National Hospital for Rheumatic Diseases (RNHRD) known locally as ‘The Mineral Water Hospital’, and the RUH Therapies and Pain departments.

“People understand ‘cancer’, but less is known about the number of patients who are reliant on our therapies services to manage acute injuries, their long term condition or to help them recover from debilitating illness, operations and accidents. So many patient journeys make their way at some point through our therapies facilities, so they matter to everyone in all walks of life.”

The RNHRD and Therapies Centre has been designed in conjunction with patients, staff and architects, and will include a large hydrotherapy pool, a specialist gym and rehabilitation equipment, garden spaces to exercise, outpatient rooms and a biologics treatment space to support treatment, recovery, wellbeing and the management of long-term conditions.

Staff and services will move to the RNHRD and Therapies Centre this autumn as part of a phased programme of relocating all services from the Mineral Water Hospital site and the RUH therapies to the new Centre.

The latest addition to the build has been the installation of specially designed windows around the new hydrotherapy pool. Created by artist Chris Tipping, who experienced the impact of hydrotherapy to assist the design, he hopes they will inspire patients being treated in this centre.

Donations for this major build can be made via our website 

Alternatively, why not take part in one of the Appeal’s fundraising events this year, and pledge your support to the RNHRD and Therapies Centre.

Thank you for your support

 

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Find out about our Breast Unit Special Appeal on 17 April

An unique opportunity to hear about the plans to transform the Breast Unit at the Royal United Hospitals (RUH) Bath is taking place on Wednesday 17th April at 6pm.

The Forever Friends Appeal is holding an open evening for people to come and hear the exciting plans to redevelop and expand the Breast Unit and why it needs the public’s support to raise £450,000 to make it happen.

Richard Sutton, Breast Unit Consultant at the RUH said:

“Everyone is welcome to attend the open evening, it will include a tour and my team will talk about the work we do and the vision we have to further improve our Breast Unit. We want to ensure that the high standard of care that is already provided is complemented by a holistic approach that promotes wellbeing and recovery for our patients.

“We see and treat an increasing number of patients every year – around 6,000 referrals are made to our outpatients Breast surgery services – and around 400 of these patients will be treated for cancer.

“We hope by giving people an insight to our area of work in our existing facilities they will see why it’s important that we have a superb new Breast Unit to meet current demands and for the patients who will be referred to the RUH for treatment in the future.”

The NHS is providing £1m funding for new equipment in the Breast Unit and the Appeal will raise the additional charitable funds for the refurbishment and expansion works as part of its 20th anniversary Special Appeals programme.

The work includes a new waiting area, providing a more welcoming and calming atmosphere, a new area for mammographic and MRI reporting, larger consultation suites and examination areas. Patients will also benefit from a dedicated treatment room which will be pivotal in reducing the length of stay in hospital for patients.

There will also be space for essential survivorship support from dedicated staff, an outside area for private retreats, and quiet rooms for privacy and dignity where staff can carry out holistic needs assessments and assist patients with prosthetic fittings.

Tim Hobbs, Head of Fundraising said:

“We are appealing to the public to support us and make a donation to our Breast Unit Special Appeal. We are excited to be fundraising for this area as we can go above and beyond what the NHS can provide. This means that patients will benefit immensely from a Breast Unit that promotes wellbeing and recovery, whilst providing the very best facilities for an ongoing patient-centred approach to care.

“If you’ve been a patient at the RUH, or are a friend or relative of someone who’s been treated at the hospital and would like to give something back to this unit, you can donate via our website, in person at the RUH alternatively, you can raise money by taking part in one of our fundraising events or leave a gift in your will to this Special Appeal.

Karen Unsworth-White, aged 51 from Saltford and former Breast Unit patient said:

“Finding a lump in my left Breast was quite a shock but the response from the staff in the Breast Unit was incredible. Once the diagnosis was made of a grade three invasive cancer, plans for surgery, chemotherapy and then radiotherapy were made. Although it was a pretty scary experience, I felt completely supported.

“I cannot thank my consultant and Breast nurse enough for the care, support, kindness and guidance they gave at a time when I felt overwhelmed. They got me through this and my family and I will be forever grateful for that.”

For further information and to book a place on the Breast Unit Open Evening, contact The Forever Friends Appeal on 01225 825691,  or complete the form below:

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Community group raises £55,000 for Dyson Cancer Centre

A group of five committed volunteers from Chippenham, Melksham and Calne have raised an incredible £55,000 for the planned Dyson Cancer Centre at the Royal United Hospitals (RUH) Bath.

They call themselves the Your Local RUH Cancer Care Fundraising Group and they started fundraising for The Forever Friends Appeal’s RUH Cancer Care campaign in 2012.

Bev Viveash, chairperson of the Your Local RUH Fundraising Group said:

“We are so pleased to have reached this fantastic amount. I got involved with the fundraising with my daughter while she was receiving treatment for her cancer at the RUH. Before she passed away she encouraged me to continue fundraising for the new Cancer Centre for future patients and their families.

“It has been a privilege to fundraise and volunteer for my local hospital and I enjoy getting involved with the charity’s events. Over the past six years, we have organised book and cake sales, quiz nights, treasure hunts and coffee mornings to raise money for a cause that is close to our hearts.

“We meet once a month in the Angel Hotel in Chippenham and new members are welcome to join us. Over the years, I have got to know some really lovely people and it’s a great way to spend time doing something positive for a really important cause.”

Lauren Noble, Senior Community Fundraiser, The Forever Friends Appeal said:

“We are so grateful for their support and commitment to our cancer campaign. They all have their individual reasons for giving back to the RUH and their passion has shone through their wonderful fundraising events. On behalf of the Appeal, I’d like to thank them all, for their dedication and continuing support for our RUH Cancer Care campaign.”

Fundraising in the fight against cancer never stops, and as The Forever Friends Appeal heads towards its 20th year of fundraising, it continues the campaign to support this amazing project to achieve the very best care, treatment and quality of environment for patients and their families.

Once the new RNHRD and Therapies Centre is open, treating patients, the old therapies buildings will be cleared to make way for the construction of the new Dyson Cancer Centre.

Anyone interested in finding out about joining Your Local RUH Cancer Care Fundraising group or setting up their own community group to raise money for the RUH, contact Lauren Noble, Senior Community Fundraiser on 01225 824013 or email: lauren.noble1@nhs.net.

 

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Three life-changing reasons for Nic’s Walk of Life challenge

Warminster resident and charity ambassador, Nic Noble will be donning her walking boots to take part in our annual Walk of Life on Saturday 11 May, in memory of her sister Vanessa ‘Ness’ Kyte.

The sisters, Nic and Ness were involved in creating the very first walking event with us back in 2006. Sadly Ness passed away a year later, but every year Nic and many of her family continue to take part in what is now known as the Walk of Life. Honoring Ness’ dream to make sure a new Cancer Centre at the RUH became a reality.

Nic will walk 26.2 miles on the day, which will also form part of training for her second challenge in October, trekking the Great Wall of China with a team of other fundraisers for the Appeal. This year’s challenges are extra special for her, as it marks 20 years since she was diagnosed with Osteoporosis, Ness was diagnosed with breast cancer, as well as our 20th year of fundraising, a cause which her entire family is so passionate about.

Nic will be one of hundreds of people from across Bath, Wiltshire and Somerset making every step count for RUH patients and their families. The walk’s marathon route will start in Bishop Canning’s (near Devizes), and follows the canal, finishing at the Holburne Museum in Bath. With the support of friends, family and the community, Nic has raised hundreds of thousands of pounds for our Appeal so far and hopes that many others will join the walk, to help raise thousands more.

Nic, aged 57, said: “My family and I have been supporting the Forever Friends Appeal for over 10 years because we want to help make a difference to future patients living with and beyond cancer – a cause my sister Ness was so passionate about before she passed away. However this year marks a milestone in my own health journey, so with my walks I have chosen to support the Therapies Matter campaign, raising money for the RNHRD and Therapies Centre being built at the RUH.

“I want to help them reach their fundraising target as they have just £100,000 left to raise. Once this fantastic new therapies centre is open and treating patients, the old therapies buildings will be cleared to make way for the new Dyson Cancer Centre – and finally we will see my sister’s dream become a reality.

“It all started 20 years ago after I had my daughter Alice, I was diagnosed with Osteoporosis, and my sister, Ness was diagnosed with breast cancer – these three things changed my life – but in a positive way.

“With Osteoporosis, it weakens your bones, making them fragile and more likely to break. Without the consultant’s advice, treatment and physio at the RNHRD, which will be part of the new Therapies Centre, I would not have been able to help make sure Ness’ dream and my final promise to her, of a new Cancer Centre to become reality. But, thanks to therapy treatment, I have been able to continue my marathon fundraising challenges, be part of the Warminster & District RUH Fundraising Group and support this charity in any way that I can. I’m even going to trek the Great Wall of China in October – which is going to be my biggest challenge yet!

“I’m really looking forward to celebrating 20 years of this wonderful charity at this year’s walk, with my amazing sister always in my thoughts – as every step I take, really does make a difference. I can’t wait to see everyone who is taking part and stepping out to support patients cared for at the RUH.”

People are being encouraged to sign up for the Walk of Life now. It costs £25 to register and is open to both men and women. It will be opened by Glastonbury festival founder Michael Eavis CBE and there is the option to walk the 10 mile route starting in Bradford on Avon. Participants are asked to raise a minimum of £100 and people can choose support any ward or department at the RUH close to your heart, or one of the charity’s major campaigns – RNHRD and Therapies Centre and Dyson Cancer Care.

In return, The Forever Friends Appeal will provide walkers with lots of fundraising and training support, an official Walk of Life t-shirt and pass, as well as complimentary refreshments and treats on the day. At the finish line you will receive a medal amid plenty of celebrations!

To find out more about the Walk of Life and to sign up, click here

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RUH patient presents cheque for Special Appeal

Former patient, Tim Walwin returned to the Royal United Hospital (RUH) last week to present £6,000 for our Facial Surgery and Orthodontics Special Appeal.

Tim (pictured above) wanted to give something back following the care he received from the amazing staff at the RUH and held a charity event in July with the aim to raise money for the hospital.

Arriving with the cheque for the Appeal, we invited Tim to come and see the new Facial Surgery and Orthodontics department that’s currently being constructed in the hospital. He was given a tour around the new department and was shown how the new build will provide a ‘Centre for Excellence’ for conditions of the head and neck, including cancer and facial injuries, oral surgery and orthodontics.

It was last December when Tim found an ulcer in his mouth, which had burst and on examination at his dentist he was referred to the RUH. A biopsy was taken at the hospital and just before Christmas Tim was told that he had cancer and that he needed to have an operation and a treatment plan would be put in place.

In January, Tim was admitted to The Bristol Royal Infirmary (BRI) for his operation and a large part of his right bottom jaw and cheek was removed. Some of his bone, muscle and blood vessels were then removed from his leg to replace part of his jaw. The operation took over 10 hours and his recovery was slow but he was able to go home after two weeks. The first week of daily radiotherapy sessions began at the RUH on 12 March and continued for six weeks. Tim had Chemotherapy once a week during that time and the treatment went well, apart from having ulcers appearing in his mouth from the radiotherapy.

After his treatment, all was looking hopeful and Tim wanted to say thank you for the care he had received at the BRI and the RUH. He held a charity event on the 14 July with a colleague, Gabby, who was raising money for Motor Neurone Disease Association as her mother passed away from this devastating disease over three years ago. Over 400 tickets were sold to friends and family and the event was held in a barn on their farm.

There was music, a hog roast, steam engine, bouncy castle, charity bar, raffle, auction, and a raffle. The raffle raised £1,315, and the auction made £6,648. Even Tim’s grandchildren did a great job with their collection buckets and raised over £100. The takings from the bar were donated and included with the ticket sales. After costs were deducted, the total amount raised came to £23,901.38 and a quick message to friends and family asking for help to raise the figure to £25,000 resulted in an amazing final push of donations and amazingly the amount was raised… the grand total was an incredible £28,243.88.

Tim said: “We were completely blown away to have raised so much money for two very worthy causes, The Facial Surgery and Orthodontics department for The Forever Friends Appeal at Bath’s Royal United Hospital and funds will also go to Motor Neurones Disease Association. We have recently presented a cheque for £4,150 to the Bath Cancer Support Group which fundraises to provide facilities for cancer patients who attend the RUH. The money will be used for a low level laser therapy unit that can reduce the severity of mouth ulcers caused by radiotherapy and chemotherapy.”

The week after the party, Tim had another scan and sadly, he was given the devastating news that the cancer had reappeared and was terminal. He had another course of chemotherapy but it will not cure at this stage and has now decided to not to have further chemotherapy but he’s trying alternative methods to help instead.

For information about our Facial Surgery and Orthodontics Special Appeal and how you can help support, please click here

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Take on our ‘Space to Smile’ Challenge

Thanks to a local charitable trust, The Forever Friends Appeal has received £100K – a massive boost for one of its Special Appeals which will benefit patients at the Royal United Hospitals Bath.

We are raising a minimum of £250,000 to help fund the new RUH Facial Surgery and Orthodontics department which is being relocated to a different part of the hospital to enable the building of the new Dyson Centre Cancer. The new unit will be modern, bright and have a therapeutic environment for patients being treated for conditions of the face, head, mouth and jaw.

Peter Medlock, from the Medlock Charitable Trust said:

“As a less known but very important cause, we wanted to get behind the Facial Surgery and Orthodontics Special Appeal and give it a boost – so we will match-fund donations up to the value of £100,000 – once an initial £50,000 has been raised for this department. We want to help ensure the charity exceeds its fundraising target to make a greater difference for patients.”

Each year, around 9,900 new patients are treated by staff in the Facial Surgery and Orthodontics Department. They treat patients with complex medical problems such as facial skin cancer, traumatic facial injuries, facial deformity, oral surgery, and orthodontics.

The relocation of the department will ensure that the maxillofacial (head and neck) surgeons can work seamlessly alongside specialists in other fields – such as ear, nose and throat surgeons, clinical oncologists, restorative dentists, and radiologists. It will have modern, enhanced and well-equipped surroundings and the use of natural light, colours and art will help improve patient wellbeing. By incorporating elements that have a tangible effect on healing and providing increased privacy, patients will feel calm when facing what can be a stressful time for them.

The new Facial Surgery and Orthodontics Department will continue to bridge the gap between medicine and dentistry. It is unique compared with other district general hospitals as the RUH offers specialist paediatric dentistry and orthodontics assessments on the same day – giving extra support and care to children and their families.

Tim Hobbs, Head of Fundraising said:

“We are very grateful to the Medlock family and their Trust for this support. Whether the public and our supporters can donate now or perhaps in a few weeks’ time over the Christmas period, they will be directly helping to unlock £100,000 for this vital project that cares for some of our most vulnerable patients who can face really difficult conditions affecting the head and neck such as cancer.”

“To promote the match-funding scheme, we’re calling it the ‘Space to Smile’ initiative – if people have experienced or seen the tremendous treatment and care given by staff in this department, we hope that the incentive of seeing their donations doubled will really encourage people to help us.”

There are many ways people can help The Forever Friends Appeal reach their £250,000 fundraising target – donate on our website, send a cheque, take part in one of our fundraising events in 2019 or organise your own fundraising event in your workplace.

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Therapies Matter – £250,000 left to raise

Can you help us make one last push towards reaching our fundraising target of £2m for the new RNHRD and Therapies Centre?

We have £250,000 left to raise for this important new state-of-the-art Therapies Centre which will provide the much-needed therapy services for around 25,000+ patients who are currently treated each year by the combined services at the Royal National Hospital for Rheumatic Diseases (RNHRD) known locally as ‘The Mineral Water Hospital’ and the RUH Therapies and Pain Departments.

Tim Hobbs, Head of Fundraising said: “I’d like to thank everyone who has made a donation towards this major build that’s taking shape at the RUH. The construction of the new RNHRD and Therapies Centre with its wonderful new hydrotherapy pool facility is well underway and the building’s structure is now becoming prominent at the front of the hospital. If the public can help us raise this last essential £250,000 towards the target, their contributions will be doubled pound for pound by the Brownsword Match Funding Challenge, helping to make the building quite special for the effective treatment of patients.

“Our ‘Therapies Matter’ fundraising campaign has been adopted to convey to the public and supporters the importance of the Therapies, Rheumatology and Pain Management services that are currently located at the RNHRD and at the RUH.

“People understand ‘cancer’, but less is known about the number of patients who are reliant on our therapies services to manage acute injuries, their long term condition or to help them recover from debilitating illness, operations and accidents. You may be a cardiac patient, had a broken hip, a new knee, or be recovering from a stroke and are learning to walk again – so many patient journeys make their way at some point through our therapies facilities, so they matter to everyone in all walks of life. All the support we secure and the money which people raise will really make a huge difference to what we can do with this new facility.”

Due to open in 2019, the new RNHRD and Therapies Centre will, under one roof, combine expertise and house many of the Rheumatology, Therapies and Pain Management services that are currently located on two hospital sites.

The new Centre has been designed in conjunction with patients, staff and architects, and will include a large hydrotherapy pool, a specialist gym and rehabilitation equipment, garden spaces to exercise, outpatient rooms and a biologics treatment space to support treatment, recovery, wellbeing and the management of long-term conditions.

In 2017, we launched ‘Therapies Matter’ our fundraising campaign featuring real life stories from patients who’ve received therapies from the hospital. Ex-rugby player, Ed Jackson, a spinal injury patient shared his story alongside other patients on how therapies have helped them recover, achieve
personal goals and get back to ‘normal’ life. It has been these stories that have captivated the public’s interest in supporting the Appeal to ensure the RUH provides the much-needed therapy services in a nurturing environment, with dedicated specialist facilities for patients.

Gina Sargeant, Head of Therapies, RUH said:

“We are taking a holistic approach to the provision of the services in the new Centre as we firmly believe in the ability of the environment in which we treat patients to enhance our services, influence clinical outcomes and help patients back on the road to recovery as quickly as possible.”

A really good example of this is the design and artwork that is going into the new RNHRD and Therapies Centre including the installation of specially designed windows around the new hydrotherapy pool. Created by artist Chris Tipping (illustrated below), who experienced for himself the impact of hydrotherapy to assist the design, he hopes they will inspire those patients being treated.

There are many ways people can help us reach our £2m fundraising target. To donate £10 text: RUHB10 to 70070 or to make a donation here or via JustGiving.com. Alternatively, you take part in one of our fundraising events in 2019 click here for more details.

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Metal Detecting Rally raises £27,000 for RUH

A treasure trove of roman coins, ceramics, silver celtic coins and even a piece of gold, were discovered at a metal detecting weekend rally that was organised to raise money in memory of a local man.

Rodney Cook sadly passed away in September 2017 after a brave two year battle with cancer. He was treated and cared for by staff at the Royal United Hospitals Bath.

The event, dubbed The Rodney Cook Memorial Rally has raised £27,000 for the RUH. It was organised by Gary Cook in memory of his dad Rodney and all profits raised from ticket sales, the raffle and extra donations will go to the RUH’s new Cancer Centre, who did so much to help his dad.

Gary Cook, Rodney’s son said:

“When my father was suffering from cancer he was looked after more than words can even explain – the staff in the RUH’s Oncology Unit are amazing. They really cared for my Dad every step of the way through his treatment. That’s why we are thrilled to have raised money in his memory for the new Cancer Care Centre.

“It is all about the beginning, middle and end of your treatment. From when he was first given the diagnosis, the way that they talked to my dad, to us his family and how they looked after him was just fantastic.

“We knew that the hospital is in need of funds, so we decided to organise a metal detecting weekend rally to help raise money for cancer care in Rodney’s memory. The RUH Cancer Unit were simply amazing and we wanted to give something back.

With the help of all of my friends at Trowbridge and District Metal Detecting Club, sponsors, land owners and close friends and family, we organised The Rodney Cook Memorial Rally just outside Cirencester.  From the ticket sales and raffle £27,000 will be donated to The Forever Friends Appeal’s Cancer Care Campaign.”

Claudia Hickin, Senior Community Fundraiser at The Forever Friends Appeal said, ‘We are so grateful to everyone involved in the Rodney Cook Memorial Rally, a group of kind, friendly and generous people who put in so much effort to raise a substantial amount of money for a cause close to their hearts. We are delighted to welcome them as a Senior Community Partner, and to acknowledge their fundraising, we will be naming a room in the new Cancer Centre after them.’

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