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Over £9million raised for new Dyson Cancer Centre

Thanks to the continued support and goodwill from the public over £9million has been raised for the new Dyson Cancer Centre, due to be built at the Royal United Hospitals (RUH) Bath in 2019.

We launched the Cancer Care Campaign five years ago in response to the RUH’s Fit for the Future redevelopment opportunity to transform cancer care for its patients and their families.

Tim Hobbs, Head of Fundraising said:

“We are delighted and very grateful for the support and goodwill from the public – back in February, we announced we had reached our minimum fundraising target of £8.5million and that our supporters very much wanted us to sustain the campaign. Six months later, we’ve reached another significant milestone, ensuring the Cancer Centre will be truly special in its design, facilities and equipment.

“The fundraising efforts that people go to, to raise money for the centre always amaze me – recently we’ve received £15,000 from a group of friends from Marshfield who cycled the length of the country, our newest community group in Bath have handed us a cheque for £10,000 and some of the funds raised at our recent and most popular Movie by Moonlight event have gone to our Cancer Care Campaign.”

“I would like to personally thank everyone for their support and contributions. Fundraising in the fight against cancer never stops, and as we enter our 20th year of fundraising for the RUH we will continue to support this amazing project to achieve the very best care, treatment and quality of environment for our patients. We are hoping to reach at least £9.5m for the new Cancer Centre over the next year.”

The new Dyson Cancer Centre will cost c£27m to build and construction is due to commence in late 2019, once the new RNHRD and Therapies Centre is in place.

The Forever Friends Appeal is also currently fundraising £2million towards the build of the RNHRD and Therapies Centre and would like to encourage the public to support its Therapies Matter campaign to help raise the final £450K needed. The Therapies Matter Campaign was also a beneficiary of the very successful Movie By Moonlight event. With a match-funding scheme supporting the campaign thanks to the Brownsword Challenge, every £1 pound donated to Therapies Matter will be doubled.

Other vital services in the RUH are also receiving fundraising support by The Forever Friends Appeal, and we are hoping to announce soon an exciting match-funding challenge for their four new Special Appeals – raising funds for the Facial Surgery and Orthodontics Department, the Critical Care Unit, the Breast Unit and the Friendly Faces Project – part of the hospital’s dementia services. There are a number of ways to get involved in fundraising and anyone interested are invited to click here, or email: forever.friends@nhs.net or call 01225 825691.

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Bath Community group raises £10,000

A group of Bath residents are to be recognised for their dedication and commitment in fundraising £10,000 for The Forever Friends Appeal.

The Bath RUH Fundraising Group meet once a month at The Locksbrook Inn and organise fundraising activities and events around Bath in support of the Appeal’s cancer care campaign.

Jo Grimes, secretary of the community group said:

“My mum had cancer and was treated in the RUH’s current cancer unit. After she lost her battle with cancer, I decided that I wanted to make a difference for future patients.

“That’s when I got involved with the Bath fundraising group. I’ve made new friends and we all share the same passion – to support the RUH and fundraise for their charity. I love every minute of helping organise different events throughout the year and being with such a positive group of people.”

The group will be officially acknowledged for their significant contribution at the Appeal’s Annual Partner Reception in November – created to thank its supporters and recognise the fantastic fundraising efforts made by the local community, businesses, and families that support The Forever Friends Appeal.

Claudia Hickin, Senior Community Fundraiser said:

“I would like to thank Rob, Jo, Lucy, Amanda, Pete, Joyce, Felicity, Sue and Hannah for supporting the Appeal over the past three years and everyone who has made a donation at their events.

“They’re a lovely group who are committed in helping us build the pioneering new Cancer Centre and as well as becoming one of our community partners, a piece of equipment in the new Cancer Centre will be named after them.”

We have four community groups across the hospital’s catchment area. New members are always welcome and anyone interested in joining can find out more on our website or by contacting Claudia Hickin, our Senior Community Fundraiser.

 

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Cyclists raise £15,000 for the new Cancer Centre

Six friends from Marshfield, South Gloucestershire cycled from Land’s End to John O’Groats and have raised almost £15,000 for the new cancer centre that will be built at the Royal United Hospitals Bath.

The team, ‘Marshfield Cycle’ took up the notorious challenge back in May and cycled close to 1,000 miles in nine days. The sponsorship money raised has been donated to the hospital’s charity, The Forever Friends Appeal.

Tristan Barton, one of the cyclists and an Orthopaedic Surgeon at the RUH said:

“We did it – Mike Batty, Rhys Gwilliam, John Hardy, Jon Millar, Tom Day, Ian Price and I are delighted to be able to present a cheque for £14,860 to The Forever Friends Appeal.

“We wanted to complete this challenge to support our local hospital – as a number of our relatives and close friends have been treated at the RUH over the years. The new cancer centre is an exciting project to support and we know how much it will help further improve local cancer services.

“The bike ride was extremely challenging both physically and mentally and required months of training and preparation. There were plenty of highs and lows, never ending up-hills and exhilarating downhills, but knowing that so many people had donated, we kept peddling to repay their generosity.”

As well as fundraising for the cause, the team was sponsored by local companies, including Marshfield Ice Cream, Graze, Bond’s Haulage, Player Layer, John Moore Sports, Charlotte Knight Osteopaths and Torq Energy Gels. The team would like to thank everyone for the support they received from their sponsors, friends and family.

Maddy Jones, Senior Events Fundraiser, The Forever Friends Appeal said:

“On behalf of the Appeal, we say a huge thank you and congratulations for not only completing such a huge physical challenge, but also for all of their hard work fundraising throughout 2018.  As they’ve raised over £10,000 they are invited to our annual partners reception to receive their Community Partner Award in November.”

The Forever Friends Appeal has now raised £8.9m towards the cost of the new Cancer Centre which will be a pioneering centre, taking a holistic approach to produce a highly beneficial healing environment for patients and their families.

 

 

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M J Church raises over £100,000

Over £100,000 has been raised for the Appeal by M J Church, the Chippenham-based contractor.

The company has supported us since 2000, and have fundraised for the Dyson Centre for Neonatal Care and more recently our Cancer Care Campaign. Paula Church, Director at M J Church said:

“Our dedicated team at M J Church are all very passionate about supporting our local hospital – and as a local company we enjoy getting behind a cause that is close to the hearts of so many people. I am so pleased that as a company we have been able to support the Dyson Centre for Neonatal Care and most recently, the Cancer Care Campaign. I would like to thank everyone in the company involved in helping us reaching this wonderful amount.”

Co-owners Paula and Mike and their staff have fundraised in a number of ways including having a Santa’s grotto event, coffee pot donations and race days at Bath Racecourse. The race day held in May was their most successful fundraising event – an incredible £36,749 was raised and donated towards building the pioneering new Cancer Centre at the RUH.

Since being named as one of the charity’s Principle Corporate Partners, M J Church will receive a specialist area named after them in the new Cancer Centre.

Tim Hobbs, Head of Fundraising said:

“I would like to take this opportunity to thank Paula, Mike and the team at M J Church for their kind and continued support of the Appeal over the last 18 years. Their commitment to The Appeal has been incredible and with their help we have been able to achieve some fantastic things here at the RUH, like our Dyson Centre for Neonatal Care and building our pioneering new Cancer Centre. We are so grateful to them for raising this fantastic amount.

“The Appeal has currently raised £8.9 million for the new Cancer Centre and it is very much hoped that with the help of donors and companies like M J Church, we will be able to generate nearly £10m towards the building.”

Businesses interested in supporting the Appeal and fundraising for the RUH should contact Laura Rankin on 01225 825392, email: laura.rankin@nhs.net

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12 year old to cycle 100 miles in a day to support patients at the RUH

A 12 year old boy is in training for a gruelling 10-hour long, 100-mile sponsored bike ride to raise funds for the new RNHRD and Therapies Centre at the Royal United Hospitals (RUH) Bath.

Hector Rees-Davies from Kilmersdon, near Radstock who is a student at Millfield Prep. School has been busy training for his challenge and has developed his own training programme.  He has already accomplished cycling 50 miles in a day to prepare for ‘Hector’s Great Bike Ride’ on Saturday 11 August, which is being supported by Bath Bike Hire.

Hector decided he wanted to fundraise for the new RNHRD and Therapies Centre and support the fundraising appeal ‘Therapies Matter’ as the RUH was instrumental in the treatment of Ed Jackson, a former Millfield student and rugby player who broke his neck last year. He has already raised over £700 for the campaign by collecting sponsorship monies.  Hector said:

“I really want to help raise money for the new RNHRD and Therapies Centre so that when others are hurt, the RUH can help them. I would like to say a very big thanks to everyone who has donated so far and everyone who will in the near future. It’s not too late to make a difference!”

Hector got the fundraising bug as for the past eight months as he’s been washing cars and saving money to go on a rugby tour to Dubai with his school in October. His parents promised him that he could go if he raised half of the funds.

Having reached his fundraising target for the school rugby tour, the rest of Hector’s fundraising will now go towards the RNHRD and Therapies Centre, that will provide rheumatology, therapies and pain management services to help people like Ed Jackson recover from serious injuries as well managing long-term conditions. The new building will include a large hydrotherapy pool, specialist gym and rehabilitation equipment, and a biologics treatment space.

Maddy Jones, Senior Events Fundraiser said:

“A huge thank you and congratulations goes out to Hector and his family for all of their hard work – and we wish him the best of good luck for the amazing challenge that he has ahead. Thanks to the Brownsword Match Funding Challenge, Hector’s total fundraising amount will be doubled.  We are so impressed by everything that he has achieved – amazing work Hector.”

Anyone wishing to show their support for Hector can make a donation to Hector’s ‘Great Bike Ride’ on Just Giving, where he has also been writing his weekly training updates for the bike ride.

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Festival on the Farm raises £3,200 for Cancer Centre

Festival on the Farm, a fundraising event held in Easton Piercy, Chippenham which saw 130 people attend has raised over £3,200 for The Forever Friends Appeal.

The amount will be donated towards the Appeal’s Cancer Care Campaign for a pioneering new Cancer Centre which will be built at the RUH.

The festival offered SIRVA Relocation employees, their families and the local community an afternoon of live music, afternoon tea, a barbeque, stalls such as tombola, face painting, Thai massage and many more. Those who attended also celebrated the inaugural event by creating their own piece of artwork and poignantly entitled it ‘Helping Hands’.  Many attendees camped overnight and were treated to a cooked breakfast the following day.

Penny Tenerife, organiser of Festival on the Farm said:

“Thanks to colleagues at SIRVA Relocation, members of the local community and families from Calder House School, our festival was a great success, and the amount raised far exceeded our expectations. We couldn’t have done it without the support and generosity of a lot of lovely people. In particular, my neighbours at Manor Farm were very supportive and we couldn’t have done it without their help.

We organised the event to support a colleague and friend of ours, Justine Elliott, who was diagnosed with terminal cancer in 2016 and sadly passed away shortly before the event took place. During her treatment at the RUH, Justine set a fundraising target to raise £25,000 for the Cancer Care campaign and we wanted to help contribute towards her goal.

On behalf of everyone who helped organise Festival on Farm, I’d like to say thank you for your support as every pound donated will be going towards the new Cancer Centre, to help patients and their families.”

Earlier this year, we announced that the minimum £8.5m needed towards the building of the pioneering new Cancer Centre had been reached, however the Appeal would continuing its fundraising efforts with many of its donors and supporters wanting to keep going to ensure the new Cancer Centre would be truly special in its design, facilities and equipment.

Maddy Jones, Senior Events Fundraiser said:

“Penny and the team involved in organising Festival on the Farm created something truly amazing – a fun event which saw different communities coming together to show their support for our Cancer Care campaign. We are very thankful for their hard work and support in helping us raising funds to ensure that the very best care, treatment and quality of environment is available to patients and their families at the RUH.”

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Making waves for the RUH Cancer Centre

Thirty aqua-fit ladies have raised over £3,000 in a sponsored aqua-circuits event in memory of a local man, Phill McMinn. The amount will be donated to the new Cancer Centre being built at the Royal United Hospitals, (RUH) Bath.

Erica McMinn organised the event in memory of her son, Phill (pictured below), who was diagnosed with stage 4 throat cancer in January 2016 and for two years was treated at the RUH until he sadly passed away earlier this year.

The event, which took place at the MacDonald Bath Spa Hotel, involved  participants using equipment such as weights and specialised floats and moved between various exercise stations for two hours. The event finished with an auction, of which a signed Bath Rugby shirt (donated by Bath Rugby) raised £175. By the end of the day, over £3,000 had been raised for The Forever Friends Appeal Cancer Care Campaign.

Bradford-on-Avon resident, Erica, an aqua-fit instructor said:

“Phill was a fighter and an optimist – he was determined to explore every option in his fight for life. However, the cancer had spread too much to treat and in January 2018 Phill lost his hard-fought and brave battle to Cancer.”

“I decided to support The Forever Friends Appeal and fundraise for the new Cancer Centre as it seemed the most befitting way to not only remember Phill, but also thank the staff at the RUH for all the care and attention they gave him and our family during his battle with Cancer.”

“The support from my regular aqua-fit ladies, as well as the staff at the MacDonald Bath Spa Hotel, has been overwhelming. I chose The Forever Friends Appeal charity as it can make a real difference to patients and their families who are being cared for at the RUH. I have set up a tribute fund in Phill’s name, so I can continue fundraising for a cause close to my heart and keep his memory alive.”

Erica and the group of aqua-fit ladies presented the cheque to the Appeal’s In Memory and Legacy Officer, Jan Witt. She said:

“I could tell by seeing everyone’s faces on the day, how proud all the ladies were of the amount they helped to raise in tribute to Phill. We are so thankful to Erica and her group of friends for raising this amount for the Cancer Centre. Phill’s memory will benefit so many others affected by Cancer and we hope knowing this provides Erica, her family and friends with some comfort.

“Anyone can set up a Forever Fund in the name of a loved one through The Forever Friends Appeal. It gives people the opportunity to come together, pay tribute and celebrate their life in a very personal and positive way, whilst also raising funds and supporting the work of The Forever Friends Appeal.”

For information about how to set up a Forever Fund click here

 

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Topping out ceremony marks key milestone

It was a historic day at the Royal United Hospital, Bath on Wednesday 4 July as the final concrete was laid on the roof, topping out the structure of new RNHRD and Therapies Centre.

The ceremony, a builders’ tradition to mark the highest point of the new building, saw benefactor Christina Brownsword and other donors join staff from Kier Construction and RUH staff to celebrate the important milestone.

The final concrete was laid by Christina Brownsword, who together with her husband has pledged up to £1m to match every pound donated to The Forever Friends Appeal’s Therapies Matter campaign. At the ceremony she said:

“It is a great privilege to have the symbolic task of finishing the roof. My family and I are delighted to be supporting this important project which will benefit so many people in our local community. We hope our gift of £1m towards the Centre will provide the best care for patients, and will encourage others who are in a position to give to support this wonderful hospital too.”

Due to open next year, the RNHRD and Therapies Centre will house many of the services currently located at the Royal National Hospital for Rheumatic Diseases (RNHRD) and in the RUH, namely rheumatology, therapies and pain management services.

Also present at the ceremony was Alan White, from Kingsdown whose sister who sadly passed away in 2016 and left a generous legacy towards the building of the new Therapies Centre. Mr White said:

“My sister, Lynne was a long term patient at the RNHRD and the RUH and was treated for her chronic pain condition. Sadly she passed aged 62, but she would be delighted to know that we have reached this important stage in creating this new centre which will treat many patients in the future.”

James Scott, Chief Executive, RUH said:

“What started six months ago has now taken shape. It’s truly remarkable how much of the building works has been accomplished. This building will have a major impact on the services the hospital provides to some 25,000 people each year.”

The RNHRD and Therapies Centre is being built close to the main entrance of the RUH and will be predominately an outpatient centre providing treatment, care and education for patients to recover from episodes of illness or injury, or to manage their long-term condition. It will include a large hydrotherapy pool, a specialist gym and rehabilitation equipment, and a biologics treatment space to support treatment, recovery, wellbeing and the management of long-term illnesses.

David Snell, Operations Director, Kier Construction, said:

“This is an important milestone for the new RNHRD and Therapies Centre at the Royal United Hospital in Bath. Working collaboratively with the RUH team, our aim is to create a nurturing environment for patients by delivering first-class specialist facilities.  Kier have vast experience in this field, delivering over £2bn of healthcare facilities over the last 12 years and we look forward to delivering this project that will leave a lasting legacy for the people of Bath.”

Once building work is completed and the therapy services in the RUH have moved into the RNHRD and Therapies Centre, the construction of the new Cancer Centre will begin, all part of the major redevelopment programme to make the RUH fit for the future.

If you would like to make a donation towards the Therapies Matter campaign to help us reach £2m, please click here

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MJ Church charity race day raises over £36,000

A charity race day organised by Chippenham-based contractor MJ Church has raised an amazing £36,000 for our Cancer Care Campaign.

In its third year, the event saw 176 attendees from 15 companies enjoy a day at Bath Racecourse with the aim to dig deep and raise money for the charity which is close to their hearts.

Carol Heneghan, Business Development and Marketing Manager at MJ Church, said:

“We all worked hard to make the day entertaining and I’d like to thank the Appeal team along with our guest presenters Matt Powell and David Flatman for their lively entertainment and encouragement of bidders during the ‘Money Can’t Buy Experiences’ charity auction, where eight items raised over £15,000 bringing the total to £36,00 for the day.

“Thank you to everyone who attended and for their generosity. The charity race day is our most successful fundraiser and the response from people this year has been tremendous with our largest ever amount raised at a single event. We already have bookings for next year’s race day as it was such a success.”

Last year, the Appeal were pleased to welcome MJ Church as one of the charity’s Principle Corporate Partners and they will receive a specialist area named after them in the new Cancer Centre.

Back in February this year, we announced we had reached the minimum fundraising target of £8.5 million. But, stressed we will continue the Cancer Care Campaign as many of our donors and supporters want to keep going to ensure the new Cancer Centre would be truly special in its design, facilities and equipment.

Tim Hobbs, Head of Fundraising said:

“M J Church has supported the Appeal for many years and the race day is an example of their successful corporate events. I would like to take this opportunity to thank Paula, Mike and the team at M J Church, not only for this incredible recent donation, but for their kind and continued support of the Appeal. With the amount raised at the race day, M J Church have now raised over £100,000 towards the new Cancer Centre, which is absolutely amazing. We really are truly grateful”.

Businesses interested in supporting the Appeal and fundraising for the RUH are invited to take part in the Big7Tea event on 5 July in time to celebrate 70 years of the NHS.

For information about the Big7Tea and how you can get involved in fundraising for The Forever Friends Appeal click here.

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Lansdown Golf Club presents cheque for Cancer Care Campaign

Last week, we were delighted to be presented with a cheque for £3,250 by Michael, Club Captain of Lansdown Golf Club, in Bath. This amount will be donated towards our Cancer Care Cancer Campaign.

Thanks to the generosity of its club members and the public, this significant amount will go towards the pioneering new Cancer Centre which will be built at the Royal United Hospitals, Bath, with construction of the Cancer Centre planned to commence in 2019.

Michael Cheek, Club Captain, Lansdown Golf Club said:

“We decided to support the Cancer Care Campaign because we have lost a number of friends over the years to cancer and we know how well the RUH looks after people who have this dreadful disease.

My wife, Lynn was diagnosed with breast cancer in 1996 but fortunately it was caught in time and although she did need to have a lumpectomy and subsequent radiotherapy treatment she was eventually given a clean bill of health.

“Over the years, nearly all our family have required treatment at the RUH for various matters, some relatively minor and some quite serious – in 2005 I had to have an angioplasty with four stents. So, you will appreciate why we hold the RUH and all who work there in such high esteem.”

Back in February this year, the Appeal announced it had reached its minimum fundraising target of £8.5 million. But, it stressed it would continue the Cancer Care Campaign with many of its donors and supporters wanting to keep going to ensure the new Cancer Centre would be truly special in its design, facilities and equipment.

Claudia Hickin, Senior Community Fundraiser said:

“It was a real pleasure working with Mike and everyone at Lansdown Golf Club, especially when we were invited to enter a team at one of their quiz nights – needless to say, our skills lie in fundraising! Thank you to Mike and his wife Lynn, and to all at Lansdown Golf Club for their hard work and support over the past year.”

Find out more about our major campaigns and special appeals and how you can get involved in fundraising, taking part in an event or volunteering here

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