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Bath’s Movie by Moonlight this weekend

This Saturday, 1st October, Royal Victoria Park in Bath will be playing host to an outdoor film screening of Toy Story 3, organised by the Royal United Hospital’s Forever Friends Appeal. Entrance to the event is free, however there will be fundraising on the night encouraging donations in support of the RUH Space for Cancer Care Campaign.

Events & Community Officer, Jo Hones, comments: “Coming along on Saturday night to enjoy this popular Disney Classic will be a perfect way to spend one of the last weekends of summer. If the weather forecast is right, the sun will be shining all weekend – which will give us a beautiful evening to enjoy this fabulous family event in the city of Bath.”

Rated U, the showing of Toy Story 3 is open to all the family. Gates will open at 6.30pm, before the film starts at approximately 7.30pm. Royal Victoria Park is a wonderful green space at the heart of Bath. So do pack a picnic, but glasses and barbeques will not be allowed on site. Refreshments will also be available to purchase.

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Funds raised on the night will go towards the £650,000 needed to purchase a new Gamma-CT Scanner for the RUH. This state-of-the-art equipment is used to diagnose some of the many types of Cancer that can affect us. It can also be used in the detection of heart disease, bone pain and neurological disorders.

The screening is being very kindly provided by Filmair Cinema Services. The event is also being supported by Heart 103, with the Heart Angels leading some fun and games before the film begins. For the most up-to-date information about the event, take a look at our event page.

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Ted’s truck experience thanks to MJ Church

The Forever Friends Appeal at the Royal United Hospital are thrilled to announce that MJ Church have kindly donated £3,500 to the ‘Space for Cancer Care’ Campaign. This leading regional Civil Engineering, Earthworks and Waste Management contractor hosted Molson/Volvo Demonstration days on 21st and 22nd September, at Star Farm in Marshfield and decided to donate the land hire costs to the Appeal’s new Campaign.

Keen supporters of The Forever Friends Appeal, MJ Church are a great example of Corporate Social responsibility and frequently take part in RUH fundraising events.  MJ Church have also chosen the ‘Space for Cancer Care’ Campaign as their charity of the year.

On September 22nd Big Ted attended the activities and was lucky enough to have a ride in a truck.   This gave Ted the perfect warm up to his annual fundraising day, Ted’s Big Day Out, on Friday 14th October. Every year thousands of adults and children all across the RUH catchment area support the Appeal by paying just £1 to take their teddy bears out for the day.  To take part this year with your colleagues, family or friends, register via our website www.tedsbigdayout.co.uk or call 01225 825825.

MJ Church’s generous donation will go towards the Appeal’s recently launched RUH ‘Space for Cancer Care’ Campaign.  The first fundraising phase is to purchase a state-of-the-art Gamma CT Scanner for the Royal United Hospital Bath.   

Corporate Officer, Kate Bruhl for the Appeal comments:  “It is truly valuable for us to have such dedicated help from local companies, so Big Ted and the team would like to say a tremendous thank you to MJ Church for their generosity and continuous support.   

Mrs Bruhl continues:  “Don’t forget to speak to your friends and colleagues and sign up for Ted’s Big Day Out! this year – we need you to have some fun at work or school whilst raising money to help Cancer patients at the RUH.”

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Be in with a chance to run the London Marathon in 2012

Forever Friends Appeal Silver Bond Application procedure for the London Marathon on Sunday 22nd April 2012 

The Forever Friends Appeal charity at Bath’s Royal United Hospital has one silver bond place in the 2012 Virgin London Marathon.  You are now welcome to apply for this place.  The application deadline is 5pm on Friday 14th October 2011, so enter now and make sure you don’t miss out!

Applicants will be asked to briefly describe why they want to support the RUH Space for Cancer Care Campaign, whether they have any fundraising experience and how much they think they could raise for the charity. 

A judging panel will review all applicants at the start of October and the chosen applicant will be selected to run with The Forever Friends silver bond place. The chosen applicant will commit to raising a minimum of £1000 for the RUH Space for Cancer Care Campaign. 

To apply, and for more information read more>

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Box Rocks to the tune of £3,217

Bands from across the South West entertained people at a village pub to support a Bath charity.

Music once again filled the air as the 18th Box Rocks concert took place at the Queen’s Head pub.

The annual event is organised to raise funds for the Forever Friends Appeal, with proceeds going to the Royal United Hospital charity’s Space for Cancer Care campaign.

It saw more than 1,000 music lovers turn up for the Bank Holiday fun, and raised £3,217.25.

Events fundraiser Natalie Hannam said: “This year Box was certainly rocking. It was brilliant to see so many familiar faces, and equally lots of new ones too.

“The people of Box are such brilliant supporters of the appeal, and we are thrilled to be part of this excellent annual event.”

Bands entertaining the crowds at the pub included Innes Sibun, Prink, Corinthian Casuals, The Operation and The Rockin’ Horrors.

Landlord Dean Creighton began fundraising for the appeal seven years ago after 11 years of running the one-day music festival.

He helped to raise a considerable sum of money to build the new Dyson Centre for Neonatal Care unit at the RUH, after his nephew Thomas spent eight weeks in the old unit.

Mr Creighton decided to continue to support the appeal with the new cancer care campaign which replaced the drive to fund the baby unit.

He was part of an Abba versus Queen sing-off which closed the event.

Mr Creighton said: “It was a great event, and we are very pleased to continue to support the Forever Friends Appeal.”

Read more about the RUH Space for Cancer Care Campign here

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New Neo-Natal Unit by Feilden Clegg Bradley Studios opens in Bath

The Dyson Centre for Neonatal Care opened its doors at the weekend to its first babies.  The Royal United Hospital Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU), in Bath, has been transferred from its existing small, cramped facilities into its pioneering new home.

The project, funded as a 50/50 partnership by NHS budgets and fundraising by The Forever Friends Appeal, has resulted in a dramatically different and improved environment in which the RUH can care for the 500 premature and sick babies that it looks after each year.

A pioneering holistic and therapeutic approach towards the new building has created a new low carbon unit allowing the staff to practice new methods of care for premature and sick babies.

The building consists of a single storey new-build extension, and the refurbishment of the space occupied by the existing NICU facility. The new-build element accommodates the clinical, support and reception functions as a discreet but contemporary intervention. The refurbished element comprises staff and parents’ facilities. The two elements are linked by a new ‘umbilicus’ which also provides an access point for emergency vehicles. The new building encloses an external courtyard space which provides both vista and breakout from reception and parents areas.

The grouping of the care rooms forms a route around the staff base which is the heart of the unit. The clockwise circuit of cot rooms forms a diagram of intensity of care, beginning with intensive care, then on to high dependency, then special care, on to the parents’ rooms, then finally home. From parents’ feedback progress along this ‘route’ is very important psychologically – it is important that the ever-decreasing intensity of care is legible to parents.

The consulting examination and treatment spaces are carefully daylit. Parents and staff can now perceive changing external conditions through day and night, increasing well-being. The heart of the clinical area is generously roof lit providing daylight to all the central spaces within. Sunlight is allowed to enter the building in certain controlled areas to add sparkle and delight without disturbing the working of the unit.  Within the care areas light is carefully controlled to ensure that babies gain an awareness of day and night as they develop.

Sustainability in construction and use has been central to the design of the new unit. The team were adamant that the new NICU should not be a one-off showcase for sustainability, but should serve as a template and catalyst for sustainable healthcare design by challenging existing standards, defining new targets and developing strategies replicable elsewhere in the health sector.

The unit is constructed entirely in cross laminated timber. This construction has benefits in terms of embodied energy, and is quick and clean to construct within a healthcare environment. The timber is exposed internally, creating a more calm and domestic environment within an acute clinical setting.

The project has achieved Breeam “Excellent”, and incorporates a sedum roof for rainwater attenuation, and to increase biodiversity on the site.

These measures will combine to make the new Neonatal Intensive Care Unit at the Royal United Hospital a beacon for sustainability across the health sector. The building is a case study for the next generation of healthcare buildings, a benchmark for best practice which incorporates replicable strategies which are demonstrated to pay back in a defined period, in a beautiful and therapeutic environment which is of tangible benefit to parents, staff and patients.

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Text donating now available

You can now donate Donate £1, £2, £3, £4, £5 or £10 to The Forever Friends Appeal with a simple text! Every penny of your donation will go to the our RUH space for Cancer Care Campaign.

Thanks to Vodafone and Justgiving who have joined forces, it means that there is no fee for your donation.

For more informations visit our Text Donation page

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BBC Press

Story from the BBC on the new Dyson Centre for Neonatal Care



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