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MJ Church raises over £77,000 for RUH Cancer Centre

Chippenham-based contractor, MJ Church has become a Principal Corporate Partner of The Forever Friends Appeal in recognition of raising £77,169 for the RUH’s Cancer Care campaign.

Staff at MJ Church have been fundraising for the Appeal’s Cancer Care campaign since family member, friend and colleague, Mark Hucklebridge was diagnosed with cancer in 2010. He sadly passed away earlier this year.

Carol, Marketing Manager, MJ Church, said:

“We’ve all worked really hard to raise funds for the new Cancer centre as the cause is really close to our hearts, especially as we’ve sadly lost Mark who was full of courage and resistance to cancer, he was such inspiration to friends and colleagues at MJ Church. Mark’s last 6 years were spent fundraising and helping others.

“One of our most successful fundraising events was held in August when we hosted a charity race day at Bath Racecourse. In total £22,714 was raised by holding a raffle, auction and bucket collections around the course, doubling the amount from last year’s charity race day. We would like to thank everyone who came, donated and supported us including The Reuben Foundation for donating £2,000 towards the total.”

Staff from MJ Church holding cheque for £22,714 with Jan from The Forever Friends Appeal

As an Appeal Principle Corporate Partner, MJ Church will receive a specialist area named after them in the new Cancer Centre. Tim Hobbs, Head of Fundraising, The Forever Friends Appeal said:

“We are delighted to welcome MJ Church as a Principal Corporate Partner. Their commitment over the past 17 years has been incredible. So, on behalf of the Appeal, I personally would like to thank MJ Church for the significant contribution they’ve made to our Cancer campaign. This amount will go towards our pioneering new Cancer Centre which will provide a highly beneficial healing environment for patients like Mark who go through this difficult time in their lives.”

“The Appeal has currently raised £8.3 million for the new Cancer Centre and it is very much hoped that with the help of donors and companies like MJ Church, we will be able to generate over £9m towards the building. Anyone who would like to make a donation should visit our website: www.foreverfriendsappeal.co.uk.”

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Tribute fund raises over £10K for RUH Cancer Centre

A tribute fund, set up in the name of Lindsay Game has raised over £10,000 for Bath’s Royal United Hospitals (RUH) Cancer Care Campaign.

Lindsay Game from Chew Stoke was diagnosed with breast cancer twenty eight years ago. In 2015, the cancer returned and she was told it was untreatable. Whilst receiving treatment at the RUH, Lindsay became a supporter of the Forever Friends Appeal and decided to start fundraising to help towards the build of the new Cancer Treatment Centre.

Sadly in 2017, Lindsay lost her battle with cancer and passed away. Her husband Nigel wanted to continue raising funds for The Forever Friends Appeal and set up the Lindsay Game Forever Fund, in tribute to keeping her memory alive.

Nigel said:
“Lindsay received such good care from staff at the RUH’s Oncology, Breast Care Unit and Radiotherapy department and her family and friends wanted to continue to help make a difference to the patients living with cancer who are treated at Bath’s Royal United Hospital.

“Since Lindsay’s Forever Fund was set up, over £14,000 has been raised for the Cancer Care Campaign, which is absolutely brilliant. We want to continue raising more funds, so on Saturday 7 October we’re having a pink themed coffee morning at Chew Stoke Church Hall. It will be held from 10am to 12noon to celebrate Lindsay’s life, as the following week it would have been her 61st Birthday. Everyone who knew Lindsay is welcome to come along and should try to wear something pink to show their support.”

The pink themed coffee morning will begin with entertainment from Bath band, Jiggidy and at 11am a
representative from The Forever Friends Appeal will talk about the impact of the money raised through Lindsay’s Forever Fund, plus there will be performances by Mary Dowson’s Hall Singers.


Jan Witt, In Memory & Legacy Officer, The Forever Friends Appeal said:
“We are extremely grateful to Nigel for continuing with Lindsay’s legacy of fundraising by opening a Forever Fund in her name to continue her support of the Cancer Care Campaign.

Lindsay’s determination and passion to help future RUH patients receive the very best facilities throughout their treatment and care for cancer has been embraced by her family and friends as we have watched her fund grow and grow!

“We understand the impact that the loss of a loved one can have on families, friends and colleagues and for some, there is a need to have something to focus on which offers a meaningful remembrance, such as a Forever Fund.

“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 a Forever Fund Appeal, visit: www.foreverfriendsappeal.co.uk/tribute-funds

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Listen to Becky’s story about our Trek adventures

We are looking for adventurous fundraisers to Trek the Canyons next year. Listen to Becky’s story (below) about why she takes part in our Trek adventures. If you’re interested in taking part in our 2018 Grand Canyon Trek Challenge come to our information evening on 5 October. Book your place here or visit our Trek page to find out more.

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Sign up to take part in this ‘once in a lifetime’ 8 day trekking challenge and explore three of South-West USA’s most majestic National Parks. All monies raised will go towards making a real difference to patients at the Royal United Hospitals, Bath.

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Rugby star is ambassador for new RNHRD & Therapies Centre

Former professional rugby union player Ed Jackson has joined The Forever Friends Appeal, the fundraising charity for the Royal United Hospitals (RUH) Bath, as an ambassador for its new  RNHRD & Therapies Centre fundraising campaign.

To mark the event he got the fundraising ball rolling by accepting a cheque for £200,000 from benefactor Andrew Brownsword to match the same amount already raised by members of the public.

The Brownsword Charitable Foundation has pledged to match every pound donated up to the level of £1 million to help The Forever Friends Appeal achieve their target.

The former Bath Rugby back row, born in Bath, had a freak accident at a family barbecue back in April this year. When Ed dived into the shallow end of a swimming pool thinking it was the deep end, he was left with a broken neck. Ed, 28 years old was told at the time that he may not walk again.

After a gruelling recovery and rehabilitation at three different hospitals, including the Royal United Hospitals Bath, Ed’s mobility is improving and he is making incredible progress.

RNHRD & Therapies Centre

As an ambassador for the fundraising campaign, Ed looks forward to increasing awareness and helping to raise funds for the much-needed new centre that will bring together a number of services from the RNHRD including rheumatology, therapies and a number of pain management services with those at the RUH in a new purpose-built facility.

Ed Jackson said:
“As a spinal injury patient, I have learned just how important the environment is to wellbeing and recovery, having spent so much time lying down and staring at the ceiling, and unable to leave the hospital setting. Therapeutic environments, calming surroundings and mental stimulation are hugely beneficial. Staff at the RUH do an amazing job, and I believe that they should be supported by working in the right environments to help them to deliver the best level of care too.

“We need the public’s support to help raise the remaining £800,000 towards an innovative and therapeutic new centre. Thanks to the Brownsword Match Funding Challenge, every pound you donate will be matched by the Brownsword Charitable Foundation, doubling all your support. If you can support the campaign, please do visit the Appeal’s website to find out more. ”

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The RNHRD and Therapies Centre will include a new hydrotherapy pool, a specialist gym, a therapeutic garden and clinical areas. As with existing cancer care facilities, the existing Therapies unit is outdated and does not compliment the quality of care provided by staff. The Therapies unit is also located where the new Cancer Centre is due to be built. Over the next 18 months, the hospital will be building the new RNHRD & Therapies Centre, making way for the new Cancer Centre in 2019.

Katie Burfitt, Development Officer, The Forever Friends Appeal said:
“We are delighted to welcome Ed as an ambassador for The RNHRD and Therapies Centre fundraising campaign. Ed knows all about the importance of creating the right environment to help patients recover, and we’re really grateful to Ed for supporting this project. Whether patients are recovering from a spinal injury like Ed, heart attack or stroke, or whether they need to come to the RUH more regularly to manage a long-term condition, the new centre will help to provide the very best level of care to so many patients and their families.”

For more information about The RNHRD and Therapies Centre and to make a donation to the fundraising campaign, please visit our campaign page here.

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Robert Webb helps support cancer care

Recently comedian, actor and writer, Robert Webb was happy to help promote our Be a Brick scheme and help raise awareness of our Cancer Care Campaign whilst promoting his new book How not to be a Boy. His book is a touching and honest account of his life starting with the ups and downs of being a young boy growing up in Lincolnshire with a somewhat troubled home life.


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Touchstone Property Management bake a difference

Staff at Touchstone Property Management had a busy Monday last week – eating cake and raising funds for the new Cancer Centre here at the RUH.   The company hosted a Bake Off event, which involved a lot of baking, tasting and judging of a selection of incredible looking cakes!

The team raised £315 in just one day, which will be match funded by the company.  Big Ted and the Appeal would therefore like say a big thank you to the Touchstone team for together raising this amazing total for the new RUH Cancer Centre, helping transform care for our patients and their families.

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Royds Withy King named Senior Corporate Partner

UK Top 100 law firm Royds Withy King, which has its headquarters in Bath, has been recognised as a senior corporate partner by the RUH’s charity The Forever Friends Appeal, thanks to partners and staff at the firm raising over £25,000.

Pictured from left to right are In Memory and Legacy Officer Jan Witt, Royds Withy King’s strategic lead partner for Bath, Stuart Brazington, and The Forever Friends Appeal corporate officer Jo Common, who met at Royds Withy King’s Midland Bridge House office to celebrate the firm’s achievement.

Royds Withy King Senior Corporate Partner PhotoThe funds raised will go towards the cost of building a pioneering new cancer centre at the RUH. The centre will aim to balance clinical expertise with a nurturing environment, placing patient experience at the centre of its approach for patients and their families.

Stuart Brazington said: “We have an incredibly rewarding relationship with The Forever Friends Appeal and have enjoyed taking part in different fundraising challenges – from completing the Three Peaks Challenge, to running the Bath Half, holding a ‘Bake Off’ competition and donating our fees as part of ‘Make A Will Month’. The RUH do fantastic work, treating over 2,200 new cancer patients each year, and we are proud to know that our contribution will help to support such a worthwhile cause.”

Jo Common, corporate officer for The Forever Friends Appeal, commented:  “Royds Withy King have supported the Appeal for many years now – we were their chosen charity in 2013 – 2015 and each September they take part in our annual Will Month.  We are just so pleased to welcome them on board as one of our senior corporate partners for the Cancer Care Campaign, and look forward to working together as the new Cancer Centre develops.  Thank you to all members of the Royds Withy King team for their invaluable support.”

The Forever Friends Appeal has so far secured over £8million towards its target of a minimum of £8.5m for the RUH Cancer Care Campaign, through the support of local businesses like Royds Withy King, community groups, legacies, trusts and individuals.

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Pounds for Patients exclusively for nurseries, schools and colleges

Nurseries, schools and colleges across Bath, Somerset and Wiltshire are being invited to take part in an exclusive fundraising event called Pounds for Patients on Friday 13 October.

Pounds for Patients is organised by The Forever Friends Appeal, the primary charity for the Royal United Hospitals Bath.

The event is flexible for everyone; pupils, teachers and parents. Schools simply decide how they want to fundraise on the day and everyone who participants donates £1. All proceeds raised go towards helping the RUH continue to deliver the best possible care to its patients and their families.


Emily Lynch, Events and Community Officer, The Forever Friends Appeal said:

“We wanted to create an event that is affordable for everyone and we would love to have as many nurseries, schools and colleges join us on the day. It’s up to the schools to decide how they fundraise, whether they have a fancy dress day, organise a teddy bears picnic, or run a baking competition.”

The schools who take part can choose to either raise funds for the hospital’s main Cancer Care Campaign or RNHRD & Therapies Campaign or raise funds for a ward or department of their  choice.

Emily said:

“If you would like your nursery, school or college to take part in Pounds for Patients, simply sign up on our website and in return you’ll receive our fundraising pack, full of creative ideas on how you can raise funds for the RUH.

“Plus, ‘Big Ted’, our friendly, loveable mascot for The Forever Friends Appeal may even pay your nursery or school a visit and there’ll be other prizes to be won on the day.”

For more information about Pounds for Patients visit our Pounds for Patients page.

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TV personality Martin Roberts is launching the UK’s first Achieve Expo between 14th and 15th October 2017, at The Assembly Rooms, Bath. Keynote speakers include Martin himself, Christine Bailey, Frank Bruno MBE, Sharron Davies MBE, Eddie “The Eagle” Edwards, Sir Ranulph Fiennes, Tom Garrod, Piers Gilliver, Richard McCann, Renee McGregor, Ella Mills of Deliciously Ella, Dale Pinnock – The Medicinal Chef, Gail Porter, Holly Rush, Alana Spencer, Carl Vernon and Ruby Wax OBE.

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Martin commented:-

“I am delighted to be launching the UK’s 1st Achieve Expo this Autumn. When I took part in ITV’s I’m A Celebrity last year, something changed, not only in my mind-set, but also physically. My time in the jungle forced a break from everyday commitments and gave me time to reflect on my diet and fitness.”

Sir Ranulph Fiennes added:-

“I am delighted to be invited to speak at the first Achieve Expo and hope to motivate and show that personal goals can be achieved if you believe in yourself.”

Ruby Wax OBE also said:-

“I’m really excited to talk at the Achieve Expo about Frazzled.”

Achieve, sponsored by Legacy Education Alliance, Making Money from Property by Martin Roberts and Panasonic, is a two-day Expo, split into motivational talks and an on-site interactive exhibition area.

Martin’s speakers will deliver a series of paid-for talks on achievement, health, wealth and happiness. Generic Expo entry is free until 1st September. Book now www.achieve.co.uk or call 0844 844 4620 (7p/min plus network charges).

A VIP Dinner benefitting two local charities, The Forever Friends Appeal and Bath Mind, will take place on 14th October, including a drinks reception around The Roman Baths, hosted/sponsored by the Chairman of Bath & North-East Somerset Council. A bespoke menu has kindly been created by Dale Pinnock – The Medicinal Chef.

Richard Gyde, Deputy Head of Fundraising, The Forever Friends Appeal, said:-

“The Appeal is thrilled to be supported by Achieve. Money raised from the charity auction at the Gala Dinner will make a real difference to thousands of patients at The Royal United Hospitals Bath.”

Kate Morton, Chief Executive of Bath Mind, added:-

“Bath Mind is delighted to be chosen as a local beneficiary. Monies raised will hugely improve the lives of those experiencing mental health issues by providing essential support and advice to them and their families.”

To find out more or to book tickets visit achieve.co.uk

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A spectacular £8,000 is raised at this year’s Movie by Moonlight event

Thanks to the generosity of the public over £8,000 has been raised from this year’s Movie by Moonlight outdoor screening of Moulin Rouge, which took place in Royal Victoria Park on Saturday. The monies raised will go towards the Royal United Hospitals Bath Cancer Care Campaign.

Once again, the turnout to this event was spectacular, and the weather was perfect. Many people arrived with picnics, blankets and settled down to watch Baz Luhrmann’s musical Moulin Rouge. Before the film aired, Heart FM presenter Julian Jones challenged the audience to form Bath’s longest line of can-can dancers and later on awarded a pair of cinema tickets to the best dressed person who came in costume on the night.

Emily Lynch, Events and Community Officer at the Forever Friends Appeal said:

“On behalf of The Forever Friends Appeal, I’d personally like to thank everyone who made a donation on the gate on Saturday. Thanks to your generosity, over £8,000 will go towards the RUH Cancer Care Campaign – we’re so grateful! I’d also like to say a huge thank you to our proud sponsors Freestyle Designs, for sponsoring the event for the third consecutive year. We’d also like to thank Geoff and Nic Bissex of Filmair Cinema for bringing the magic of the cinema to Bath every year. Without Filmair’s support, the event would not happen.”

Changing the shape of cancer patients’ futures comes at a price and The Forever Friends Appeal is raising a minimum of £8.5m towards the cost of the RUH Cancer Centre, with the total cost estimated at c£28 million. The new cancer centre will be a state of the art building, taking a holistic approach to produce a highly beneficial healing environment for cancer patients and their families.

Our next big event is Pounds for Patients, an exclusive event for nurseries, schools and colleges to get involved in and take part on Friday 13 October. For more information about Pounds for Patients click here

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