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Box Rocks to raise money for the RUH again this Bank Holiday

Come rain or shine this Bank Holiday, Box Rocks will be back to entertain the crowds at the Queens Head Inn, in Box, starting at 2pm and rocking through to 10:30pm.

Box Rocks started back in 1994 as a small gig with a few local bands playing on the Queens Head Inn pub roof overlooking the garden.

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As its popularity grew, the organisers now set up a bigger stage so there’s a larger viewing area for everyone to enjoy the host of acts that will perform on Monday 28th August.

Event organiser Dean Creighton said: “It’s our 24th year and we are really excited about this year’s line-up – we’ve got eight bands, playing over eight hours, including the Rebel Heroes, Arcadia Roots and The Corporations to name but a few.

“Everyone is welcome, and you can buy the tickets on the gate. Adult tickets are £5 and it’s £2 for a child. We’ll be donating the entry proceeds to The Forever Friends Appeal, the primary charity for the Royal United Hospital, Bath.”

The event has been raising money for the Royal United Hospital for the past 14 years, with over £30,000 being donated to The Forever Friends Appeal.

Claudia Hickin, Senior Community Fundraiser, The Forever Friends Appeal said: “We are so grateful for the continued support from Box Rocks and their generosity has helped fund new equipment in the wards and departments at the RUH, as well as improving services for our patients and visitors.”

For more information about the event, visit: www.boxrocks.biz.

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Run the Bath Half 2018 for the RUH

Take part in the Bath Half marathon for The Forever Friends Appeal and raise funds of the Royal United Hospital, Bath. Get a charity place today or let us know you already have a place and would like to run for us.

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Over £120,000 raised from Walk of Life

Over £120,000 has been raised for the Royal United Hospitals (RUH), Bath by the walkers who took part in the Walk of Life event organised by The Forever Friends Appeal, the primary fundraising charity for the hospital. The total raised so far is a record amount compared to previous years.

This year, 500 people walked from Bishops Cannings to Bath along the Kennet and Avon canal. Participants chose to walk either the ten mile distance from Bradford on Avon to Bath or the full 26.2 mile marathon to raise vital funds for The Forever Friends Appeal.

Local Bath resident, Justine Elliott, aged 50 took part in this year’s Walk of Life event and has raised an incredible amount – £20,345 for the Appeal. To-date, this is the largest amount raised by an individual who has taken part in the Walk of Life. Justine Elliott said:

“In 2016, the week before Christmas I was diagnosed with cancer and given between six and 18 months to live. When I got the diagnosis I was at stage 4 and was told its terminal. It was truly a life changing time for me, my family and friends. However, it provided an opportunity for me to help others and focus on leaving a legacy that I would feel proud of.

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“Since the diagnosis, I’ve had chemotherapy, lifesaving surgery and several procedures at the RUH and I would like to pay back the kindness that the staff and community have shown me. That’s why I’ve chosen to raise funds for the hospital’s new Cancer Centre which will be built in 2018/2019.”

On the day of the Walk of Life, Justine was joined by a number of her friends and family members, some of which came to join her from all over the world to support her with every step.  Justine said:

“My goal was to raise £25,000 for the Walk of Life. Come the day I completed the ten mile walk I had already used five months of my journey time. Ten miles may not seem much to some of you, but after five rounds of chemo it felt like a marathon to me. I was pleased to have achieved it, and I’d like to thank everyone; my friends and family who have helped me towards reaching my target. But, I still want to raise the final amount to reach my goal. Although I may not be here to see the new Cancer Centre built and open for patients, I know that everyone who passes through its doors will benefit immensely from it.”

The new Cancer Centre which will be built at the RUH’s Combe Park site will be a state-of-the-art facility for cancer diagnosis and treatment, transforming care for patients and their families. The Forever Friends Appeal is raising a minimum £8.5m towards the cost of the new Cancer Centre, an estimated at c£28 million.

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

“We are incredibly grateful to everyone who took part this year, whether you walked the marathon or 10 miles, you have helped to transform care for patients and their families at the RUH with every step.

Donations are still trickling in from the event and we’d like to urge people to send theirs in if they haven’t already. We are especially grateful to Justine for her incredible fundraising for the new Cancer Centre at the hospital – she is truly inspirational.”

To find out more about the RUH Cancer Centre and its fundraising campaign visit: www.foreverfriendsappeal.co.uk/ruhcancercentre. If you would like to make a donation please click here

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Take the plunge, be rescued by Newfoundland dog

Members of the public are invited to take the plunge at Portishead Marina in Bristol and experience a water rescue by a 14 stone hero, a Newfoundland Dog to raise funds for the Royal United Hospitals (RUH), Bath.

Taking place on Saturday 30 September, this is a once in a lifetime opportunity to experience an ‘at sea’ Newfoundland water rescue. Newfoundland dogs have been the St. Bernard’s of the sea for hundreds of years. They are natural swimmers and have webbing between their paws to help them swim, making it an impressive sight to see them in action.

This is the first year when both the RUH’s fundraising charity, The Forever Friends Appeal and Newfound Friends, the Bristol-based charity have teamed up to offer an exciting event to raise vital funds towards the Appeal’s Cancer Care Campaign as well as wards and departments at the RUH.

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

“We’re excited to be working with Newfound Friends and we’re now asking people to sign up online to take part in our first Newfoundland water rescue day. Anyone aged 8 years old and up can take part, including non-swimmers as everyone will be given a life-jacket on the day.

“If you want to take part, all we ask for is a £30 registration fee to secure your place and for you to pledge to raise a minimum of £100 in sponsorship money. You can choose to dedicate your fundraising to a ward or department in the RUH or towards the new RUH Cancer Centre.”

Participants will be provided with a wet suit (hire fee included in entry fee) and will be taken out into the marina by boat. Once they are in the water, one of the Newfoundland dogs will join you to take you safely back to the boat.

Amy Hedges and her eight year old daughter Zara, have already signed up to take the plunge. Amy said:

“When my daughter Zara heard about the Newfoundland Water Rescue event she immediately asked if she could do it; as she’s only eight years old both of us are going to take part and we can’t wait.

“I’m so proud of Zara, not only is she brave but she also has autism so to do something like this is truly inspirational. We’re now encouraging others to come along to Portishead Marina and join us for a day of fun for all the family. These adorable dogs do such a wonderful job in helping save peoples’ lives and it’s lovely to know that Zara’s fundraising will also help save the lives of patients being treated at Bath’s RUH.”

To take part, simply sign up at here or call: 01225 821535. Book early to avoid disappointment as there are limited places for this event. Don’t miss this opportunity to meet these amazing dogs and be rescued one of them.

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Make or update your Will at a reduced cost

The Forever Friends Appeal, the fundraising charity for the Royal United Hospitals, (RUH) Bath has teamed up with fifteen solicitor firms across Bath, North East Somerset and Wiltshire to help the public plan for the future and have a Will written at a reduced cost.

The ‘Make a Will’ month initiative will run for one month only. This September, people will have the opportunity to put their affairs in order by having a single standard Will written for £100 or for two standard Mirror Wills or joint Wills, it will cost £150.

The fees raised through the Make a Will month initiative will be donated to the Forever Friends Appeal, helping the RUH continue to provide the high quality care it gives to its patients.

Jan Witt, In Memory & Legacy Officer, The Forever Friends Appeal said:

“It may come as a surprise that fewer than half of the population have an up-to-date Will, despite its importance in offering you peace of mind and security for both you and your family. Therefore, we’d like to urge people to take advantage of this Will writing offer to ensure your savings and possessions go to the people you love and care for.

“Make a Will month is such a great initiative and as well as supporting your local hospital, you can request that the fee is donated to a specific area of the hospital if you have a special connection to a ward or department in the RUH we can make sure they benefit from it.”

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Sarah Loveless, Partner of Burningham and Brown Solicitors said:

“It is not any easy topic to address and is often put at the bottom of the to-do list, but there are various changes in life that may mean you should consider making or updating your Will.  A Will makes it much easier for your family or friends to sort everything out when you die, and without a Will the process can be more time consuming, costly and stressful.

“Writing a Will is especially important if you have children or other family members who depend on you financially.  If you don’t write a Will everything will go under the Rules of Intestacy defined by the law, which is not always the way you might want your estate to be distributed.  You may also wish to consider appointing guardians for young children.

“When you book an appointment to discuss your Will requirements we will provide you with full legal advice and everything will be explained clearly.  So don’t put it off until a later date, have a Will written professionally this September so that your assets are left to the people and causes you care about, in accordance with your wishes.”

Interested in having a Will written? Simply contact one of the participating solicitor firms listed here

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Local accountancy firm raises £10,000 for RUH Children’s Ward

Wells-based accountancy firm Chalmers HB has raised an impressive £10,252.00 for the Children’s Ward at the Royal United Hospitals, (RUH) Bath by taking part in The Forever Friends Appeal Walk of Life.

Twenty seven employees from the firm donned their walking boots and took part in the event in support of a colleague who sadly lost two grandchildren under the age of 22 months in 2016. Both children had suffered from a genetic condition called Spinal Muscular Atrophy (SMA) which makes the muscles weaker and causes problems with movement.

Company Director for Chalmers HB, Caroline Bannell, comments:  “We wanted to do the Walk of Life to raise funds for the RUH’s Children’s Ward as the doctors and nurses played a vital role in the care of both children. We are delighted to have raised this amount and would like to thank our wonderful clients, colleagues, friends and families for sponsoring us.”

Every year, the RUH’s fundraising charity The Forever Friends Appeal organises the Walk of Life which starts in Bishops Cannings and finishes in Bath.  This year, to boost competition between teams from local businesses, the Charity organised Corporate Challenge Awards.

Caroline continued:  “When we were told that we had won three of The Forever Friends Appeal Corporate Challenge Awards we were over the moon. Plus, we’re in the running for the Most Money Raised Award. We’ll find out if we’ve won the award in mid-July, so watch this space!”

Jo Common, Corporate Officer for The Forever Friends Appeal said:

“We’d like to thank everyone from Chalmers HB who took part, and are delighted to now welcome them on board as a Corporate Partner for the Appeal. It was a great team effort and they were such fun to be with on the day.  The money they’ve raised, along with all the funds raised from the Walk of Life, will go towards transforming care for our patients here at the RUH. I’d like to personally thank everyone who took part and donated.”

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Moulin Rouge at Royal Victoria Park

Baz Luhrmann’s Oscar-winning musical Moulin Rouge will be coming to Bath in September for a special screening under the stars at Royal Victoria Park.

Members of the public are invited to the outdoor screening of the 12A certificate film for this year’s Movie by Moonlight on Saturday (Sept 2).

MoulinRougeA4-web-versionMovie by Moonlight is organised every year by the fundraising charity for Bath’s Royal United Hospitals (RUH) The Forever Friends Appeal. The Appeal raises funds for all areas of the hospital, including the major fundraising RUH Cancer Care Campaign.

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

“We’d like to see as many people as possible at this year’s screening. You don’t need a ticket to attend, just make a donation on the gate. Bring a blanket and snuggle up under the stars to watch this romantic musical. I’ll be there with my team welcoming everyone and we hope that people will make a generous donation on the night as all the money raised will go to our Cancer Care Campaign, for a pioneering new Cancer Centre to be built at the RUH.

“We know that one in two people are affected by Cancer and everyday lives are changed by this disease. Therefore, the Appeal aims to raise a minimum of £8.5 million towards the building of the new Cancer Centre which will transform the care for patients and their families at Bath’s RUH. So far, an incredible £8 million has been raised, so we are getting close to the amount we need and that’s why we organise events like these so people can show their support and make a donation whilst enjoying free entertainment.”

The gates to the Movie by Moonlight event will open at 5pm and the film will start at 8:30pm. Access to the area will not be allowed before 5pm, so please don’t arrive too early.

Emily said:

“I’d also like to take this opportunity to thank our Sponsor, Freestyle Designs, Bath’s signage solutions company.  For three year’s Jayson Godridge, Managing Director at Freestyle Designs has sponsored this event to promote the Appeal and help us fundraise. Heart FM will be co-hosting with us on the night and the cinema screen is kindly brought to you by Filmair Cinema Services, so I’d like to say thank you to them for ensuring we have a fantastic atmosphere during the screening in Royal Victoria Park.”

Jayson Godridge, Managing Director at Freestyle Designs, says: “We have worked with the Appeal for a number of years now and know how important the RUH Cancer Care Campaign is to so many people. It’s a privilege to be sponsoring Movie by Moonlight for the third year and we hope that lots of people turn out to enjoy Moulin Rouge and donate to the cause this September!”

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For more information about the Movie by Moonlight event visit our Movie by Moonlight page or call 01225 821535.

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Rod goes the extra mile in Yeovil

A Somerset site manager has proven he really does go the extra mile after walking a marathon for The Forever Friends Appeal, fundraising charity for the Royal United Hospital.

Rod Dunford, who works at David Wilson HomesWyndham Park development in Yeovil, trekked 26.2 miles from Devizes to Bath in the charities annual Walk of Life to raise more than £500.

He said: “I was a bit sore the next day but it was definitely worth it raising so much money for charity. It took just under six hours so it was good to be first across the line and get some well needed rest while cheering on the others completing the challenge.”

Louise Ware, sales director at David Wilson Homes, said: “Rod is a shining example of how our employees go the extra mile and we couldn’t be more proud of him.

“It’s not just in his charity work that he goes the extra mile. He’s recognised by all of us at David Wilson Homes as one of our outstanding site managers, who works tirelessly behind the scenes to bring new homes to the area.”

Since being appointed as site manager at Wyndham Park two years ago Rod has improved customer satisfaction to an impressive 95.5%. In his last 37 NHBC surveys, which rigorously check the quality of homes, he has scored 100%.

Rod said: “I really enjoy my job and I’m proud of the quality of homes we build. For me, the most rewarding part is seeing people move into their new homes. Buying your own home is a big life event and helping to make that happen and seeing the smiles on people’s faces as they move in is a real pleasure.”

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Fifty miles for fifty years!

Radstock-based hairdresser, Jean Meredith and her husband, Roy, celebrated their fiftieth wedding anniversary by running fifty miles to raise funds for two local causes.

The pair regularly fundraise for local charities through running, having also completed a run for Jean’s 70th birthday.


This time, the pair ran the Cotswold Way, Painswick to Bath, just over fifty miles, gaining sponsorship for the RUH’s Forever Friends Appeal and the Bath branch of Parkinson’s UK, raising a total of £1,213 which will be split equally between the two. Jean said: “I would like to thank everyone who donated, my loyal customers and our friends and family, who gave us donations instead of presents for our wedding anniversary.”

John Saunders, from Parkinson’s UK, Bath branch and Laura Pearce, from the RUH, both thanked Roy and Jean for their continued support.

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£100k raised at inaugural Royal Crescent Hope Ball

The Forever Friends Appeal is set to benefit from a six-figure sum raised at a glamorous ball at the Royal Crescent.

John Cullum praised the “unprecedented” amount of money raised for the hospital’s Cancer Care Campaign at the inaugural Hope Ball last weekend.


An auction featuring artistic works from Bath painters Peter Brown and Nick Cudworth, world-famous photographer Sir Don McCullin and a portrait by Paul Roberts should help push the total beyond the £100,000 mark.

The gala was hosted by the Royal Crescent Society on the crescent’s 250th anniversary.

It saw cancer patient Justine Elliott join oncologist Mark Beresford in a short film to highlight the vision for the new RUH Dyson Cancer Care Centre.


The 250 guests on Saturday (June 17) sipped award-winning Ridgeview ‘Cavendish’ vintage sparkling wine on the crescent’s private lawns before enjoying a three-course menu devised by the team at Eat Five Star.

With waiters zipping around the tables, few were prepared when some of the employees revealed themselves as West End singers, dazzling the room with a medley of opera arias and musical classics.

Bringing the house down with a rendition of ‘That’s Amore’ and then leading a conga line of guests around the room, everyone was soon on the dancefloor enjoying Ed Leaker and the Swing Machine Jazz Orchestra with special guest performances by Claire Martin and Alfred ‘Pee Wee’ Ellis, both giants of jazz.


“Helping the RUH Forever Friends Appeal raise the last million pounds of their £9.25 million fundraising goal has brought the Bath community together,” said Hope Ball committee chairwoman Tabitha Claydon.

“The silent auction was open to the public, and we’ve had donations from friends far and wide.

“We would love to see everyone who can find a way to contribute to help the RUH provide a holistic environment for their state-of-the-art cancer treatments, and support patients on their journey through cancer.”


The Forever Friends Appeal chairman Mr Cullum said: “‘With generous sponsorship from local businesses, including E.P. Mallory, Emery Brothers and Aaron Evans Architects, and the support of Bath’s artistic community, the Hope Ball and art auction looks set to raise over £100,000.

“The event was unprecedented and set a record high for amount raised at a single event of its kind.”

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