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Ed Jackson climbs Mount Everest…at home

Inspired by Captain Tom Moore who has raised millions for NHS Charities Together, Ed Jackson, former professional rugby player has set out to raise £10,000 for our charity and two others by climbing the equivalent of Mount Everest on his parents’ staircase.

We are in awe of what he’s set out to do and we wish him the best of luck with this challenge as we know Ed well. He was cared for at the RUH three years ago following an accident which left him with a broken neck. At the time he was told that he may not walk again, but after a gruelling recovery and rehabilitation at three different hospitals including the RUH, he made an amazing recovery and became one of our Therapies Matters ambassadors.

Ed said: “I managed to ditch the walker two years ago and despite my disability I have developed a weird obsession with climbing and I hope to be the first quadriplegic to climb Mount Everest. Obviously I can’t get to the mountains but I’ve decided to bring one here. I’m not really sure how much I’ve bitten off but those of you who have seen any of my climbing blogs before will know that thanks to my disability stairs are my nemesis.”

During the four day challenge, which started today (Tuesday 21 April), Ed will wear of the kit that he will take with him when he is able to travel to the Himalayas and will walk up and down the staircase 2,783 times, that’s 89,000 sets of individual steps.

Ed continued: “The money raised will be shared with The Forever Friends Appeal in support of the NHS. The incredible people of the NHS saved my life and got me back on my feet three years ago and now they’re making that difference for many more.

“Any donation no matter how small is massively appreciated because all of our charities need support at the moment and I hope together we can raise enough to make a real difference for these three.”

The other two charities that are close to Ed’s heart and will also receive a share of the funds are Wings for Life Spinal Cord Research Foundation and the Neverest Orthopaedics Foundation.

Ed hopes to finish the challenge around 6pm on Friday 24 April and we’ll be there to help him complete the last few flights of stairs.

If you would like to show your support to Ed, donations can be made at https://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/edjackson8

You can stay up to date with Ed’s progress by following him on Twitter and on Instagram.

 

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HRH The Duchess of Cornwall officially opens the new RNHRD and Brownsword Therapies Centre

Staff, patients and guests celebrated the official opening today (Tuesday 22 October) by Her Royal Highness The Duchess of Cornwall, of the new RNHRD and Brownsword Therapies Centre at the RUH.

The Duchess, President of the Royal Osteoporosis Society and Patron of Versus Arthritis, was given a guided tour of the new £20m purpose-built Centre and shown some of its facilities, including the hydrotherapy pool, specialist treatment areas and physiotherapy gyms.

James Scott, Chief Executive of the Royal United Hospitals Bath NHS Foundation Trust, said: “We were delighted to welcome Her Royal Highness here again. She has a long association with the Trust as well as being a former patron of the Royal National Hospital for Rheumatic Diseases. The Duchess is a great supporter of our work and we were very proud to show her the wonderful new facilities we have created here.”

The Duchess was accompanied on her visit by Trust Chair Alison Ryan.  She was introduced to local entrepreneurs Andrew and Christina Brownsword, whose £1m Match Funding Challenge has enabled the hospital charity, The Forever Friends Appeal, to raise  £2m towards the overall cost of the new Centre, with every donation doubled by the Brownsword scheme.

The RNHRD and Brownsword Therapies  Centre brings together therapies and pain services located at the RUH with many of the services previously  located at the RNHRD’s Mineral Water Hospital site, known locally as the ‘Min.’

Uniting staff and services together on one site has been many years in the planning, and the RUH has worked closely with patients and staff to design the best new home for services relocating from the Min.

The Duchess also attended a reception to celebrate the 20th anniversary of The Forever Friends Appeal and its raising of over £25m for patient services at the RUH.  She met with donors and volunteers and unveiled plaques to mark the event and officially open the new Centre.

During the reception The Duchess said: “As a past patron of the Min it’s lovely to be able to come here and see what has been done for the new Centre. I’m incredibly impressed by everything – the hydrotherapy pool looked extremely tempting! There seem to be a lot of very happy patients and it has a very welcoming atmosphere. I know that all of you here do so much to raise money for this hospital…so thank you for contributing to this wonderful new building.”

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Simon Callow backs RUH Will Month

Actor, writer and theatre director Simon Callow is backing The Forever Friends Appeal’s RUH Will Month scheme. From today people can make their Will writing appointment for September with participating solicitors.

He paid a visit to the Royal United Hospitals (RUH) Bath earlier this year to see how the support from generous solicitor firms who with the general public has helped transform patient care through this very importance fundraising initiative.

Simon Callow said:

“It’s terribly important, for every possible reason, for all of us to have an up-to-date Will. If you haven’t got one, help is at hand as part of the Forever Friends Appeal Will writing scheme. RUH Will Month is a great opportunity to have a Will written to professional standards. It costs less and helps support your wonderful local hospital. Do take advantage of this really excellent Will writing offer.”

This year, fourteen participating solicitor firms across Bath, Bristol, North East Somerset and Wiltshire have joined the RUH Will Month scheme. They will prepare and draw up a professional Will for you at a reduced fee – £100 for a single standard Will and £150 for a standard Mirror Wills or joint Wills.

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.  Often having a Will written can be expensive, therefore, we’d like to urge people to take advantage of our Will writing scheme to ensure your savings, possessions and wishes are respected in the future and giving you peace of mind now.

“By taking part in RUH Will Month you are also helping to support your local hospital as the solicitors waive their fees and are instead donated to our charity. This means that you can decide where the fee is donated – whether it goes towards one of our fundraising campaigns or to a specific ward or department that you have a special connection with.”

To take part in RUH Will Month, simply call any one of the participating solicitors listed here and make an appointment quoting ‘RUH Will Month. Alternatively, for more information contact Jan Witt on 01225 825819 or email jan.witt@nhs.net

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Spice girl Geri Horner celebrates our 20th anniversary

Spice Girl, Geri Horner (Halliwell) visited the Royal United Hospitals Bath today, Monday 10 June ahead of the Spice World concert at Ashton Gate in Bristol.

Geri made the special trip to visit patients and staff at the RUH to mark the 20th anniversary of the hospital’s charity, The Forever Friends Appeal.

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

“We are thrilled that Geri came back to celebrate our 20th anniversary with us. Twenty years ago she was here helping us launch our charity and our first appeal ‘Giving new heart to the RUH’. It’s fantastic to welcome her back and show her how we’ve helped transform our hospital.

“We were delighted to give Geri a tour of the hospital to show her some of the areas which we have funded thanks to our generous supporters and donors. We also visited the Breast Unit, for which we are raising funds, and showed her the new RNHRD and Brownsword Therapies Centre that will open this autumn.

Since our launch in 1999 over £25million has been raised for the RUH. The funds are used towards purchasing additional medical equipment, welcoming environments, new patient services and major build projects such as the RNHRD and Brownsword Therapies Centre and the Dyson Cancer Centre.

In tribute to the Appeal’s 20th anniversary a unique floral display will be unveiled in Bath’s Parade Gardens this summer. Created by the BaNES Parks team, the display will be there for everyone to enjoy from 29 June until September.

Later this year, we plan to introduce some new exciting, innovative major campaigns and smaller appeals to continue making a real difference to patients and their families.

 

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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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Glastonbury legend starts the 2017 Walk of Life

Glastonbury founder Michael Eavis was in Bishops Cannings bright and early on Saturday to give charity walkers a send off they deserve at the start of a marathon hike.

A total of 500 people signed up for the Walk Of Life organised by The Forever Friends Appeal at the Royal United Hospital, Bath and raised more than £50,000.

Walk of Life 2017 Michael Eavis

Walk ambassador Mr Eavis was at The Crown pub in the village near Devizes for the 8am start as hikers set off towards the tow path of the Kennet & Avon Canal for their 26.2 mile walk that would take them through Bradford on Avon and finish at the hospital.

Others joined the walk in Bradford to do the final ten miles and were joined by BBC presenter Ali Vowles.

Walk of Life 2017 Ali Vowles

The The Walk Of Life is held each year in memory of Vanessa Kyte from Rudge, near Trowbridge, who died in 2007 seven years after being diagnosed with breast cancer.

Events and community officer for The Forever Friends Appeal, Emily Lynch said: “The walk went incredibly well with Mr Eavis, who is a big supporter of ours, seeing our all day 26.2 mile walkers off at 8am and Ali seeing our afternoon 10 mile walkers off at 1pm.

“Our current fundraising total has just surpassed £50,000 which will go towards our Cancer Care Campaign and other wards and departments in the hospital but there are with more funds coming in by the hour. A final fundraising total will be announced by June.

“We are so grateful to everyone across Bath, Somerset and Wiltshire for supporting the 2017 Walk of Life and making it a sold out event.” She was delighted that last year’s total of £40,000 has already been beaten.

Places for the Walk of Life 2018 are already open. To sign up online visit our Walk of Life page – don’t leave it too late or places will sell out.

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500 prepare for charity’s sellout marathon walk

500 individuals across Bath, Somerset and Wiltshire are about to put on their walking boots for The Forever Friends Appeal’s popular annual event: the “Walk of Life” this Saturday 13th May, to help raise funds to transform care for patients and their families at Bath’s Royal United Hospital.

The Forever Friends Appeal are the primary charity for Bath’s Royal United Hospital who raise vital funds for all wards and departments at the hospital, including their major RUH Cancer Care Campaign, raising a minimum of £8.5 million towards an exceptional  new Cancer Centre at the RUH.

The Walk of Life is a positive walk to celebrate life, created with and in memory of Vanessa Kyte. Every year in May, the Walk of Life sees hundreds of people across Bath, Somerset and Wiltshire walk along the Kennet and Avon Canal from Devizes to Bath, raising funds to help transform patient care at the RUH. New for this year, the 2017 Walk of Life will challenge participants to walk a full marathon (26.2 miles) or alternatively 10 miles in the afternoon, along the beautiful Kennet & Avon Canal. Spaces on the event are no longer available, with places selling out back in March – a first in the event’s history!

Events & Community Officer for The Forever Friends Appeal, Emily Lynch, comments:  “We are so grateful to everyone across Bath, Somerset and Wiltshire for supporting the 2017 Walk of Life and making it a sold out event!  We’re very excited for Saturday’s event and can’t wait to congratulate our walkers when they reach the finish line in Bath! Last year’s event raised over £40,000 to help transform care for patients at the RUH – we hope to beat this total in 2017”

Legendary Glastonbury Festival Founder Michael Eavis CBE is the Ambassador of the 2017 Walk of Life, and will attend the start of the event’s new marathon route at 7.30am in Bishops Cannings to meet and greet walkers, before cutting the official starting ribbon at 8am to see walkers on their way along the canal.

Michael says, “The Royal United Hospital in Bath has always been close to my heart, having myself received excellent treatment there in past years. Since 2005 Glastonbury festival has supported The Forever Friends Appeal with various fundraising activities, including our pre-Glastonbury staff annual skittles match”.

The event’s new 26.2 mile route starts at The Crown Inn Pub, situated within the picturesque village of Bishops Cannings, just outside of Devizes. Walkers will depart from The Crown Inn at 8am to travel along the canal, via Bradford on Avon to end at the iconic Holburne Museum in Bath. Some walkers have opted to walk a shorter 10 mile route in the afternoon – from Bradford on Avon to Bath.

Walkers can choose to dedicate their fundraising to the RUH Cancer Care Campaign, or an RUH ward or department of their choice.

Once again the Appeal are thrilled to be working with Kier Construction on the event, who have sponsored the Walk of Life for the past 3 years and who are also working in partnership with the RUH Bath NHS Trust on the redevelopment of the hospital site.

BBC reporter and presenter for Points West Ali Vowles will also be attending Victory Fields in Bradford on Avon to mark the start of the Afternoon 10 mile challenge and see walkers on their way.

The Appeal are now encouraging the general public to attend the event’s finishing location, situated on the front lawn of the Holburne Museum, Bath to cheer walkers across the finishing line!

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Brownsword charity gives £1m to RUH campaign backed by Martin Roberts and Stephanie Millward

Sporting stars and celebrities have backed a new fundraising campaign at the Royal United Hospital – which is already £1million on its way thanks to the generosity of a local family.

I’m A Celebrity TV star Martin Roberts is among those to get involved as the public are now being asked to help raise the remaining money for a new outpatient centre.

Through their charitable foundation, business couple Andrew and Christina Brownsword have pledged to match £1m worth of donations for the Forever Friends Appeal’s new “RNHRD and Therapies Centre” Campaign, which was launched on Tuesday morning.

Andrew Brownsword was joined by appeal ambassadors at the existing RUH Therapies Department, as well as RUH staff and patients.

Among the ambassadors supporting the campaign are Olympian Sharron Davies and Paralympic medallists Stephanie Millward and Ben Rushgrove.

The campaign wants to raise more than £2million towards the building of the new centre, described as a “purpose-built outpatient facility which will provide treatment, care and education for patients to recover from episodes of illness or injury, or to manage their long-term condition.”

Visiting the existing hydrotherapy pool on Tuesday morning, Mr Brownsword said: “By establishing this ‘Brownsword Match Funding Challenge’ we want to ensure that every pound the public donates is matched with another pound from us to help the appeal reach its target.
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“After hearing patient experiences, we were compelled to get involved. Please join us in raising as much as possible to ensure this new centre, so important to the most effective and best possible care of patients and their families, takes shape over the next two years.”

Why is it needed?

Gina Sargeant, head of therapies at the RUH and Royal National Hospital for Rheumatic Diseases, said: “We’re creating a nurturing environment with dedicated specialist facilities for our patients.

“Designed in conjunction with staff and patients, the centre will include a large hydrotherapy pool, specialist gym and rehabilitation equipment, and a Biologics treatment space to support treatment, recovery, wellbeing and the management of long-term conditions.

“The expertise, heritage and international reputation of the RNHRD will combine with a local reputation for excellent care, leading to the provision of a unique facility at District General Hospital level for the benefit of thousands of people across Bath, Somerset and Wiltshire.”

Dr Raj Sengupta, consultant rheumatologist at the RNHRD said: “The numerous services planned to be collocated in the new building are not always as high in public profile as say some treatments for cancer.

“However, if you are one of the 75,000 people that will be treated in the new RNHRD and Therapies Centre, they are essential to the nurturing of your recovery or treatment – they are fundamental to nearly all patient ‘journeys’ through the hospital.”

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Tim Hobbs, head of fundraising at the Forever Friends Appeal, said: “Our current facilities for these services are costly to maintain and update in order to meet modern healthcare standards. They are also too dispersed across the hospital and on two different sites.

“This situation does not complement or help facilitate the hospital’s aims for achieving the highest quality of clinical care. Therefore the generous support we have received from the Brownsword family is absolutely vital to our patients.

“We hope it will encourage the public to get involved and help us reach our target of £2million which will complement the circa £14 million being invested in the building from NHS sources.”

Two people with special reason to back the campaign tell their stories

Nic Noble explains why the RNHRD & Therapies Centre means so much to her…

“Nearly 18 years ago I had my beautiful daughter, Alice. My husband and I already had two boys; Jake, nine, and Lewis, seven. Little did I know or expect that three weeks later I would be in the Royal United Hospital with a deep vein thrombosis.

“The consultant gave me the medication I had to inject every morning and the thrombosis would be disbursed. Unfortunately as this was happening, the medication was slowly eating away my vertebrae. It was becoming increasingly difficult to pick up Alice, look after the boys, look after our home, and our business, as we are self-employed.

“By April, during the Easter holidays, I collapsed and was taken into the RUH. I was able to keep Alice with me in a side ward with the help of my mum, sister and mother-in-law. An MRI scan unveiled six of my vertebrae had collapsed and I was diagnosed with osteoporosis. I was referred to Dr Bhalla at the Royal National Hospital for Rheumatic Diseases (RNHRD, or the Min). The Min were fantastic – Dr Bhalla, the physios and the hydro pool team gave me the support I needed for my recovery.

“The following year my sister was diagnosed with breast cancer; after chemo and having both her breasts removed, she decided raising money would be the way for us to go! So she trained for the Bath Half and we trained to walk marathons. She did a wing walk and I shaved her hair. Then the cancer was found in her lungs and she explained to me it was my turn to run!

“We had also approached The Forever Friends Appeal about a walk we wanted to do around the hospital’s catchment area and Tim said yes. Our first walk was in 2006, raising £40,000. In 2007, I trained and completed the Bath Half and the London Marathon with Nessa’s relentless encouragement.

“Ness was very poorly around the time of the second walk but asked me to promise to carry on raising money for a new Cancer Centre. Sadly, in the November, Ness passed away, but her legacy lives on. The walks to date have raised over £300,000. Without the Mineral Hospital, I would never have been able to keep my last promise to Ness.

“The RNHRD & Therapies Centre will help so many more patients like me. At a time when you are frightened, in pain and need fantastic support, this new facility will provide a positive and nurturing environment.

“This is a wonderful project to provide bigger and better facilities that will help so many people in our community.”

Richard Hayes, a 44-year-old hydrotherapy patient, also has good reason to back this campaign…

“I have always been fit and illness free, but in the spring of 2016 began suffering with balance issues. An MRI scan showed I had an aggressive spinal tumour in the thoracic spine which was destroying bone and squashing the spinal cord.

“The team at the RUH were fantastic in diagnosing this and then sent me to Oxford spinal unit where I stayed for a month. During this time I had sclerotherapy which has stopped the tumour growing, although subsequent scans have shown it is the same size as it was in July so I am having regular visits to Oxford spinal for assessment.

Richard-Hayes

“They can operate but there are risks involved due to its position and that it is squashing the spinal cord. I have an MRI and clinic scheduled for February, so a decision on what happens next will be made then.

“My recovery has been good as I have gone from a wheelchair, to zimmer frame, to sticks to nothing. If you look at me now you will see me walking well, although I do still have balance issues and do struggle on slopes and in busy environments. Running or riding a bike are completely out of the question at the moment.

“The physiotherapy I have received in Oxford and Bath has been a great help, but more than anything, the course of hydrotherapy has shown the most dramatic success. The weekly 30 minute session has helped greatly and has also given me exercises to do myself in a swimming pool to help my strength and balance.

“I have three boys (7, 5 and 3) so a full recovery would be wonderful to allow me to run, ride a bike etc with them; the last seven months have been difficult but with the support of my wife, we’ve got through it and hope continued improvement and shrinkage or removal of the tumour will follow over the next few months.

“During my time in hospital I have received amazing care from all the doctors, nurses and support staff and I wish the Forever Friends Appeal all the best in being able to raise the funds for this amazing project.”

How do I get involved?

As well as making instant donations by phone, post or online, an instant donation can be made by texting TFFA17 £10 to 70070. Visit www.foreverfriendsappeal.co.uk to donate online.

Fundraising events such as Fire and Ice Walk in March and the Walk of Life in May will also contribute and members of the public are invited to organise their own events as well.

Mr Hobbs added: “The public’s charitable donations working in partnership with NHS funding are really important – they enable the clinicians and project managers to ‘think out of the box’, innovate, and make our facilities really special for patients here at the RUH.

“There are many ways to get involved – the Brownsword Match Funding Challenge will maximise the impact of people’s efforts, such as our Therapies Staff taking part in the Appeal’s Fire and Ice Walk on Sunday, March 5, to kick start their fundraising efforts.”

 

 

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Brownsword Family ‘make a splash’ with one million reasons to support new RNHRD and Therapies Centre

Celebrities, doctors, nurses, therapists and patients made a huge splash at the Royal United Hospitals (RUH) today to mark a £1 million pledge from business couple Andrew and Christina Brownsword and their Charitable Foundation to launch The Forever Friends Appeal’s new RNHRD and Therapies Centre” Campaign.

As the primary charity at Bath’s Royal United Hospitals, the Appeal and their new campaign aims to raise a total of over £2 million to support the building of a new, state-of-the-art RNHRD and Therapies Centre. This purpose built outpatient facility will provide treatment, care and education for patients to recover from episodes of illness or injury, or to manage their long-term condition.  The Brownsword family have promised to match £1 million worth of donations from the public and other donors to help raise this total – through “The Brownsword Challenge”.

Andrew Brownsword, visiting the hydrotherapy pool in the existing RUH Therapies Department today met Appeal Ambassadors, staff and patients and launched the new Campaign.  Mr Brownsword said:   “By establishing this ‘Brownsword Match Funding Challenge’ we want to ensure that every pound the public donates is matched with another pound from us to help the Appeal reach its target.  After hearing patient experiences such as Nic Noble’s, we were compelled to get involved.  Please join us in raising as much as possible to ensure this new Centre, so important to the most effective and best possible care of patients and their families, takes shape over the next two years”.

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Appeal Ambassadors, Para-Olympic medallists Stephanie Millward and Ben Rushgrove, together with TV presenter Martin Roberts, all lent their support to the Match Funding Challenge today.  The Celebrities, all used to challenges of their own, encouraged the public to support the fundraising Campaign for this important new building.

The RNHRD and Therapies Centre building will house Rheumatology, Therapies and a number of Pain Management Services under one roof, bringing together RUH services and services relocated from the RNHRD (Royal National Hospital for Rheumatic Diseases).

Gina Sargeant, Head of Therapies at the RUH and RNHRD said:  “We’re creating a nurturing environment with dedicated specialist facilities for our patients. Designed in conjunction with staff and patients, the Centre will include a large hydrotherapy pool, specialist gym and rehabilitation equipment, and a Biologics treatment space to support treatment, recovery, wellbeing and the management of long-term conditions. The expertise, heritage and international reputation of the RNHRD will combine with a local reputation for excellent care, leading to the provision of a unique facility at District General Hospital level for the benefit of thousands of people across Bath, Somerset and Wiltshire”.

Dr Raj Sengupta, Consultant Rheumatologist at the RNHRD said:  “The numerous services planned to be collocated in the new building are not always as high in public profile as say some treatments for Cancer.  However, if you are one of the 75,000 people that will be treated in the new RNHRD and Therapies Centre, they are essential to the nurturing of your recovery or treatment – they are fundamental to nearly all patient ‘journeys’ through the hospital.”

The Forever Friends Appeal are thrilled by the support given by the Brownsword Family and its Charitable Foundation.  Tim Hobbs Head of Fundraising commented:  “Our current facilities for these services are costly to maintain and update in order to meet modern healthcare standards.  They are also too dispersed across the hospital and on two different sites. This situation does not complement or help facilitate the hospital’s aims for achieving the highest quality of clinical care.  Therefore the generous support we have received from the Brownsword family is absolutely vital to our patients.  We hope it will encourage the public to get involved and help us reach our target of £2million which will complement the circa £14 million being invested in the building from NHS sources”.

Mr Hobbs continues:  “The public’s charitable donations working in partnership with NHS funding are really important – they enable the clinicians and project managers to ‘think out of the box’, innovate, and make our facilities really special for patients here at the RUH.  There are many ways to get involved – the Brownsword Match Funding Challenge will maximise the impact of people’s efforts, such as our Therapies Staff taking part in the Appeal’s Fire and Ice Walk on Sunday 5th March to kick start their fundraising efforts.  Here are a few more……”.

  • Make a donation in person, by phone, online or by post using the form in this newspaper
  • Take part in one of our many events throughout the year and designate your sponsorship, eg The Fire and Ice Walk, Sun 5th March or The Walk of Life, Sat 13th
  • Organise an event with colleagues, a group or club
  • Make a gift in memory of a loved one
  • Set up a Tribute Fund
  • Get your workplace involved as charity of the year
  • Join our Community or Corporate Partnership schemes
  • Leave a gift in your will
  • Text TFFA17 £10 to 70070 and instantly make a donation
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John Cleese supports the ‘Brick’ fundraising scheme at the RUH

Comedian, actor and writer, John Cleese, has come on board to show his support and raise awareness about the opportunity to help build a premium Cancer Centre at the Royal United Hospitals in Bath. Together with his wife, Jenny, who both have strong connections to Bath, they have recently become Ambassadors for The Forever Friends Appeal, RUH Cancer Care Campaign and are now encouraging individuals, companies and groups to support the ‘Be a Brick’ fundraising scheme and ‘Buy a Brick’ to help make the building extra special.

Appeal Ambassador, John Cleese says “I am so happy to support this amazing cause. Please show your support and buy a virtual brick, row or wall for the new building. This pioneering Cancer Centre will transform the care of so many patients and their families across the region.”

John continues “When you live in a small city like Bath you see where your money goes and how it makes a difference. That is something that doesn’t happen in bigger cities like London, it all gets lost there. Here people see the improvements that have been made, which is why I think so many people support the appeal.”

Since being launched in 2013 by the actress Brenda Blethyn, the ‘Be a Brick’ scheme has raised an amazing over £200,000 and continues to provide a fun way to support the RUH Cancer Care Campaign.

In return for purchasing a virtual brick for £10, supporters will receive a ‘Be a Brick’ certificate and the knowledge that they will be helping to transform care for cancer patients, families and their carers. Those who choose to purchase a virtual ‘Row’ for £100 or ‘Wall’ for £1000, will also receive an acknowledgement of their chosen name within the design of the new building. Local businesses are being encouraged to buy a ‘Wall’ and join the ‘Brick Wall Club‘ – giving each company a chance to win a room-naming opportunity within the new Cancer Centre.

Look out for an information Leaflet of how to purchase your very own brick/s which is being delivered to your doorstep. If you would like more details about the ‘Be a Brick’ scheme, the Brick Wall Club or the RUH Cancer Care Campaign, visit our ‘be a Brick’ page or call The Forever Friends Appeal office on 01225 825691. There are also brightly-coloured cardboard collection boxes available which are the perfect size to pop onto a local shop counter, or to display at work or at home – ready to save those pennies and pounds to buy bricks! People are being encouraged together with other members of their families, groups or colleagues to fill enough boxes for a row or even a wall.

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