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Kelly’s tribute fund raises over £25k for Dyson Cancer Centre

A tribute fund that was set up in memory of a young mother who lost her battle with cancer has raised over £25,000 for The Forever Friends Appeal.

Kelly Ross was only 32 when she died in 2015, leaving Jack (11 months) and Ruby (3) behind. She had always spoken about supporting the Appeal, so her family decided to set up a personal tribute fund through the charity to fundraise towards the new Dyson Cancer Centre at the hospital.

Five years on and the family have organised and taken part in a variety of events and challenges, including football matches, raffles and running marathons to name but a few.  Earlier this year year Kelly’s daughter Ruby, now 9, organised a coffee morning in their home town of Devizes and raised £1,700.

With fundraising activities being cancelled this year Kelly’s brother Ashley with his wife Katie and brother in Law, Jason Muir, decided to take on their biggest challenge yet by attempting a non-stop version of the White Horse Trail, a 80-mile hike that links all of the White Horses in Wiltshire. Friends and family joined them for sections of the three-day trek and they were greeted at the final White Horse by Kelly’s parents, as well as Ruby and Jack.

Following the event Katie said: “From the bottom of our hearts thank you so much to everyone who has donated, joined us and sent messages of love and support. We couldn’t have done it without you all. We are all doing this for Kelly who is worth every penny, every blister, every ache and pain!”

More than £3,000 was raised from the hike, bringing the grand total raised by the tribute fund since its inception to over £25,000.  As a result the family are now Senior Partners of the charity and will see Kelly’s name in the Dyson Cancer Centre.

Jan Witt, Legacy & Tribute Manager at the Forever Friends Appeal said: “The Forever Friends Appeal relies on the wonderful generosity of families out in the community who wish to celebrate the lives of their loved ones through fundraising. Setting up a personal tribute fund really does help make a really big difference to the patients and their families who are cared for at the RUH.

“Acknowledging the Kelly Ross Tribute Fund as a Senior Family Partner is our way of saying ‘thank you’ for everything her family, friends and colleagues have done in her honour.”

To find out more about setting up a tribute fund in memory of a loved one please click here

 

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Hospital ward teams up for My Walk of Life Marathon

Staff members from the neurology ward at the Royal United Hospitals Bath have teamed up for the My Walk of Life Marathon, a virtual walking event organised by the hospital’s charity, The Forever Friends Appeal.

Doctors, nurses, healthcare assistants, clinical nurse specialists and administrative staff from Helena Ward are clocking up 26.2 miles of walking during September.

Rosie Lloyd, a Senior Sister on the Helena Ward said: “We have decided to take on the challenge of walking a marathon by capturing our steps during our busy shifts to raise some money to improve patient experience on Helena ward.

“We would like to put the funds towards an outdoor area for Neurology patients to enjoy, either for therapy sessions or for them to spend time with their families during visiting. Neurology patients often have a longer stay in hospital than other patients so having an outdoor area for them would aid their recovery and have a positive impact on their physical and emotional wellbeing.

“Each member of our team is hoping to raise £100. So please help spread the word and support us with a donation if you can.”

Helena ward cares for patients like Ed Jackson, former professional rugby player who sustained a spinal cord injury in an accident which left him paralysed and was told that he may never walk again. After dedicating himself to intensive recovery and rehabilitation at three hospitals, including Helena Ward, Ed is not only walking, but climbing mountains and raising thousands of pounds for charities, including The Forever Friends Appeal.

Ed said:  “The incredible people of the NHS saved my life and got me back on my feet and this wouldn’t have been possible without them.”

Karlie Evans, Events and Community Officer said: “It’s great to see another ward signing up, and it’s not too late if anyone else would like to take part.

“The response to the event so far has been fantastic. More than 194 people are taking part, raising £24,595 to date, and they have covered over 2,000 miles already.

“It’s completely up to you how you decide to complete the 26.2 mile challenge by the end of September. Why not take this opportunity to get out and discover the great outdoors or tot up your miles in your own home or garden.”

To make your steps count for RUH staff and patients sign up to the My Walk of Life Marathon today. It’s free to register and if you raise £100 by 30 September you will receive a medal. For more information visit: www.my walkoflifemarathon.co.uk.

If you are unable to take part this year, please consider making a donation to Helena Ward – you can find them on the website above.

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Toddler takes part in charity’s Walk of Life Marathon

A toddler is walking a mile everyday this month to raise money for the Royal United Hospitals (RUH) Bath.

Seventeen month old Avi was born six weeks premature at the RUH and was cared by specialists in the hospital’s Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU). Earlier this year Avi spent more time in hospital being treated for sepsis.

Mum, Emma Musgrove, from Melksham, wanted to thank the staff at the RUH for everything they have done for their little girl so they are taking part in The Forever Friends Appeal’s ‘My Walk of Life Marathon’ which is happening this month.

Emma said: “The RUH means an incredible amount to us as without the care of their staff on NICU Avi would not be here now. When she was treated for sepsis back in January by staff in A&E and the Paediatric team, at her worst the doctors didn’t think she would survive but they never gave up on her and she beat it.

“The work that all of the staff do is absolutely amazing and we will be forever grateful to them for giving our little girl back. We’re aiming to walk one mile a day during September until she reaches the target of her first marathon. She’s loving the challenge so far and it’s great to raise some money as a thank you for everything the RUH have done for her.”

Emma set their fundraising target at £100 and already friends and family have donated over £725 to their Just Giving page, making them the second top fundraiser in the challenge.

Laura Piner, Events and Community Coordinator said: “We are so grateful for Avi and Emma for taking part in My Walk of Life Marathon. Avi’s enthusiasm to explore, alongside Emma’s desire to help the hospital is inspiring and we are extremely thankful for their support.

“There’s still time to sign up and take part in the My Walk of Life Marathon as it’s a virtual walking challenge and it doesn’t finish until 30 September. The aim is to walk 26.2 miles and it’s completely up to you how you decide to complete the total distance, whether you get out and discover the great outdoors or tot up your miles in your own home or garden.

The proceeds raised by My Walk of Life Marathon will go towards helping the hospital’s charity The Forever Friends Appeal provide support to staff beyond the coronavirus crisis and fund projects and medical equipment that make a real difference to our patients and their families. Participants are also welcome to support a particular ward, department or appeal if they wish.

To make your step count for RUH staff and patients sign up at www.my walkoflifemarathon.co.uk. It’s free to register and if you raise £100 by 30 September you will receive a medal.

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Francis Hotel Bath offer to RUH staff

To say thank you to staff for their incredible work during the recent Covid-19 pandemic, MGallery Hotel Collection have generously gifted five two night stays in their beautiful Francis Hotel, Bath.

“Thank you to all of the NHS staff at Royal United Hospitals Bath NHS Foundation Trust for your amazing care and dedication to protect and look after our community during the coronavirus pandemic. As a thank you, Francis Hotel Bath – MGallery Hotel Collection would like to offer five two-night stays to the team.

Those chosen at random will get to spend a couple of nights relaxing in one of Francis Hotel’s historic guestrooms with a loved one of their choice. Situated in the heart of Bath, opposite Queens Square, the hotel provides a wonderful central location to rediscover the historical sites of your home city and to enjoy a few days of much deserved rest and relaxation.” – Olivier Croso, General Manager Francis Hotel

The prize draw is open for any member of RUH staff to nominate themselves and/or a colleague to be in with the chance of winning one of these fabulous overnight breaks.

The draw is now open and will close at midday on Wednesday 16th September. The five winners will be selected randomly from all entries using an online draw website.

Offer now closed

 

By completing this form you agree to the following terms and conditions:

  • Entries are now open and close at midday on Wednesday 16th September 2020.
  • Entrants must be currently employed by the Royal United Hospitals Bath NHS Foundation Trust.
  • RUH staff members can either enter themselves and/or enter their colleague(s) to win.
  • All staff members entered will have only one opportunity to win.  This means that RUH staff members who are nominated more than once, will have only one entry put into the draw.
  • Entrants are required to meet the criteria specified.
  • Winners will be selected at random from the list of RUH staff nominated.
  • Winners will be notified directly by The Forever Friends Appeal, shortly after the competition has ended.
  • Acceptance of the prize means the winner agrees to be named on social media.
  • The competition is only open to residents of the UK who are age 18 years or above.
  • If the potential winner cannot be contacted, the winner forfeits all rights to the prize and an alternative winner will be selected.
  • The Forever Friends Appeal charity reserves the right to suspend, cancel or modify the prize draw at any time and for any reason without notice.
  • The prize is non-transferable. All additional extras are chargeable. Alcohol and soft drinks are not included.
  • Bookings will be subject to availability.
  • Offer expires 31st December 2020. Excluding Christmas Day, Boxing Day, New Years Eve and the 5th December.
  • Entry implies acceptance of these terms and conditions as final and binding.
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Robin Smith Ward team up to walk marathon

More than 30 staff members at the Royal United Hospitals Bath are getting ready to walk 26.2 miles throughout September to raise funds for the hospital.

Colleagues from both Robin Smith ward and the Royal National Hospital for Rheumatic Diseases (RNHRD) and Brownsword Therapies Centre are taking part in My Walk of Life Marathon, a virtual walking event organised by The Forever Friends Appeal. The teams include nurses, cleaners, senior sisters, healthcare assistants and administrative staff.

The aim is to walk 26.2 miles during September and there’s still time for people to sign up and join hundreds of other walkers who are taking part in their own way.

The Robin Smith team is captained by Sam Rye, Senior Sister, who said: “Each and every day we spend so much time on our feet walking to various wards and departments at the hospital and to and from patients. Therefore we have decided to take on the challenge of walking a marathon by recording the distances we walk in a shift.”

The team is hoping to raise enough money to transform Robin Smith ward’s patient day room to provide a positive and therapeutic space which will enhance patients’ recovery.

Team RNHRD is looking to give the courtyard garden in their outpatients department a revamp. Their captain, Andrea Ferreira, Senior Sister for Rheumatology, said: “At the moment the garden looks a little sad. It would be lovely to have some greenery and make the courtyard prettier for patients to look out on while they are waiting for their appointments.”

Karlie Evans, Events and Community Officer said: “It’s so wonderful to see so many RUH staff sign up and I hope it inspires others to take part.

“It’s been the most challenging year the NHS has ever faced and because of the pandemic and ongoing restrictions, we had to cancel our beloved Walk of Life canal walk, at a time when support at the RUH has been needed most.

“To make sure people can still walk and help the hospital this year, we have turned it into a month long virtual walking event. It’s completely up to you how you decide to complete the 26.2 mile challenge; you can do it your own way over 30 days. Why not take this opportunity to get out and discover the great outdoors or tot up your miles in your own home or garden.”

By taking part in this virtual walking event for The Forever Friends Appeal, the charity will be able to continue to support the staff beyond the coronavirus crisis by funding projects and medical equipment that make a real difference to our patients and their families. Participants are also welcome to support a particular ward, department or appeal if they wish.

To make your steps count for RUH staff and patients sign up to the My Walk of Life Marathon today. It’s free to register and if you raise £100 by 30 September you will receive a medal. For more information visit: www.mywalkoflifemarathon.co.uk.

If you are unable to take part in the event this year, please consider making a donation to the RUH staff teams. Each member of the teams is raising £100 – you can find them on the website above.

 

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Make every step count for patients this September

A charity ambassador and dedicated fundraiser is getting ready to walk 26.2 miles throughout September to raise funds for the Royal United Hospitals Bath.

Nicola Noble, from Warminster, is taking part in the My Walk of Life Marathon, a virtual walking event organised by The Forever Friends Appeal. The aim is to walk 26.2 miles during September and there’s still time to sign up and join hundreds of other walkers taking part in their own way.

Nicola will walk in memory of her sister Vanessa Kyte who sadly passed away on 15 November 2007, seven years after first being diagnosed with breast cancer, which soon developed into secondary lung cancer and brain tumours.

Nicola said, “My family and I have been supporting the Forever Friends Appeal for over 10 years. Ness and I helped set up the very first organised sponsored walk for the charity. I will be donating my sponsorship towards the charity’s RUH Cancer Care Campaign for the Dyson Cancer Centre because we want to help make a difference to future patients living with and beyond cancer – a cause my sister Ness was so passionate about before she passed away.

“This cancer centre has been my motivation and I’m looking forward to taking on this year’s My Walk of Life Marathon event so if you haven’t signed up yet, please do – take part with your friends or family it’s a rewarding challenge to do. Or if walking is not your thing, please sponsor someone who is taking part as your donation will help make a difference. Thank you.”

Laura Cherry, Events and Community Coordinator said: “We are grateful to have Nic’s support and we hope her story inspires others to take part.

“It’s been the most challenging year the NHS has ever faced and because of the pandemic and ongoing restrictions, we had to cancel our beloved Walk of Life canal walk, at a time when support at the RUH has been needed most.

“To make sure people can still walk and help the hospital this year, we have turned it into a month long virtual walking event. It’s completely up to you how you decide to complete the 26.2 mile challenge, you can do it your own way over 30 days. Why not take this opportunity to get out and discover the great outdoors like Nic or tot up your miles in your own home or garden.”

By taking part in this virtual walking event for The Forever Friends Appeal, the charity will be able to continue to support the staff beyond the coronavirus crisis and fund projects and medical equipment that make a real difference to our patients and families. Participants are also welcome to support a particular ward, department or appeal if they wish.

To make your step count for RUH staff and patients sign up to the My Walk of Life Marathon today. It’s free to register and if you raise £100 by 30 September you will receive a medal. For more information visit: www.my walkoflifemarathon.co.uk.

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70 year old to walk 300 miles for RUH cancer services

A 70 year old Bath resident is planning to walk an incredible 300 miles throughout September to raise money for the Royal United Hospitals (RUH) Bath cancer services as a thank you for the 11 years of outstanding care.

Alan Morley is aiming to achieve his goal by taking part in The Forever Friends Appeal’s virtual walking event called My Walk of Life Marathon. This event is open to people of all ages and who would like to fundraise for the hospital by walking 26.2 miles during September.

Alan said: “I had bowel cancer in 2009 and after surgery, radiotherapy and chemotherapy at the RUH I was given the all clear in August 2015. However a year later it was discovered that I had a different and rare cancer called pseudomyxoma peritonei which affects three people per million per year worldwide.

“My treatment was done at one of the two hospitals in the UK that treat this cancer, however all my ongoing diagnostic tests and oncology consultations are conducted at the RUH. So, I am fundraising to say thank you to the staff for looking after me for the last 11 years.

“I have been walking during lockdown in anticipation of the annual Walk of Life. I thought 26.2 miles in a month would be easy, so I have decided to walk at least a marathon a week until the end of September – I have set my target of 300 miles.”

There’s still time for people to sign up to take part in the My Walk of Life Marathon which aims to raise much-needed funds for the Royal United Hospitals Bath.

Karlie Evans, Events and Community Officer said: “We are grateful to people like Alan who have signed up to support our local hospital and we hope his story inspires others to take part.

“With this year being so different for all of us, we have replaced our physical Walk of Life event with this virtual walking event. It’s completely up to you how you decide to complete the 26.2 mile challenge, you can do it your own way over 30 days. Why not take this opportunity to get out and discover the great outdoors or tot up your miles in your own home or garden.”

By taking part in this virtual walking event for The Forever Friends Appeal, the charity will be able to provide funding for the hospital’s wards and departments and towards its major campaigns and appeals such as the Dyson Cancer Centre and Speech Therapy Appeal. Participants can also choose to donate their sponsorship to a particular ward if they wish.

To make your step count for RUH staff and patients sign up to the My Walk of Life Marathon today. It’s free to register and if you raise £100 by 30 September you will receive a medal. For more information visit: www.my walkoflifemarathon.co.uk.

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Local company completes 34 day fundraising challenge

A local firm embarked on a 34 day fundraising challenge to say thanks for the care given to their colleague who fell ill with COVID-19 and spent 34 days on a respirator at the Royal United Hospitals Bath (RUH).

Gavin Davis, owner of Halsall, a construction and development firm, fell seriously ill with the virus and was admitted to the unit on 3 April. Thankfully he is now out of hospital and continues his recovery at home.

The team at Halsall and the Davis family wanted to show their gratitude to the RUH and embarked on the challenge to raise £3,400 in recognition of the 34 days he spent on a respirator.

The company were overwhelmed to have more than doubled this target and handed a cheque to The Forever Friends Appeal charity for an incredible £8,288 for the Pierce Intensive Care Ward.

Hannah Taylor, Office Manager, Halsall said: “The care that Gavin received while in the Pierce Intensive Care Unit was nothing short of remarkable. We were therefore inspired to show our appreciation for the NHS Staff and the Pierce Intensive Care Unit by taking on this fundraising challenge.”

For 34 days a series of fundraising events were organised all themed around the number 34. Activities (which all followed Government guidelines) included challenges such as eating 34 crackers without a drink, walking 34km, cycling 34km for 34 days, cycling 340 miles in 34 days, and a 34-hour spinathon.

Jo Common, Corporate Officer said: “We are so pleased to hear that Gavin is home and recovering well, and we would like to say a heartfelt thank you to the team at Halsall and the Davis family for taking on this wonderful challenge. The staff in our Intensive Care Unit are overwhelmed to hear that such in incredible amount has been raised, to thank them for their exceptional care.”

Margi Jenkins, Matron, Critical Care and Outreach said: “We are so happy to hear that Gavin continues to get better. The progress he has made has been so rewarding for us as a team and we are very grateful for this generous donation which will help us to continue providing the best care possible for our patients.”

If you would like to support The Forever Friends Appeal please click here

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Covid-19 Appeal funds support for RUH staff and patients

Staff and patients at the Royal United Hospitals Bath are to benefit from a generous grant from NHS Charities Together.

NHS Charities Together is the umbrella organisation of all NHS charities, which shot to prominence when Captain Sir Tom Moore raised more than £32 million for it.

The RUH’s charity The Forever Friends Appeal has received a further grant of £50,000. It will be used to provide mental health support, outdoor seating for staff and visitors and support for patients who are living with dementia.

Rhyannon Boyd, Head of Fundraising, The Forever Friends Appeal said:

“We would like to thank the public who donated to the NHS Charities Together COVID-19 urgent appeal. Thanks to peoples’ generosity we can provide the immediate support and meet the practical needs of our staff and patients in the weeks and months to come.

“Our frontline colleagues have been through a really demanding time. They’ve shown resilience, strength and spirit over the past few months, and now’s the time to give them the support they need to recover, take respite and prepare as we head towards winter.”

The mental health support will ensure teams that have been affected by COVID-19 are invited to attend debriefing sessions, called ‘Pause Days’. These sessions will be run by psychological therapists and have proven to be effective in aiding mental health recovery following exposure to a period of time that has been traumatic and stressful.

Entertainment for patients living with dementia will now be funded – items such as DAB radios, Bluetooth speakers and listening devices for the hard of hearing will be provided, helping to reduce anxiety and loneliness and having a positive effect on their mental wellbeing

The funding will be used to provide more outdoor seating so staff can sit, relax and reflect during busy shifts and teams can meet while social distancing. The additional seating will also be a welcome addition for staff forums such the LGBT+ and Allies and equal abilities groups to get together.

Rhyannon said: “The public’s generosity means that these fantastic projects are now being put in place for our staff and patients. We are still responding to the new challenges of COVID-19 and we continue to fundraise to provide the necessary support for our hospital.”

In total the Forever Friends Appeal has received £123,000 of restricted funding from NHS Charities Together specifically for projects related to COVID-19.

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Thanks to Bath Half runners for going the extra mile

Over £800,000 has been collectively raised by hundreds of Bath Half runners for the hospital charity The Forever Friends Appeal since 2000.

This incredible amount of money has benefitted a number of areas across the Royal United Hospitals (RUH) Bath, including many of the wards and departments which runners have specifically fundraised for. Some of the funds have also gone towards supporting the hospital’s research projects and the charity’s previous fundraising campaigns as well as the planned Dyson Cancer Centre.

Rhyannon Boyd, Head of Fundraising, The Forever Friends Appeal said:

“We would like to thank everyone who has joined our Bath Half team over the years. This year was an unprecedented situation for all of us and we are truly grateful to our runners, whether you took part on the day or decided to run virtually and complete it your way. Thank you for making a difference to our patients.

“The decision by The Forever Fiends Appeal to withdraw our staff and volunteer providing support and hospitality for runners by the charity at this year’s Bath Half was an incredibly difficult one to make. We have been involved with the race for two decades, it is always a highlight in our calendar and we hope this continues for many more years to come.

“As the hospital charity we hope that people will join our 2021 Bath Half running team to show their continued support for our local hospital in what has been the most challenging year in the NHS’s history.”

COVID-19 has affected every ward and department in the RUH and staff are adapting to new ways of working to keep our patients and staff safe.

The public’s generosity and kindness has meant that The Forever Friends Appeal has been able to make a difference already, but the pandemic has changed and put a pause on many of the charity’s planned events. The charity still needs the public’s continued support to help transform patient care where it’s needed most.

You can secure a charity place for the Bath Half 2021 here. If you have already secured a general entry place and would like to run for the RUH please click here

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