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Your support has brought smiles to staff faces

Our very first Christmas Appeal has proved to be a resounding success.

For every day in December we shared a staff member’s story to give supporters a real insight into the wide variety of roles that makes the RUH tick.

Here are just a few examples of what happened over the festive period and the positive impact your support has had.

“I just wanted to say a huge thank you for looking after us all over the last few months with our lovely care packages. We really have appreciated them so thank you for bringing us all some smiles!  ☺”

Rosie Lloyd, Senior Sister, Helena Ward


“The Christmas hampers have been really appreciated by staff on Charlotte ward, thank you!”

Helen Wickett, Senior Sister, Charlotte Ward


“Thank you for the Christmas hamper and for everything you’ve done this past year.”

Andreia Ferreira, Rheumatology


“I’d like to thank local people for their support, it’s great to see people taking the initiative to support the NHS, we’re all really grateful!”

Anderson Barbosa, Security Officer

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Thank you for your support

We would like to say a huge thank you for your continued fundraising support and commitment towards our Appeal.

The response to our Christmas Appeal has really shown how much our RUH staff are cherished by our local communities. Your kindness and support means a great deal to our colleagues, it’s given them the strength to carry on, especially to those who worked on the frontline over the Christmas period.

Thanks to your generosity we have been able to fund many projects to make a huge difference to patients and their families, as well as supporting staff wellbeing at the RUH.

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Why I support the NHS

I live locally to Bath and began supporting The Forever Friends Appeal five years ago after my husband developed a treatable but not curable cancer. He was a patient at the RUH and thankfully after having chemotherapy and treatment he is now well. I am very grateful to the staff who work in the Oncology department for all the excellent care they gave my husband. Having had first-hand experience of being a carer for my husband and going through our journey with cancer, I think improved care and services will make such a difference for patients and their families. I wanted to say thank you to the staff and the best way I could do that was through my work as a musician and fundraise for the new Cancer Centre.

I began donating money from my music performances. I then became involved the Keynsham and Saltford RUH Fundraising Group. Before COVID, we organised many events including music concerts, coffee mornings and wonderful cake sales. We’ve since found other ways to continue our fundraising throughout the pandemic, a member of the group has been selling vegetables and lavender bags and I have recorded demos for singers to sing along with at home in return for a donation to the Appeal.

If you would like to make a donation to help patients who affected by cancer in Bath and the surrounding area please make a donation.

Thank you.

Helen James

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Reach great heights this spring for RUH Bath

Get active this spring by taking part in The Forever Friends Appeal’s brand new ‘Sofa to Summit’ virtual challenge and raise funds for the Royal United Hospitals Bath.

The hospital charity is encouraging people to take part in its 61 day summit Everest challenge which starts on Thursday 1 April 2021. Participants will have until 31 May to complete the 8,848 metre climb, either from the comfort of their own home or outdoors.

Laura Pearce, Events and Community Manager said: “Our Sofa to Summit challenge aims to give people an unforgettable at home adventure. Many of us have lockdown blues and this event is about getting active, having fun and fundraising for our local hospital.

“Over the last year, our staff have been working under intense pressure in difficult circumstances to care for their patients. Figuratively speaking they have been moving mountains for us, so by climbing your own virtual mountain, you’ll be helping us care for our RUH staff so they can continue to make a difference for our patients, both during this pandemic and in the years to come.

“We’re asking participants to raise as much as they can. Anyone who raises £100 or more will receive an exclusive expedition patch. The Sofa to Summit virtual challenge can be completed any way that suits you – walking, running, cycling – just ensure you are following the social distancing guidelines at that time.”

Registration for this event is free and everyone will get a free t-shirt. Participants will receive resources to help them track their climb, and will be invited to join a Facebook Group of fellow climbers.

Teams as well as individuals can take part and complete Everest’s 8,848 metres collectively. Anyone interested in taking part in the Soft to Summit virtual challenge are invited to sign up here.

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World Cancer Day – 4 February 2021

Today is World Cancer Day, an important day for us to highlight the positive impact our supporters are making for our patients and their families.

Since the launch of our RUH Cancer Care Campaign close to £10 million has been raised towards the Dyson Cancer Centre. This is truly astonishing and on World Cancer Day it’s a great opportunity to share with you the progress of the cancer centre build.

It’s thanks to your support that the Royal United Hospitals Bath will have a unique Cancer Centre built to serve people in our local communities who are living with cancer. The Dyson Cancer Centre will help transform the care to patients and their families by bringing the majority of the RUH’s cancer services together under one roof in a nurturing and therapeutic environment.

Because of the huge amount of fundraising support we have received for this project we are delighted to share the following news:

  • £9.8million has been raised so far for the Dyson Cancer Centre
  • Demolition work is well underway for building the new centre
  • Over the next 12 months we aim to raise £197,000 to finish off our cancer campaign to ensure the new centre is truly special in its design, facilities and equipment.


“It is really exciting to see the building work progressing. The new centre is so important for our patients, especially as COVID-19 has highlighted the importance of having a safe, spacious and modern environment for cancer treatments.”

Professor Mark Beresford, Consultant Oncologist and Clinical Lead for Oncology and Haematology at the Royal United Hospitals Bath




Thank you for your continued support in fundraising for the Dyson Cancer Centre. If you would like to find out more about the new centre please click here

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Supporter’s story: Why I support the RUH Cancer Care Campaign

The theme for this year’s #WorldCancerDay is I am and I will’ and the aim of the awareness day is to help raise awareness and inspire action.

We would like to share with you one of our supporter’s story’s. Meet Bev (pictured below on the left) she is doing all she can to help ensure those affected by cancer receive the support and care they need by supporting our Appeal and fundraising towards the Dyson Cancer Centre.  Here’s her story:

“Losing a daughter to Cervical Cancer at just 28 years old is one of the most heart-breaking things ever to happen to anyone.  My daughter Nic (pictured on the right) started her treatment at about the same time as the hospital launched their Cancer Care Appeal and she was excited to do something to help fundraise.

“What started out as a small coffee morning with her positive and enthusiastic attitude quickly turned into a daylong party in the garden which raised over £1,700. It was a day where although she was tired, she kept going, spent time with her friends and family. A day to remember and treasure in our memories. Not long afterwards she was told her cancer was terminal and it was the start of Nic encouraging me to continue fundraising after she died.

“We have done this by setting up a Tribute fund called The Nicola Robertson Forever Fund. I also chair and actively take part in a local fundraising group. Over the last 7 years since she died I have experienced things I never thought I was capable of, I’ve met some really lovely people who are now special friends and have given talks to small groups right up to a room full of people.

“We are so proud of Nic for what she achieved both in her life and after and I hope she is proud of us too.”

Thank you Bev for being so open and sharing your story with us. If you would like to find out more about our Cancer Care campaign please click here 

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Harry’s three peak ascent challenge

Six year-old Harry, from Bath, has climbed the combined height of Ben Nevis, Scafell Pike and Snowdon, all within the stay at home guidelines, in an incredible 11 days to raise money to help staff and patients at the Royal United Hospitals (RUH) Bath.

Harry, a Kingswood Prep school pupil, has been learning about the UK in his remote learning lessons and decided to try and ascend the combined height of the three peaks in 14 days.

Harry said: “I wanted to raise some money for our local hospital’s charity, The Forever Friends Appeal.”

He began to climb the combined sea level to peak height, which is equal to 3,408m, on Saturday 16th January by repeatedly ascending his stairs at home, and took on the ‘middle steps’ and gained height on local walks.

Harry’s mum, Laura said: “We are very proud of Harry, he’s amazing. We worked out that by just using our own stairs, it would equate to ascending the whole staircase 70 times a day, every day for two weeks and he was ready to take up the challenge.

“Harry is extremely grateful for the donations he’s received to help him support such a worthwhile, local cause. He’s smashed his original target of £250 and has raised over £1,100. We’ve shared the messages of encouragement left on his Just Giving page with him. He’s had a lot of fun doing the challenge, thank you to everyone for your donations.”

Laura Cherry, Events and Community Coordinator, The Forever Friends Appeal said: “On behalf of everyone at the appeal, a big thank you to Harry for taking on this epic challenge to support our wonderful NHS staff.

The COVID-19 pandemic continues to show us just how important our NHS means in times of challenge. The funds Harry has worked so hard to raise will enable us to continue providing additional support to staff that goes above and beyond what NHS funding can provide.”

If you would like to organise a fundraising activity from home to support our hospital heroes please visit The Forever Friends Appeal’s website for ideas. From virtual quizzes to danceathons, there are lots of ways you can raise funds to support the staff that are going above and beyond to care for patients at the Royal United Hospitals Bath. For information please click here

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Christmas Appeal brings festive joy to staff and patients

Thanks to generous supporters we were able to boost the spirits of staff and patients over Christmas.

Kind donations to our Christmas Appeal meant that gifts were given to every patient on Christmas day and 178 hampers were delivered to staff on each ward and department at the RUH.

Rhyannon Boyd, Head of Fundraising said: “The response to our Christmas Appeal has really shown how much our RUH staff are cherished by our local communities.

“Your kindness and support means a great deal to our colleagues, it gives them the strength to carry on. You helped bring joy to those who were working on the frontline over Christmas. We would like to thank everyone who got behind us at Christmas by making a donation.”

Our hospital colleagues were delighted to receive the Christmas hampers which were full with festive treats, snacks, non-alcoholic drinks and fruit to share with their colleagues.

Helen Wickett, Senior Sister on Charlotte ward said:

“The Christmas hampers were really appreciated by staff, thank you!”

Throughout December we shared staff stories every day to highlight the variety of staff roles and introduce the public to some of people who are looking after our loved ones. Their stories are inspiring and remain on our website as we want celebrate them, as they are our heroes. You can read their stories here

We continue to support our colleagues who are working tirelessly in response to the pandemic. Donations made to our COVID-19 Appeal will help us fund further projects to make a difference to patients, their families and our staff. To find out more click here

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New Year fireworks display raises cash for RUH Intensive Care Unit

A spectacular firework display to celebrate the New Year and commemorate the well-loved couple who ran Eades of Bath Greengrocers has raised over £8,500 thanks to the generosity of the Eades family, their friends and the public.

A significant donation from the total will be donated to the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) at the Royal United Hospitals Bath.

Mike Eades, son of Tony and Lyn sadly lost his parents within three weeks of each other last September. Tony and Lyn were head of the family, who for six generations had run Eades greengrocers and market gardeners behind the Royal Crescent on Crescent Lane.

Mike Eades said: “Just as Tony and Lyn lit up our community, my family and I are grateful to everyone who helped us light up the New Year’s sky in their honour.

“Because there were COVID restrictions regarding funerals we used our land at Swainswick to create a drive-in COVID safe sunset celebration of their lives last year as they loved fireworks. It was led by the Reverend Phillip Hawthorn and it was a truly moving tribute and one which we will never forget.

“It was then that l had the idea to organise a COVID safe crowd-funded New Year’s Eve fireworks display on the highest point of our land on Little Solsbury Hill in memory of my parents. I ran the idea past Rev. Philip and he coined it ‘New Year’s Eades’.

“It was a fantastic display and a memorable opportunity for everyone in the community to join together, to not only celebrate the New Year, but also say goodbye, as we did, to the loved ones we have lost. Thank you to everyone who made a donation on our Just Giving page. I’m pleased to be donating the majority of the money to the RUH where the staff looked after my parents.”

RUH Physiotherapy Team Leader, Caroline Ficke, who is part of the RUH Intensive Care Team, said: “We are truly grateful to Mike and everyone who donated to show their support. We will put the funds towards buying a rehab chair as we only have three in our department, one of which is very old and needs replacing so this is perfect timing.

“In physiotherapy, we use these specialist chairs to help patients in their rehabilitation process. By sitting patients up it helps improve their sitting balance and preserve their muscle strength. It also has a positive impact on their psychological well-being, their dignity and confidence. The chairs have wheels so we can take patients outside which helps them start to feel better with their recovery.”

Laura Cherry, Events and Community Coordinator said: “Our mission is to make a real difference to patients, their families and the staff at the Royal United Hospitals Bath and thanks to the incredible generosity of Mike and the local community, staff at the hospital will be able to go above and beyond for patients. We are incredibly grateful for each and every donation that has been made.”

If you are planning a fundraiser to support patients and staff at the RUH or would like to make a donation to The Forever Friends Appeal please visit: www.foreverfriendsappeal.co.uk or email: forever.friends@nhs.net

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Local business donates £10,000 for Dyson Cancer Centre

A generous donation of £10,000 has been made by MJ Church to the Royal United Hospitals (RUH) Bath’s charity, The Forever Friends Appeal.

M J Church has been supporting The Forever Friends Appeal with its fundraising for the new Dyson Cancer since they lost Mark Hucklebridge, nephew, friend and colleague who sadly passed away from cancer in 2017.

Paula Church , Director at MJ Church said: “We have been fundraising for the RUH for over 15 years. It is our local hospital and it has supported many families who are connected to our business and we feel it is vital to do what we can to help support them. We know how important the new cancer centre will be to so many people.

“Instead of giving a gift to our customers this Christmas we decided to donate £10,000 to the charity’s RUH Cancer Care campaign and we would like to wish everyone a merry Christmas.”

MJ Church has been named one of the charity’s executive silver partners having raised over £150,000 for Appeal through a variety of different fundraising events, including their popular race day at Bath Racecourse – which sadly couldn’t take place this year due to the pandemic.

 Jo Common, Corporate Officer, The Forever Friends Appeal said: “On behalf of the Appeal, I would like to say a heartfelt thank you to MJ Church for their incredibly generous donation.

“Cancer is a cause that is close to the hearts of so many people, and thanks to the local community and businesses like MJ Church we will have a fantastic cancer centre which will transform care for our patients and their families.”

The Dyson Cancer Centre will be located next to the main entrance of the RUH and will bring the majority of the RUH’s cancer services, including research teams, under one roof.

If you would like more information about the Dyson Cancer Centre and make a donation towards the charity’s RUH Cancer Care campaign or to find out how your business can support The Forever Friends Appeal to benefit patients at the RUH please click here

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