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Ted’s Big Successful Day Out

The Children’s Therapies department at the Royal United Hospitals Bath is to benefit from a donation of almost £6,000 thanks to local schools and youth groups who took part in Ted’s Big Day Out.

Ted’s Big Day Out returned this year as part of our 20th anniversary celebrations. Over 20 schools and youth organisations across the region joined the fundraising initiative to help raise funds for specialist children’s therapy equipment.

Gillian Walmsley, Head of Pathways and Creative Curriculum and Assistant Head of IB at Warminster School said:

“For Ted’s Big Day Out, we held a bake off competition and the first prize being awarded to a splendid teddy bear cake which was baked and decorated by one of our talented year 7 pupils.

“The Forever Friends Appeal is a charity that is close to Mrs Cook’s heart, she’s one of our teachers who has raised thousands for the new cancer centre. Her fundraising skills were put into action with the raffle of a chocolate pumpkin! We set out to raise £1,000 and we nailed it, raising £1,167.41 in total. We would like to thank all the parents, pupils, colleagues and Big Ted for their support.”

The school children loved meeting the charity’s mascot Big Ted who visited a number of schools on the day including Widcombe Infants, Oldfield Park Junior School, Buttercup Barn Day Nursery, Bathford Primary School, Warminster School and The Paragon School.

Lauren Noble, Senior Community Fundraiser said:

“We would like to thank all of the schools and youth groups for getting involved to support our hospital. This year’s theme was ‘celebrate your way’ and they all came up with brilliant fundraising ideas such as danceathons, teddy bears picnic, crazy hair days and more. It was a pleasure to work with the teachers and their students, their support is so valuable and it means so much to us.”

Emily Graham, Head of Children’s Therapies, RUH said:

“On behalf of all my colleagues we would like to thank everyone who made a donation. We will use the funds to purchase a range of toys and equipment to make children’s’ experience of therapy sessions much more enjoyable.

“By having an extended range of equipment such as walking frames, parallel bars, gym balls available for use in our assessments we can help children further improve their mobility skills and balance. We can also use it to ensure they have the right resources at home to help them play and move around. We are grateful to everyone who helped fundraise this fantastic amount to benefit our patients.”

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Ted’s Big Day Out is back

Schools, nurseries and youth organisations in Bath, Wiltshire and Somerset are invited to take part in Ted’s Big Day Out on 18 October to help raise funds for Children’s Therapies at the Royal United Hospitals (RUH) Bath.

Big Ted, our loveable mascot is making a come back this year to help us celebrate our 20th anniversary. He will also be making a few special guest appearances on the day to join in with the fundraising activities.

Lauren Noble, Senior Community Fundraiser said:

“The aim is to raise money to fund specialist children’s equipment, such as educational and therapy toys for the hospital’s Children’s Therapies department and Children’s Centre.

“We have had a number of schools and nurseries sign up which is great and we would like to extend our invitation to brownies, guides, scouts and other youth groups to sign up and take part.

“This year’s theme is ‘celebrate your way’ – so it’s up to you whether you organise a fancy dress day, wear a silly hat, have a teddy bears picnic or do something else in exchange for a suggested £1 donation per pupil, whilst having fun along the way.”

Patients like Henry Latchem, aged six who is treated at the RUH will be one of the patients to benefit from the funds raised by Ted’s Big Day Out. Henry has cerebral palsy which affects the coordination and his muscles, particularly in his lower body and legs.

Emily Graham, Head of Children’s Therapies at the Royal United Hospitals Bath said:

“Henry’s a bubbly little boy and tries very hard in his physiotherapy sessions, which he’s been having at the RUH since he was 11 months old.

“Henry needs to use specialist seating, standing and mobility equipment and has a walking frame so he can play with his friends and move at school. The hospital is currently looking at different styles of walking frames to best suit Henry to promote improvement in his mobility skills and balance.

“This is why donations from Ted’s Big Day Out are so important as we will be able to purchase an extended range of toys and equipment to make children’s’ experience of therapy sessions more enjoyable. They will also enhance our assessments so we can ensure children like Henry have the right equipment to help them play and move around.”

To sign up your school or youth group please click here or call 01225 824013.

You will receive a free fundraising pack and the first 10 organisations to sign up will receive a visit from Big Ted.

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Local school fundraises for Dyson Cancer Centre

Classical hits and pop song arrangements were played by King Edward’s School (KES) pupils to patients and their families at the Royal United Hospitals (RUH) Bath yesterday, Monday 24 June.

The KES Baroque Group performed at the hospital to mark the start of a new fundraising initiative by KES musicians in collaboration with Art at the Heart and The Forever Friends Appeal to help raise funds for the new Dyson Cancer Centre that will be built at the hospital.

Rupert Drury, Director of Music at KES said:

“Our pupils really enjoyed playing at the RUH last night and it was wonderful to see so many patients, staff and visitors enjoy our two musical performances. We hope that not only did we entertain and lift everyone’s spirits, but also helped to raise awareness of the therapeutic benefits of music, as well as highlighting our aim to raise money in aid of such a worthwhile cause.”

It is anticipated that over the next few years, KES pupils will lend their musical talents to events to help raise funds for a piano that will reside in the new Cancer Centre at the RUH.

During last night’s performances in the hospital’s Atrium and Jubilee Gardens, patients and their families were treated to a wonderful range of classical and popular music, ranging from Coldplay and Lady Gaga to Vivaldi’s Spring from The Four Seasons.

Jon McFarlane, Head of Surgery at the RUH said:

“I had just finished in theatres and was walking past the Atrium when I heard the music, so I came to listen. It is fantastic to hear music such as this being played by these talented young musicians.”

Ms Riding, a visitor at the RUH said:

“It’s lovely to see youngsters playing to an audience as it helps build their confidence and it is wonderful to hear such cheerful music in the hospital.”

Frankie Simpkins, Art at the Heart Musician in Residence at the RUH said:

“We know from patient feedback that when music is played, it creates an uplifting and positive atmosphere and can help improve patients’ wellbeing and reduce anxiety and we are delighted therefore to be collaborating with the KES music department. Having music provision across the hospital helps us work towards our wider goal of bringing a sustainable programme of music to patients which will include the new Dyson Cancer Centre when it opens in the future.”

Fundraising in the fight against cancer never stops, and as The Forever Friends Appeal celebrates their 20th year, the RUH Cancer Care campaign continues, thanks to their supporters and donors who want to help ensure it is a truly special environment for patients and their families.

Once the new RNHRD and Therapies Centre opens this autumn, the old therapies building at the RUH will be cleared to make way for the construction of the Dyson Cancer Centre.

For more information about the Dyson Cancer Centre and the RUH Cancer Care campaign please click here

Photo to be credited to: King Edward’s School

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Ted’s Big Day Out is back

Schools, nurseries and youth organisations in Bath, Wiltshire and Somerset are being encouraged to take part in Big Ted’s Day Out on 18 October to help raise funds for Children’s Services at the Royal United Hospitals (RUH) Bath.

As part of our 20th anniversary year, our much loved mascot, Big Ted is making a comeback.

Lauren Noble, Senior Community Fundraiser, The Forever Friends Appeal said:

“We would particularly like to see schools, nurseries, brownies, guides, scouts, universities and other youth groups getting involved and fundraising for their local hospital.

“This year’s theme is celebrate your way – so it’s up to you whether you organise a fancy dress day, wear a silly hat, have a teddy bears picnic or do something else fun in exchange for a suggested £1 contribution per pupil – just let us know what you’re going to do as Big Ted may make a special guest appearance.

“The aim is to raise money towards funding specialist children’s equipment, educational and therapy toys for the RUH’s neonatal care unit, children’s centre and children’s therapies.”

Emily Graham, Head of Children’s Therapies at the RUH said:

“We are delighted that Big Ted is helping us raise funds so we can purchase some very special items for the children and young people our team supports. Receiving charitable funds enables us to offer an extended range of toys and equipment to help make children’s’ experience of therapy sessions as enjoyable and successful as possible.

“This is an amazing opportunity for us to improve our resources and environment to help children engage with and enjoy their therapy.  For example, story sacks to promote development of communication skills, and interactive toys to encourage movement. We would also like to buy new specialist equipment to support posture and mobility. This would enhance our assessment of children with disabilities to ensure they have the appropriate equipment to promote physical skills for play, mobility and life.”

Interested in taking part? To find out more about Ted’s Big Day Out, register and request a free fundraising pack visit www.tedsbigdayout.com or call 01225 824013. The first 10 organisations to sign up will win an educational visit from Big Ted.

 

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Pounds for Patients exclusively for nurseries, schools and colleges

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

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

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

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

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

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

Emily said:

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

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

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

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Burohappold launch Teds Big Bake Off schools competitions

Local firm and proud sponsor of Ted’s Big Bake Off 2016, BuroHappold Engineering, have launched two competitions, exclusively for schools, to help encourage further support for The Forever Friends Appeal’s popular annual fundraising week for Bath’s Royal United Hospital.  The competitions include a ‘Decorate a Cake for Big Ted Competition’, as well as an ‘Engineering futures competition’ with the chance to win a 1 hour interactive schools workshop, run by engineers from BuroHappold.

2016 is the first year that the local firm have sponsored Ted’s Big Bake Off, and the Appeal are delighted that the company are getting so involved with the fundraising activities.

The first competition, open to children age 7 and under, is inviting pre-school and nursery children to have fun decorating their very own cake stencil.  Kids are being encouraged to be colourful and creative in order to be in with the chance of winning a £50 Waterstones Gift Card for themselves, as well as £100 in book vouchers for their pre-school / nursery, courtesy of BuroHappold Engineering. The deadline for entries is Friday 7th October , with the winner being announced at the end of the Ted’s Big Bake Off week on Friday 21st October.  The winning child will also receive a visit from popular Appeal mascot Big Ted to present the prize.  For competition rules, please visit www.tedsbigbakeoff.com

Two lucky schools are also being offered the chance to win an exclusive 1 hour interactive schools workshop, run by engineers from BuroHappold. During the workshop, students will learn all about what it means to be an engineer. BuroHappold engineers will then lead one of two exciting activities in which the pupils will have an opportunity to be an engineer. Simply register to take part in Ted’s Big Bake Off to be in with the chance of winning, and get busy fundraising for the RUH. Winning schools will be announced between 24th October and 21st November 2016.  For competition rules, please visit www.tedsbigbakeoff.com.

Duncan Ker-Reid, Associate at BuroHappold, comments:  “The interactive workshops will introduce students to how engineers are changing the world and show that the problem solving at the very heart of engineering can be exciting and fun.”

Corporate Officer for The Forever Friends Appeal, Jo Common, comments:  “We love it when our corporate sponsors get involved with our fundraising activities, in addition to financially supporting the event.  These two school competitions are a great way of helping to engage local school children with our fundraising for Ted’s Big Bake Off – it gives them the chance to win some great prizes, whilst having fun raising money for their local hospital.”

The Forever Friends Appeal is the charity for the RUH and Ted’s Big Bake Off is the annual fundraising week for the hospital. Last year, thousands of people across Bath, Somerset and Wiltshire took part in the event and raised over £20,000 to help transform care for patients and their families at the RUH. This year, the event is taking place between Monday 17th and Friday 21st October 2016. Along with their well-known ambassadors “The Fabulous Baker Brothers” of Channel 4 and Hobbs House Bakery fame, the Appeal are now inviting individuals, schools, businesses and community organisations to pre-heat their ovens, prepare their mixing bowls and get baking to support either the RUH Cancer Care Campaign, or a ward or department of their choice at the Hospital. Whether it’s holding a bake sale or hosting a bake off competition at work, school or with friends and family, you can help raise some serious dough to help transform care for patients and their families.

For more information about Ted’s Big Bake Off and both competitions, visit www.tedsbigbakeoff.com.

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St Laurence School pupil raring to go for BHM

St Laurence School student Ieuan Osborn will join more than 10,000 others on March 13 to run the Bath Half Marathon for charity.

The 17-year-old, who turns 18 the day before the race, is raising money for Bath’s Royal United Hospital cancer centre appeal and has already passed his £250 target.

The Year 13 pupil has never run the distance before and is feeling a mixture of nerves and excitement ahead of the 35th edition of 13.1 mile route.

“I am raring to go and do it now,” said Ieuan. “There is a bit of nerves and excitement too. I just want to finish it and post a good time.

“Training is going very well, I am not overdoing it and I feel ready for it. I started training back in December and to be honest I just want to get it over and done with.

“I would like to say a big thank you to everyone who has donated. It is fantastic to raise the money so quickly – it it a very nice surprise.”

Ieuan chose the cancer centre for his fundraising efforts as his parents both work at the hospital.

“It is for a great cause and hopefully we can raise a little bit more before March 13. If I complete it, I think it will be a good way to remember my 18th birthday.”

To donate visit https://www.justgiving.com/Ieuan-Osborn/

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Big Ted & Mogers Drewett announce winners of Schools competition

Between Monday 5th and Friday 9th October, thousands of people across Bath, Somerset and Wiltshire held coffee mornings, bake sales and bake offs in support of The Forever Friend’s Appeal’s brand new annual fundraising week for the Royal United Hospital: Ted’s Big Bake Off, proudly sponsored by Mogers Drewett Solicitors. Participants taking part in Ted’s Big Bake Off could choose to raise funds for the RUH Cancer Care Campaign or a ward or department of their choice at the hospital.

To celebrate the very first year of Ted’s Big Bake Off, official sponsors of the event, Mogers Drewett Solicitors, ran a special Schools and Nursery Cupcake Decorating Competition back in September which was open to every school and nursery who registered to take part in Ted’s Big Bake Off.

Steven Treharne, Managing Partner at Mogers Drewett said: “Many of us know someone who has been treated or cared for at the RUH, whether it be family, friends or colleagues, and at Mogers Drewett we admire the care and dedication shown by the hospital and staff. We are delighted to once again adopt The Forever Friends Appeal as our charity of the year.”

The competition challenged pupils from schools and nurseries participating in Ted’s Big Bake Off, to design a special cupcake for the Appeal’s popular mascot “Big Ted”. Prizes up for grabs included a £50 Odeon Cinema gift card for the winning child and £100 Waterstones book vouchers for the winning school and nursery.

On Thursday 15th October, Big Ted himself, along with staff from Mogers Drewett Solicitors paid a special surprise visit to the two lucky winners Cicely Beattie (7 yrs and over) from Moorlands Junior School and Amelie Willis (6 yrs and under) from King Edward’s Pre-Prep and Nursery, Bath. Big Ted and friends presented the children with their prizes and thanked both schools for taking part in the Appeal’s brand new annual fundraising week for the RUH.

Events & Community Officer for the Appeal, Emily Lynch, comments: “The Forever Friends Appeal are so grateful to Mogers Drewett for supporting us once again, this year with our brand new fundraising week for the RUH: Ted’s Big Bake Off. We would also like to thank all of the schools and nurseries who took part in our annual fundraising week and raised some serious dough for the RUH! It will be some time yet before we know the grand total raised at this year’s event, but we expect it to be in the tens of thousands!”

Next year’s Ted’s Big Bake Off is due to take place between Monday 17th and Friday 21st October 2015. For more information about Ted’s Big Bake Off, The Forever Friends Appeal and their upcoming events, please visit our Events section.

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Schools & nursery Competition launched for Teds Big Bake Off

To celebrate The Forever Friends Appeal’s brand new annual fundraising week for the Royal United Hospital “Ted’s Big Bake Off!”, official event sponsors Mogers Drewett Solicitors are launching a special schools and nursery competition, which is open to every school and nursery who registers to take part in the event.

Steven Treharne, Managing Partner at Mogers Drewett says “Almost everyone knows someone who has been treated or cared for at the RUH, whether family, friends or colleagues and that is why Mogers Drewett are pleased to adopt The Forever Friends Appeal as our charity of the year again this year”.

Ted’s Big Bake Off, proudly sponsored by Mogers Drewett Solicitors, takes over from Ted’s Big Day Out as the brand new annual fundraising week for the Appeal. Taking place between Monday 5th and Friday 9th October 2015, the event asks individuals, schools, businesses and community organisations to pre-heat their ovens, prepare their mixing bowls and get baking to support the RUH Cancer Care Campaign or a ward or department of their choice at the Hospital. Whether it’s holding a bake sale or hosting a bake off competition at work, school or with friends and family, you can help raise some serious dough to help transform care for patients and their families.

Steven continues: “To encourage as many people as possible to get involved in Ted’s Big Bake Off, Mogers Drewett are running a competition and inviting all registered schools and nurseries in the region to encourage their pupils to design and decorate a cupcake for Ted”

Events & Community Officer for the Appeal, Emily Lynch, explains: “Registration to take part in Ted’s Big Bake Off is completely free! Every school and nursery who registers will receive competition details as well as a special cupcake stencil which can be duplicated, decorated and sent back to the Mogers Drewett team for the chance to win special prizes!”

Mogers Drewett are giving away a £50 Odeon Cinema gift card to the student who is judged as designing the most impressive cupcake and £100 of Waterstones book vouchers to the school or nursery of the winning child. The closing date of submission of entries is Friday 28th September and the competition is split into two categories – 6 and under and 7 to 11 year olds. The winning pulpils and their schools and/or nurseries will be announced by Mogers Drewett by Friday 9th October and the lucky winners will be presented with their prizes by a special visit from Big Ted himself!

The competition was launched this Tuesday 15th September by members of Mogers Drewett, The Forever Friends Events Team and their friendly mascot Big Ted, at three carefully selected schools and nurseries across the RUH catchment area and Daisy Chain Day Nursery in Melksham was one of the lucky three.

Helen from Daisy Chain Nursery comments:  “The preschool and toddler children have enjoyed making a pinic for Big Ted for his visit to Daisychain. They have been busy making cupcakes, biscuits and a large sponge cake for him out of lots of recyclable resources and then decorated them. They hope Big Ted has enjoyed his visit as much as they have.”

“For Ted’s Big Bake Off, we will be baking proper cakes and biscuits for all the mums and dads and grandparents to buy during October 5th and 9th October and there will be lots of exciting teddy bear themed activities for everyone to take part in throughout the week.”

If you belong to a school or nursery, you can register today to take part in the Ted’s Big Bake Off week this October and you’ll receive further information about the Mogers Drewett “Design a Cupcake for Ted” Competition. Your support will help The Forever Friends Appeal transform care for patients and their families at Bath’s Royal United Hospital!

Whether you’re an individual, business, school or community organisation, getting involved in Ted’s Big Bake Off couldn’t be easier! Simply visit www.tedsbigbakeoff.com to register and get your oven mitts on your FREE baking pack with tips, tools and tasty ideas to really add the icing on the cake. You could even win a visit from Big Ted himself!

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Big Ted & Mogers Drewett announce winners of school competition

On Friday 17th October, thousands of people across Bath, Somerset and Wiltshire took part in The Forever Friends Appeal’s annual fundraising day “Ted’s Big Day Out! 2014”, paying £1 to either take their teddy bear out for the day or to wear some funky footwear, all to raise funds in support of Bath’s Royal United Hospital.

To celebrate 15 years of Ted’s Big Day Out! official sponsors of the event, Mogers Drewett Solicitors, launched a special schools and nursery competition, open to every school and nursery who registered to take part in the Appeal’s annual event, which every year raises money to help transform care for patients and their families at The Royal United Hospital, across Bath, Somerset and Wiltshire.

Steven Treharne, Managing Partner at Mogers Drewett said: “Almost everyone knows someone who has been treated or cared for at the RUH, whether family, friends or colleagues and that is why Mogers Drewett are pleased to adopt The Forever Friends Appeal as our charity of the year again this year”.

The competition challenged pupils from registered schools and nurseries to design a pair of “Wacky Wellies” for the Appeal’s popular mascot “Big Ted”. Prizes up for grabs included a £50 Odeon Cinema gift card for the winning child and £100 Waterstones book vouchers for the winning school and nursery.

On Tuesday 11th November, Big Ted himself, along with staff from Mogers Drewett Solicitors paid a special surprise visit to the two lucky winners Ben Proctor from Leigh on Mendip School in Radstock and Sophie Willis from King Edward’s Pre-Prep and Nursery, Bath. Big Ted and friends presented the children with their prizes and thanked both schools for taking part in the Appeal’s annual fundraising day, which every year raises funds to support patients and their families at Bath’s Royal United Hospital.

Both Ted’s Big Day Out! and Mogers Drewett’s “Wacky Welly” competition provided the perfect opportunity for pupils at Leigh-on-Mendip First School to be creative,. Both children and adults at the school also took part in the Big Stomp around the school grounds wearing their funky footwear! Head teacher Mary Sturgess said: “We were so delighted to hear that Ben had won the design a welly competition with his crocodile design. Well done Ben!” Ben, who is 8, joined Leigh-on-Mendip School in September this year.

Jayne Gilbert, Head teacher at King Edward’s Pre-Prep said: “Sophie and the rest of the children didn’t’ know Big Ted was coming today, so imagine their excitement when he joined assembly today! We are so proud that Sophie’s beautiful picture was picked by the judges and we were delighted to support the RUH’s Forever Friends Appeal earlier in the month when the whole school wore the brightest, most funky footwear to raise money for the appeal.”

Events & Community Officer for the Appeal, Emily Lynch, comments: “The Forever Friends Appeal are so grateful to Mogers Drewett for supporting Ted’s Big Day Out! once again, and for all of the schools and nurseries who took part in our annual fundraising day for the hospital! Last year’s event raised over £21,000 for the Appeal’s RUH Cancer Care Campaign and whereas it will be some time yet before we know the grand total raised at this year’s event, we’re hoping to beat last year’s total!”

For more information about Ted’s Big Day Out!, The Forever Friends Appeal and their upcoming events, please visit www.foreverfriendsappeal.co.uk.

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