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Walk of Life

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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Hospital charity’s popular fundraising walk goes virtual

The Forever Friends Appeal is calling on supporters to sign up and take part in its virtual walking event, called My Walk of Life Marathon. It takes place throughout September and aims to raise much-needed funds for the Royal United Hospitals Bath.

Like many organisations the charity has postponed and moved some of its events online because of the timing of the pandemic, social distancing and the strict restrictions on mass gatherings. Therefore this virtual event replaces the charity’s annual Walk of Life flagship fundraiser, which couldn’t be staged this year.

Laura Pearce, Events & Community Manager said:

“We have missed seeing our supporters take to the canal path this year but we hope by changing our physical walk to a virtual event instead, everyone taking part will feel connected, even though we can’t be together.

“It’s completely up to you how you decide to complete the 26.2 mile challenge, it’s your walk, and you can do it your way over 30 days. Take this opportunity to get out and discover the great outdoors or tot up your miles in your own home or garden – just ensure you comply with the social distancing rules.

“This event is interactive as when you sign up you create your fundraising page and set your target. You will then be able to share your page with friends, family and colleagues and see the other participants’ progress. You can also log your miles or track them by linking to Strava.

“By taking part in this challenge you will be helping us provide the rapid funding needed to support our staff, patients and their families. If you cherish our NHS you can make a difference locally by signing up and taking part in My Walk of Life Marathon.”

For 13 years the charity’s much-loved annual Walk of Life has seen thousands of people from all over Bath, Wiltshire and Swindon take to the towpath between Bishop Cannings and Bath to complete a sponsored walk, raising money for major campaigns and wards and departments at the RUH.

With this year being so different for all of us, your continued support for The Forever Friends Appeal will mean that 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.

If you would like to make your step count for RUH staff and patients, sign up to the My Walk of Life Marathon today. Registration is free 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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Walk of Life postponed

After careful consideration, we have made the difficult decision to postpone the Walk of Life which was due to take place on Saturday 16th May.

As the coronavirus pandemic and advice from the UK Government and Public Health England is continuously changing, we are looking at how we can help reduce the risk of the spread of infection. As a hospital charity, we have an additional responsibility to do everything we can to keep people safe. The health and safety of our event participants, and that of our volunteers and supporters, many of whom take part in support of a family member receiving treatment or as a patient themselves, is our absolute priority.

We are working on postponing the event to later in the year. We are currently working with our venues and suppliers to find an alternative date and hope to have this confirmed very soon. As soon as we have more information, we will let you know.

We cannot begin to express enough, how grateful we are for everyone’s kind and continued support at this time. We understand that this may be disappointing news, but please rest assured that this decision has been made with everyone’s best interests at heart. We are determined to make sure every step our participants take/have taken, will still count for our patients at the RUH Bath

An update to all of our supporters regarding coronavirus can be found on our website here

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Local businesses sponsor our Walk of Life event

We are delighted to have the continued sponsorship support from Kier and MJ Church and welcome new sponsors Savills for this year’s Walk of Life event which will take place on 16 May to raise much needed funds for the Royal United Hospitals Bath.

The Walk of Life takes place along the Kennet & Avon Canal towpath, with three distances to choose from. The 26.2 mile walking marathon and 16 mile walks start in Bishops Cannings near Devizes. The 10 mile walk starts Bradford on Avon (where the 16 mile walk finishes) and joins the marathon walkers all the way to the Holburne Museum in Bath.

Jo Common, Corporate Officer said: “We’re delighted to have the continued support from MJ Church and Kier as they have sponsored the event for several years and we are very pleased to welcome Savills as our new sponsor for 2020. The Walk of Life is our biggest fundraising event to organise. Up to 500 people take part and that’s why having sponsors is so important so we can ensure the day is enjoyable for all of our walkers.

“As well as being our sponsors, these businesses are kindly supporting us with some of the logistics of the event and some of their staff will be volunteering on the day. We also look forward to seeing their own teams take part in our Walk of Life helping to raise more funds for our charity, so we really can’t thank them enough.

“We would love to see more teams sign up from our local business community and take part in our Walk of Life Team Challenge. This is a fun team building opportunity for colleagues, clients and suppliers to fundraise together. Places can be booked on our website.”

Luke Brady, Head of Savills Southern Residential Division and the Bath office said:

“The RUH is at the heart of our community, it’s integral to each of us at various points in our lives. We are proud to play a part in supporting its future through our sponsorship of this year’s Walk of Life. Our team is very much looking forward to taking part in May and we encourage others to do the same.”

Paula Church of MJ Church said:

“We are very pleased to be joint sponsors for the Walk of Life event. Our team will be raising funds for the Dyson Cancer Centre as it’s a cause close to our hearts. A family member, friend, and colleague of ours was diagnosed with cancer in 2010 and passed away in 2017 and we want to continue fundraising for the cancer centre in his memory.”

David Snell of Kier Construction said:

“We are proud to be supporting Walk of Life, a truly special event that brings together the local community to raise vital new funds for RUH. This is now our 6th year of supporting Walk of Life and many of us who helped deliver the new RNHRD and Brownsword Therapies Centre will be taking part. It is a fantastic initiative that makes a real difference to RUH and we encourage others to get involved.”

Individual and friends & family team entry is also available for the Walk of Life and it is open to anyone over the age of 10, depending on their choice of walking distance.

The event is a wonderful opportunity to celebrate life and the memories of loved ones and the charity is hoping to see another sell-out year, smashing last year’s total raised to help transform patient care at the RUH. Last year an incredible £100,000 was raised benefitting a variety of wards and departments at the RUH.

Entry costs £25 per person and everyone who signs up will receive fundraising and training support, a 2020 Walk of Life t-shirt, refreshments along the route and a medal on completion. Glastonbury festival founder, Michael Eavis CBE will be there to officially mark the start of the Walk of Life in Bishop Cannings, near Devizes.

For more information about the Walk of Life or to sign up as an individual or corporate team click here.

 

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Book your place on the Walk of Life 2020

Early bird places are now available for the popular sponsored canal walk, the Walk of Life, which will take place on Saturday 16 May 2020. Until Monday 2 December, people can book their place at a discounted rate for just £20.

The Walk of Life takes place along the Kennet and Avon Canal and is organised by the Royal United Hospitals Bath (RUH) charity, The Forever Friends Appeal. People can choose to walk one of three distances, 10, 16 or the marathon 26.2 mile walk from Bishops Cannings near Devizes to the Holburne Museum in Bath.

Laura Pearce, Events and Community Officer, The Forever Friends Appeal said:

“The Walk of Life is all about coming together to support our local hospital, the RUH. You may decide to walk in memory of a loved one, take part to thank staff, to show your support for someone receiving treatment, or simply to take on the challenge. Whichever your reason, every step you take will make a huge difference to patients.

“Michael Eavis CBE will officially start the Walk of Life in Bishops Cannings, where the marathon walk and 16 mile morning walk begins, a new walking distance for 2020. The marathon walking route passes through Bradford on Avon, where the morning walkers finish and the afternoon 10 mile walkers join, before heading to Bath.”

“So why not do something amazing and book your place today – your support will help us continue to fund additional specialist medical equipment, improve the hospital’s environment and support life-changing research and innovations that go above and beyond what NHS funding can provide.”

An incredible £100,000 was raised from this year’s Walk of Life, benefitting a variety of wards and departments at the RUH.

The Walk of Life is open to both men and women and you can choose to support any area of the RUH that is close to your heart, alternatively sponsorship will go where it is needed most to benefit patients.

You can enter as an individual or as a team of four or more, and you will receive fundraising and training support, a t-shirt, refreshments and snacks on the day and a medal on completion.

The Walk of Life began over a decade ago when it was created with and in memory of Vanessa Kyte, who passed away in 2007. Since then, thousands of people from all across Bath, Somerset and Wiltshire have stepped out along the towpath to support patients and families.

Kier Construction, MJ Church and Savills are proudly sponsoring next year’s Walk of Life event.

To book your place or team’s place click here

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Walk of Life raises over £100,000

We are delighted to announce the total raised from this year’s Walk of Life event – over £100,000 is going towards benefiting patients and their families at the Royal United Hospitals Bath.

The sponsored canal walk took place on 11 May and on the day 425 people walked along the Kennet and Avon canal towpath, covering an impressive 7,500 miles.

This significant amount will be divided between the Appeal’s RUH Cancer Care Campaign, the new RNHRD and Brownsword Therapies Centre and many of the hospital’s wards and department.

Laura Pearce, Events and Community Officer, The Forever Friends Appeal said:

“We would like to thank everyone who took part and to those who kindly sponsored our walkers. Many people chose to take to either walk in memory of loved ones, show their support for someone receiving treatment at the hospital or to simply take on the challenge.

“We are now inviting people to sign up for next year’s Walk of Life on our website. We have also introduced a new morning walk as part of the event so people have more choice and you can either sign up as an individual or as a team, making every step count for patients and their families at the RUH.”

The three walking distances available next year are:

  • Marathon walk – 26.2 miles (approx.) start at Bishops Cannings (near Devizes) – Bradford on Avon – Bath
  • *NEW* morning walk – 16 miles (approx.): start at Bishops Cannings (near Devizes) – Bradford on Avon
  • Afternoon walk – 10 miles (approx.) start at Bradford on Avon – Bath

A film of this year’s Walk of Life is now available to watch on our website. To register for next year’s Walk of Life visit events page on the Appeal’s website or for more information call the events fundraising team on: 01225 821535.

The first Walk of Life took place in 2006. It was created with and in memory of Vanessa Kyte, who passed away in 2007. To date the event has raised over half a million pounds for the hospital.

 

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Hundreds of walkers take part in our Walk Of Life event

On Saturday 11 May, 425 people donned their walking boots and covered an incredible 7,500 miles in our Walk of Life event, raising money for The Forever Friends Appeal, the Royal United Hospitals Bath charity.

Around half of the walkers completed the full distance, 26.2 miles – from Bishop Cannings, near Devizes, along the Kennett and Avon canal to the finish line at the Holburne Museum in Bath. The rest of the walkers joined in at Bradford-on-Avon and walked the final 10 miles to the finish line.

The Walk of Life is our annual walking fundraising event and the aim is to raise funds to support patients and their families cared for at the RUH every year. This year, the funds will go towards our RUH Cancer Care campaign for the new Dyson Cancer Centre, the new RNHRD and Therapies Centre and many of the hospital’s wards and departments.

Laura Pearce, Events and Community Officer said:

“Thank you so much to all of our brilliant walkers who took part and to those that helped make the Walk of Life happen. We have been so inspired hearing about the many reasons people take part – from walking in memory of a loved one, supporting someone currently receiving treatment or to get active and support a good cause – your walk on Saturday has the power to help so many patients at the RUH, so you should all be very proud!

“I would especially like to thank Michael Eavis CBE and Mayor of Devizes, Councillor Andy Geddes for setting the walkers off at the start line, the Mayor of Bradford on Avon, Councillor Simon McNeill-Ritchie for setting our 10 mile walkers off, the Mayor of Bath, Councillor Patrick Anketell-Jones for handing the finisher medals, our volunteers who marshalled the route, MJ Church and Kier for sponsoring the event and everyone who came out to cheer our walkers on as they made it through the finish line.

“The Forever Friends Appeal has been transforming patient care at the RUH for 20 years and with the public’s support, we always will. Once we’ve received the sponsorship money, the total will be announced. Last year’s Walk of Life event raised over £100,000, so hopefully we’ll be close to that amount again this year.”

Next year’s Walk of Life event will take place on Saturday 16 May 2020 and places will open soon. Anyone interested in taking part should visit the Appeal’s website for more information. Walkers are provided with fundraising and training support, refreshments on the day as well as a medal and plenty of finish line celebrations. To sign up and find out more click here

To see more photos taken on the day, click here

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Father to walk marathon for the care of his son

Thanks to the care and support from staff in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) at the Royal United Hospitals Bath, 10 month old Archie is just like all the other babies his age, he’s happy, healthy and very inquisitive.

However, his parents, George and Amy Hobbs didn’t quite have the start to parenthood as expected. Archie was born 10 weeks premature, weighing just 3lbs 4oz and he spent five weeks in NICU at the RUH.


Baby Archie, born 10 weeks premature and being cared for in NICU

Thankfully, Archie was discharged from NICU in July 2018. As a thank you to the doctors and nursing staff in NICU for their care and support to Archie and to them as new parents, George is training to walk 26.2 miles on Saturday 11 May 2019. He will also be joined by his friends and family.

George is one of hundreds of people who has signed up to take part in the Walk of Life, a fundraising event organised by the RUH’s charity, The Forever Friends Appeal. It’s an opportunity for people to do something amazing whilst raising money for the hospital. Anyone interested in taking part should sign up now on the charity’s website.

George, aged 27, from Chippenham said:

“Without all the amazing staff and facilities at the RUH, Archie would not have had the brilliant start to life that he was given. The care and support, not just for Archie, but for us is something we will be forever grateful for and never forget.

“My wife, Amy and I owe so much to NICU so along with some friends, I’ll be walking a marathon at the Walk of Life to thank them and celebrate Archie.

It’ll be a little bit different to my usual Saturday playing for Avonvale RFC!

We would love to raise as much money as possible to help give other babies and families the best start to life.”

Places are still available on the Walk of Life and people can choose to either walk the full 26.2 miles from Bishop Cannings, near Devizes to Bath or walk the 10 miles, joining the walkers in Bradford on Avon in the afternoon heading to finish line at the Holbourne Museum in Bath.

Last year’s Walk of Life event raised over £100,000 for the Royal United Hospitals Bath. That money has helped fund a number of projects including the RUH Cancer Care campaign for the new Dyson Cancer Centre, the new RNHRD and Therapies Centre, as well as support wards and department in the hospital.

Laura Pearce, Events and Community Officer said:

“There’s a few weeks until the event, so there’s still time to sign up if anyone wishes to take part. We are hoping to see hundreds of people join us and Michael Eavis CBE will be at the start line to set everyone off on the walk. Everyone who completes the challenge will receive a special edition 20th anniversary Walk of Life t-shirt and finisher medal.

We are looking forward to seeing George cross the finish line and hopefully Amy and Archie will be there to help celebrate!”

To support George’s marathon fundraising and help other families like his, please visit their JustGiving page.

The Walk of Life event is open to both men and women and costs £25 to register. Registration closes on 8 May, and there will be no sign ups on the day. Participants are asked to raise a minimum £100 for any ward or department at the RUH close to your heart, or one of the charity’s major campaigns, the RNHRD and Therapies Centre and the Dyson Cancer Care.

In return, we will provide walkers with lots of fundraising and training support, as well as complimentary refreshments and treats, there will be cake at the finish line, as well as a medal and plenty of finish line celebrations.

To sign up and book your place on the Walk of Life click here

 

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