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#WhyIWalk for the RUH – Team DJS

Lisa, Neil, David, Elaine, Kerry, David and Deborah from DJS Wealth Adviser LLP are taking on the Walk of Life as a team to raise vital funds for the Royal United Hospitals Bath (RUH).

The company based in Radstock are walking to say thank you to the RUH for multiple reasons: “As a Practice we have all had experience with the many departments at the hospital. The Cancer Unit, the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU), the Maternity Ward, Accident and Emergency just to name a few.

Lisa Thorne, the Practice Manager had twin boys at 31 weeks who spent their first four weeks in NICU.  She said: “As a family, we are forever grateful for the care the boys received from the NICU team. They are now 15, studying for their GCSE’s, they both love sport and play rugby and football for their local town, Trowbridge.

We want to thank the RUH for the care and support they have provided to each of us. As a team we are looking forward to the 10 mile walk along the canal together to raise vital funds and awareness for the RUH.”

The team will walk 10 miles along the canal each, racking up an impressive team distance of 70 miles on the day.

Looking for a way to bring your colleagues together? After a strange 18 months, we’ve spent more time on-screen with colleagues than real life people. But the time to re-connect is coming, and it’s going to be amazing! Spaces are still available for our marathon canal walk and our 10 mile afternoon walk on 18th September here – the perfect way to get together and show what your team is made of.

To support the DJS Wealth Adviser team, please click here.

 

 

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#WhyIWalk for the RUH – The Giles Family

Peter, Sarah, Noah and Reuben Giles from Kington Langley, Wiltshire are taking part in The Forever Friends Appeal’s flagship sponsored walk, the Walk of Life in September to support the Royal United Hospitals Bath.

Peter Giles shared with us the reason why he is walking for the RUH: “My late wife Val had a couple of 10 day stays in RUH with complications from the MS she lived with for nearly 45 years.  The second stay, sadly, ended with her death six years ago.  But throughout both stays she couldn’t have asked for better or more sympathetic care.  She had nothing but the highest praise for all the staff and for her treatment.  They deserve our help.”

The family will be walking an impressive 26.2 miles each on Saturday 18th September 2021. A marathon distance is a big challenge, but even more so for Noah (age 10) and Reuben (age 9), who will be two of our youngest walkers!

Noah and Reuben said:  “We are looking forward to the Walk of Life, with our Mummy and Grandad, to raise money for The Forever Friends Appeal because our local hospital has looked after lots of members of our family.

We are very grateful to the doctors and nurses who work so hard especially after such a difficult year and hope to raise lots of money for them.  We are nervous about the walk because it is such a long way, much further than we’ve ever walked before and it is going to be a very big challenge for us. We hope we can make it!”

You can support the family by donating to their fundraising pages here:

Peter’s page – https://foreverfriendsappeal.enthuse.com/pf/peter-giles

Sarah, Noah and Reuben’s page – https://foreverfriendsappeal.enthuse.com/pf/sarah-the-boys-037c2

If you’d like to join the Giles family and others making a difference for the hospital with every step, you can sign up to the 26.2 mile or 10 mile walking routes at the Walk of Life here.

 

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#WhyIWalk for the RUH – Kerri’s story

Kerri Gardner from Wiltshire is taking part in The Forever Friends Appeal’s flagship sponsored walk, the Walk of Life in September to say thank you to the Intensive Care Unit for caring for her father in 2016.

A manager for a care company and an advocate for raising awareness around Bowel Cancer, Kerri shared her #WhyIWalk reasons:

“My dad was admitted to the intensive care unit at RUH in November 2016. He was a very proud man and despite pleas from the family he would not visit the doctor. My dad was losing weight and was unwell for about a year before he was taken by ambulance to the RUH.

I am a manager for a care company and have been in the industry for about 20 years, so I had a fair idea of what my dad was suffering from. My fears were confirmed when he was diagnosed with bowl cancer/ sepsis and after having an operation to have a stoma bag he had a heart attack and sadly passed away on 11th December.

The support the ICU gave my dad and my family was absolutely amazing and we will never be able to thank them enough. They allowed us to stay by my dad’s side and the very minimal time we did leave him they accepted our calls, passed on messages and generally cared. The staff there did everything they could to keep my dad comfortable and to treat his illness and I will never forget the compassion and understanding they showed him when he was clearly scared.

I want to raise as much awareness of bowel cancer and the importance of going to the doctor or hospital if you are concerned about your health. I do believe if my dad was not so embarrassed to discuss the lump he found and its location he may still be here.

Every Christmas now, I have explained to my friends and family I will not be sending cards and I donate to the RUH instead.  The attached photo is of myself and my dad on our last Christmas together.

Personally I don’t do a lot of walking so the Walk of Life I am doing is going to be a challenge for me, but not as big as the challenge the staff at the RUH face daily. Every little helps and I urge anyone no matter how big or small support the RUH where possible as you never know when you may need their support.”

Kerri will be walking 10 miles along the Kennet & Avon Canal on the 18 September as part of the Walk of Life. Kerri has already raised £160 for the Royal United Hospitals Bath – you can make a donation to her fundraising here.

If you’d like to join Kerri and others making a difference for the hospital with every step, you can sign up to the 26.2 mile or 10 mile walking routes at the Walk of Life here.

Do you have a reason for #WhyIWalk? Get in touch to let us know at ruh-tr.fundraising@nhs.net.

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Sign up for the Walk of Life 2021

Take part in the Walk of Life event this year on Saturday 18 September and show your support for your local hospital.

The popular walking marathon event is organised by the Royal United Hospitals Bath charity, The Forever Friends Appeal. After a year of supporting the hospital from a distance, this is an amazing opportunity to be part of an event and make your steps matter for the Royal United Hospitals Bath (RUH Bath).

There are three options to choose from – either walk the full 26.2 miles from Bishop Cannings near Devizes, along the Kennett and Avon canal to the finish line at the Holbourne Museum in Bath. Alternatively, there’s the 10 mile distance, where you can join the walkers in Bradford on Avon in the afternoon. This year, a virtual marathon event is being offered too, where you can walk the full 26.2 miles your way across the month of September.

Kerri Gardner, who is donning her walking boots to take on the 10 mile walk this September, is walking to say thank you for the care her dad received in 2016.  Kerri said: “My dad was admitted to the Intensive Care Unit at RUH in November 2016. He was diagnosed with Bowel Cancer/Sepsis and after having an operation to have a stoma bag, he had a heart attack and sadly passed away on 11th December.

The support the ICU gave my dad and my family was absolutely amazing and we will never be able to thank them enough. They allowed us to stay by my dad’s side and the very minimal time we did leave him they accepted our calls, passed on messages and generally cared. The staff there did everything they could to keep my dad comfortable and to treat his illness and I will never forget the compassion and understanding they showed him when he was clearly scared.

Personally I don’t do a lot of walking so the Walk of Life will be a challenge for me, but not as big as the challenge the staff at the RUH face daily. I urge anyone no matter how big or small support the RUH where possible as you never know when you may need their support.”

Last year’s virtual Walk of Life marathon event raised £40,000 for the hospital. That money has helped fund a number of projects including the charity’s RUH Cancer Care campaign for the new Dyson Cancer Centre, as well as support wards and department in the hospital.

Laura Pearce, Events and Community Manager said: “With two months until the event, we really can’t wait to welcome people back to our annual Walk of Life event. We are hoping to see hundreds of people join us and those who complete the challenge will receive a unique finisher medal.

Like every charity, we’ve adapted due to COVID-19, so there will be a few changes to the event, including COVID-19 measures to keep everyone safe and offering a virtual marathon for those who want to take part in their own time.”

The Walk of Life event is open to everyone and costs £15 to register. 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.

In return, The Forever Friends Appeal will provide walkers with lots of fundraising and training support, as well as complimentary refreshments and treats, as well as a medal and plenty of finish line celebrations.

To find out more about the Walk of Life and to sign up, visit www.foreverfriendsappeal.co.uk. You can donate to Kerri’s fundraising page here.

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My Walk of Life Marathon is a great success

The first virtual walking marathon created by The Forever Friends Appeal has been a great success. During September the charity saw participants clock up 4,657 miles to raise much-needed funds for the Royal United Hospitals Bath.

Thanks to the 197 people who took part in the My Walk of Life Marathon the charity has received £40,698 to help transform patient care on the hospital’s wards with some of funds also going towards the Dyson Cancer Centre and the Speech and Language Therapy Appeal.

Rhyannon Boyd, Head of Fundraising, The Forever Friends Appeal said: “I would like to thank everyone who’s taken part. You’ve really helped make a difference to our patients and their families.

“We missed seeing our supporters take to the canal path this year, however we’ve loved seeing everyone’s updates online and reading our walker’s stories about why they are walking for the RUH.

We’ve also enjoyed seeing peoples’ photos as they’ve walked the 26.2 mile distance in a day or throughout the month as they recorded their daily steps. Thank you for supporting our local hospital.”

The charity welcomed a number of teams who fundraised collectively, including staff tracking their steps to raise money for their wards and families and friends walking together virtually to raise funds in memory of a loved one.

For many of the other participants The My Walk of Life Marathon was seen as an opportunity to thank staff by raising funds because of their own personal connection with the RUH. Alan Morley, aged 70 from Bath took part to raise funds for the RUH’s cancer services.

Alan said: “Thank you to all who have sponsored me and kept me going. Since lockdown I have been walking long distances and I thought 26.2 miles in a month would be easy so I decided to walk at least a marathon each week until the end of September and I managed to walk 353 miles in total.

“My reason for doing this is because 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, this was my way to say thank you to the staff for looking after me for the last 11 years.”

The Forever Friends Appeal invites anyone wishing to take part in next year’s Walk of Life which will be held on Saturday 18 September 2021 to sign up here  

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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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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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