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Community Group raises over £120K

A group of devoted residents from Warminster and the surrounding area have raised over £120,000 for the planned Dyson Cancer Centre at the Royal United Hospitals Bath.

Since 2013 The Warminster and District Fundraising Group have been fundraising for The Forever Friends Appeal’s RUH Cancer Care Campaign by organizing quiz nights, cake sales, and other fun activities in their community.

Annie Hickmott, Chair of the Warminster and District Group said: “All members of our group have been touched by cancer in some way. By working together as a group and having fun at the same time gives us great satisfaction that we are helping to make a difference to people living with cancer.”

“We are one big family, proud of our achievement and very grateful to those who have helped us along the way. In particular, I would like to thank the residents of Beckington who held a Greatest Showman themed ball and raised an incredible £30,000 in support of this campaign.

“We are thrilled to have raised over £120,000 for the new Dyson Cancer Centre, but we could not have achieved this without our extended family that knit, bake, donate prizes and come to our events, we are eternally grateful to them.”

In recognition of their hard work and commitment, The Forever Friends Appeal presented the group with the RUH Executive Award which is awarded to those who have raised over £100,000 for the charity.

Lauren Noble, Senior Community Fundraiser said:

“We would like to say a huge heartfelt thank you to the Warminster and District Group. Your hard work and dedication means so much to us and will have such a profound and lasting impact on RUH patients and families who are living with cancer. Each of you bring a special something – whether that’s a love for baking, making crafts, coming up with brilliant fundraising ideas, it’s wonderful to see everyone work so well together to raise money for such an important cause and one that is very close to their hearts.”

The Warminster and District Fundraising Group will be selling delicious cakes at the RUH on Tuesday 17th December, so please come along and show your support.

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Beckington Ball Raises £30,000

Residents of Beckington are celebrating having raised a spectacular £30,000 by holding a Greatest Showman themed ball to raise money for the planned Dyson Cancer Centre which will be built at the Royal United Hospitals Bath.

The ball was organised by a small group of people from Beckington, a small village near Frome, to support friends and members of the Warminster and District RUH Fundraising Group who have been fundraising for the RUH Cancer Care Campaign since 2013.

Chris Weare, Beckington Ball Committee member said:

“We are absolutely thrilled to have raised so much for the RUH Cancer Care Campaign. We wanted to support our dear friend Terry Hickmott who is a long standing supporter of The Forever Friends Appeal and we are delighted that the Beckington Ball has been a huge success again this year.

“I’d like to thank local businesses, including our lead sponsor John Wainwright & Co Ltd for their contribution. Without the volunteers and the overwhelming support from the people of Beckington and the surrounding area, we could not have done it and we hope that this money will help change lives.’’

Special guests on the night included RUH Oncologist Dr Rebecca Bowen and Mark Beresford, Consultant Oncologist and Clinical Lead for Oncology and Haematology who spoke about the value of charitable funding on cancer services at the hospital. An auction then followed, raffling a huge list of fantastic prizes which had been donated by businesses and local supporters.

Since 2015 when the first Beckington Ball was held, over £80,000 has been raised for the RUH Cancer Care Campaign. The Beckington Ball Committee has been welcomed as Principal Community Partners of The Forever Friends Appeal and will be invited to name one of the specialist areas or departments within the new Dyson Cancer Centre.

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

“On behalf of our charity, I would like to thank Chris, Ang, Dan, Annie, Terry, The Warminster and District RUH Fundraising for working so hard to make this event a success.  Words cannot express how grateful we are for your generosity and dedication which means so much to patients, families and staff at the RUH. We are still completely blown away by what the committee and volunteers were able to achieve and as P.T. Barnum in the Greatest Showman said ‘’the noblest art is that of making others happy.’’ Thank you once again to everyone involved!”

 

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Community group raises £60,000 for Cancer Centre

A group of dedicated volunteers from Chippenham, Melksham and Calne have raised £60,000 for the planned Dyson Cancer Centre at the Royal United Hospitals (RUH) Bath.

They call themselves the Your Local RUH Cancer Care Fundraising Group and they started fundraising for The Forever Friends Appeal’s RUH Cancer Care campaign in 2012.

Bev Viveash, Chair of the Your Local RUH Fundraising Group said:

“Losing your daughter to cancer is one of the hardest things ever, but I feel so proud of her for inspiring us to continue fundraising. Being part of this community group and raising £60,000 is amazing and I’ve had the pleasure of meeting some wonderful people along the way.

“We’ve been really busy this summer, we organised a Teddy Tombola at the Trowbridge Active Festival, attended the Lacock Village Fare and the Melksham Food Festival, organised a wonderful BBQ and music event at The George Inn in Lacock as well as organising regular book sales in the RUH.

“Once a month we meet in the Angel Hotel in Chippenham and new members are welcome to join us. Over the years, I have got to know some really lovely people and it’s a great way to spend time doing something positive for a really important cause.”

Lauren Noble, Senior Community Fundraiser said:

‘The generosity and goodwill of our local supporters always astonish us. This group is our longest-standing fundraising group and in 2018 we welcomed them as a principal community partner for raising £50,000. Having reached a total of £60,000 they will be invited to name one of the specialist rooms in the new Dyson Cancer Centre. They are all truly inspiring and I would just like thank of them on behalf of the Appeal for their hard work, commitment and support.”

Fundraising in the fight against cancer never stops, and The Forever Friends Appeal continues its RUH Cancer Care campaign to raise funds for the Dyson Cancer Centre to ensure it achieves the very best care, treatment and quality of environment for patients and their families.

The next Your Local RUH Cancer Care Fundraising Group will be meeting on Thursday 14 November at 7:30pm at The Angel Hotel, Market Place, Chippenham and new members are welcome.

If you have been inspired by Bev and her the rest of the group and would like to find out how to set up your own community group to raise money for the RUH please contact Lauren Noble, Senior Community Fundraiser on 01225 824013 or email: lauren.noble1@nhs.net.

 

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Rode Ball raises thousands for RUH Cancer Centre

A glamorous black tie ball has raised thousands of pounds for the planned Dyson Cancer Centre which will be built at the RUH. Over 250 guests dressed up for the Rode Ball which was held near Frome.

The highlight of the evening was the live auction and raffle which raised £13,200 and by the end of the night an incredible £18,600 was raised.

Half of the proceeds will go towards the RUH Cancer Care campaign and the remaining amount will be donated to The Bobby Moore Fund.

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

“We would like to thank organisers Kelly Jupp and Joanna Pobjoy and the rest of the Rode Ball Committee for organising the event and choosing to raise money for this important cause.

“We are grateful for their support in fundraising for the Dyson Cancer Centre and we would like to thank everyone who attended and donated including the local businesses and other organisations who helped make the event possible.”

Special guests included RUH Medical Director, Dr Bernie Marden who on the night made a speech about the value of charitable funding.

Since 2012 when the first Rode Ball was held over £30,000 has been raised for The Forever Friends Appeal. The Rode Ball committee will be welcomed as a Senior Community Partner later this year at the charity’s annual partners event.

The RUH Cancer Care Campaign has so far raised £9.6m and continues, with supporters raising more funds to help ensure the RUH achieves the very best care, treatment and quality of environment for patients and their families who are living with and beyond cancer.

For more information about Dyson Cancer Centre and to make a donation to the RUH Cancer Care Campaign, click here.

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