One big splash into Portishead Marina, one giant leap for patients!

We are hoping to hold another of these fun events in 2019 – watch this space for a date and further details or register your interest here.

Our 2018 event. A great big ‘newfoundland dog-sized thank you’ to the 30 amazing fundraisers who took part in our Newfoundland Dog Dive on 22nd September 2018. Not only did they take the plunge into Portishead Marina for our patients, they also braved it during the rainiest day we’ve had in months – which really doesn’t matter when your personal lifeguard is a dog! Thanks to their hard work, over £6,200 has been raised for a variety of wards, departments and campaigns across the RUH. We are hugely grateful to the wonderful team at Newfound Friends UK (of the furry variety and their humans) who make this event all possible.

About our Newfoundland Dog Dive events

This is your chance to experience an ‘at sea’ water rescue by four-legged furry hero and make a real difference to patients and families at the same time. The day is run by the incredible team at Newfound Friends and their well-trained and beautiful Newfoundland dogs, on behalf of The Forever Friends Appeal (we’ll be there as well to capture the action!).

You will be suited up, taken out in the marina by boat and then asked to jump in, but don’t worry, it won’t be long before the Newfoundland dogs show off their amazing water-rescue skills and tow you safely back to the boat! Non swimmers are welcome (as life-jackets are worn) and children over the age of 8 can participate with a guardian. All we ask is for a £30 registration fee to secure your place and for you to pledge to raise a minimum of £100 in sponsorship money to take part – we will help you with fundraising advice and ideas. All the money you raise will help us transform care for patients and their families at the RUH.

Register your interest in the 2019 event

About Newfoundland Dogs – “St Bernards of the sea”
Newfoundland Dogs are an amazing breed, as much at home in water as on dry land! Newfoundlands have been the St Bernards of the sea for hundreds of years and we are so excited that these life-saving dogs are taking the plunge to help transform patient care at Bath’s Royal United Hospital. This is your chance to dive in and raise funds to help us transform patient care at the RUH  – but be prepared to get wet as you experience for yourself what it’s like to be rescued by an 14 stone hero.

Each week a group of magnificent 14 stone Newfoundlands arrive at a lake in the Cotswolds to hone their life saving skills along with their human lifeguard companions. The Newfound Friends are an impressive sight when in the water and their water safety and rescue skills have gained them many famous and influential supporters!

Newfound Friends are a brilliant organisation, who over the years have raised thousands of pounds for various charities – you can read all about them here:

Here are some pictures from our 1st Dog Dive in 2018