A local man from Bath has made the brave decision to walk over red hot coals burning at over 1,000 degrees Fahrenheit in support of The Forever Friends Appeal, the primary charity at Bath’s Royal United Hospital.
Ron Tully aged 82 from Weston explains, “I retired from Clarks in 1992 and I decided to look for a voluntary job. My wife who worked at the RUH suggested that I could try the Women’s Royal Voluntary Service (WRVS) who then ran an outpatient’s tea bar – so I joined the WRVS! This was closed down some time later. In 2000 I transferred my allegiance to The Forever Friends Appeal, who were in need of volunteers. This was 15 years ago and at a time when the Appeal was a team of 5 people!”
Ron continues, “I found volunteering at the Appeal such a satisfying and worthwhile case that I have stayed and volunteered for them ever since! My wife Sue took part in a Firewalk for the Appeal back in 2006 and I feel it’s now my turn to toast my tootsies in order to raise money for the RUH Cancer Care Campaign!”
One in two people are now affected by cancer and everyday lives are changed by this disease. The Forever Friends Appeal’s RUH Cancer Care Campaign is raising £8.5million towards the building of a pioneering new Cancer Centre. This Cancer Centre will be a state of the art building, with every part designed around the needs of patients with different forms of cancer. It will transform care for patients and their families at the RUH.
Emily Lynch, Events & Community Officer for the Appeal says, “We are very excited and grateful that Ron will be taking part in our Firewalk in support of the RUH Cancer Care Campaign. What makes it even more special is that it will be Ron’s very first challenge event for the Appeal since starting his voluntary service in 2000.”
Back by popular demand, The Forever Friends Appeal’s Firewalk will take place on Sunday 20th March 2016 at Bath’s Lansdown Cricket Club. The Fire Walk is being organized by Time4Change and its founder Cliff Mann, the most experienced firewalking instructor in Europe. The entry fee for the RUH Cancer Care Campaign is £30. The Campaign has currently raised £7.1 million of its £8.5 million target, but now needs your help to raise the final £1.4 million needed to build the centre.
Events & Community Officer at the Appeal, Emily Lynch says: “Taking part in a Firewalk is a great way to challenge yourself, increase your confidence and overcome your fears while making a real difference at the Royal United Hospital. This is the second year that the Appeal has organized a Firewalk and as such, we’re encouraging all of our supporters to face their fears to raise money for what will be an exceptional new Cancer Centre at the RUH”.
Emily continues, “We are so grateful to Ron for all of his wonderful help and support over the past 15 years. Together with his wife Sue, Ron has watched the Appeal grow from a small team of 5 to what it is today – a strong team of 11 fundraisers! We hope you will join Ron and the team and help us meet our target for the new Cancer Centre at the RUH.”
Places are limited and online entries are now open! To sign up online today and make a real difference to patients and their families at the RUH, please visit our Firewalk page.