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A Bucking Bronco and Summer Suits

The small villageof Rode, found just off the Frome Roadtowards Trowbridge, held their first Charity Summer Ball on Saturday 7th July.

The Olympic themed night raised a fantastic £13,590 which will be shared with the RUH Cancer Care Campaign- building a new pioneering Cancer Centre at the RUH and the Village Sports Project.

Over 270 guests enjoyed their evening with a Bucking Bronco, Marco the Magician, Eddy ‘the Eagle’ Edwards and two of this year’s Olympic Beach Volleyball team. Guests dined with a delicious 3-course meal provided by ‘A Bit of A Do’ Catering, sipped beverages from a large ice sculpture and danced to the sounds of a 6-piece band. The fundraising raffle and auction included wonderful prizes such as; a villa in Menorca for a week, a Vivienne Westwood handbag, tickets to the Graham Norton show, a week in a villa in Marbella, a track day and much more- the lucky winners were thrilled with what they went home with.

Organiser of the Ball and RUH staff member, Kelly Jupp comments: “We are so pleased to be supporting the new Cancer Centre. Our committee wanted to support the RUH as it is our local hospital and we felt that it would be highly beneficial to help all those around us who have been or will be affected by cancer. We were overwhelmed by the support on the night and the amount raised- the evening was highly entertaining, very glamorous and a good night was had by all.”

As part of the Cancer Care Campaign the RUH is planning to build a pioneering Cancer Centre which builds on the holistic approach taken with the Dyson Centre for Neonatal Care and balances the clinical expertise of the hospital with the provision of a nurturing and therapeutic environment.

The Appeal has been asked to raise over £5m over the next 4 years towards the cost of the £20.5m new Cancer Centre at the RUH, and which is due to be completed by around 2017.

Zoe Tainton, Community Fundraiser at The Forever Friends Appeal comments: “We have been so very lucky to have had the support from Kelly and her Committee in Rode. This was there first time at organising a Ball and they have blown us away! So, we would like to give a huge thank you to all those that organised and attended the Rode Summer Ball- for helping us to raise awareness and for donating such a fantastic amount, well done to everyone!”