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Actress celebrates £120,000 raised by ‘Be a Brick’

Actress, Brenda Blethyn, OBE, is returning to Bath’s Royal United Hospital exactly one year since she helped launch the ‘Be a Brick / Buy a Brick’ fundraising scheme for The Forever Friends Appeal’s RUH Cancer Care Campaign. The well-renowned actress, most recently famous for her role in the television programme, Vera, is a keen supporter of The Forever Friends Appeal and Ambassador for their ‘Be a Brick’ initiative, encouraging supporters to purchase virtual bricks to help build a new Cancer Centre at the RUH. She is visiting the hospital to celebrate the fundraising success of the scheme achieving an amazing £120,000 to date. In addition she will be launching their brand new ‘Be a Brick’ collection boxes to encourage people to save their pennies and pounds to buy more virtual bricks for the new Cancer Centre at the hospital.

Brenda, ‘Be a Brick’ Ambassador comments: “Just one year since I last visited the RUH to launch this scheme, I am thrilled to be back to celebrate not only its wonderful success but, to promote a new concept to this fantastic fundraiser. The new, brightly coloured, cardboard collection boxes are hot off the press and the perfect size to pop onto your local shop counter, display at work or at home, ready to save your pennies & pounds! Why not get together with other members of your family, group or colleagues to fill enough boxes to collect for a row or even a wall. This is a really fun way to save your coins and even notes and to invest in such a worthwhile cause.”

The ‘Be a Brick’ scheme which was launched in February 2013 has given individuals, companies and groups the opportunity to ‘Be a Brick!’ and ‘Buy a Brick, a Row or a Wall’ to help raise funds towards building a pioneering new Cancer Centre for the hospital. In return for purchasing a virtual brick at the cost of £10 each, donors receive a ‘Be a Brick’ certificate and acknowledgement letter. To choose to purchase a virtual ‘Row’ for £100 or ‘Wall’ for £1000, they receive a certificate together with an acknowledgement of their chosen name within the design of the new Cancer Centre. In only one year, a significant number of bricks, rows and walls have already been bought. However, with much more needing to be raised, the scheme continues in earnest.

With this launch of the collection boxes, people are being encouraged to save their small change and fill their collection box to raise enough money to ‘Be a Brick and Buy a Brick’. To get hold of your very own ‘Be a Brick’ collection box, call The Forever Friends Appeal office on 01225 825691 or request one below.

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