When Surrinder Sandham-Bains approached Robert Morris of Bath Tae Kwon-Do club to ask if she could put up a poster and some donation tins, she never expected to walk away with just shy of £1,000.
Surrinder, a student of the club, will walk 67km in the Himalayas this October as part of The Forever Friends Appeal’s RUH Cancer Care Campaign, with a target of £8.5 million for the hospital’s new cancer centre.
Mr Morris offered to hold a sponsored Spar-a-thon, where members of the club would participate in organised bouts of semi-contact fighting, to further help Surrinder’s efforts.
On the 21st July, 20 students turned up and fought their way through 90 minutes of organised sparring. Ages ranged from 8 years to 60 plus. It was sweaty, it was tough but well worth the effort as, between them, the students raised £879.
Mr Morris said “I’m extremely proud of the students’ efforts to raise money for such a worthy cause. Sadly, many of us in our lifetimes are affected by cancer, so funding is essential for the continuation of the amazing care and service that the unit at the RUH provides.”
Laura Pearce, Events Fundraiser for The Forever Friends Appeal comments: “We are so grateful to Bath Tae Kwon Do for supporting Surrinder’s fundraising which will go towards our RUH Cancer Care Campaign. This new Centre will transform the care of thousands of local patients and their families – taking a holistic and therapeutic approach to the environment that will help make them feel safe and supported at what is a very difficult time.”
Surrinder has a background in nursing and has herself worked at the RUH, knowing first-hand how excellent the care and support is. Her personal fundraising target is £2850 and anyone wishing to donate can do so via the Just Giving website at https://www.justgiving.com/Surrinder-Bains3