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Bridges staff raise £3,000

Midsomer Norton based Electrical Engineering company, Bridges Electrical, are delighted to be presenting a cheque for £3,090.06 to the Royal United Hospital’s Forever Friends Appeal charity following their recent Paulton Rovers fundraising party.

Organised by a small team of employees from Bridges, who form the company’s charities committee, the Bridges Fundraising Party was held at Paulton Rovers on Saturday 13th September.  Over 275 party goers attended on the night and enjoyed the musical tunes of Freeze – Bristol’s very own top covers band.  Staff were overwhelmed with the incredible support the event received, selling over £1500 worth of raffle tickets, for prizes donated by generous local companies and suppliers.

Lynn Bentley, Bridges Electrical Finance Manager and Charities Committee member comments:  “We were overwhelmed by the response from the local community, suppliers and local businesses.  We originally started the charity committee as sadly two colleagues passed away from cancer within months of each other which affected the whole company. Many thanks to all that supported the event and helped on the night.”

The cheque is being gratefully received by Jo Common, Corporate Officer for The Forever Friends Appeal, and will be allocated to the RUH Cancer Care Campaign – raising £8.5million to help build a pioneering new Cancer Centre for the RUH.  Bridges staff have chosen to purchase three virtual ‘Be a Brick’ walls at £1000 each with their fundraising total, which will result in Bridges being acknowledged within design of the new Cancer Centre.    Jo Common, comments:  “Raising over £3,000 in one night is truly incredible and we would like to thank Bridges Electrical for putting so much hard work into raising this wonderful amount for our Be a Brick scheme.  All the fundraising will go towards a new Cancer Centre which will balance clinical expertise with the provision of a nurturing and therapeutic environment. 

Jo Common continues:  “The clinical care provided by the staff at the RUH is amongst the best in the UK, but the current cancer care buildings are outdated, uncomfortable and no longer fit for purpose.  Our cancer patients deserve better.  We are therefore so grateful for the support from our community, and local businesses like Bridges, who are helping us get that step closer to reaching our £8.5million target for a pioneering new Centre.”

To find out more about The Forever Friends Appeal and their ‘Be a Brick’ fundraising scheme, visit www.foreverfriendsappeal.co.uk.

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