This May, over fifty car enthusiasts experienced the need for speed and a taste of track action all in aid of The Forever Friends Appeal’s RUH Cancer Care Campaign. This was the third track day of its kind held for the charity at Castle Combe Circuit and really switched their fundraising into top gear, raising £5,250 on the day.
Since the annual track days began in 2014, the Circuit has raised an incredible £13,700 to support patients and their families from across Wiltshire and Somerset who receive care at Royal United Hospital. In recognition of Castle Combe Circuit’s outstanding commitment and support to the Hospital and all local people, The Forever Friends Appeal are delighted to name them as one of their treasured Community Partners.
Maria Fisher, the Circuit’s Sales Co-ordinator, first nominated the Appeal after she was told she had a cancerous tumour on her right lung in 2013 at the RUH. Shortly after the diagnosis the 51 year old had the whole of her right lung removed at the BRI. Since the operations success, Maria has regular check-ups at the RUH and has been challenging herself with light exercise which built up to her taking part in a 5km last year, and therefore wanted to support the Cancer Care Campaign as a thank you for all the help she has received at the RUH.
Maria who has worked at the Circuit for 21 years said “I immediately chose RUH Cancer Care Campaign when asked by track day organiser, Chris Darwin, to select a cause for the day of racing.
It has been just over three years since I had a major operation to have the lung removed. It was a shock when I found out. I used to be really fit and healthy and a non-smoker.
Chris asked me what charity I wanted the money from the track day to go towards and I had to go with the RUH for all their help and support.”
Castle Combe Circuit’s fundraising will go towards the build of a pioneering new Cancer Centre at the RUH in Bath. The Campaign is raising a minimum of £8.5 million towards the build of this world class new Centre that will see it replace the existing Cancer and Haematology Department, which is currently a collection of 1940’s single storey buildings, hurriedly erected to accommodate injured service personnel during WII. With one in two people now affected by cancer, lives are changed every day by this disease just like Maria’s, so there has never been more of a need for this new ‘holistic’ facility that will be truly fit for purpose, with the patients’ needs at the heart of its design. To date, the Campaign has raised £7.4 million and it is with the support of local people and local businesses, like Castle Combe Circuit, that will help the campaign take its next fundraising steps.
Events Fundraiser for The Forever Friends Appeal, Laura Pearce comments: “We are so grateful to Maria and everyone at Castle Combe Circuit as well as organiser, Christopher Darwin for their incredible support in putting on such a well-like track day and continually choosing to support the Appeal. As a hospital serving over 500,000 people across Wiltshire and Somerset and even further afield, supporting the RUH is a cause that touches the hearts of so many – including motor-enthusiasts! Their commitment and generosity has allowed them to make an amazing contribution to the RUH Cancer Care Campaign, which will help to transform cancer care for thousands of local patients. What an incredible achievement!”