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Celebrating our volunteers at Christmas

At this busy festive time of year The Forever Friends Appeal charity were delighted to welcome their volunteers to a thank you party at the Bathwick Boatman to acknowledge their incredible support and dedication to the charity throughout the past year. Volunteers age 24 to 85 attended the event, and were joined by Appeal staff, President of the Appeal Jeff Manning, and Chairman of the Charity, John Cullum.

The Forever Friends Appeal have welcomed several new volunteers to their team in 2013, many of whom are involved in helping out throughout the year at events such as the Walk of Life and Movie by Moonlight, whilst others volunteer their time in the office, sell raffle tickets or collect and distribute collection tins.

Head of Fundraising for The Forever Friends Appeal, Tim Hobbs, comments: “2013 has been a truly incredible year for the Appeal – following the wonderful £4million donation for the new Cancer Centre from the Dysons! We are therefore so keen to recognize what a superb job our volunteers do. They are all extremely valued members of our team and I want to take this opportunity to say a heartfelt thank you to them all for everything they do to help us achieve our fundraising goals. We simply couldn’t do it without them! Thursday 5th December is International Volunteers Day, and we therefore thought this was the perfect time of year to tell all our volunteers what important members of our team they are.”

Having been chosen as beneficiary charity, Forever Friends volunteers, with the support of a few members of the Bath Rugby team, were out and about on the night of the Bath Christmas Light Switch On on Tuesday 12th November to raise funds towards the Campaign for a new Cancer Centre. Thanks to the generosity of people attending the event, they collected a fabulous £1000 for The Forever Friends Appeal. Andrew Cooper, Bath Business Improvement District comments: “The Bath BID was delighted to work with the RUH Forever Friends Cancer Care Campaign as the nominated charity for this year’s Christmas Lights Switch-on. Over £1,000 was raised on the night and it highlighted the positive work that is being undertaken to create a new cancer centre to support people who live and work in Bath. The video that was shown to the 8,000 strong crowd, demonstrated the need for us all to be contributing to this worthwhile cause over the coming months.”

Members of the public are also being encouraged to purchase a Christmas raffle ticket for just £1 to be in with the chance of winning a brand new Kia Picanto, or perhaps a ‘Christmas Brick’ to help build the new Centre for just £10 as part of The Forever Friends ‘Be a Brick’ fundraising scheme.

Other fundraising events taking place over the Christmas period are the Bath Spa Band and Royal United Hospital choir who are holding a Community Christmas Concert on Wednesday 11th December at St Michael’s Without Church, Broad Street, Bath. Tickets are just £6 and can be purchased through The Forever Friends Appeal on 01225 825900. Proceeds from the concert will go towards The Forever Friends Appeal and Bath Spa Band.

Also on Wednesday 11th December, H.U.G.S. charity shop in Chelsea Road Bath, which is donating its annual profits to The Forever Friends Appeal, is hosting a Christmas open evening to preview some exciting new stock. Please pop along to the shop between 6pm and 9pm to snap yourself up a gorgeous new dress for the Christmas season, enjoy a glass of wine and have a go in their Christmas raffle.