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Celebrities and their teddies support the RUH

Nicolas Cage, Geri Haliwell and Simon Callow are just a handful of the celebrities who in previous years have supported The Forever Friends Appeal’s annual fundraising day, Ted’s Big Day Out!, by taking their teddy bears out with them for the day.

This year, several well know faces have dusted off their teddies to support the Campaign to build a new Cancer Centre at the RUH.  Best known for her role as Dawn Swan in Eastenders and winning Strictly Come Dancing in 2010, English actress Kara Tointon (pictured with her teddy) is so excited to be taking her much loved teddy out with her for the day on Ted’s Big Day Out Friday 19th October.  Although Kara won’t be in Bath on the day, she will still be supporting the day’s activities:  Kara comments: “I am taking my ted out for the day – he will wait for me in my dressing room while I’m on stage.”

BBC Radio presenter, Simon Mayo, and English film and television actor Tim Pigott-Smith, who have both recently visited Bath, will also be taking their teddy bears out with them on Friday 19th October and are encouraging schools, businesses, community groups and individuals all across Bath, North East Somerset and Wiltshire to support the fundraising day and help raise as much as possible for the new Cancer Centre.  Mr Pigott-Smith says:  “Please take your teddy out for the day and support Fluorescent Friday”.  Each year The Forever Friends Appeal choose a different theme for the day, and this year is ‘Fluorescent Friday!’.  Simon Mayo adds:  Put on your best fluorescent gear, take your teddy out and support this great cause”. 

As a Vice President of The Forever Friends Appeal and having visited the charity several times in the past few years, popular actress Gemma Bissix, will also be taking her teddy bear out with her on the day and wearing full-on fluorescent fancy dress.  Miss Bissix comments: “I hope everyone takes part in Fluorescent Friday to help raise funds for such a sensational new Cancer Centre.”

Having taken her teddy out for the day in 2011 to support the annual fundraising day, Winter Olympic gold medalist Amy Williams, will be visiting the hospital on Ted’s Big Day Out with her teddy to support the fundraising activities.

There is still time to sign up to support the fundraising day on Friday 19th October.  Whilst many people choose to simply pay just £1 to take their teddy bears out for the day, others might choose to take on the theme for this year’s day – Fluorescent Friday!  On Friday 19th October, everyone is encouraged to wear neon fancy dress for the day or bake some cakes to sell and decorate them with luminous icing. Whether you are at work, school or part of a community group, the Appeal hope you take your teddy bear out with you and engage in some fun fluorescent fundraising activities.

Ted’s Big Day Out sponsors, local Solicitors Mogers based on Queen Square Bath, are encouraging other organisations to join in the fun at their own place of work on October 19th and help support this Campaign that is close to the hearts of so many.

If you live or work anywhere within Bath, North East Somerset and Wiltshire, the RUH is your local acute care hospital.  The RUH treats over 2000 new cancer patients every year and every day the disease indiscriminately alters people’s lives.  With your help, the RUH can build a sensational new Cancer Centre to help transform our cancer patients’ journey and experience.

Whilst the level of clinical skills offered by the medical team at RUH are amongst the best in the UK, the buildings for much of the existing cancer services date back to the early 1940’s when they were hurriedly constructed for WW11 service personnel.  The Forever Friends Appeal plan to raise over £5m over the next 4 years towards the cost of building a £20.5m pioneering new Cancer Centre at the RUH, which balances clinical expertise with the provision of a nurturing and therapeutic environment.  The new Cancer Centre will be a joint NHS / charitably funded project with the parties contributing 75 / 25 % respectively.

To sign up for a Ted’s Big Day Out Fluorescent Friday fundraising pack, visit www.tedsbigdayout.co.uk or call Ted’s hotline on 01225 825825.