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Frome Mum completes swim for Cancer Care

Shane Ibbitson, 51, from Frome, suffers with a serious joint disease, Degenerative Osteoarthritis and Thybro Mialgia, a long-term condition which causes pain all over the body. She undergoes treatment and regular physiotherapy at the Hydrotherapy Pool at the Royal United Hospital. Despite her joint problems, Shane organised a sponsored swim at Frome Sports Centre on Wednesday 14th November, in aid of the Forever Friends Appeal’s Cancer Care Campaign- raising funds to build a new pioneering Cancer Centre at the RUH. She has raised a brilliant £343 so far and the monies are still coming in.

With her husband, Colin and son, Robert by her side and an audience cheering her on, Shane successfully swam half a mile (32 lengths) in half an hour.

Shane comments: “I chose to support this great Campaign because I really wanted to say thank you to the staff at the Royal United Hospital for being there for me over the years. After seeing the current Cancer facilities, I felt that it is was definitely in need for a change. I wanted to help the families- the children, parents and grandparents, all using the Cancer facilities, as they deserve to relax in a therapeutic and soothing environment whilst being treated. I am glad I was able to help and it felt great completing this challenge for those less fortunate than me.”

Shane continues: “I would like to thank staff members of Frome Sports Centre for allowing me to do this and all those who have sponsored me.”

The Forever Friends Appeal’s RUH Cancer Care Campaign aims to raise over £5million over the next 4 years towards the cost of building a pioneering new Cancer Centre for the RUH in Bath.  This wonderful new Centre will transform care for patients and their families, bringing cancer services at the RUH all under one roof.  The new building will create a Cancer Centre which balances clinical expertise with the provision of a nurturing and therapeutic environment – that is centered on patient care and experience, reducing stress and anxiety, whilst promoting health and thereby embracing a ‘holistic’ approach for patients and their families.

With over 2000 new cases of cancer every year at the RUH, there is no doubt that many will be spending their time visiting their friends and relatives in the cancer department this Christmas.

Zoe Tainton, Community Fundraiser at The Forever Friends Appeal says: “Now is your chance to help those missing Christmas at home, by doing something positive for cancer. The Forever Friends Appeal needs the help of people from Frome and surrounding areas to raise awareness of the Campaign. A hot chocolate and mince pie party or a cosy Christmas Meal at your home, can often be the simplest and best way to spread the word and raise some funds for a great cause. We are very grateful for our supporters, like Shane, who has gone the extra mile to help those around us who deserve a better environment to be treated in, thank you very much Shane!”

Please visit www.foreverfriendsappeal.co.uk/ruhcancercentre or call 01225 825825 if you would like to help.