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Kind-hearted 9 year old walks for RUH patients and animals in need

Ellie Gold, of Wellow nr Bath, isn’t your average nine year old… she’s been keeping busy over the summer holidays organising a sponsored walk, that she’s been determined to take on with family and friends. Thoughtful Ellie is interested in helping local people with cancer and also loves animals, so decided to walk to raise funds for The Forever Friends Appeal’s RUH Cancer Care Campaign and the Humane Society UK.

After pouring over maps and plenty of training walks, Ellie decided to take on a 7 mile route starting at the Royal United Hospital, through the two tunnels, before finishing in Wellow which she completed last Sunday 18th September. After a little nervousness at the thought of not being able to complete the whole route, Ellie set off at some pace and really got into the swing of things… before reaching the finish line much earlier than expected! With every step taken on the carefully planned expedition, Ellie has raised an incredible £500 for the charities!

Ellie says, I wanted to raise money for cancer patients because two of my friends Mum’s have had cancer. Also my Dad works at the hospital and he looks after patients during their operations. He told me how the new Cancer Centre would really help provide better care for the patients. Mum helped me to plan the route and starting at the Hospital seemed to be a good idea.”

Ellie’s fundraising will go towards the RUH Cancer Care Campaign, which has a target to raise a minimum of £8.5 million towards the build of a world class new Cancer Centre at the Royal United Hospital in Bath. The existing Cancer and Haematology Department at the RUH is a collection of 1940’s single storey buildings, hurriedly erected to house injured service personnel during WII. Thanks to new research and the ongoing development of treatment, cancer care itself and the team of staff delivering it has changed phenomenally over the last seventy years. The Oncology team do an amazing job providing a very high level of care but the current facilities they operate in are no longer fit for purpose and do not compliment the modern medicine that is being delivered on a daily basis – the unit now treats well over 2200 new patients each year, over a wider age range and for longer periods of time with many more surviving and living with cancer. With the help of amazing fundraisers just like Ellie, the campaign has raised over £7.5 million towards its target and will go a long way towards making the new Centre world-class.

Laura, Events Fundraiser for the Appeal comments: “What a way to spend your summer holidays! We are so impressed with how Ellie has thought up, and planned this walk all by herself to help others in need. Everyone at the RUH is so grateful for all her hard work and fundraising efforts– with Ellie’s help we will be able to transform cancer care, and make our patients time in Hospital just that little bit better.”

Ellie also used her walk to raise money for the Humane Society UK, who protects animals from inhumane treatment and suffering. She loves animals and thinks they should be treated with respect. Having decided to before vegetarian four years ago (at the age of 6), Ellie loves the Humane Society’s campaign to get everyone to consider having a Meatless Monday, and is something that most schools have now adopted.

If you would like to sponsor Ellie’s walk for RUH Cancer Care, please visit: www.justgiving.com/fundraising/Tara-Gold

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