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New Bath BAB Community Group

The Forever Friends Appeal are inviting members of the public to join a new Bath “BAB” Community Group, to help raise funds for the RUH Cancer Care Campaign. Whether you are looking for a project to fill the long summer nights, meet likeminded people, or do something positive in your community the Appeal would love your help. The first open meeting will be held on Tuesday 20th May at H.U.G.S Charity Shop on Chelsea Road.

The Forever Friends Appeal is currently focused on the RUH Cancer Care Campaign – raising £8.5 million towards the build of an exceptional new Cancer Centre at the hospital. “BAB” stands for Be a Brick, as the aim of the new fundraising group is to raise as many bricks, rows and walls as possible to help build this new Centre.

The ‘Be a Brick’ scheme has given individuals, companies and groups the opportunity to ‘Be a Brick!’ and ‘Buy a Brick, a Row or a Wall’ to help raise funds towards the new building. In return for purchasing a virtual brick at the cost of £10 each, donors receive a ‘Be a Brick’ certificate and acknowledgement letter.  Donor who wish to purchase a virtual ‘Row’ for £100 or ‘Wall’ for £1000, will also be acknowledged within the design of the new Cancer Centre.  In just over one year, the Appeal has raised over £120,000 from the ‘BAB’ scheme – incredible! Despite its success, with the campaign target set at £8.5 million, the scheme continues in earnest.

Zoe Tainton, Community Fundraiser at The Forever Friends Appeal says: “I am very excited about this new Bath BAB Group, it is such a great opportunity to do something positive for the people of Bath. In one way or another, most of us have been affected by cancer. Together we can care for cancer, and help transform the cancer services for the patients and their families at our general district hospital…. We welcome anyone who wants to help ‘beat cancer’! ”

On Tuesday 20th May H.U.G.S Charity Shop will also be celebrating their first anniversary; the charity shop first opened their doors in Chelsea Road in May 2013. It has been an incredibly successful year for H.U.G.S, “Help us Give Support”, which is managed by Mandy Fletcher & Mary-Ann Benson and staffed by volunteers. The celebration is open to members of the public, giving them the opportunity to find out more and join the new Bath BAB Group, as well as exciting announcement of the total funds raised throughout H.U.G.S first year – which will also be a surprise for The Forever Friends Appeal!

For further information and to register your interest in the Bath BAB Community Group and the H.U.G.S celebratory open evening, please contact Zoe Tainton on 01225 825825 or zoe.tainton@nhs.net.

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