Last Sunday saw a record number of people turn out in beautiful weather to support The Forever Friends Appeal’s annual “Movie by Moonlight” event in Royal Victoria Park, which every year raises money to fund the build of a pioneering new Cancer Centre at Bath’s Royal United Hospital.
The film choice for this year’s event was the popular romantic musical “Grease” and thousands of people, some dressed in their best Pink Ladies and T-Birds outfits, turned out with family, friends and their picnics to enjoy the classic movie under the stars. The evening was presented by Heart FM’s Paulina Gillespie and had a free entry policy in return for generous donations to The Forever Friends Appeal’s Cancer Care Campaign.
Events & Community Officer for The Forever Friends Appeal, Emily Lynch, comments: “We knew that the showing of Grease at this year’s event would prove popular but had no idea that a reported 5,000 people would turn out in support of this year’s event! The Appeal team were completely overwhelmed and so very grateful to everyone who turned out to watch Grease under the stars and we are very proud to announce that the grand total of £7,000 was raised from text and bucket donations on the night in support of the RUH Cancer Care Campaign!”.
The RUH Cancer Care Campaign is the current focus of The Forever Friends Appeal, with the aim to raise £8.5 million to help build a new and pioneering Cancer Centre which balances clinical expertise with the provision of a nurturing and therapeutic environment. The new Centre will make patients feel safe, supported and special so that they can get through their treatment with the least amount of stress, and their families can feel that they are well supported as well.
Emily continues, “Our Movie by Moonlight event is free entry but there is always a bucket collection on the night for the Campaign, as well as the opportunity to text in your donation. Due to the record amount of people attending this year’s event, sadly our collectors were unable to physically reach everyone which means a lot of donations were missed on the night”.
Therefore The Forever Friends Appeal is encouraging anyone who attended on the night and who missed the chance to donate, to send in a donation by texting TFFA14 then the amount £5/£10/any amount to 70070 – there is still time to help support the RUH Cancer Care Campaign!
Emily further comments, “The Appeal remain particularly grateful to Geoff Bissex and his son Nic at Filmair Mobile Cinema Services for once again providing their services free of charge in support of our Cancer Care Campaign. Without Filmair Services the event wouldn’t be possible and I urge you to check out their website www.filmair.co.uk to see the full range of their services in the local area and nationwide”.
The Appeal would also like to thank Heart FM, Pop Up Vintage Parlour Stylists, Bath Theatrical Costume Hire, MJ Church, professional photographer Ben K Adams and a host of other local organizations for supporting the event on the night. For more information about the Movie by Moonlight and the work of The Forever Friends Appeal, including other events coming up, please visit www.foreverfriendsappeal.co.uk. Or for those of you on social media, ‘like’ The Forever Friends Appeal page on Facebook or follow @ForeverFriendsA on Twitter.
The Forever Friends Appeal charity are also encouraging schools, organisations, community groups and individuals all across the RUH catchment area to take part in the Appeal’s upcoming annual fundraising day, Ted’s Big Day Out! on Friday 17th October and help raise funds for the building of the new Cancer Centre. Visit www.tedsbigdayout.co.uk for more information.