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RUH Christmas Appeal: Give a life changing gift this Christmas

The Forever Friends Appeal has launched an urgent appeal to support the Royal United Hospitals this Christmas.

The official NHS charity for the RUH in Bath is requesting help from the public to give a life changing gift this Christmas to continue providing extraordinary healthcare for everyone.

The appeal features Ed Jackson, ex-Bath rugby player and ambassador for the charity, who had extensive physiotherapy at the RUH following a freak swimming pool accident where he broke his neck.  He received life changing care and is now able to walk again, and thanks to the RUH he’s climbing his way through Christmas.

Ed said: The recovery and rehabilitation at three different hospitals was the hardest thing I have ever faced.  All of the staff were extraordinary and I’m forever grateful to the RUH for helping me to get back on my feet and walk again without a frame.  I haven’t stopped trying to claim back every millimeter of movement since.

The appeal also features Taya Bassett who gave to birth to premature twins, Harvey and Charlie, who spent 10 weeks being treated in the Dyson Cancer Centre for Neonatal Care.  Thanks to the RUH, they are cuddling their way through Christmas.

Taya said: “We will forever be grateful to all the Neonatal Intensive Care staff at the RUH.  If it wasn’t for these superheroes, our boys and I simply wouldn’t be here today.  The main thing that helped us get through it was all the care and support we received.  Not just from the amazing staff and counsellors, but also the special bonds that we made with other parents and this was especially important during the pandemic.”

This Christmas, our staff will continue working tirelessly around the clock to continue caring for patients, and will face another, increasingly difficult period as COVID-19 continues to affect our hospitals.

The Forever Friends Appeal is supporting our staff and hospital every step of the way, with providing mental support, funding including ‘Pause Days’, for teams affected by COVID-19 facilitated by two psychological therapists for the next two years.

But, we need your help to continue supporting the RUH together, to push the boundaries of healthcare through innovation, research, cutting-edge equipment, enhancing spaces and supporting staff even further.

Ed said:  “For me, Christmas is a time for contemplation, appreciation and community. I want to continue supporting this amazing charity who is striving to improve the health of people in our community.  They rely on the generous support of the public, which is why I’m appealing for the public’s support.

Can you give a life changing gift this Christmas by making a donation today? Your support will ensure patients like me continue to receive the very best care.

Thank you,

Ed Jackson and Taya Bassett