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Staff at local Tesco Express stores takes to the saddle to raise money for the RUH

Just weeks after the announcement of their fundraising campaign to build a pioneering new Cancer Centre at Bath’s Royal United Hospital (RUH), The Forever Friends Appeal charity is thrilled to announce that Tesco will be supporting the campaign by helping to raise funds for wards and equipment within the hospital

The staff at local Tesco Express stores are embarking on a sponsored bike ride on Saturday 28th July, where they will be taking to their saddles and riding 90 miles to raise vital funds for us. Throughout the bike ride, they will be calling into Express stores along the way, so that their family, friends, colleagues and local communities can cheer them on.  There will also be lots of different sporting activities taking place in the stores, and all are welcome to come along and show support.

Local Tesco Express stores within the catchment area of the RUH have supported The Forever Friends Appeal charity with its most recent successful NICU ‘Space to Grow’ campaign, where they raised tens of thousands and had a special care room named in their honour. So the charity is thrilled that staff at the local stores have once again pledged their support.

Area Manager for Tesco Express, Nick Helps, comments: “I am delighted that Tesco Express stores are involved again with The Forever Friends Appeal. As a retailer in the local community, we are well aware of the outstanding contribution the Appeal’s fundraising activities have had on the improvement of the facilities at the RUH. Tesco Express stores in the area would like to continue this support as it benefits so many of our staff and customers’ families and it’s therefore a cause close to our hearts.”

The Forever Friends Appeal continues to raise funds for state-of-the-art equipment for all areas of the hospital (alongside its major campaign), under its recognised name and logo to ensure the best possible level of acute care to the 500,000 people in Bath, North East Somerset and West Wiltshire.  The RUH treats over 300,000 patients each year.

Mr Helps continues:  “The staff always show so much passion and energy taking part in these fund raising activities and the communities equally enjoy getting involved – it’s a fantastic way to help such a worthy charity that benefits so many people.  The staff and I are currently taking part in a training program so we are ready and fit for the challenge – it’ll be grueling, but it’s all for a good cause!  We’re hoping to raise as much money as possible for The Forever Friends Appeal, so if you see us and would like to lend your support, please text TEDS12 on 70070”.

 Corporate Officer for The Forever Friends Appeal, Kate Bruhl, comments:  “It’s wonderful to have such a well known retail company supporting us for the second year running. I am delighted to be working with them and will of course cheer their riders on throughout the 90 miles route. Ted and I will be coming along to most of the stores on Saturday 28th July so keep an eye out for us”