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Teddies, wigs and hats will be everywhere for the RUH

Adults and children all over the Royal United Hospital catchment area are getting their teddy bears ready for their annual day out on Friday – The Forever Friends Appeal’s Ted’s Big Day Out. Sponsored by Bath based law firm Mogers Solicitors, the theme for this year’s Ted’s Big Day Out on Friday 18th October is Wear a Wig or Raise a Hat.

Schools, nurseries, hairdressers, nursing homes and all kinds of other organisations across Bath, Somerset and Wiltshire have signed up to join in the fun and raise as much as possible for the RUH Cancer Care Campaign to help build a pioneering new Cancer Centre. Those taking part will be raising money by: making a donation to wear a wig or hat for the day, taking their teddies out with them, baking some fancy cakes or many other wacky ideas.

Staff from Ted’s Big Day Out sponsors Mogers Solicitors in Bath, are getting very involved with the fundraising activities on Friday by hosting a Mad Hatters Tea Party.  Steven Treharne, Managing Partner at Mogers Solicitors, said: “We are a firm that has always taken great pride in being involved in the local community in which we do business. Sponsoring TBDO is not only great fun but everyone at Mogers feels a real sense of pride in being able to raise money for such a worthy cause that helps so many in our city. This year we ran a ‘design a hat for Ted’ competition and it has been wonderful to see so many local schools and nursery’s getting involved, we had so many entries, choosing the winners was very hard. Winners will be announced on Friday 18th and Ted will personally deliver the prize in the next few weeks.”

Lots of departments at the RUH are also taking part including: Appointment Centre, Caterpillars Day Nursery, Nuclear Medicine, Therapies Department, Radiology, Pre-operative Assessment and many more. Activities in the hospital atrium will include a cake sale, merchandise sale, guess the name of the knitted animal competition and the chance to have your nails painted.  Staff will also be able to have some fun in their very own Ted’s Big Day Out photo booth, and enjoy performances from the fabulous RUH choir and RUH Talent competition Sam Nolan.  Bath Rugby players are also set to join in the fun at the hospital, and meet the staff and patients who are supporting the fundraising activities.

Big Ted will be spending the day on Friday 18th October visiting just a few of the many organisations, with the Heart FM Angels, to see for himself the wonderful support his fundraising day receives each year.  Also supporting the fundraising on Friday, is the Chairman of Bath & North East Somerset, Cllr Neil Butters and Mayor of Bath, Cllr Malcolm Lees.  Volunteers from The Forever Friends Appeal charity will also be raising even more funds on the day at a Bath city centre street collection.

Events & Community Officer for The Forever Friends Appeal, Jo Hones, comments:  “There is such a variety of fundraising activities taking place on Friday – Big Ted is just so thrilled to see so many people getting involved to help raise money for this sensational new Cancer Centre at the RUH which really will transform our patients experience.”

If you live or work anywhere within Bath, North East Somerset and Wiltshire, the RUH is your local acute care hospital.  The RUH treats over 2000 new patients with cancer every year and every day the disease indiscriminately alters people’s lives.  With your help, the RUH can build a sensational new Cancer Centre to help transform our patients’ journey and experience.

Whilst the level of clinical skills offered by the medical team at RUH are amongst the best in the UK, the buildings for much of the existing cancer services date back to the early 1940’s when they were hurriedly constructed for WW11 service personnel.  The Forever Friends Appeal plan to raise some £8m towards the cost of building this pioneering new Cancer Centre at the RUH, which balances clinical expertise with the provision of a nurturing and therapeutic environment.  The new Cancer Centre will be a joint NHS / charitably funded project.

If you would like to support the fundraising activities, please contact The Forever Friends Appeal on 01225 825823 or visit www.tedsbigdayout.co.uk.