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TED’S BIG DAY OUT! – Teddies and fluorescent fancy dress everywhere

The Forever Friends Appeal at the Royal United Hospital is all set to make their annual fundraising day Ted’s Big Day Out a very colourful affair this year. Sponsored by Bath based law firm Mogers Solicitors, the theme for this year’s Ted’s Big Day Out on Friday 19th October is Fluorescent Friday.

Schools, nurseries, hairdressers, nursing homes and all kinds of other organisations across the RUH catchment area 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 their finest neon glad rags to work, taking their teddies out with them for the day, baking some fancy cakes or many other wacky ideas.

Every year Southdown Junior School in Bath support Ted’s Big Day Out by asking the children to make a small donation to bring their teddy to school with them for the day and wear a fluorescent item.  With coppers collected throughout the year, the children also make large teddy bears shapes in the school hall.  Class teacher from Southdown Junior School, Mrs Kate Freegard comments: “We feel it is really important for us as a school in Bath to support the hospital’s annual fundraising day – and the children always love to bring their teddies to school with them.  With this year raising money for the new Cancer Centre, it is a campaign that is close to the hearts of so many people and I really hope Southdown can raise as much as possible to help transform care for patients and their families at the RUH.” 

Staff at the RUH will also be joining in the Ted’s Big Day Out activities by taking their teddy bears to work with them for the day and dressing up with fluorescent outfits.   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 a relaxing onsite neck and shoulder massage.  Everyone is invited to go along and help raise those extra few pounds for the Campaign.

Having taken her teddy out for the day in 2011, Olympic gold medallist Amy Williams, will be visiting the hospital on Ted’s Big Day Out (with her teddy) over the lunchtime to meet the staff and patients who are supporting the fundraising activities. Players from Bath Rugby, Simon Taylor, Jack Cuthbert and James Tyas are also set to join in the fun at the hospital.

Big Ted will be spending the day on Friday 19th October visiting different organisations, with the Heart FM Angels, to see for himself the wonderful support his fundraising day receives each year.  Also visiting several schools and companies taking part on Friday, is the Chairman of B&NES Cllr Rob Appleyard and Mayor of Bath, Cllr Andrew Furse.  Volunteers from The Forever Friends Appeal charity, and staff from Mogers, will 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: “Big Ted is so looking forward to seeing everyone’s fluorescent fancy dress outfits and meeting the people that are taking part in this fundraising day.  He would like to say a really massive thank you to everyone involved for helping to raise as much as possible to build a sensational new Cancer Centre for the RUH.”

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 cancer patients 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 cancer 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 over £5m over the next 4 years towards the cost of building a £20.5m 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 with the parties contributing 75 / 25 % respectively.

To make a donation towards Ted’s Big Day Out! this year and help support the ‘RUH Cancer Care Campaign’, please call the Appeal office on 01225 825691.