Over £800,000 has been collectively raised by hundreds of Bath Half runners for the hospital charity The Forever Friends Appeal since 2000.
This incredible amount of money has benefitted a number of areas across the Royal United Hospitals (RUH) Bath, including many of the wards and departments which runners have specifically fundraised for. Some of the funds have also gone towards supporting the hospital’s research projects and the charity’s previous fundraising campaigns as well as the planned Dyson Cancer Centre.
Rhyannon Boyd, Head of Fundraising, The Forever Friends Appeal said:
“We would like to thank everyone who has joined our Bath Half team over the years. This year was an unprecedented situation for all of us and we are truly grateful to our runners, whether you took part on the day or decided to run virtually and complete it your way. Thank you for making a difference to our patients.
“The decision by The Forever Fiends Appeal to withdraw our staff and volunteer providing support and hospitality for runners by the charity at this year’s Bath Half was an incredibly difficult one to make. We have been involved with the race for two decades, it is always a highlight in our calendar and we hope this continues for many more years to come.
“As the hospital charity we hope that people will join our 2021 Bath Half running team to show their continued support for our local hospital in what has been the most challenging year in the NHS’s history.”
COVID-19 has affected every ward and department in the RUH and staff are adapting to new ways of working to keep our patients and staff safe.
The public’s generosity and kindness has meant that The Forever Friends Appeal has been able to make a difference already, but the pandemic has changed and put a pause on many of the charity’s planned events. The charity still needs the public’s continued support to help transform patient care where it’s needed most.