Popular Lacock Pub; The Bell is continuing its fundraising efforts, and its next target has been named: ‘The Bell at Lacock’s £50,000 and beyond!’ Proprietors, Alan and Heather are proud to say that after popular demand, the second ‘Bell Ball’ is being held on Friday 21st March, at Neeld Hall, Chippenham. Friends and supporters all hope to raise funds on the evening for their favourite charity; The Forever Friends Appeal at the Royal United Hospital in Bath.
In 2010 the pub set their 10/10 challenge, which was to raise £10,000 in 2010 towards the current RUH Cancer Care Campaign – helping to build an exceptional new Cancer Centre. They were over the moon that they smashed their target and went above and beyond what they ever expected to happen. With help from their ‘regulars’ and the bigger community, together they raised over £40,000 in just one year! After a short break, their kind natured instincts have kicked back in and they are now more determined than ever to hit £50,000 and become the Appeal’s first ‘Principal Community Partner’. As a highly valued ‘Principal Partner’, The Bell at Lacock will be recognised for their endless generosity and proudly acknowledged within an area or department in the new Cancer Centre. The Appeal wants their kind, passionate donors to feel part of an extra-special project that will help so many people affected by cancer around us.
The Bell at Lacock are very grateful to the Bell Ball’s sponsors this year; Strakers Estate Agents, widely recognized as Wiltshire’s leading independent Estate Agents. Based in the heart of Wiltshire, the company is very proud to support The Forever Friends Appeal, as is a cause close to their hearts and homes.
At the end of 2013, Strakers Estate Agents presented a cheque to the Appeal in a tribute to a wonderful, caring lady, Helen Straker, who sadly passed away in 2013. At the beginning of 2013, Helen set herself a challenge to raise funds and buy as many ‘Be a Brick Walls’ as she could through the Appeal’s ‘Be a Brick’ scheme before she became too poorly. An amazing twenty three £1000 virtual walls have been purchased for the new Cancer Centre, in tribute to the beautiful wife of Gordon Straker.
It seems friends, family and neighbours in Chippenham and its surrounding villages are joining their efforts to help all those affected cancer. Supporters of the Appeal are so pleased that their funds will be seen and used by those in their local community.
Supporters like Strakers and The Bell, share the vision with the RUH Clinicians, in wanting to create a Centre of excellence for the patients and their families who deserve it. The RUH is planning to replace the outdated 1970’s facilities, with a state-of-the-art £23.5 million Centre that is truly fit for purpose. The build will take a holistic approach to create a therapeutic and healing environment, which will make the patients feel safe, supported and special.
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