It’s not every day that a giant teddy bear visits you at work. But staff from Withy King in Bath were thrilled to have a visit from the much loved and well known Forever Friends Appeal mascot Big Ted. The 6 foot cuddly teddy bear visited the firm’s office on Midland Bridge to say thank you to all the staff who have been fundraising so energetically for the Royal United Hospital’s Forever Friends Appeal. Dubbed their ‘Summer of Sport’, the Withy King team has run, walked, cycled and climbed, all to raise funds to help build a pioneering new Cancer Centre for the hospital.
Withy King’s Summer of Sport was launched back in March when 10 members of staff ran the 13.1 mile Bath Half Marathon. This was then followed by a team of 6 who competed in the Walk of Life Corporate Challenge in May – consisting of walking 21 miles along the Kennet and Avon canal from Devizes to Bath. A group of 28, including 16 from Bath, tackled the Three Peaks Challenge on one of the hottest weekends we have had this summer, which was then followed by their final sporting challenge at the end of June, when staff set off bright and early one Saturday morning to take on the 60 mile Bike Bath challenge.
While they are still busy planning fundraising activities for the year ahead, at just over half way through their two year fundraising commitment, Withy King has raised over £13,000 so far for The Forever Friends Appeal. These funds will go towards the RUH Cancer Care Campaign to help build an exceptional new Cancer Centre for Bath’s RUH. Corporate Officer for The Forever Friends Appeal, Jo Common, comments: “The support from Withy King has been incredible. It is wonderful to see so many people take on such difficult sporting challenges – they all deserve huge congratulations, as people have been training for months to make sure they are fit enough for each activity. Taking part in sporting events with your colleagues really does boost staff morale and team spirit! We are so pleased to have been chosen as Withy King’s Charity of Choice – their passion for the cause is keeping them all going.”
With the support of firms like Withy King, the RUH Cancer Care Campaign is raising £8.5million towards the building of a pioneering and urgently needed new Cancer Centre. The RUH treats over 2200 new cancer patients every year, and although the clinical care is amongst the best in the UK, the buildings are no longer fit for purpose. Using innovative design and state-of-the-art technology, the new Centre promises to become a healing environment that will dramatically improve patient care.
Chris Kane, Partner at Withy King, who took part in several of the sporting challenges for charity, said: “The last few months of sporting activities have been physically and emotionally tough but we’ve really enjoyed the challenge! Our Summer of Sport has provided a great opportunity to get to know our colleagues better while raising money for such a worthwhile local cause as the Forever Friends Appeal.”
Withy King, which also has offices in Swindon, Marlborough and Oxford, has chosen three charities to support for two years from May 2013. Wiltshire Air Ambulance and Headway Oxfordshire are both beneficiaries, in addition to the RUH Forever Friends Appeal.
If anyone would like to support Withy King’s fundraising Summer of Sport for the Appeal, please visit http://www.justgiving.com/teams/WithyKingSummerofSport