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Danny goes above and beyond

Danny who is our Supporter Care Assistant has run the equivalent distance of four marathons in just one month and raised £850 for our hospital to show his personal appreciation for the staff.

Danny O’Callaghan, aged 26 from Twerton in Bath set out to run 105 miles in February and finished the challenge, wearing a fancy dress nurse’s uniform to celebrate, on the last day of the month.

Danny said: “I’ve worked at the RUH for over 10 years and during this time I’ve had the opportunity and pleasure to work alongside some hard-working and friendly colleagues. I now work for hospital’s charity, The Forever Friends Appeal so I see how donations make such a huge difference to patients and staff, especially during the pandemic when we were delivering care packages to the wards.

“I’m very much a social person, but as I’ve been unable to meet up with friends I thought I’d combine my two biggest passions which are running and working at the RUH and attempt to run four marathons in February.

“Each week, I ran 26 miles and did it in all weathers, mostly after work. I’m so grateful to everyone who has sponsored me as I know that the funds will be put to good use.”

Danny’s commitment to supporting the hospital and his colleagues hasn’t stopped there – he also put himself forward to work as the Material Management Coordinator at the Large Vaccination Centre at Bath Racecourse.

He said: “I will always like do my very best to help others, so when I heard about the Vaccination Centre, I wanted to help. As I have many years’ experience of working in the hospital’s supplies department, I was over the moon when I was asked to oversee all the stock at the centre. I jumped at the opportunity, as this role was perfect for me as I knew I could really shine and make the biggest impact towards the work that was taking place at the Vaccination Centre.

“I set up a storeroom to allow quick and easy access for the staff, I also look after ordering, taking stock checks, and I make sure all the PPE stock and other supplies are there to enable the centre runs smoothly and I go there after work every day.

“It’s been truly amazing working in the Vaccination Centre seeing colleagues working together to achieve one simple goal. Everyone’s doing such a wonderful job with a massive smile on their face and for me when we get through this, I think this year will go down in history and knowing that I will be a part of that makes me incredibly proud!”

Deputy Head of Fundraising for The Forever Friends Appeal, Richard Gyde said: “Danny works incredibly hard and is a valued member of the fundraising team. His willingness to help support our hospital colleagues just shows how much of a wonderful, kind-hearted person he is and everyone is grateful for what he is doing to help.”

If you would like to show Danny your support in fundraising for the RUH you can make a donation on his Just Giving page

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Max completes his 100 lap challenge

Five year old Max from Bath has cycled 50km and raised £950 to date in memory of his Great Grandfather Ted, who sadly died aged 99 in February.

Thanks to Max and everyone who sponsored him, the funds he’s raised will be donated to our charity to benefit patients, their families and staff at the Royal United Hospitals Bath (RUH).

Before the February half term, Max and his classmates were set a challenge by their PE teacher to complete ‘100 laps of something’ during the school holiday. Max decided to cycle 100 laps around Alice Park in Bath and averaged 12 laps or 6km a day and finished the challenge on the seventh day by cycling the final 24 laps (12km).

Kitty Hodges, Max’s Mum said: “We’ve been so impressed by Max’s determination to cycle, whatever the weather. He only turned five in December and got his big bike at Christmas, so it is quite a feat for him.

“Max wanted to do the challenge and raise some money for the RUH, to thank the staff, who over many years, have looked after his Great Grandfather as well as other members of our family.

“The challenge also became a family effort too, Max’s dad Ed has planned a 100km cycle, his big sister Chloe, who is 8 years old, has been doing a 100 pull-up challenge and I have been walking and running throughout February to achieve 100km.

“We are so proud of them for taking on these challenges to support the hospital in memory of Great Grandfather Ted, who they adored. They’ve been utterly dedicated to completing the challenge and even though it’s been a tough few months, their resilience, willingness to do it and think of others, makes us very proud parents.”

Laura Cherry, Events and Community Coordinator said: “On behalf of everyone at The Forever Friends Appeal, we would like to say a huge thank you to Max and his family for their wonderful support. The funds raised will be put towards supporting areas with the greatest need at the hospital, both now and in the future.”

Thanks to the generosity from people like the Hodges family over the last year, we have been able to fund many projects above and beyond what the NHS can fund. Donations are helping to make a huge difference to provide practical and emotional support to RUH staff as well as patients and their families.

If you would like to show Max your support you can make a donation on his Just Giving page or if you would like to find out about the other ways you can help support the RUH click here

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World Cancer Day – 4 February 2021

Today is World Cancer Day, an important day for us to highlight the positive impact our supporters are making for our patients and their families.

Since the launch of our RUH Cancer Care Campaign close to £10 million has been raised towards the Dyson Cancer Centre. This is truly astonishing and on World Cancer Day it’s a great opportunity to share with you the progress of the cancer centre build.

It’s thanks to your support that the Royal United Hospitals Bath will have a unique Cancer Centre built to serve people in our local communities who are living with cancer. The Dyson Cancer Centre will help transform the care to patients and their families by bringing the majority of the RUH’s cancer services together under one roof in a nurturing and therapeutic environment.

Because of the huge amount of fundraising support we have received for this project we are delighted to share the following news:

  • £9.8million has been raised so far for the Dyson Cancer Centre
  • Demolition work is well underway for building the new centre
  • Over the next 12 months we aim to raise £197,000 to finish off our cancer campaign to ensure the new centre is truly special in its design, facilities and equipment.

 

“It is really exciting to see the building work progressing. The new centre is so important for our patients, especially as COVID-19 has highlighted the importance of having a safe, spacious and modern environment for cancer treatments.”

Professor Mark Beresford, Consultant Oncologist and Clinical Lead for Oncology and Haematology at the Royal United Hospitals Bath

 

 

 

Thank you for your continued support in fundraising for the Dyson Cancer Centre. If you would like to find out more about the new centre please click here

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Harry’s three peak ascent challenge

Six year-old Harry, from Bath, has climbed the combined height of Ben Nevis, Scafell Pike and Snowdon, all within the stay at home guidelines, in an incredible 11 days to raise money to help staff and patients at the Royal United Hospitals (RUH) Bath.

Harry, a Kingswood Prep school pupil, has been learning about the UK in his remote learning lessons and decided to try and ascend the combined height of the three peaks in 14 days.

Harry said: “I wanted to raise some money for our local hospital’s charity, The Forever Friends Appeal.”

He began to climb the combined sea level to peak height, which is equal to 3,408m, on Saturday 16th January by repeatedly ascending his stairs at home, and took on the ‘middle steps’ and gained height on local walks.

Harry’s mum, Laura said: “We are very proud of Harry, he’s amazing. We worked out that by just using our own stairs, it would equate to ascending the whole staircase 70 times a day, every day for two weeks and he was ready to take up the challenge.

“Harry is extremely grateful for the donations he’s received to help him support such a worthwhile, local cause. He’s smashed his original target of £250 and has raised over £1,100. We’ve shared the messages of encouragement left on his Just Giving page with him. He’s had a lot of fun doing the challenge, thank you to everyone for your donations.”

Laura Cherry, Events and Community Coordinator, The Forever Friends Appeal said: “On behalf of everyone at the appeal, a big thank you to Harry for taking on this epic challenge to support our wonderful NHS staff.

The COVID-19 pandemic continues to show us just how important our NHS means in times of challenge. The funds Harry has worked so hard to raise will enable us to continue providing additional support to staff that goes above and beyond what NHS funding can provide.”

If you would like to organise a fundraising activity from home to support our hospital heroes please visit The Forever Friends Appeal’s website for ideas. From virtual quizzes to danceathons, there are lots of ways you can raise funds to support the staff that are going above and beyond to care for patients at the Royal United Hospitals Bath. For information please click here

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New Year fireworks display raises cash for RUH Intensive Care Unit

A spectacular firework display to celebrate the New Year and commemorate the well-loved couple who ran Eades of Bath Greengrocers has raised over £8,500 thanks to the generosity of the Eades family, their friends and the public.

A significant donation from the total will be donated to the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) at the Royal United Hospitals Bath.

Mike Eades, son of Tony and Lyn sadly lost his parents within three weeks of each other last September. Tony and Lyn were head of the family, who for six generations had run Eades greengrocers and market gardeners behind the Royal Crescent on Crescent Lane.

Mike Eades said: “Just as Tony and Lyn lit up our community, my family and I are grateful to everyone who helped us light up the New Year’s sky in their honour.

“Because there were COVID restrictions regarding funerals we used our land at Swainswick to create a drive-in COVID safe sunset celebration of their lives last year as they loved fireworks. It was led by the Reverend Phillip Hawthorn and it was a truly moving tribute and one which we will never forget.

“It was then that l had the idea to organise a COVID safe crowd-funded New Year’s Eve fireworks display on the highest point of our land on Little Solsbury Hill in memory of my parents. I ran the idea past Rev. Philip and he coined it ‘New Year’s Eades’.

“It was a fantastic display and a memorable opportunity for everyone in the community to join together, to not only celebrate the New Year, but also say goodbye, as we did, to the loved ones we have lost. Thank you to everyone who made a donation on our Just Giving page. I’m pleased to be donating the majority of the money to the RUH where the staff looked after my parents.”

RUH Physiotherapy Team Leader, Caroline Ficke, who is part of the RUH Intensive Care Team, said: “We are truly grateful to Mike and everyone who donated to show their support. We will put the funds towards buying a rehab chair as we only have three in our department, one of which is very old and needs replacing so this is perfect timing.

“In physiotherapy, we use these specialist chairs to help patients in their rehabilitation process. By sitting patients up it helps improve their sitting balance and preserve their muscle strength. It also has a positive impact on their psychological well-being, their dignity and confidence. The chairs have wheels so we can take patients outside which helps them start to feel better with their recovery.”

Laura Cherry, Events and Community Coordinator said: “Our mission is to make a real difference to patients, their families and the staff at the Royal United Hospitals Bath and thanks to the incredible generosity of Mike and the local community, staff at the hospital will be able to go above and beyond for patients. We are incredibly grateful for each and every donation that has been made.”

If you are planning a fundraiser to support patients and staff at the RUH or would like to make a donation to The Forever Friends Appeal please visit: www.foreverfriendsappeal.co.uk or email: forever.friends@nhs.net

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Cumberwell Park’s charity weekend proves a huge success

Cumberwell Park’s 2020 Captain’s Charity weekend showed how, in the midst of COVID restrictions, golf can still bring people together, as well as support the Royal United Hospitals Bath’s charity, The Forever Friends Appeal. Over £8,000 was raised to go towards the building of the new Dyson Cancer Centre.

Nearly 300 golfers enjoyed socially distanced golf, either playing in an individual competition on the Saturday or as part of a fun team event on the Sunday. The competitors were blessed with beautiful autumnal weather on both days.

As well as raising funds for the RUH, the event was also held to celebrate the life of Liz Hobbs, former Lady Captain and long-standing Cumberwell member.

A raffle was held for an array of prizes, including a water-colour painting commission, use of a Tesla for a weekend, and Tea for Two in London. Rhyannon Boyd, the charity’s Head of Fundraising went along to draw the raffle prizes. She personally thanked participants for their fundraising efforts and gave a talk about what the funds would be put towards.

Mark Hynes, Captain at Cumberwell Park Golf Club said: “The fundraising efforts involved huge and cheerful support from those buying raffle tickets, sponsoring holes for the weekend, donating prizes and cash, helping out on the halfway house and running competitions. They are all heroes.

“Over £8,000 was raised, which, given the restrictions on holding fundraising events due to COVID, was brilliant to see.”

Laura Cherry, Events and Community Coordinator said: “We are so grateful to Mark and all the club members who organised and contributed to this wonderful fundraising weekend.

“We know how much dedication and hard work went into the organisation of the event – on behalf of everyone at The Forever Friends Appeal, thank you so much.

“Their generous contribution for the new cancer centre will make a huge difference to the lives of so many people at the RUH.”

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Staff at paper mill lose pounds to gain funds for our charity

Inspired by the many examples of kind gestures by the local community during the COVID-19 pandemic, staff members at a local paper mill decided they wanted to pull their weight too.

Four members of B Shift at the Portals Paper mill in Bathford took on a weight loss challenge to help raise funds for our charity in support of the Royal United Hospitals Bath (RUH).

Dave Collins, Neil Livall, Andy Dagger and Andy Wilcox weighed in and kept a record of their progress. Over 16 weeks they lost 46 kilos between them (just over 7 stone), but more importantly raised over £1,400 for the charity.

Dave said: “The weekly weigh-ins always created a bit of banter and some were keener than others to step on the scales, depending if the weekend before had been a bit full on!

“Thanks for everyone’s support, including the company which contributed £540. We want to give all the staff at the RUH our best wishes in these testing times.”

After the first weigh-in they also all paid for take-away pizzas to be delivered to RUH staff working both the day and night shifts over a weekend to show how much they are much appreciated.

Patsy Gould, Corporate Officer, The Forever Friends Appeal said: “What a great achievement by B Shift. We really appreciate the support the hospital receives from local firms such as Portals. Their donation will be used to further improve facilities, services and fund specialist medical equipment to help make real difference to patients and their families being treated and cared for at the RUH.”

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Hospital ward teams up for My Walk of Life Marathon

Staff members from the neurology ward at the Royal United Hospitals Bath have teamed up for the My Walk of Life Marathon, a virtual walking event organised by the hospital’s charity, The Forever Friends Appeal.

Doctors, nurses, healthcare assistants, clinical nurse specialists and administrative staff from Helena Ward are clocking up 26.2 miles of walking during September.

Rosie Lloyd, a Senior Sister on the Helena Ward said: “We have decided to take on the challenge of walking a marathon by capturing our steps during our busy shifts to raise some money to improve patient experience on Helena ward.

“We would like to put the funds towards an outdoor area for Neurology patients to enjoy, either for therapy sessions or for them to spend time with their families during visiting. Neurology patients often have a longer stay in hospital than other patients so having an outdoor area for them would aid their recovery and have a positive impact on their physical and emotional wellbeing.

“Each member of our team is hoping to raise £100. So please help spread the word and support us with a donation if you can.”

Helena ward cares for patients like Ed Jackson, former professional rugby player who sustained a spinal cord injury in an accident which left him paralysed and was told that he may never walk again. After dedicating himself to intensive recovery and rehabilitation at three hospitals, including Helena Ward, Ed is not only walking, but climbing mountains and raising thousands of pounds for charities, including The Forever Friends Appeal.

Ed said:  “The incredible people of the NHS saved my life and got me back on my feet and this wouldn’t have been possible without them.”

Karlie Evans, Events and Community Officer said: “It’s great to see another ward signing up, and it’s not too late if anyone else would like to take part.

“The response to the event so far has been fantastic. More than 194 people are taking part, raising £24,595 to date, and they have covered over 2,000 miles already.

“It’s completely up to you how you decide to complete the 26.2 mile challenge by the end of September. Why not take this opportunity to get out and discover the great outdoors or tot up your miles in your own home or garden.”

To make your steps count for RUH staff and patients sign up to the My Walk of Life Marathon today. It’s free to register and if you raise £100 by 30 September you will receive a medal. For more information visit: www.my walkoflifemarathon.co.uk.

If you are unable to take part this year, please consider making a donation to Helena Ward – you can find them on the website above.

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Toddler takes part in charity’s Walk of Life Marathon

A toddler is walking a mile everyday this month to raise money for the Royal United Hospitals (RUH) Bath.

Seventeen month old Avi was born six weeks premature at the RUH and was cared by specialists in the hospital’s Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU). Earlier this year Avi spent more time in hospital being treated for sepsis.

Mum, Emma Musgrove, from Melksham, wanted to thank the staff at the RUH for everything they have done for their little girl so they are taking part in The Forever Friends Appeal’s ‘My Walk of Life Marathon’ which is happening this month.

Emma said: “The RUH means an incredible amount to us as without the care of their staff on NICU Avi would not be here now. When she was treated for sepsis back in January by staff in A&E and the Paediatric team, at her worst the doctors didn’t think she would survive but they never gave up on her and she beat it.

“The work that all of the staff do is absolutely amazing and we will be forever grateful to them for giving our little girl back. We’re aiming to walk one mile a day during September until she reaches the target of her first marathon. She’s loving the challenge so far and it’s great to raise some money as a thank you for everything the RUH have done for her.”

Emma set their fundraising target at £100 and already friends and family have donated over £725 to their Just Giving page, making them the second top fundraiser in the challenge.

Laura Piner, Events and Community Coordinator said: “We are so grateful for Avi and Emma for taking part in My Walk of Life Marathon. Avi’s enthusiasm to explore, alongside Emma’s desire to help the hospital is inspiring and we are extremely thankful for their support.

“There’s still time to sign up and take part in the My Walk of Life Marathon as it’s a virtual walking challenge and it doesn’t finish until 30 September. The aim is to walk 26.2 miles and it’s completely up to you how you decide to complete the total distance, whether you get out and discover the great outdoors or tot up your miles in your own home or garden.

The proceeds raised by My Walk of Life Marathon will go towards helping the hospital’s charity The Forever Friends Appeal provide support to staff beyond the coronavirus crisis and fund projects and medical equipment that make a real difference to our patients and their families. Participants are also welcome to support a particular ward, department or appeal if they wish.

To make your step count for RUH staff and patients sign up at www.my walkoflifemarathon.co.uk. It’s free to register and if you raise £100 by 30 September you will receive a medal.

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Robin Smith Ward team up to walk marathon

More than 30 staff members at the Royal United Hospitals Bath are getting ready to walk 26.2 miles throughout September to raise funds for the hospital.

Colleagues from both Robin Smith ward and the Royal National Hospital for Rheumatic Diseases (RNHRD) and Brownsword Therapies Centre are taking part in My Walk of Life Marathon, a virtual walking event organised by The Forever Friends Appeal. The teams include nurses, cleaners, senior sisters, healthcare assistants and administrative staff.

The aim is to walk 26.2 miles during September and there’s still time for people to sign up and join hundreds of other walkers who are taking part in their own way.

The Robin Smith team is captained by Sam Rye, Senior Sister, who said: “Each and every day we spend so much time on our feet walking to various wards and departments at the hospital and to and from patients. Therefore we have decided to take on the challenge of walking a marathon by recording the distances we walk in a shift.”

The team is hoping to raise enough money to transform Robin Smith ward’s patient day room to provide a positive and therapeutic space which will enhance patients’ recovery.

Team RNHRD is looking to give the courtyard garden in their outpatients department a revamp. Their captain, Andrea Ferreira, Senior Sister for Rheumatology, said: “At the moment the garden looks a little sad. It would be lovely to have some greenery and make the courtyard prettier for patients to look out on while they are waiting for their appointments.”

Karlie Evans, Events and Community Officer said: “It’s so wonderful to see so many RUH staff sign up and I hope it inspires others to take part.

“It’s been the most challenging year the NHS has ever faced and because of the pandemic and ongoing restrictions, we had to cancel our beloved Walk of Life canal walk, at a time when support at the RUH has been needed most.

“To make sure people can still walk and help the hospital this year, we have turned it into a month long virtual walking event. It’s completely up to you how you decide to complete the 26.2 mile challenge; you can do it your own way over 30 days. Why not take this opportunity to get out and discover the great outdoors or tot up your miles in your own home or garden.”

By taking part in this virtual walking event for The Forever Friends Appeal, the charity will be able to continue to support the staff beyond the coronavirus crisis by funding projects and medical equipment that make a real difference to our patients and their families. Participants are also welcome to support a particular ward, department or appeal if they wish.

To make your steps count for RUH staff and patients sign up to the My Walk of Life Marathon today. It’s free to register and if you raise £100 by 30 September you will receive a medal. For more information visit: www.mywalkoflifemarathon.co.uk.

If you are unable to take part in the event this year, please consider making a donation to the RUH staff teams. Each member of the teams is raising £100 – you can find them on the website above.

 

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