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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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Make every step count for patients this September

A charity ambassador and dedicated fundraiser is getting ready to walk 26.2 miles throughout September to raise funds for the Royal United Hospitals Bath.

Nicola Noble, from Warminster, is taking part in the My Walk of Life Marathon, a virtual walking event organised by The Forever Friends Appeal. The aim is to walk 26.2 miles during September and there’s still time to sign up and join hundreds of other walkers taking part in their own way.

Nicola will walk in memory of her sister Vanessa Kyte who sadly passed away on 15 November 2007, seven years after first being diagnosed with breast cancer, which soon developed into secondary lung cancer and brain tumours.

Nicola said, “My family and I have been supporting the Forever Friends Appeal for over 10 years. Ness and I helped set up the very first organised sponsored walk for the charity. I will be donating my sponsorship towards the charity’s RUH Cancer Care Campaign for the Dyson Cancer Centre because we want to help make a difference to future patients living with and beyond cancer – a cause my sister Ness was so passionate about before she passed away.

“This cancer centre has been my motivation and I’m looking forward to taking on this year’s My Walk of Life Marathon event so if you haven’t signed up yet, please do – take part with your friends or family it’s a rewarding challenge to do. Or if walking is not your thing, please sponsor someone who is taking part as your donation will help make a difference. Thank you.”

Laura Cherry, Events and Community Coordinator said: “We are grateful to have Nic’s support and we hope her story 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 like Nic 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 and fund projects and medical equipment that make a real difference to our patients and 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 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.

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Covid-19 Appeal funds support for RUH staff and patients

Staff and patients at the Royal United Hospitals Bath are to benefit from a generous grant from NHS Charities Together.

NHS Charities Together is the umbrella organisation of all NHS charities, which shot to prominence when Captain Sir Tom Moore raised more than £32 million for it.

The RUH’s charity The Forever Friends Appeal has received a further grant of £50,000. It will be used to provide mental health support, outdoor seating for staff and visitors and support for patients who are living with dementia.

Rhyannon Boyd, Head of Fundraising, The Forever Friends Appeal said:

“We would like to thank the public who donated to the NHS Charities Together COVID-19 urgent appeal. Thanks to peoples’ generosity we can provide the immediate support and meet the practical needs of our staff and patients in the weeks and months to come.

“Our frontline colleagues have been through a really demanding time. They’ve shown resilience, strength and spirit over the past few months, and now’s the time to give them the support they need to recover, take respite and prepare as we head towards winter.”

The mental health support will ensure teams that have been affected by COVID-19 are invited to attend debriefing sessions, called ‘Pause Days’. These sessions will be run by psychological therapists and have proven to be effective in aiding mental health recovery following exposure to a period of time that has been traumatic and stressful.

Entertainment for patients living with dementia will now be funded – items such as DAB radios, Bluetooth speakers and listening devices for the hard of hearing will be provided, helping to reduce anxiety and loneliness and having a positive effect on their mental wellbeing

The funding will be used to provide more outdoor seating so staff can sit, relax and reflect during busy shifts and teams can meet while social distancing. The additional seating will also be a welcome addition for staff forums such the LGBT+ and Allies and equal abilities groups to get together.

Rhyannon said: “The public’s generosity means that these fantastic projects are now being put in place for our staff and patients. We are still responding to the new challenges of COVID-19 and we continue to fundraise to provide the necessary support for our hospital.”

In total the Forever Friends Appeal has received £123,000 of restricted funding from NHS Charities Together specifically for projects related to COVID-19.

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Ted’s Big Day Out is back

Schools, nurseries and youth organisations in Bath, Wiltshire and Somerset are invited to take part in Ted’s Big Day Out on 18 October to help raise funds for Children’s Therapies at the Royal United Hospitals (RUH) Bath.

Big Ted, our loveable mascot is making a come back this year to help us celebrate our 20th anniversary. He will also be making a few special guest appearances on the day to join in with the fundraising activities.

Lauren Noble, Senior Community Fundraiser said:

“The aim is to raise money to fund specialist children’s equipment, such as educational and therapy toys for the hospital’s Children’s Therapies department and Children’s Centre.

“We have had a number of schools and nurseries sign up which is great and we would like to extend our invitation to brownies, guides, scouts and other youth groups to sign up and take part.

“This year’s theme is ‘celebrate your way’ – so it’s up to you whether you organise a fancy dress day, wear a silly hat, have a teddy bears picnic or do something else in exchange for a suggested £1 donation per pupil, whilst having fun along the way.”

Patients like Henry Latchem, aged six who is treated at the RUH will be one of the patients to benefit from the funds raised by Ted’s Big Day Out. Henry has cerebral palsy which affects the coordination and his muscles, particularly in his lower body and legs.

Emily Graham, Head of Children’s Therapies at the Royal United Hospitals Bath said:

“Henry’s a bubbly little boy and tries very hard in his physiotherapy sessions, which he’s been having at the RUH since he was 11 months old.

“Henry needs to use specialist seating, standing and mobility equipment and has a walking frame so he can play with his friends and move at school. The hospital is currently looking at different styles of walking frames to best suit Henry to promote improvement in his mobility skills and balance.

“This is why donations from Ted’s Big Day Out are so important as we will be able to purchase an extended range of toys and equipment to make children’s’ experience of therapy sessions more enjoyable. They will also enhance our assessments so we can ensure children like Henry have the right equipment to help them play and move around.”

To sign up your school or youth group please click here or call 01225 824013.

You will receive a free fundraising pack and the first 10 organisations to sign up will receive a visit from Big Ted.

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