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Recipe book launched to raise funds for our Hospital Heroes Appeal

A book of recipes to raise funds for our Help Your Hospital Heroes Appeal has been launched in Bath.

The Rainbow Recipe book, which contains recipes from residents and well-known Bath public figures, has been created by Loraine Morgan-Brinkhurst MBE, a former NHS worker of 25 years and Vice President of the The Forever Friends Appeal Charity.

Loraine’s idea for the book was inspired by seeing lots of her friends sharing bakes and home cooked meals during the lockdown on social media. She says “I noticed lots of my friends sharing photos and recipes on social media and seeing the pictures gave me the idea to collate the book and help raise money for the charity and hospital, which is very close to my heart.

“I approached some of my friends and local contacts and in the space of three weeks we have managed to pull this together. I am delighted to say that local people and businesses have sponsored the print costs of the book which means all the money from the sale of the books will go directly to the charity.

“I am also extremely grateful to Mark Norbury who designed the recipe book for free. Both his wife and son work in the theatres at the hospital, so this has been a meaningful project for him to be involved in as well. There are so many people who have generously, helped and supported the book project, I am truly thankful and just delighted that we are able to help give back to the front line workers in our City who have worked tirelessly to keep us all safe.”

Contributors to the Rainbow Recipe Book include chefs from local Bath restaurants and hotels, writer Bel Mooney, Amy Williams MBE, actor Simon Shepherd, The Mayor of Bath and BBC Points West reporters Ali Vowles and Imogen Sellers.

The Rainbow Recipe Book is £10 and can be purchased directly from Loraine via the Facebook page @rainbowrecipebook or by email loraine@morganbrinkhurstconsultancy.co.uk.

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Somerset Freemasons provides computer tablets for RUH patients

Ten computer tablets have been donated from the Somerset Freemasons for patients being cared for in the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) at the Royal United Hospitals Bath Foundation Trust.

David Medlock, Provincial Grand Master of the Somerset Freemasons said: “We are delighted to provide these tablets and we hope that by providing these tablets they will give some comfort to patients as they will be able to use video messaging and connect with their loved ones during their time in hospital.”

Margi Jenkins, RUH Critical Care Matron said: “With the current visiting restrictions in place, it makes it hard for patients and their relatives to communicate, so by having these tablets for them to use, it will go some way to ease that difficulty. Furthermore, we’ll use the tablets to help those who are unable to speak to communicate with our staff, as well as a source of entertainment for patients who start the process of coming off ventilation.”

As well as showing their support for the RUH, the Somerset Freemasons have also been helping provide free meals to people in Bath and North East Somerset, financial support to food banks and some Personal Protection Equipment (PPE), totalling over £45,000 of gifts in kind.

David said: “We have also been able to fund a further 10 tablets for the hospitals in Weston Super Mare, Taunton and Yeovil and a further five tablets have also been given to The Bristol Royal Infirmary (BRI) and to a Masonic Care home in Exeter.

“As an organisation we are in the process of delivering over 1,000 computer tablets to hospitals throughout England and Wales. Like many other people during this challenging time, we all wanted to help as best we can.”

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Special memory boxes created for patients at RUH Bath

Creating special memories and keepsakes for patients nearing end of life and their families has been made possible thanks to donations made by the public to our Hospital Heroes Appeal.

Memory boxes have been created and will be delivered to every ward, including the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) and Emergency Department during this year’s national Dying Matters Awareness Week, 11-18 May.

Helen Meehan, (pictured above) Lead Nurse Palliative Care and End of Life Care said: “The coronavirus pandemic does present new challenges, but caring with compassion, kindness and respect are absolutely central to all that we do.

“Every patient matters and every family matters here at RUH Bath and we are so pleased to have the memory boxes. They will enable our staff to support patients nearing end of life and their families and we hope that the keepsakes and memories created will bring compassion, some connection and comfort.”

With the theme for this year’s Dying Matters week being ‘Dying to be Heard’, people are being encouraged to talk to their families, partners and friends and listen to their wishes if they want to talk about what is important to them. Conversations like these can be hard, but they are important to have.

Helen said: “When a loved one wants to talk about nearing end of life, it’s really important that we enable them to say what is important to them and that we listen as it will bring a shared understanding of what matters to them at this time.”

As well as helping patients create memories for their loved ones, the Trust has also introduced a ‘keeping in touch’ service and ‘virtual visiting’ by providing mobiles phones on all wards so families can spend time with their loved one, if they are unable to visit.

Since the beginning of the coronavirus pandemic over 150 RUH staff have received palliative care training and new COVID-19 resources have been developed by the Palliative Care Team to support staff on all wards so they can provide compassionate end of life care.

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Ed Jackson climbs Mount Everest…at home

Inspired by Captain Tom Moore who has raised millions for NHS Charities Together, Ed Jackson, former professional rugby player has set out to raise £10,000 for our charity and two others by climbing the equivalent of Mount Everest on his parents’ staircase.

We are in awe of what he’s set out to do and we wish him the best of luck with this challenge as we know Ed well. He was cared for at the RUH three years ago following an accident which left him with a broken neck. At the time he was told that he may not walk again, but after a gruelling recovery and rehabilitation at three different hospitals including the RUH, he made an amazing recovery and became one of our Therapies Matters ambassadors.

Ed said: “I managed to ditch the walker two years ago and despite my disability I have developed a weird obsession with climbing and I hope to be the first quadriplegic to climb Mount Everest. Obviously I can’t get to the mountains but I’ve decided to bring one here. I’m not really sure how much I’ve bitten off but those of you who have seen any of my climbing blogs before will know that thanks to my disability stairs are my nemesis.”

During the four day challenge, which started today (Tuesday 21 April), Ed will wear of the kit that he will take with him when he is able to travel to the Himalayas and will walk up and down the staircase 2,783 times, that’s 89,000 sets of individual steps.

Ed continued: “The money raised will be shared with The Forever Friends Appeal in support of the NHS. The incredible people of the NHS saved my life and got me back on my feet three years ago and now they’re making that difference for many more.

“Any donation no matter how small is massively appreciated because all of our charities need support at the moment and I hope together we can raise enough to make a real difference for these three.”

The other two charities that are close to Ed’s heart and will also receive a share of the funds are Wings for Life Spinal Cord Research Foundation and the Neverest Orthopaedics Foundation.

Ed hopes to finish the challenge around 6pm on Friday 24 April and we’ll be there to help him complete the last few flights of stairs.

If you would like to show your support to Ed, donations can be made at https://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/edjackson8

You can stay up to date with Ed’s progress by following him on Twitter and on Instagram.


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Almost £80,000 raised for our hospital heroes

An incredible £77,000 has been raised to support staff at the Royal United Hospitals Bath during the coronavirus pandemic.

The Hospital Heroes Appeal was launched by the RUH’s charity The Forever Friends Appeal just over three weeks ago and the charity has been overwhelmed by the generosity from the public and local businesses.

The money raised will purchase items needed for care packages and vital equipment to support the Critical Care unit, Respiratory unit and Emergency Department and many more areas in the RUH.

Rhyannon Boyd, Head of Fundraising, The Forever Friends Appeal said: “We are extremely grateful to everyone who has donated to our appeal. We can’t thank everyone enough for thinking of our staff during this difficult time, it really means a lot.

“We have been blown away by the number of people who want to do something to support and recognize our committed NHS workforce during this COVID-19 situation.

“Some of the money has already enabled us to buy reclining bed chairs for our Critical Care staff to sleep on if they need to rest after a shift. We’ve also paid for a new secure video messaging service called vCreate to help patients in our Intensive Therapy Unit connect with their loved ones. And we also continue to provide pre-packed food and toiletries for our hard working staff and much more.”

James Scott, RUH Chief Executive said: “It is heart-warming to see all the support and acts of kindness already flooding in for our staff. To everyone who has already contributed – thank you, and to those of you thinking of making a donation, we really value your help in these uncertain times.”

If you would like to show your support for our hospital heroes, the best ways are either – make an online donation to our Hospital Heroes Appeal, register to be a volunteer at the RUH and/or share the charity’s news and thank you messages on your socials. Unfortunately, due to infection control restrictions, the RUH cannot accept gifted, handmade gifts or homemade food from the public.

To find out about the charity’s Hospital Heroes Appeal click here and/or apply as a volunteer click here

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Making Easter eggstra special for RUH staff

Joy came in the form of chocolate at the Royal United Hospitals Bath today when an eggstra special donation was made – 5,000 Easter eggs have been delivered to the hospital to bring a little Easter joy and a much-needed boost for staff during this challenging time.

This generous donation was made by a company called gemsatwork which provides food products to workplaces. Christian Morris, Account Executive, gemsatwork said:

“We decided to donate the Easter eggs as we know how hard they are all working round the clock to keep us safe and this is our way to say thank you to them.”

The hospital’s charity, The Forever Friends Appeal is now working as quickly as they can to distribute the eggs to all staff before the Easter weekend.

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

“Thank you to everyone at gemsatwork for making this donation. Everyone who has received an egg has been delighted. We’d also like to thank all the other businesses who’ve donated to our hospital, whether it’s been packaged food, toiletries, flowers or refreshments – all of the items have been gratefully received.

“We’ve been overwhelmed by the incredible response from our community and we would also like to thank everyone who has donated to our hospital heroes’ appeal. The money raised is being used to provide staff with care packages as well as other urgent requests received from our wards and departments.”


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Bicycle Giveaway for RUH Staff

As a thank you to RUH staff for their hard work during these challenging times, 50 brand new bikes have been kindly donated for our frontline staff who are struggling to get to work on public transport.

If you think you qualify and for a chance to win one of these bikes, together with a helmet, lights and a lock, worth £500, please email forever.friends@nhs.net and include your NHS email address or quote your payroll number. Please use the words BIKE OFFER in the subject line of the email and provide us with your name and job title in the body of the email. The deadline is noon on Wednesday 8 April.

Winners will be chosen at random and will be contacted by 5pm on Thursday 9 April.


Should you be one of the lucky ones to win a bike, the following steps will take place:

  1. You will receive an email confirming that you will receive one of the free bikes.
  2. You will need to forward your winning confirmation email to the bicycle supplier (details will be supplied) along with your height and gender, so that your bike can be tailor-made for you.
  3. Please note – it will take a few weeks for the supplier to receive the bikes, assemble them and undertake safety checks before they are ready for delivery to the RUH.
  4. You will receive notification of when and where your bike will be ready for collection on-site.
  5. On collection, you will need to bring your ID so we can match you with your new bike. Social distancing will be respected during the handover.
  6. With your permission we would like to share the moment when you receive your new bike on our social media (we will ask for your consent before).
  7. As a staff member you will be required to complete our Gifts in Kind declaration form. The link to the form on our intranet will be sent to you.
  8. Enjoy your new bike!


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