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RUH Cancer Care Campaign

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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Supporter’s story: Why I support the RUH Cancer Care Campaign

The theme for this year’s #WorldCancerDay is I am and I will’ and the aim of the awareness day is to help raise awareness and inspire action.

We would like to share with you one of our supporter’s story’s. Meet Bev (pictured below on the left) she is doing all she can to help ensure those affected by cancer receive the support and care they need by supporting our Appeal and fundraising towards the Dyson Cancer Centre.  Here’s her story:

“Losing a daughter to Cervical Cancer at just 28 years old is one of the most heart-breaking things ever to happen to anyone.  My daughter Nic (pictured on the right) started her treatment at about the same time as the hospital launched their Cancer Care Appeal and she was excited to do something to help fundraise.

“What started out as a small coffee morning with her positive and enthusiastic attitude quickly turned into a daylong party in the garden which raised over £1,700. It was a day where although she was tired, she kept going, spent time with her friends and family. A day to remember and treasure in our memories. Not long afterwards she was told her cancer was terminal and it was the start of Nic encouraging me to continue fundraising after she died.

“We have done this by setting up a Tribute fund called The Nicola Robertson Forever Fund. I also chair and actively take part in a local fundraising group. Over the last 7 years since she died I have experienced things I never thought I was capable of, I’ve met some really lovely people who are now special friends and have given talks to small groups right up to a room full of people.

“We are so proud of Nic for what she achieved both in her life and after and I hope she is proud of us too.”

Thank you Bev for being so open and sharing your story with us. If you would like to find out more about our Cancer Care campaign please click here 

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Local business donates £10,000 for Dyson Cancer Centre

A generous donation of £10,000 has been made by MJ Church to the Royal United Hospitals (RUH) Bath’s charity, The Forever Friends Appeal.

M J Church has been supporting The Forever Friends Appeal with its fundraising for the new Dyson Cancer since they lost Mark Hucklebridge, nephew, friend and colleague who sadly passed away from cancer in 2017.

Paula Church , Director at MJ Church said: “We have been fundraising for the RUH for over 15 years. It is our local hospital and it has supported many families who are connected to our business and we feel it is vital to do what we can to help support them. We know how important the new cancer centre will be to so many people.

“Instead of giving a gift to our customers this Christmas we decided to donate £10,000 to the charity’s RUH Cancer Care campaign and we would like to wish everyone a merry Christmas.”

MJ Church has been named one of the charity’s executive silver partners having raised over £150,000 for Appeal through a variety of different fundraising events, including their popular race day at Bath Racecourse – which sadly couldn’t take place this year due to the pandemic.

 Jo Common, Corporate Officer, The Forever Friends Appeal said: “On behalf of the Appeal, I would like to say a heartfelt thank you to MJ Church for their incredibly generous donation.

“Cancer is a cause that is close to the hearts of so many people, and thanks to the local community and businesses like MJ Church we will have a fantastic cancer centre which will transform care for our patients and their families.”

The Dyson Cancer Centre will be located next to the main entrance of the RUH and will bring the majority of the RUH’s cancer services, including research teams, under one roof.

If you would like more information about the Dyson Cancer Centre and make a donation towards the charity’s RUH Cancer Care campaign or to find out how your business can support The Forever Friends Appeal to benefit patients at the RUH please click here

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RUH granted planning permission for new Dyson Cancer Centre

We are delighted to hear that The Royal United Hospitals (RUH) Bath NHS Foundation Trust has been granted full planning permission for construction of the new Dyson Cancer Centre.

James Scott, RUH Chief Executive said: “On behalf of the community we serve, we’re delighted to reach this significant milestone. Our new world-class Centre will help transform the care we provide for patients, families and carers and provide a nurturing and therapeutic environment, reducing stress and anxiety and promoting health.

“It’s taken a huge amount of planning and preparation, working with staff and patients and our partners to get to this point.”

Scheduled to open for patients in 2023, the new Centre will be located next to the main entrance of the RUH and will bring the majority of the RUH’s cancer services, including research teams, under one roof.

Caroline Gilleece, RUH Matron and Cancer Lead Nurse said: “We are really excited by what the future holds. This will be more than just a building, it will be a therapeutic environment centred on patient care and experience, which will  also provide a fantastic place to work, so we can retain our dedicated staff and attract the very best to join us.”

Rhyannon Boyd, Head of Fundraising, The Forever Friends Appeal said: “We are delighted that the planning has been approved. It’s truly special in its design and facilities and we would like to take this opportunity to thank people for showing their support for our RUH Cancer Care Campaign.”

Cancer charity Macmillan Cancer Support is investing £1.5million to create a new patient support centre called the Macmillan Wellbeing Hub which will be at the heart of the Dyson Cancer Centre.

Maggie Crowe, Macmillan Partnership Manager said: “I’m thrilled to hear we are now are one step closer to opening the doors of our new purpose-built Macmillan Wellbeing Hub. It will be a sanctuary for patients and their families inside the Dyson Cancer Centre. It will offer vital support as they go through treatment including counselling, a complementary therapy suite and overnight accommodation so that families can stay close to their loved ones.”

Work will start on site in 2020 to demolish the old Therapies block, clearing the way for construction to start on the new Dyson Cancer Centre in early 2021.  The Centre will mark the final phase of the RUH’s current Fit for the Future estates redevelopment plan, to transform the northern part of the hospital site.

In the last decade the RUH has invested heavily in its estate and infrastructure and delivered a range of new facilities, including the award winning Dyson Neonatal Care Unit, a new pharmacy at the heart of the hospital and the recent RNHRD and Brownsword Therapies Centre.

Further demolition and landscaping work to create a ‘green heart’, a purpose designed garden area for the hospital, will take place once the Dyson Cancer Centre is open.

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Beckington Ball Raises £30,000

Residents of Beckington are celebrating having raised a spectacular £30,000 by holding a Greatest Showman themed ball to raise money for the planned Dyson Cancer Centre which will be built at the Royal United Hospitals Bath.

The ball was organised by a small group of people from Beckington, a small village near Frome, to support friends and members of the Warminster and District RUH Fundraising Group who have been fundraising for the RUH Cancer Care Campaign since 2013.

Chris Weare, Beckington Ball Committee member said:

“We are absolutely thrilled to have raised so much for the RUH Cancer Care Campaign. We wanted to support our dear friend Terry Hickmott who is a long standing supporter of The Forever Friends Appeal and we are delighted that the Beckington Ball has been a huge success again this year.

“I’d like to thank local businesses, including our lead sponsor John Wainwright & Co Ltd for their contribution. Without the volunteers and the overwhelming support from the people of Beckington and the surrounding area, we could not have done it and we hope that this money will help change lives.’’

Special guests on the night included RUH Oncologist Dr Rebecca Bowen and Mark Beresford, Consultant Oncologist and Clinical Lead for Oncology and Haematology who spoke about the value of charitable funding on cancer services at the hospital. An auction then followed, raffling a huge list of fantastic prizes which had been donated by businesses and local supporters.

Since 2015 when the first Beckington Ball was held, over £80,000 has been raised for the RUH Cancer Care Campaign. The Beckington Ball Committee has been welcomed as Principal Community Partners of The Forever Friends Appeal and will be invited to name one of the specialist areas or departments within the new Dyson Cancer Centre.

Lauren Noble, Senior Community Fundraiser, The Forever Friends Appeal said:

“On behalf of our charity, I would like to thank Chris, Ang, Dan, Annie, Terry, The Warminster and District RUH Fundraising for working so hard to make this event a success.  Words cannot express how grateful we are for your generosity and dedication which means so much to patients, families and staff at the RUH. We are still completely blown away by what the committee and volunteers were able to achieve and as P.T. Barnum in the Greatest Showman said ‘’the noblest art is that of making others happy.’’ Thank you once again to everyone involved!”

 

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Metal detecting rally raises almost £40,000

Over 650 detectorists from across the world travelled to a site near Bath for a charity weekend of metal detecting, raising £11,330 for The Forever Friends Appeal and two other charities, CLIC Sargent and Starlight Children’s Foundation.

The event, dubbed The Rodney Cook Memorial Rally was set up last year by Gary Cook in memory of his dad Rodney who passed away in September 2017. Proceeds from the ticket sales, raffle and extras will go towards the Appeal’s RUH Cancer Care Campaign for the planned Dyson Cancer Centre at the Royal United Hospitals Bath.

Gary Cook, member of the Trowbridge and District Metal Detecting Club said:

“My Dad braved a two year battle with cancer and was treated and cared for by staff at the RUH, so we are very proud to have raised this amount in his memory for the Forever Friends Appeal’s RUH Cancer Care campaign.

“There were some great finds over the weekend ranging from Roman, Celtic, Saxon, and medieval and in the two years that we have held this event, we’ve raised over £60,000. Almost £40,000 has gone to The Forever Friends Appeal which I think is a truly fantastic achievement – a great legacy for my late father. I would like to thank everyone, the sponsors, land owners, our friends and family who helped made this event happen.”

In November last year, The Forever Friends Appeal welcomed the Trowbridge and District Metal Detecting Club as Senior Community Partners of the Appeal for their significant contribution towards the RUH Cancer Care campaign.

Lauren Noble, Senior Community Fundraiser, The Forever Friends Appeal said:

“When members from our community work together, it’s quite impressive what can be achieved and the Trowbridge and District Metal Detecting Rally is a clear example of that. We would like to thank everyone who had a part to play in the organisation of such a fantastic event. We are incredibly grateful for all their hard work.”

Each charity has received £11,330 and the Trowbridge and District Metal Detecting Club are now looking for a new site for next year’s event. If there are any land owners who would like to help them out, please contact them via their Facebook page The Rodney Cook Memorial Rally

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