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RUH Christmas Appeal

Christmas Appeal brings festive joy to staff and patients

Thanks to generous supporters we were able to boost the spirits of staff and patients over Christmas.

Kind donations to our Christmas Appeal meant that gifts were given to every patient on Christmas day and 178 hampers were delivered to staff on each ward and department at the RUH.

Rhyannon Boyd, Head of Fundraising said: “The response to our Christmas Appeal has really shown how much our RUH staff are cherished by our local communities.

“Your kindness and support means a great deal to our colleagues, it gives them the strength to carry on. You helped bring joy to those who were working on the frontline over Christmas. We would like to thank everyone who got behind us at Christmas by making a donation.”

Our hospital colleagues were delighted to receive the Christmas hampers which were full with festive treats, snacks, non-alcoholic drinks and fruit to share with their colleagues.

Helen Wickett, Senior Sister on Charlotte ward said:

“The Christmas hampers were really appreciated by staff, thank you!”

Throughout December we shared staff stories every day to highlight the variety of staff roles and introduce the public to some of people who are looking after our loved ones. Their stories are inspiring and remain on our website as we want celebrate them, as they are our heroes. You can read their stories here

We continue to support our colleagues who are working tirelessly in response to the pandemic. Donations made to our COVID-19 Appeal will help us fund further projects to make a difference to patients, their families and our staff. To find out more click here

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Tesco’s bring Christmas cheer to RUH staff

Mince pies, chocolates, crackers, and hundreds of Christmas cards have been donated by local Tesco stores to The Forever Friends Appeal for staff working at the Royal United Hospitals Bath this Christmas.

Staff from 11 Tesco stores, eight local convenience stores and three Tesco superstores from Keysnham, Midsomer Norton and Shepton Mallet, wanted to bring some Christmas cheer for those who will be working at the hospital over the festive period.

Tracey Keating, Store Manager of the Tesco Express in Weston, Bath said:

“We have around 100 stores writing Christmas cards to NHS heroes over the South West. We wanted to do something extra for our local NHS heroes to say thank you to them for sacrificing time with their families to look after our loved ones who are too unwell to be at home this Christmas.

“As well as donating the food and crackers, my colleagues have written over 350 Christmas cards for RUH staff, each with a message of our support and gratitude. It’s been great to do this from one key worker to another and we hope it will lift their spirits during their long shifts over the festive period.”

The Tesco staff also took part in The Forever Friends Appeal’s Keep It Cosy fundraising day by dressing up in Christmas jumpers to raise more funds for the hospital’s charity.

Patsy Gould, Corporate Officer, The Forever Friends Appeal said: “We would like to thank Tracey and her colleagues for their wonderful support. The items will be included in our staff Christmas hampers.

 “As part of our RUH Christmas Appeal we have been offering businesses and individuals the opportunity to sponsor staff hampers which will be delivered to wards on 23 December. The hampers will be filled with lots of goodies, traditional Christmas treats and the Christmas cards from Tesco’s.

“At the RUH, we are like a family and our staff will go to great lengths to bring Christmas to their patients over the festive period. Therefore, we hope the hampers will remind our staff how cherished they are and how much we as a community we appreciate them for caring for the people we love.”

There is still time to sponsor a hamper for staff at the RUH. For more information about the hampers or to make a donation to charity’s RUH Christmas Appeal visit www.foreverfriendsappeal.co.uk

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Give a gift to support our patients and staff this Christmas

Today we have launched a Christmas Appeal inviting the public to help raise funds to ensure patients and their families continue to receive the very best treatment and care at the Royal United Hospitals (RUH) Bath this festive season and beyond.

Although Christmas is likely to be different this year, most people will be celebrating and making memories however there will be many others that will fall ill and need to spend time in hospital. While these people will be away from their families at Christmas, staff at the RUH will continue to be there for them.

Rhyannon Boyd, Head of Fundraising said: “This year has been tough on all of us, especially our patients and staff. The pandemic has shown us just how important our NHS means to us and our services will still be needed at Christmas. For those patients who will be too unwell to return home for Christmas our staff will go to great lengths to give their care, kindness and compassion.

“We are proud of all of our staff. They are truly inspiring people and every day in December we will introduce a staff member on our website and social media channels. We hope people will feel reassured and recognise some of their faces who provide care for patients every day.

“Along with the staff photos we will share their stories. You’ll read about the nurses who provide care around the clock, the surgeons who save lives, the therapists who help get us back on our feet, the cleaners who keep our hospital clean and the other dedicated staff who keep our hospital going.

“By making a donation to our RUH Christmas Appeal you will help us make this Christmas as special as it can be for our patients and staff.”

Niki Hartley is one of the Senior Sisters who features in the charity’s Christmas Appeal. She said:

“What makes me prouder than anything is how I see my staff go above and beyond every day. One example was when we had a homeless man on the ward – and one of the staff took his clothes home to wash and iron them for him. That might not seem huge, but to that patient it meant the world. That just shows how much they care.

“My team work so hard. There is no hesitation to provide cover when another staff member is sick, because they know our patients still need to be cared for and we will all be working together on Christmas day.”

To show your support for the RUH, the patients and staff this Christmas, you can do so in one of three ways, make a donation online, sponsor a staff Christmas hamper or take part in our ‘Keep it Cosy’ fundraising day on Wednesday 16 December.

Keep it Cosy has been designed for schools, groups and businesses. There are three cosy-themed virtual events to choose from and the idea is to have some fun with family and friends while staying safe. For a free Keep it Cosy fundraising pack and to make an online donation please visit our Christmas Appeal page.

We would also like to ask supporters who have in the past donated gifts to the hospital at Christmas to consider making a donation to the RUH Christmas Appeal instead.  With increased infection control measures in place due to COVID-19 unfortunately we are unable to accept gifts such as toys and confectionery for patients and staff this festive season.

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