Curo, the Bath-based housing association and house-builder, has raised £13,672 for the new Dyson Cancer Centre that will be built at the RUH.

Every year, Curo colleagues choose a ‘Charity of the Year’ and The Forever Friends Appeal was nominated.

Rachael Allen, Communications, Brand and PR manager, Curo said:

“Choosing The Forever Friends Appeal as our charity of the year was an easy decision for us as we wanted to give something back to the RUH, its staff and patients in gratitude for the care given to our colleagues, friends and family.

“We raised the money by organising all kinds of fundraising activities, including yoga classes, naming our vans, cake sales, a golf day, raffles, taking part in the charity’s Walk of Life event, plus many more.”

A Curo colleague who talks highly of the RUH and helped fundraise for the Dyson Cancer Centre is Stuart Dashwood, who works in their Lettings Team. Stuart, aged 50, from Bath, was re-diagnosed in December 2015 with Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma, a relapse from a diagnosis in 2009. He said:

“I am eternally grateful for all the treatments, support, empathy and love extended to me over the last ten years – especially the last three years which have been the most challenging.

“From January 2016 I received six sessions of chemotherapy followed by 18 months of treatment taking me through to spring 2018. I now go to the RUH for checkups every three months and despite aches and pains there are no signs of reoccurrence of Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma, which is fantastic news.

“I have experienced the most amazing and empathetic care and have nothing but praise for all the team who have looked after me. We are lucky to have the NHS. I have been offered lots of support throughout this journey from my amazing GP, the consultants in Oncology and Macmillan nurses.

“When Rachael Allen heard that I used to DJ, she asked me to do a special one-off gig at our annual Spotlight Award Ceremony in aid of raising awareness to the charity – naturally I waived my fee and the evening was a huge success. I also wrote a blog for my colleagues to read prior to the awards night to highlight the importance of The Forever Friends Appeal and that I am a real-life beneficiary of the RUH; put simply, without them I would not be here now, they saved my life.”

This year, Curo colleagues have voted to raise money for the RUH’s Children’s ward and their fundraising plans are already in the making.

Jo Common, Corporate Officer, The Forever Friends Appeal said:

“It’s wonderful news to hear that we will be working with Curo again this year. Every year, tens of thousands of children receive care and treatment at the Royal United Hospitals Bath.

“Some young patients come for routine operations, others for therapy to help them cope with disabilities and chronic illnesses. Charitable support helps make life better for these children, and their families, by funding additional services, facilities and equipment.

Thanks to generous supporters like Curo, The Forever Friends Appeal is able to fund important projects that make a very real difference to patients and their families.”