Thanks to the recent charitable contribution received from the Minerva’s Owls of Bath sculpture trail, The Forever Friends Appeal has £100,000 left to raise for the new RNHRD and Therapies Centre that’s taking shape at the Royal United Hospitals (RUH) Bath.

The charity is now appealing to the public to show their support and make a donation to complete its £2 million fundraising target for the new centre, which will provide the much-needed therapy services for around 25,000 patients each year.

Last year, thousands of people visited Bath to see the Minerva’s Owls of Bath on display across the region. The Minerva’s Owls went on to be sold at a charity auction and the profit has gone to four Bath charities, including The Forever Friends Appeal.

With the Appeal receiving some of the profits from the auction of the large Minerva’s Owls of Bath sculptures, the money has divided between the RNHRD and Therapies Centre and Dyson Cancer Centre.

Tim Hobbs, Head of Fundraising, The Forever Friends Appeal said:

“I would like to thank the Minerva’s Owls project for making us the major beneficiary of the whole scheme last summer. Their contribution has brought us closer to reaching our fundraising target and if the public can help us raise this last essential £100,000 it will make a huge difference to what we can do with this new facility.”

“We’ve been fundraising for this major build since 2017 and as part of our 20th anniversary celebrations, I would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone who has donated and supported us. All donations to this centre have been doubled thanks to the Brownsword match-funding Challenge.

“The new RNHRD and Therapies Centre will, under one roof, provide the therapy services that are currently provided at the Royal National Hospital for Rheumatic Diseases (RNHRD) known locally as ‘The Mineral Water Hospital’, and the RUH Therapies and Pain departments.

“People understand ‘cancer’, but less is known about the number of patients who are reliant on our therapies services to manage acute injuries, their long term condition or to help them recover from debilitating illness, operations and accidents. So many patient journeys make their way at some point through our therapies facilities, so they matter to everyone in all walks of life.”

The RNHRD and Therapies Centre has been designed in conjunction with patients, staff and architects, and will include a large hydrotherapy pool, a specialist gym and rehabilitation equipment, garden spaces to exercise, outpatient rooms and a biologics treatment space to support treatment, recovery, wellbeing and the management of long-term conditions.

Staff and services will move to the RNHRD and Therapies Centre this autumn as part of a phased programme of relocating all services from the Mineral Water Hospital site and the RUH therapies to the new Centre.

The latest addition to the build has been the installation of specially designed windows around the new hydrotherapy pool. Created by artist Chris Tipping, who experienced the impact of hydrotherapy to assist the design, he hopes they will inspire patients being treated in this centre.

Donations for this major build can be made via our website 

Alternatively, why not take part in one of the Appeal’s fundraising events this year, and pledge your support to the RNHRD and Therapies Centre.

Thank you for your support