Swindon-based business mobile, IT and landline providers, Excalibur Communications, are so captivated with The Forever Friends Appeal’s Campaign to raise £8.5million towards a new cancer treatment and care centre at the Royal United Hospital in Bath, the firm has committed to raising £50,000 towards the fundraising goal.
This significant pledge has been kick started with a £25,000 cheque presentation to the charity, from company Chief Executive James Phipps.
Staff from the firm are now busy organising various fundraising events throughout 2014 to help achieve the target as quickly as possible.
On Thursday 24 April, James Phipps, Adrian Wheeler and Karen Thornley from Excalibur visited the RUH to present the £25,000 cheque to Chairman of The Forever Friends Appeal, John Cullum, along with staff from the RUH Oncology department and Children’s Ward.
Excalibur will be backed by their staff, customers and partners in a bid to reach their target and their fundraising will go towards the teenage cancer area of the new Cancer Centre building.
Pictured, left to right: Tim Hobbs, Head of Fundraising The Forever Friends Appeal; Dr Sally Moore, Haematologist; Jo Hones, Corporate Officer The Forever Friends Appeal; Dr Emma de Winton, Clinical Lead for Oncology and Haematology; James Phipps, Chief Executive Excalibur; Adrian Wheeler, Finance Director Excalibur; John Cullum, Chairman The Forever Friends Appeal; Denise Greenman, Sister Children’s Ward; Karen Thornley, Head of Marketing Excalibur.
James Phipps first came into contact with The Forever Friends Appeal team at Bath Racecourse in July last year when Excalibur was sponsoring a business race day. He said: “The Forever Friends Appeal was something we very much wanted to get involved with. The new Cancer Centre will benefit so many people all over the South West, and the teenage area was an ideal project for Excalibur as they’ll be using lots of the technology we provide.
"Currently some of the teenagers are cared for in the children’s ward and they really need their own area specifically tailored to them so they don’t feel isolated, especially given the treatment they’ll be going through. We’re very committed to our challenge and are looking forward to achieving our goal.”
In order to reach their £50,000 target Excalibur have several innovative fundraising activities planned throughout 2014. This has been kicked off already with donations from Excalibur staff at their annual event in February, plus a sportsman’s dinner on 27 June being held at Alexandra House in Swindon with guest speaker former Wales rugby player Gareth Thomas.
Businesses are also being invited to purchase a table at the Excalibur and Forever Friends Appeal Race Day at Bath Racecourse on Wednesday 3 September 2014. Last year, tables at the Excalibur Race Day filled up quickly, so the team are expecting a great response again. Tables of 10 cost £790 plus VAT, and sponsorship of an individual race is £1000 plus VAT.
This event will then be followed by a World Record Breaking attempt in October. The company aims to hold the challenge at a gym in Swindon and break the record for the most people exercising on Swiss Balls in one place.
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The £25,000 donation means that Excalibur will be recognised by the charity as a ‘Senior Corporate Partner’, and have received a Forever Friends Appeal Senior Corporate Partnership plaque to display in their Swindon office.
When they reach their £50,000 goal, the firm will be acknowledged as a ‘Principal Corporate Partner’ of The Forever Friends Appeal and will receive a significant naming opportunity in the new Cancer Centre.
Chairman of The Forever Friends Appeal, John Cullum, expressed his appreciation for Excalibur’s commitment. “We are so delighted to welcome Excalibur Communications on board as a Senior Corporate Partner for The Forever Friends Appeal and would like to thank the company for being so passionately committed to making such a significant donation to help improve the Teenage Cancer facilities here at the RUH.
"We wish them the very best of luck with all their forthcoming fundraising activities and the Appeal looks forward to being part of a World Record Breaking attempt in October!”
See more information about Excalibur’s planned fundraising activities: www.ex-c.co.uk.
To find out more about the RUH Forever Friends Appeal: www.foreverfriendsappeal.co.uk.