Second Spinathon breaks £15,000 fundraising barrier
3rd August 2017
Back in May, over 80 brave spinners took to the saddle in SouthGate Bath on Saturday to raise funds for patients and their families at the Royal United Hospital in Bath. The event was organised by Clear Vision's Managing Director Rob Walsh in memory of his brother Neil Walsh, and fitness instructor Tash Hillier in memory of her father Ken Hillier. Sadly, both men passed away suddenly after suffering heart attacks in 2015.
With all monies now collected, the event has raised a huge £15,093.23 in total, including Gift Aid.
The 10 hour Spinathon, which is the second of its kind, raised the funds for The Forever Friends Appeal, the primary charity for the Royal United Hospital in Bath. The money will be split between the Cardiology Unit and the RUH Cancer Care Campaign.
With the first event in 2016 raising around £12,000 for the RUH, a massive total of £27,000 has been donated to help transform care and support patients and their families when they need it most.
The Spinathons have been important and emotional projects for Rob and Tash. Reflecting on success of the two events, Rob Walsh says:
“It's been an emotional two years and we have been blessed with so many people who joined us in participating and supporting both events.
Including Gift Aid we have raised in excess of £15,000 at this year's event. Our sincere thanks go to everyone involved on the day, their sponsors and the people of Bath who were brilliant once again in putting money in our collection buckets.”
Donations from the Spinathon will be put towards the purchase of a Balloon Pump on the Cardiology Unit, a lifesaving piece of equipment that is used when patients need to be resuscitated by manipulating the heart to beat using a state of the art computer system. Some of the donations from the 2017 event will also be put towards the RUH Cancer Care Campaign, which is helping to build a state of the art new Cancer Centre that will dramatically transform cancer care for thousands of people in the South West.
A third Spinathon is being considered for a few years' time. Watch this space!