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M J Church director Paula Church and MD Steve Blower with Forver Friends Appeal mascot Big Ted

Cancer Centre campaign gets boost from civil engineering firm

The campaign to help build a pioneering new cancer centre for Bath’s Royal United Hospital has been given a £12,000 boost by Chippenham-based civil engineering firm M J Church.

The firm is one of the largest civil engineering, earthworks and waste management contractors in the South West, and has been supporting The Forever Friends Appeal since 2000, when staff took teddy bears – the appeal’s mascot – to work. Since then, staff have raised tens of thousands of pounds towards the £8.5m appeal.

The company’s particular passion for the Cancer Care Campaign is following the diagnosis of their colleague Mark Hucklebridge with cancer in 2010.

Director of M J Church, Paula Church, said: “Our dedicated team at M J Church are all very passionate about supporting our local hospital – and as a local company we are very keen to get behind a cause that is close to the hearts of so many people.

“Far too many of us have loved ones that are affected by cancer, so here at M J Church we want to help towards this fundraising to build a world class Cancer Centre at the RUH which will provide a truly therapeutic environment for patients and their families.”

Corporate Officer for The Forever Friends Appeal, Jo Common, said: “Raising £8.5million is a big target – but with the incredible support we receive from our donors, including companies like M J Church, we are getting closer to our goal.”