How would you like to experience a “once-in-a-lifetime” opportunity to be rescued at sea by a 14-stone Newfoundland dog?

The ‘at sea’ water event has been organised with Newfound Friends for The Forever Friends Appeal, the fundraising charity of the The Royal United Hospitals (RUH) Bath.

It takes place at Portishead Marina on 8 June to help raise funds for patients.

It costs £30 to register and participants are asked to raise a minimum of £100 for any ward or department.

Last year almost £7,000 was raised for the RUH.

Laura Pearce, events and community officer at The Forever Friends Appeal, said:
“This is a fundraising event with a difference and we are so delighted to be working be with these lifesaving dogs again as it was such a big hit with those who took the plunge last year.

“We only have a set number of places left so avoid missing out on this fun experience and sign up on our website.

“On the day, you will get the full experience of what it’s like to be rescued by a Newfoundland dog. They are powerful dogs and are an impressive sight in the water.

“Once you’re suited up, ready for the water, you’ll be taken out into the marina and be asked to jump in, but don’t worry, your furry rescuer won’t be far behind and will tow you back safely.

“Last year almost £7,000 was raised for the RUH – an amazing total and as participants can choose which area of the hospital their sponsorship would support, we saw donations going towards our major campaigns such as the new Dyson Cancer Centre and RNHRD and Brownsword Therapies Centre, as well as our special appeals such as Facial Surgery and Critical Care and other departments in the hospital, which is fantastic.”

Pete Grimes from Bath is taking part in the charity event in Portishead

Pete Grimes, aged 43, from Bath, has signed up to take one giant splash for patients.

He said: “I’m taking part in this event as I have been looking for a challenge with a difference, something that will take me out of my comfort zone and this is definitely it.

“I’ve not been in the water for years but I’ve seen some of these Newfoundland dogs in action so I’m pretty confident that they will do a fabulous job on the day and rescue us.

“My reason for taking part in this challenge is because I want to give something back to the RUH, for all the help they’ve given me over the past few years. Without them we couldn’t have got through losing some close family members on both my wife’s and my side of the family. Therefore I wanted to fundraise for their charity, The Forever Friends Appeal, to help make a difference to other people and their families.”

To find out more information, or to book your place, head to The Forever Friends Appeal website.

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