Schools, nurseries and youth organisations across the city are being invited to take part in Ted’s Big Day Out to help raise funds for Children’s Therapies at the Royal United Hospital in Bath.
The fundraising day will take place on 18th October and Big Ted, the charity’s loveable mascot will be making a special guest appearance to join in with the fundraising activities.
Lauren Noble, Senior Community Fundraiser, The Forever Friends Appeal said: “The aim is to raise money to fund specialist children’s equipment, such as educational and therapy toys for the hospital’s Children’s Therapies department and Children’s Centre.
“We have had a number of schools and nurseries sign up which is great and we would like to extend our invitation to brownies, guides, scouts and other youth groups to sign up and take part.
“This year’s theme is ‘celebrate your way’ – so it’s up to you whether you organise a fancy dress day, wear a silly hat, have a teddy bears picnic or do something else in exchange for a suggested £1 donation per pupil, whilst having fun along the way.”
Patients like six-year-old Henry Latchem, who is treated at the RUH in Bath, will be one of the patients to benefit from the funds raised by Ted’s Big Day Out.
Henry has cerebral palsy which affects his coordination and muscles, particularly in his lower body and legs.
Emily Graham, Head of Children’s Therapies at the Royal United Hospitals Bath said: “Henry’s a bubbly little boy and tries very hard in his physiotherapy sessions, which he’s been having at the RUH since he was 11 months old.
“Henry needs to use specialist seating, standing and mobility equipment and has a walking frame so he can play with his friends and move at school.
“The hospital is currently looking at different styles of walking frames to best suit Henry to promote improvement in his mobility skills and balance.
“This is why donations from Ted’s Big Day Out are so important as we will be able to purchase an extended range of toys and equipment to make children’s’ experience of therapy sessions more enjoyable.
“They will also enhance our assessments so we can ensure children like Henry have the right equipment to help them play and move around.”
To sign up your school or youth group, visit www.tedsbigdayout.com or call 01225 824013.
You will receive a free fundraising pack and the first 10 organisations to sign up will receive a visit from Big Ted.