On Friday 17th October, thousands of people across Bath, Somerset and Wiltshire took part in The Forever Friends Appeal’s annual fundraising day “Ted’s Big Day Out! 2014”, paying £1 to either take their teddy bear out for the day or to wear some funky footwear, all to raise funds in support of Bath’s Royal United Hospital.
To celebrate 15 years of Ted’s Big Day Out! official sponsors of the event, Mogers Drewett Solicitors, launched a special schools and nursery competition, open to every school and nursery who registered to take part in the Appeal’s annual event, which every year raises money to help transform care for patients and their families at The Royal United Hospital, across Bath, Somerset and Wiltshire.
Steven Treharne, Managing Partner at Mogers Drewett said: “Almost everyone knows someone who has been treated or cared for at the RUH, whether family, friends or colleagues and that is why Mogers Drewett are pleased to adopt The Forever Friends Appeal as our charity of the year again this year”.
The competition challenged pupils from registered schools and nurseries to design a pair of “Wacky Wellies” for the Appeal’s popular mascot “Big Ted”. Prizes up for grabs included a £50 Odeon Cinema gift card for the winning child and £100 Waterstones book vouchers for the winning school and nursery.
On Tuesday 11th November, Big Ted himself, along with staff from Mogers Drewett Solicitors paid a special surprise visit to the two lucky winners Ben Proctor from Leigh on Mendip School in Radstock and Sophie Willis from King Edward’s Pre-Prep and Nursery, Bath. Big Ted and friends presented the children with their prizes and thanked both schools for taking part in the Appeal’s annual fundraising day, which every year raises funds to support patients and their families at Bath’s Royal United Hospital.
Both Ted’s Big Day Out! and Mogers Drewett’s “Wacky Welly” competition provided the perfect opportunity for pupils at Leigh-on-Mendip First School to be creative,. Both children and adults at the school also took part in the Big Stomp around the school grounds wearing their funky footwear! Head teacher Mary Sturgess said: “We were so delighted to hear that Ben had won the design a welly competition with his crocodile design. Well done Ben!” Ben, who is 8, joined Leigh-on-Mendip School in September this year.
Jayne Gilbert, Head teacher at King Edward’s Pre-Prep said: “Sophie and the rest of the children didn’t’ know Big Ted was coming today, so imagine their excitement when he joined assembly today! We are so proud that Sophie’s beautiful picture was picked by the judges and we were delighted to support the RUH’s Forever Friends Appeal earlier in the month when the whole school wore the brightest, most funky footwear to raise money for the appeal.”
Events & Community Officer for the Appeal, Emily Lynch, comments: “The Forever Friends Appeal are so grateful to Mogers Drewett for supporting Ted’s Big Day Out! once again, and for all of the schools and nurseries who took part in our annual fundraising day for the hospital! Last year’s event raised over £21,000 for the Appeal’s RUH Cancer Care Campaign and whereas it will be some time yet before we know the grand total raised at this year’s event, we’re hoping to beat last year’s total!”
For more information about Ted’s Big Day Out!, The Forever Friends Appeal and their upcoming events, please visit www.foreverfriendsappeal.co.uk.