Ted's Big Day Out in Bath for the Forever Friends Appeal
Fundraisers across Bath have painted the city neon to show their support for Ted’s Big Day Out.
The Forever Friends Appeal at the Royal United Hospital hosted the annual event and, like always, schools and businesses across the area got into the spirit of the day.
Children at Southdown Junior School took their teddies to classes with them and also wore fluorescent items of clothing.
They all made donations to the good cause and have also been collecting coppers throughout the year to create into large teddy bear shapes in the hall.
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Teacher Kate Freegard said: “We feel it is really important for us as a school in Bath to support the hospital’s annual fundraising day – and the children always love to bring their teddies to school with them.
“With this year raising money for the new Cancer Centre, it is a campaign that is close to the hearts of so many people and I really hope Southdown can raise as much as possible to help transform care for patients and their families at the RUH.”
Big Ted also visited Oldfield Park Junior School, Kingswood School, Parks Hairdressing, in Moorland Road, Warrington Lodge care home in Corsham, and the event’s sponsors Mogers Solicitors, in Queen Square.
An event was held in the atrium of the RUH, where Olympic gold medallist Amy Williams and Bath Rugby players Simon Taylor, Jack Cuthbert and James Tyas were on hand to help staff celebrate.
Amy, who taken her Vancouver Olympics mascot teddy bear Quatchi along with her, said she hoped everyone would realise what a good cause the charity was.
She said: “I have been shown around the wards and the work that goes on here is just incredible.
“So if everyone can raise some money and give that little bit of time to come out and support this good cause, then that is great.”
Some of the activities going on at the RUH included a cake sale, a guess the name of the knitted animal competition and the chance to have a relaxing neck and shoulder massage.
Dermatology department receptionist Zoe Read, 28, from Midsomer Norton, won the dressing up costume for her neon outfit which included a colourful wig and tutu.
Forever Friends head of fundraising Tim Hobbs thanked everyone for showing such amazing support for Ted’s Big Day Out.
He said: “What we wanted to do this year was focus a little bit less here (at the RUH) and get out and about more with Big Ted, so visiting the schools and the businesses a bit more.
“Because that is where we raise the money from so we wanted to reward all of that really.”
The Forever Friends Appeal is hoping to raise more than £5 million over the next four years towards the cost of a new £20.5 million Cancer Care Centre.