Bring Your Bear

Bring Your Bear

by Peter Denton

Peter Denton from Action Medical Research explains how ‘Bring your Bear’ is a simple fun event that everyone can get involved in.

Children at schools, nurseries, with childminders, or at Scouts and Brownies groups, across Mid Sussex are being urged to bring a bear for the day in support of Action Medical Research. The UK-wide children’s charity, based in Horsham, wants youngsters to bring in their favourite cuddly toys in honour of its mascot, the lovable British institution that is a Paddington Bear™.

Bring your Bear is a fun and educational event that raises vital funds to help save and change the lives of sick and disabled babies and children. The charity has a wealth of resources to help teachers and nursery leaders make the most of Bring your Bear day by telling everyone about the event and educating children about the work the charity does.

The Mayflower Playgroup in Haywards Heath has heeded the call to ‘Bring your Bear’ for several years. Supervisor at the Playgroup, Caroline Nicholls says, “When we initially signed up it was because one of our children at the time had been born prematurely at 26 weeks. Since then we have continued to join in the fun each year. We always have a bear-illiant day!”

Sabrina Gant, the event’s administrator at Action Medical Research, says, “Bring your Bear is a really fun and simple event that everyone can take part in, and it’s a great way for children to show they care. It helps to teach them to help others by taking part and it potentially helps others by allowing us to fund even more life-changing research for some of the UK’s sickest babies and children.”

Everyone pays a pound or two to bring their teddy bear or closest cuddly companion to school or nursery with them for the day. Many Bring your Bear participants organise a whole day of fun activities, such as making a passport for their bear, holding a teddy bear’s picnic or reading stories about Paddington.

Register today and Action Medical Research will send out a free fundraising pack including Paddington Bear stickers, a poster and a guide to making the most out of your day. There are also bear-related activity sheets and resources for teachers available to download including a presentation about the charity that can be used in class or assembly and a letter to parents.

Action has been funding medical breakthroughs since it began in 1952 including helping to introduce the first polio vaccines in the UK, developing the use of ultrasound in pregnancy and testing the rubella vaccine.

The charity is currently funding research into areas including premature birth, epilepsy, asthma, scarlet fever, cerebral palsy, brain cancer and some rare and distressing conditions.

If you work in a school, nursery or other children’s group then please get involved, or if you are a parent you could let your children’s school or nursery know about Bring your Bear.

Website: www.action.org.uk/events/bring-your-bear

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