Schools and nurseries across the UK are being urged to bring a bear for the day in support of Action Medical Research.
The UK-wide children’s charity wants youngsters to bring in their favourite cuddly toys in honour of its mascot, Paddington BearTM.
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.
Jemma Gilpin, the event’s co-ordinator 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 bears’ picnic or reading stories about Paddington.
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.
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, plus there are tons of bear-related activity sheets available on its website.
For more than 60 years Action Medical Research has helped pioneer treatments and ways to prevent disease that have benefited millions of people in the UK and across the world. Research they’ve funded has helped to beat polio in the UK, develop ultrasound in pregnancy, fight meningitis and prevent stillbirths.
It is currently funding research into meningitis, Down syndrome, epilepsy and premature birth, as well as some rare and distressing conditions that severely affect children.