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Ted’s Big Day Out! needs your help

The Forever Friends Appeal’s annual fundraising day Ted’s Big Day Out! proudly sponsored by Mogers Drewett Solicitors, will take place on Friday 17th October to help raise funds for the Royal United Hospital in Bath. 

This year the theme is ‘Wear some funky footwear’ and the Appeal needs your help more than ever before.

Ted’s Big Day Out! started in 1999 and since this time, has seen thousands of teddies across Bath, Bristol, Somerset and Wiltshire enjoy an annual outing to work, school or wherever to help raise tens of thousands of pounds for The Forever Friends Appeal in just one day.

For 2014 the Appeal is encouraging schools, businesses, nurseries, clubs, community organisations and individuals to sign up to support the fundraising day by having fun with funky footwear – take part and wear anything from silly socks, colourful crocs to wacky wellies, loopy laces and odd shoes.  Or you could simply pay just £1 to take part in the traditional way and take your teddy out for the day on Friday 17th October.

Events & community officer for The Forever Friends Appeal, Emily Lynch explained, “Ted’s Big Day Out! is a fun way to show your support and help fundraise for your local hospital and the Cancer Care Campaign to help improve the Cancer Services at Bath’s RUH.

“Ted’s Big Day Out! has been running for over 10 years now, but this year faces competition from ‘Stand up to Cancer’, the nationwide fundraising event for Cancer Research that is also taking place this October. As such, we are encouraging everyone on Friday 17th October to show their support for the local community and local people who are living with or affected by cancer, by either taking their teddy to work or school or by wearing some funky footwear!

“The Forever Friends Appeal need your help in order to reach the £8.5 million fundraising target to support the build of a pioneering new Cancer Centre at the RUH.” The new Cancer Centre will make RUH patients feel safe, supported and special so that they can get through their treatment with the least amount of stress, and their families can feel that they are well supported as well.

Much of the existing RUH cancer services are located in inadequate, 70 year-old war time accommodation.  It has been the long-term aim to seek a solution and bring Cancer Services at the RUH all under one roof.

The Cancer Centre will be a 66% / 33% partnership respectively between NHS and Charitable Funds.  The Appeal are aiming to raise a total of £8.5 million towards the new Centre, and thanks to the wonderful support of the public and two local Foundations the Appeal have so far raised £6 million.  It is now down to the public and their continuing fundraising efforts that will help this pioneering building to be truly exceptional and vastly improve cancer care in this region.

Once again, Ted’s Big Day Out! is proudly sponsored by Mogers Drewitt Solicitors.

Steve Treharne, managing partner at Mogers Drewett Solicitors said, “I am delighted that Mogers Drewett is supporting The Forever Friends Appeal’s Ted’s Big Day Out!.

“Cancer is a disease which touches everyone. The new development will be a centre of excellence for this area and will have a dramatic effect on those who are diagnosed; amongst them possibly our friends, families, our staff and our clients.

“I hope everyone takes part and wears some ‘funky footwear’ on Friday 17th October to help raise funds for such a sensational cause and I am proud that Mogers Drewett can play its part.”

Staff and volunteers at the Appeal team have already started to promote the fundraising day across the area.  So keep your eyes peeled for more information coming your way soon. As well as the RUH Cancer Care Campaign you can also take part and choose to raise money for one of the many RUH wards and departments.

To register visit the Ted’s Big Day Out! website www.tedsbigdayout.co.uk online or call Ted’s hotline on 01225 821535.  For those of you on Twitter, look out for #TBDO.

Emily added, ‘’If you are a business, school or an individual looking to take part, you can support the traditional way and take your teddy out for the day or you can join in with the theme and wear some funky footwear – from silly socks to wacky wellies, – the opportunities are endless! There are so many fun things you can do and we hope you’ll join in to help us make Ted’s Big Day Out! 2014 the best yet!”