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Teddy Bears Picnic Launch

Monday 3 July 2017
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If you went down to Hamleys in St Enoch Centre on Sunday 2 July, you would have had a big surprise as over 50 families and their teddy bears gathered for a fun day out to raise money for Children’s Hospices Across Scotland (CHAS).

The event marks the launch of Teddy Bears Picnic season for Scotland’s national children’s hospices as the charity encourages children across Scotland to round up their furry friends and spread joy by holding their own picnic.

To find out more about hosting your own teddy bears picnic, please get in touch and sign up for your free picnic pack, full of fun ideas and tips. Call 0141 779 6180 or email teddybearspicnic@chas.org.uk. You can have a look at our flyer here: Teddy Bears Picnic Flyer.

Samantha Reilly, Community Fundraiser for CHAS, said: “It was lovely to see so many children join us for the launch of our first ever teddy bear’s picnic fundraising drive. Everyone had a great time so we’d like to say a massive thank you to Hamleys for hosting the event and to everyone that made it along to support us.

"This is a big year for CHAS, there are 15,400 children and young people in Scotland with a life-shortening condition and we are determined to be there for all of those children and their families. Every penny raised over the summer will help us make sure that no matter how short the time they have together may be, it is filled with joy and happiness." 

At Hamleys, children were given exclusive access to the world’s finest toy shop where they enjoyed toy demonstrations, a disco in Hamleys party room, glitter tattoos and even got to meet Hamley Bear.

Each child also received a Hamleys teddy to add to their collection. Sam Connolly, Hamleys Glasgow Store Manager, said: “We were delighted to be able to host such a fun event, we hope children and families across Scotland will get behind CHAS a hold a teddy bear’s picnic of their own this summer.”

Alongside all the entertainment, children and their teddy bears showed support for ‘Keep the Joy Alive’, a national campaign to boost awareness of CHAS and the vital work it does supporting babies, children and young people with life-shortening conditions and their families across Scotland. Guests used alphabet stickers designed by children using CHAS services, to spell out their names. The ambitious campaign aims to double the charities income over the next five years to help CHAS achieve its ambition of reaching every family who needs its help in Scotland.

It is hoped that people across Scotland will back the campaign by spelling out their name in the new CHAS alphabet, which is available in sticker form, sharing it on social media and sending their CHAS name to the charity for them to collect. The names will be used to create a major event later this year.

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