IF YOU GO DOWN TO THE WOODS TODAY…

The 2017 Ginormous Teddy Bears Picnic has been a gigantic success and we’re coming back for more! We would love YOU to join in the fun in 2018 and help us to raise money to equip the new Children’s Emergency Trauma Department at University Hospital Southampton.

Teddy bears picnic

WHY A TEDDY BEARS PICNIC?

Because everyone loves a picnic with a bear (just not a real one)! We are raising money for The Murray Parish Trust #2MillionSteps campaign to help build the new Children’s Emergency & Trauma Department at Southampton University Hospital which serves central Southern England and the Channel Islands. This will be a ground-breaking major trauma unit with state of the art, life-saving equipment. It’s free to take part in the picnic, we just ask that all your very lovely VIPs (Very Important Picnicers) bring a suggested donation of £1 each on the day.

WHEN’S THIS EPIC BEAR-SIZED PICNIC GOING TO BE?

Host your very own bear-sized picnic any time during June 2018. This could be part of sports’ day, at the weekend with friends, at Brownies, Cubs – wherever and whenever suits you & your chums!

WHERE’S IT GOING TO BE?

Schools, pre-schools, nurseries, childminders, playgroups and any other settings across the south! Anywhere you and your friends are! Watch this space for details about bigger events being planned.

WHAT DO YOU NEED TO DO TO BE PART OF IT?

Sign up here and to download the fundraising pack. Then simply choose a day and a place to host your Teddy Bears Picnic and start spreading the word! Remind your guests to bring along their favourite furry friend (that includes the grown-ups, too!) and a suggested £1 donation per person for our appeal.

ABOUT

We’re unBEARably excited to tell you all about the great stuff we’ve got planned for you and your furry (and non-furry!) friends, and can’t wait for you to get stuck in and enjoy a day of food facts and fun, all whilst raising money for a brilliant cause. What could be simpler?!

We’re going to make it easy as possible to be part of this brand new sparkling annual fundraising event that you can share with your friends. You’re going to love it!

We are inviting children from all over the South of England and the Channel Islands, from nurseries and pre-schools, play groups and schools, to host their very own Teddy Bears Picnic. Or why not hold a picnic for the children on your street, or for your local Brownie, Cub or Beavers group …?

Teddy bears picnic

PICNIC INSPIRATION

Get your picnic chops round these scrumptious nutritious lunches! We’re thinking seasonal, fresh and filling. Hungry bears are no fun when their tummies are rumbling so we want all the children to have a really tasty lunch! Do send us your favourite picnic food suggestions and recipes too so we can share them!
Cream cheese & Cucumber
on wholemeal bread
Carrot Sticks
Banana
Egg & cress on 50/50 bread
Sliced Red & Green Peppers
Fruit Salad
Ham on brown
Slices Cherry Tomatoes
Blueberry Muffin
Chicken & Lettuce wrap
Homemade Houmous & Cucumber Sticks
Cubed cheese and crackers

TIPS & IDEAS

Here are some simple suggestions of how to make your picnic a great success on the day…
If you are having your picnic at school, why not have it at lunchtime so that the extra activities are absorbed into the normal timetable? We know how busy the school day is so this could work well alongside all your normal daily activities.

Why not ask your school caterers to provide a packed lunch option on the picnic day (like on Sports’ Day) or ask children to bring in a packed lunch that day?

And remember, picnics don’t have to be at school. Anyone can hold a picnic – they can take place indoors, in a hall, at home, in the garden, in the playground or a park – anywhere you can all sit down together.

THINGS TO DO ON YOUR PICNIC

We want you to have as much fun as possible on the day and welcome all your ideas but please check with your school or setting first to make sure they’re happy, too!

Here are some other ideas of things to do:

– Sing you own version of the Teddy Bears Picnic song. Download the words here.

– Build the biggest teddy bear mountain – take photos of all your piled-up furry pals and add them to our Facebook, Twitter and Instagram feeds.

– Make teddy masks and colour them in.

– Chuck the teddy – borrow a play parachute or use a blanket – bung your teddies in the middle and see whose teddy can go the highest!

– Arrange a Teddy Bear’s treasure hunt.

– Make name stickers for your bears/cuddly toys so everyone knows who they are.

– Play hide the teddy – make your teachers bring their teddies in too on the day and get them to hide them around the building and see how can find them first!

– Colouring challenge.

– Have a cake sale after school with bear-themed treats.

– Bear jokes – tickle your buddies pink with these bear howlers and send us yours, too!

A BIG BEAR HUG TO OUR WONDERFUL SPONSORS

Trethowans is a firm of solicitors with offices in Southampton, Salisbury, Poole and Winchester with a base in London.

The company is celebrating its 150th anniversary in 2016 and marking the occasion with a year-long campaign of ‘good deeds’ across the south.

Trethowans has 35 partners and more than 100 lawyers who combine their expertise to offer clients – both businesses and individuals – enhanced legal services in a range of specialisms.

To find out more visit www.trethowans.com

“We are delighted to be involved in the first Ginormous Teddy’s Bear Picnic. It is the perfect way to get together with friends and family to help raise money for a great charity.”
“The Teddy Bears Picnic is the perfect way to get together and help raise money for the new Children’s Emergency Department at Southampton University Hospital. I’m delighted to be involved and jumped at the chance to be part of this wonderful campaign,

Food, facts and fun – what could be better?!”

Dr Ranj

TAKE PART IN THE TEDDY BEARS PICNIC!

We’re making it as easy as pie to be part of our annual FUNdraising event – you’re going to LOVE it!

The Ginormous Teddy Bears Picnic runs for the month of June 2018 allowing you plenty of flexibility to decide when and where best to have your picnic. The idea is to keep it simple and fun – just you and your friends, your beloved teddies and a yummy picnic. We want it to be as easy as possible to plan (whatever the weather!).

Sign up to download your fundraising pack crammed full of information and ideas.

Email us at picnic@themurrayparishtrust.com and share your ideas with us. We’d love to hear from you!

HOW TO PAY IN THE MONEY YOU’VE RAISED

Firstly, a huge furry thank you for being involved! We hope you’ve had a fantastic time and we’d love to hear all about your picnic. Now that the picnic fun is over all you need to do is pay in the money you’ve raised.
This is very straight forward – either pay in the money online via the DONATE button or, if you prefer, post us a cheque payable to The Murray Parish Trust and send to:

The Murray Parish Trust
East Lane
Ovington
Hants
SO24 0RA

The Ginormous Teddy Bear’s Picnic is raising money for The Murray Parish Trust #2MillionSteps campaign to help build the new Children’s Trauma & Emergency Department at University Hospital Southampton .

E: picnic@themurrayparishtrust.com

Registered Charity Number:
1155623

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