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The Murray Parish Trust’s Ginormous Teddy Bears Picnic is back!

Leading children
s charity The Murray Parish Trust announces the return of their annual FUN-draising campaign The Ginormous Teddy Bears Picnic during June 2018 across the south of England. This follows the successful inaugural picnic week last year which was incredibly well-received and supported.


The Murray Parish Trust are now over halfway to reaching their £2million target to help build a brand-new state of the art childrens emergency and trauma department at University Hospital Southampton. The Ginormous Teddy Bears Picnic will enable children from all over south central England to get involved and give support to a critical cause.


Invitations have been sent to every school and setting of primary school aged children in Hampshire, Dorset, Devon, Wiltshire, Oxfordshire, Berkshire, West Sussex, Isle of Wight and the Channel Islands to host their very own Teddy Bears Picnic. This year preschool children from across Hampshire and after school clubs such as Brownies and Beaver Scouts are also joining in the fun.


The campaign is supported by much-loved stars of stage and screen including Hugh Bonneville, Amanda Holden and Tamzin Outhwaite who feature in an all-stars celebrity music video of the Teddy Bears Picnic, as well as TV’s popular Dr Ranj who fronts an accident prevention video for the event.


The Ginormous Teddy Bears Picnic will also be sponsored by law firm Trethowans for the second year running

We are happy to be able to continue to support the The Murray Parish Trust’s Teddy Bears Picnic again this year. This event helps to raise funds to improve the emergency and intensive paediatric care provided by Southampton Hospital which looks after children from across the South of England. We are really pleased to be involved in helping this truly worthwhile cause. Managing partner, Chris Whiteley, Trethowans.                                         


Its free to participate with a suggested donation of £1 per child. Participants are encouraged to be as creative as possible and share inventive picnic ideas.


Sarah Parish, mother actress and founder of The Murray Parish Trust said:

We are so excited about the second year of The Ginormous Teddy Bears Picnic after last year’s success. It’s such a fun, inclusive and positive event for all involved – roll on June!”


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