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Rotherham mayor unveils un-bear-leavable new charity mascot

08 May 2019 11:37:27
Dr Ted launch

We’d like you to meet Dr Ted – he’s the new ambassador for the Rotherham Hospital and Community Charity’s children’s appeal and was unveiled at his debut fundraising event by the Mayor of Rotherham.

The charity’s re-designed bear mascot made his first public appearance alongside his biggest fans, Cllr Alan and Sandra Buckley, at a bake sale at Rotherham Hospital held to boost the Mayor’s Charity Appeal by more than £500. 

Cllr Alan Buckley, who is raising funds for Dr Ted during his mayoral year, said: “When Sandra and I began our year as Mayor and Mayoress last May, Dr Ted was still a pipe dream so we were honoured to see him for the first time at our fundraising bake sale.

“We have been incredibly proud to represent the Dr Ted children’s appeal during our year as Mayor and Mayoress and are grateful we have a wonderful mascot to hand over our reigns to once our year concludes soon.

“We think Dr Ted is fantastic, especially his dance moves. We hope he will raise a smile amongst children and adults alike and inspire more people than ever before to raise much needed funds for the NHS charity.”

The furry yellow bear will support the charity’s fundraising for resources, equipment and projects which benefit The Rotherham NHS Foundation Trust’s youngest and most vulnerable patients. 

The mascot, designed by the charity and Rainbow Productions, has been brought to life thanks to donations to the Dr Ted children’s appeal, most recently from members of Rotherham United Community Sports Trust’s National Citizenship Service, who raised £391.34 following events at Rotherham Hospital.

The 6ft, furry yellow bear will be the main attraction at events hosted by the charity at Rotherham Hospital and in the community. The charity also hopes individuals, schools and organisations organising fundraising activities will invite Dr Ted along to help raise awareness about the difference the charity makes.

The Dr Ted children’s appeal has raised £80,500 since it was set up in April 2012. In addition to the charity’s new mascot outfit, examples of what the appeal has funded include: 

• Games and sensory toys for the Children’s Ward, Children's Outpatients and the Urgent and Emergency Care Centre
• Colourful, child friendly wheelchairs
• A magician to entertain a magician on the Children’s Ward.
• A child-friendly quiet saw to help remove plaster casts from broken bones
• Specialist sleep apnoea monitors for new-borns on the Special Care Baby Unit

Barry Mellor, Chair of the Charitable Funds Committee, said: “Thanks to the support of the Mayor and Mayoress and fundraisers such as RUFC’s NCS teams our Dr Ted children’s appeal is going from strength to strength. Their support means the charity has been able to fund a wonderful new teddy bear mascot, which we were delighted to unveil for the first time.

“It has been a real labour of love bringing Dr Ted to life. We wanted a friendly, cheerful, colourful and fun mascot who would instantly make patients of all ages smile and feel more comfortable during their hospital stay. From the wonderful reactions we’ve had at the Mayor’s Charity Appeal fundraiser, I think we have definitely achieved that.”

For more information about the Rotherham Hospital and Community Charity, or to invite Dr Ted to your fundraising event,  please contact Suzanne Rutter on 01709 426821 or via trft.charity@nhs.uk. You can also support the Dr Ted children’s appeal online at Just Giving here - www.justgiving.com/campaigns/charity/rhcgc/drted