UK children urged to ‘Bring your Bear’ to school to aid medical research

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A UK charity is urging its youngest supporters to help raise funds for medical research by bringing their bears to school or nursery in 2016

‘Bring your Bear’ is an event promoted by Action Medical Research to help fund research into illnesses that specifically affect babies and children. Each of its young supporters pledges a pound or two to enrol their favourite teddy bear or cuddly toy in the day’s activities.

Gina Campbell at Action Medical Research said:

Bring your Bear is a really fun event for children and a great way for them to show they care. It’s lovely to see them getting involved and every year we receive fantastic feedback about what they’ve been doing. It’s a great opportunity to teach children to help others by taking part and helping us to fund even more life-changing research for some of the UK’s sickest babies and children.

The charity has plenty of resources to help schools and nurseries plan their day. Many participants organise a whole day of fun activities, such as reading stories about Paddington Bear, the charity’s mascot, or holding a teddy bears’ picnic.

Register on Action Medical Research’s website and it will send you a free fundraising pack including Paddington Bear stickers, a poster and guide. There are also tons of bear-related activity sheets you can download.

Since being founded in 1952, Action Medical Research has played a significant role in many medical breakthroughs, including the development of the first UK polio vaccines and the use of ultrasound in pregnancy.

It is currently supporting work around meningitis, Down syndrome, epilepsy and premature birth, as well as some rare and distressing conditions that severely affect children.

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