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Operation teddy bear

Please raid your attics for any long-lost teddy bears and bring them along to our impromptu Teddy Bear Lunchtime Picnic this Thursday 30th April. Research by Design and Syndicate Communications are calling all colleagues in the city centre to support Operation Teddy Bear on the grounds of St Philip’s Cathedral from 1pm. 

Operation Teddy Bear is an attempt to beat the Guinness World Record for the longest line of teddy bears, led by schoolboy Finlay Church. Fin came up with the fundraising idea as a way of showing his gratitude to Birmingham Children’s Hospital and Brain Tumour Research who are supporting his personal battle with a Grade 4 Glioblastoma brain tumour. 

In June last year after being tragically diagnosed, Fin underwent major brain surgery at Birmingham Children’s Hospital to remove the tumour and then began a series of radiotherapy, chemotherapy and clinic trials to prevent the tumour from returning. 

Despite this life changing news, Finlay along with his family and friends have focussed their energy into attempting to smash the Guinness World Record for the highest number of teddy bears in a line.

To show their support for this inspirational boy and two incredible causes, celebrities and football legends have posed for photographs with their teddy bears. Stars include Sir Alex Ferguson, Sir Bobby Charlton, Olly Murs, Eamonn Holmes, Rachel Riley, Roy Hodgson, football players from Birmingham City, Wolverhampton Wanderers, West Bromwich Albion, Aston Villa as well as cricketers from Warwickshire CCC.

The current World Record stands at 4,041 teddy bears in a line but the Church family is confident that with help from others they will be able to beat this record. With each person donating a minimum £1 to place a bear in the line they are hoping to raise thousands of pounds for their chosen two charities. 

The Church family are appealing to businesses to show their support for Operation Teddy Bear by digging out their unwanted teddy bears and bringing them along to our impromptu Teddy Bear Lunchtime Picnic on Thursday 30th April. Birmingham based businesses Research by Design and Syndicate Communications are calling all colleagues in the city centre to support Operation Teddy Bear on the grounds of St Philip’s Cathedral from 1pm. 

As it stands, Fin is getting close to his teddy bear target but the Church family are still urging the businesses in Birmingham and the people from local communities to donate their bears to be part of this World Record attempt

Teddy bears collected from all over the city are being pulled together and the attempt will take place at the annual ‘Party in the Park’ on May 3rd in Alvechurch. Fin needs more than 4,014 teddy bears to beat the record; Guinness rules state that no other stuffed animals such as rabbits or monkeys will be allowed!

Fin, his family & friends have already raised over £19,000 and we want workers in the City to help them raise even more! For more information: visit the website www.operationteddybear.co.uk

So please come on down… bring your sandwiches, £1's and spare teddy bears you’re happy to donate and lets help Finlay smash the world record!!!

If you can’t make it please show your support by tweeting & sharing #opteddybear or you can donate here www.justgiving.com/teams/finlaysjourney

 

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This entry was posted in Birmingham, Events, tagged City , Charity and posted on April 27, 2015


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