The group of merry residents met up to reminisce our success of the street party at Christmas in the pub. Some bright spark after a few drinks suggested it would be good if we held another community event…! So the preparations started in February.
Our second event, a teddy bears’ picnic, took place on Saturday 8th June in Crabtree Meadow. The sun was shining, the meadow was beautifully mown, and the generosity of local residents, friends & family was overwhelming – so many tombola prizes were donated. Cupcakes were made including some with a bear theme! Many thanks to our stand-in cake judge (recruited from the pub the night before). Tough job but someone had to do it!
Gazebos were erected, some easier than others – not recommended to borrow a double gazebo with no instructions. Thanks to our emergency gazebo helper who saved the day! Picnickers arrived, spread out their blankets, emptied their baskets and displayed their bears. The tombola generated loads of interest as did the Guess the Bear picture quiz. Prizes were awarded for the cupcakes and the sports day commenced.
First up was the children’s sack race, which was be followed by the ladies’ race and then the gents. Everyone was unbelievably competitive, including one teenager who hurled themselves over the line with a somersault! The children’s wheelbarrow race was run. This was followed by an outcry by a group of adults that there wasn’t to be an adult race… so the race was run. Eggs and spoons were back by popular demand, enjoyed by all ages. Welly wanging was up next and wanged the wellies were!
The sport event was rounded off with the tug of war. The kids were up first and the girls took the glory. Then the big one: ladies versus gents. This is what happened:
Round 1 – The ladies pulled the gents over
Round 2 – The gents were more prepared and levelled the tie
Round 3 – With tensions running high, a few more female picnickers joined the ladies, and yet again beat the men!
Faces were painted throughout the afternoon. The best picnic blanket was awarded to a family of over 20 bears. A local group brought their maypole and entertained the crowd. The afternoon was rounded off with a magnificent balloon release. It wasn’t such a windy day this year, but balloons still made it all the way to Gloucester.
A great day was had by all and nearly £300 was raised for Myton Hospice.
After the event…
We received a lovely letter of thanks from Myton Hospice. There’s a scan of the letter in our picture gallery, and you can also read it here:
“Thank you so much for your kind donation of £292.22, raised at your recent Teddy Bears’ Picnic in support of The Myton Hospices. It is people like you who enable us to continue our work caring for local people and their families. Please pass on our sincere thanks to all who contributed to this valuable addition to our funds.
The team here at Myton – around 250 staff and 800 volunteers – are all working towards the same goal. We aim to care for everyone who walks through our doors, whether they are a patient, a family member or friend. Whatever the reason for their visit, they are certain to be facing one of the most difficult times of their life, because they or someone they love has a terminal illness.
We do whatever we can to make their journey easier and less frightening. One of the most important things is spending time with people. At The Myton Hospices, because we are an independent registered charity, we have the time to talk to them and listen to what they have to say.
Once again, thank you for helping us to help our patients and their families.”
Donor & Supporter Care Team, Myton Hospice