Yorkshire Times
Voice of the North
10:04 AM 19th August 2020

Have A Teddy Bear’s Picnic For Martin House

Take your teddy bear to tea to support Martin House Hospice Care for Children and Young People this August bank holiday.

Seven-year-old Remy (left) and Darcy, nine, enjoy their teddy bear’s picnic for Martin House
Seven-year-old Remy (left) and Darcy, nine, enjoy their teddy bear’s picnic for Martin House
Martin House is asking families to hold a teddy bear’s picnic to raise vital funds for its work, caring for babies, children and young people with life-limiting conditions.
It is asking people to hold a picnic, in their gardens, online or in parks or open spaces – in line with government safety guidelines – between Monday 31st August and Sunday 6th September.

Emily Sharman, regional fundraiser at Martin House, said:
“We’ve had to cancel so many events, and our supporters haven’t been able to do the kind of fundraising activities they would normally do for us this year.

“We wanted to come up with something that families could enjoy together but that would also support Martin House. With Marty Bear as our mascot, a teddy bear’s picnic seemed like the perfect event.”

Whether it’s a socially distanced picnic in your garden or local park, a virtual picnic or a picnic with your family or social bubble, the Martin House Teddy Bear’s Picnic is a chance to have fun and raise money.

Emily added:
“There are lots of ways to raise money with your picnic, like selling tickets to the picnic, having a raffle or competition, games like guess the teddy’s name or best-dressed bear, or having a bake sale.

“Every penny raised will help to support families across our region who need the specialist care we give.”

Martin House cares for children from across West, North and East Yorkshire, providing planned respite care, emergency care and end of life care. It also supports families through bereavement.

As a result of the pandemic, Martin House – which costs £9 million a year to run – expects to lose £2.2 million in its next financial year.

Emily said:
“It’s more important now than ever that our communities continue to support us. We have to raise nearly 90 per cent of the money we need, so we are able to keep on caring for the families who need us.”

You can find out more, register to take part and download a fundraising pack at