To donate £3 to Ted’s #showusyourbear campaign for Alder Hey Children’s Hospital, text:
TEDS60 to 70070
If you, like us, are fans of the Daily Mirror Pride of Britain Awards, then you would have been watching last week.
Among the many, many incredible and inspirational stories and presentations, was the rather gorgeous cheeky little chappy, Ted McCaffery. 7 year old Ted won the award for Young Fundraiser of the Year, and was presented his award by Olly Murs, before being whisked away to Disneyland Paris. which was opened after hours just for him.
Ted exclaimed: “I’m the luckiest boy in the world!”
Young Ted was chosen from dozens of Pride of Britain nominations, after helping others from his hospital bed. He was diagnosed with a heart murmur from a young age and went in for open heart surgery at Alder Hey Children’s Hospital in February 2013. While in hospital, he decided to watch TV from his bed, but after discovering the TV was broken, his thoughts immediately went to the next ill child who would occupy his bed, and not have entertainment.
After undergoing a gruelling six hour operations and spending nine days in hospital, Ted still only had fundraising for the hospital on his mind. Just 8 weeks after surgery, he took part in a mini-triathlon and has persuaded school friends to join him in several other fundraising events since. He raised £1,028 and was asked by Alder Hey to be a children’s ambassador, becoming part of a campaign to raise £30 million to fund equipment, research and activities for the children.
Most innovative of all, Ted came up with an idea to ask people to take selfies with their teddy bears and donate cash to the hospital for every picture posted. Ted’s bear, Rufus accompanies him everywhere, including when he went up on stage to collect his award.
The McCaffery family are customers of ours and they decided to create an extra special tie for Ted, for when he collected his award. They designed our Personalised Photo Tie with pictures of Ted’s beloved Rufus, and not only did it attract an awful lot of attention on the night, but gorgeous Ted looked ever the dapper gent in it!
We would love to encourage as many people as possible to get behind Ted’s amazing teddy bear selfie idea. If you want to participate and donate to Alder Hey hospital, all you need to do is take a selfie with your favourite teddy bear and use the hashtag #showusyourbear and text TEDS60 to 70070 donate £3 to Alder Hey.
Congratulations on your award Ted and for being such an amazing, inspirational young man.