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Bear-illiant dress up fun for NHS70

18 May 2018

Fundraising

When we were little we all remember playing doctors and nurses, and now Southend Hospital Charity have extended that dress up challenge to local primary schools, pre-schools and nurseries as part of the NHS 70th birthday celebrations.

All children need to do is dress up as a doctor, nurse or healthcare professional on or around Thursday 5 July - the date the NHS was launched - and help raise money at the same time.

Lucy Lock, Community Fundraising Officer for Southend Hospital Charity, said: "Whether children raid their toy box for a doctor's kit, make a nurses hat, wear a white shirt or simply put a bandage on and be a patient, it's easy to take part and a great way of learning about some of the amazing people who help us in hospital."

And several of those schools and nurseries taking part will also have the opportunity to receive a special visit from Buddy Bear, the lovable hospital charity mascot. He'll be joining in the celebrations as he'll be wearing his operating theatre scrubs, hopefully for him blue will be in this summer.

Lucy added: "Monies raised will be going directly to the hospital's For Wards Appeal that is helping raise funds for life-saving medical equipment and pioneering new technology projects as part of the 20th anniversary of the Southend Hospital Charity. So money will be making a direct difference to your local hospital."

Schools and nurseries across Rayleigh, Leigh, Southend, Westcliff, Hockley and Benfleet have already signed up to dress up.

One of the first nurseries to say yes was the Ladybird Nursery, which is situated on the hospital site. Lynda Bartholomew, Nursery Manager said: "Lots of the mums and dads of our children work at the hospital, so we jumped at the chance to take part. 70 years of the NHS is a huge milestone and gives us chance to show children what a wide range of jobs and careers there are in a hospital. It also helps us challenge the stereotypes that nurses are just women and doctors are just men."

If you are interested in signing up finding out more details of how your school can take part please call 01702 385337 or email fundraising@southend.nhs.uk.