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UHW Toy Run & Bethlehem Christmas Fair.

Hi Chums.  A short notice one this but I know you kind hearted lot will make this a success.

This is a double Ride Out, this coming SATURDAY 4th December.  Meeting at Hein Gericke  at 9am for a 9.30am departure to take a Teddy to the Children’s Casualty Unit at the Heath Hospital.

We had an overwhelming response last year with hundreds of teddy’s and soft toys donated to the Casualty Unit, and for that I can’t thank you enough.

It is believed that if a child who is unfortunate enough to find themselves in Hospital over Christmas, if they become attached to a toy whilst in hospital it aids their recovery if they are allowed to take the toy home with them. There is no funding in the NHS for this so lets give a bit of comfort and Christmas Cheer to those kids who find themselves suffering this year.

So please donate a teddy or a soft toy.  If you can’t make it yourself you can drop the toy at Hein Gericke and I will make sure that the teddy gets a lift to the Hospital.  For just a couple of quid you can fill a bag with teddies at Ikea, or visit Phil Saunders Toy Warehouse at Upper Boat and pick up a bargain, so lets see if we can surpass what we did last year and fill the casualty unit with cuddles!

After dropping the toys at the Heath Hospital we will continue on to the Christmas Fair at Bethlehem (West Wales).  The first weekend of December sees the small village of Bethlehem host a Christmas Craft Fair and the Post Office will be open for you to deposit your FIRST CLASS stamped Christmas Cards and they will be given the special commemorative Hand Stamp, proclaiming ‘Christmas Greetings From Bethlehem’. Second Class Cards won’t get the Special Hand Stamp so don’t be a cheap skate!

The Fair is open form 10 – 4pm and will be opened by TV Personality Roy Noble.  They have craft stalls, mince pies, a turkey roast and you might even get to see Father Christmas himself visiting the village! (I hope I don’t get stuck behind him in the queue for the Mince Pies)!

It’s this Saturday.  9am at Hein Gericke.  Come on….you know you want to.

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  1. I will be coming on the ride and also my better half paul Keirle an possibly a few more x thanks

  2. I will come weather permitting on Saturday next….. bears on standby….P

  3. Hi Andy, well up for Saturday. For the first time Im actually able to make it! All Ive got to do now is decide which one of my tedies Im willing to give up! What route are you taking from UHW to Jesus birth place? You following the North Star again?

  4. The route to Bethlehem will be dependant on the weather. Over the Black Mountain is a nice run but it can be a bit treacherous…..right The Black Mountain it is then!!

  5. Double Benefit. If you still have to buy your teddy or soft toy for the hospital run on Saturday, if you buy a soft toy from Ikea they will donate 1 Euro to UNICEF for each soft toy sold. They have some there from 39p (fill a bag) up to a couple of quid.

    Don’t forget, don’t go too big. It must be manageable for a kid receiving treatment at the casualty unit.

    See you Saturday.

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