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Issue:- 14 August 2014

Join Stick 'n' Step at this year's Teddy Bears Picnic

STICK 'n' Step is hoping families from across Merseyside will support this year's Teddy Bears Picnic, which will be raising funds for the charity and takes place on Sunday, 24 August 2014, within the grounds of Cholmondeley Castle in Malpas.

The Teddy Bears Picnic is a summer fete, organised by volunteers, that sees hundreds of local families come together in aid of a good cause. Families are encouraged to 'bring your own' picnic and teddy bears, making the most of the scenic location. Stalls and activities are arranged to keep everyone entertained all day long. Last year, the event raised £5,000 for its chosen charity and was attended by over 1,500 people. This year, organisers want to double that total to £10,000, which would be the most raised ever.

The picnic opens at 11am and runs until 5pm. Ticket prices include general admission into the grounds, meaning visitors can also take advantage of Cholmondeley Castle's facilities, which include a children's play area, farm animals, an aviary and the tea-room. In addition, on the day there will be favourites such as a tombola, raffle and hook a duck – and entertainment such as face painting, arts and crafts, Diddi Dance Classes, a teddy bear themed treasure hunt and a balloon performer.

Stick 'n' Step is a nationally recognised charity based in Wirral. It provides conductive education (CE) and support services to 70 children with cerebral palsy and their families. CE provides a platform for developing coping mechanisms to manage the difficulties caused by the disability, but it is not currently offered by the NHS. Stick 'n' Step is the only CE centre in the North West and North Wales to offer its service for free. It costs £3,000 a year to fund one child's place at Stick 'n' Step and because the charity receives no government funding, it relies entirely on grants and community fundraising to remain a free service.

Commented Victoria Kinch, one of the organising volunteers:- "The Teddy Bears Picnic is now in its fourth year and even though it takes months of planning around our full time jobs, the satisfaction of raising funds for worthy charities is what drives us to keep doing it. We also have a massive following of children and adults alike who look forward to this event every year! I just hope we will be able to smash our previous targets this time around for Stick 'n' Step"

Commented Kerry Roe-Ely, Community and Events Fundraiser at Stick 'n' Step:- "As this year's chosen charity for the Teddy Bears Picnic, we are very excited about the upcoming fundraiser. There's something special and unique about the idea of families coming together to fundraise for a charity that helps change the lives of other children. The children who come to Stick 'n' Step work hard to develop skills that will enable them to do many of the everyday activities on offer at this fun day, making this a very fitting event to promote our cause and the work that we do."

As beneficiaries of the funds, Stick 'n' Step's involvement in the event is to arrange volunteers to staff the stalls; which contribute heavily towards the money raised on the day. Anyone interested in helping on the day can contact Kerry Roe-Ely on:- 0151 638 0888 or send an email.

Ticket prices are £6 per adult, £3 per child, or £18 for a family ticket (family of 4). For more information visit:- or to find out more about Stick 'n' Step visit:-

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