IT’S READY TEDDY GO ... for Safe Hands appeal

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HERE’S something with fantastic fur appeal and it’s raising cash for Wigan’s Marie Curie Nurses.

The charity is urging people to run Name the Bear competitions to raise cash for the Evening Post’s Safe Hands appeal.

We have teamed up with Marie Curie in an effort to raise £86,000 for the charity.

This will cover the cost for enough Marie Curie nurses to provide free care for terminally ill patients across the borough for the next 12 months.

Marie Curie nurses provide end-of-life care to terminally ill patients in their own homes.

Most of us have been touched by cancer at some time, so we need the help of everyone in Wigan to make sure we reach our target.

Organisations are being urged to “adopt” a teddy bear, which people can choose a name for from a list of 200, in return for a £1 donation.

The sealed envelope containing the soft toy’s identity is then opened and the winner gets the bear. The proceeds go to the appeal.

Staff at Wigan and Leigh College’s Management Centre, in the Pagefield Centre, Wigan, have raised more than £250 for the charity after holding a Name the Bear competition for the last two years.

Emma Aaron, administration officer at the Walkden Avenue site, said: “It’s a charity very close to my heart because I’ve had family members who have been treated by Marie Curie nurses in the past.

“When you’re really ill, it’s important to be given the chance to spend time at home. It also gives families breathing space because someone is there to help.”

Marie Curie is happy to supply a full kit for fund-raisers who want to help the appeal.

Holly Smith, community fund-raiser, said: “We need your help to find new homes for our beautiful teddy bears.

“We’re asking local shops, surgeries, pubs and offices to support the Wigan Safe Hands appeal by holding a Name the Bear competition.”

And there are hundreds of other ways to raise cash too, from joining the charity’s Swimathon to organising your own function like a tea party, coffee morning or a sponsored event at your school or workplace.