Children’s Hospital celebrates annual Teddy Bear Picnic

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A day where paediatric patients can have fun and just be kids.

July 12, 2019

Volunteers, staff and physicians of Children’s Hospital at London Health Sciences Centre joined together on June 19 to host the annual Teddy Bear Picnic. Hundreds of children who are either inpatients or current outpatients of the hospital and their families shared laughter, fun and food in the atrium of Victoria Hospital.

In addition to a delicious pizza lunch, families spent the afternoon interacting with Star Wars characters Rey and R2D2, building their own teddy bears, chatting with princesses and Ollie the Clown, as well as enjoying games, activity stations, and a performance by “The Tomato Soup Band”.

As always the goal of the picnic is to create a memorable and celebratory experience for our patients and families. It provides patients and families with an opportunity to take a break from the hospital environment and connect with other families and front line care team members within a social setting that is outside of their routine medically-focused interactions, and we thank all staff and physicians for honouring this focus.

New this year was an environmental sustainability focus, where the picnic set the goal of creating zero waste from non-recyclable single use paper or plastic goods.

As with every year, the event wouldn’t be possible without the generous support of the Children’s Health Foundation and the following wonderful community sponsors:

  • Boston Pizza – Wellington Rd., London
  • Arts Council of East Lambton
  • Barb Weir Photography
  • Camp Ooch
  • Canadian Linen & Uniform Service
  • Dashing Balloons
  • Farm Boy – Wellington Rd. location
  • Heroically Ever After
  • Illbury and Goose
  • Let’s Talk Science
  • London Fire Department
  • Ontario Provincial Police
  • Puppet Folk
  • Sarina Haggarty
  • TD Canada Trust
  • The Original Cakerie
  • Tomato Soup Band

More photos of the Teddy Bear Picnic are available on LHSC’s Facebook page.