Teddy Bear Picnic celebrates 25 years of bringing joy to young patients at Children's Hospital

July 13, 2018

Volunteers, staff and physicians of Children’s Hospital at London Health Sciences Centre joined together on June 27 to host the 25th Annual Teddy Bear Picnic. Over 100 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 Princess Leia and R2D2, building their own teddy bears, chatting with princesses and Dr. Beary Goode, as well as enjoying games, activity stations, and a performance by “The Tomato Soup Band”.

This focus this year continued a renewed emphasis on the picnic’s original intention – to create a memorable and celebratory experience for our patients and families. Serving as an important opportunity for patients and their families 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, we thank all staff and physicians for honouring this focus.

This year’s event was made possible through the generous support of the Children’s Health Foundation and the following wonderful community sponsors:

  • Boston Pizza – Wellington Rd., London
  • A Magic Clown Tree
  • Arts Council of East Lambton
  • Barb Weir Photography
  • Bryan Parsons Artwork
  • Dashing Balloons
  • Illbury and Goose
  • Loblaws – Southdale and Wonderland location
  • London Fire Department
  • My Perfect Princess Party
  • Puppet Folk
  • Real Canadian Superstore – Hyde Park and Oxford location
  • Remark
  • Riverstone Energetics
  • Sarina Haggarty
  • Sheila Weir
  • Southwest Ontario Aboriginal Health Access Centre
  • Star Wars Echo Three
  • STEAM centre
  • TD Canada Trust
  • Tomato Soup Band

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

Teddy Bear Picnic
A day where paediatric patients can just be kids