We are delighted and very proud to announce that we have become Teddy20’s official charity challenge sponsor for the next twelve months. Our aim is to financially support Teddy20’s fundraising challenges and help raise awareness of childhood cancer. We also aim to raise £5,000 by April 2017 through fundraising for Le Teddy Tour 2017.
We hope that by relaying Teddy20’s inspirational story, purpose and vision to all of our suppliers, partners, followers, family and friends will raise awareness and help support the charity.
Teddy20 is a children’s cancer charity founded by Owen Newton and his family after they lost their 10 year old Son and Brother Ted to Ewing’s Sarcoma, a very rare bone cancer.
Teddy20 began in 2009, with a charity cricket match organised by Ted’s father Owen Newton. He called upon the cricketing community of Blandford, Dorset, to support him in raising money for cancer research and to financially support local children and their families who are going through cancer, whether this be a day trip out, restbite holidays, costs towards treatment or helping with funeral costs.
Due to the overwhelming success of the event, they raised £10,000 and this inspired Owen and his family to found Teddy20. From then on, the charity has continued to grow and organises fundraising balls, challenges and Teddy Rocks Festival.
One of Teddy20’s main projects is Ted’s Shack, a holiday home in Weymouth for children undergoing cancer treatment. It was launched in 2015 and has since provided well-needed breaks and a chance to create treasured memories for many families.
Every year, Teddy20 runs a Christmas Toy Collection, where volunteers head to Toys R Us to buy presents for children in the Kingfisher Ward and the Piam Brown Ward. This yearly tradition makes a huge difference to the children battling cancer.
The Charities purpose continues to provide financial and emotional support to children and families undergoing treatment for cancer.
In the past year the charity has undertaken various fundraising activities involving local organisations and businesses to help sustain and maintain our objectives in our region.
Through working with local communities, Teddy20 have been able to continue their support of children and young people by providing financial support to the families who may be struggling to meet the everyday demands of their child’s treatment. In addition, with the charities acquisition of a holiday home in Weymouth, Dorset they have been in a better position to provide continued emotional respite holiday breaks for families and their siblings away from hospitals and treatment. Thus spending important time together as a family and also importantly creating Family Memories.
Low Energy Designs couldn’t be more pleased to be sponsoring such a wonderful, local charity. These guys don’t get enough recognition for all the hard work they do in their spare time but just recently Fire Fighter and Founder of the Teddy Rocks Festival, Tom Newton was nominated and recognised for his outstanding efforts to raise money for Teddy20.
He was announced as the Daily Mirror’s Pride of Britain ITV Fundraiser of the Year in the Meridian West region as well as Wave 105’s Cash for Kids Fundraiser of the Year, last month for raising nearly £100,000 through the running of Teddy Rocks Festival which takes place in Blandford Forum April 28 – 30, with the help from family and friends in name of his late brother.
Teddy Rocks Festival started with a small gig in 2011 to raise money for Teddy20. The gig was put on by Tom’s friends and family in the restaurant of The Greyhound pub in Blandford and raised £400. This was used to fund the very first Teddy Rocks event at The Corn Exchange in 2012, which raised £2,500.
By 2013, Teddy Rocks had grown and needed more space, so they moved back to The Greyhound pub, raising £6,500 and £15,000 in 2014. In 2015, Teddy Rocks almost doubled this, raising an amazing £24,000.
In 2016 the festival moved to a new site (in an actual field!) with a bigger capacity and the total raised was a staggering £42,800!
Due to the huge success of Teddy Rocks Festival 2016 they have now relocated to Charisworth Farm, Blandford, which can hold a larger capacity of 2500 with 4 stages. The 2017 festival will now provide weekend camping and shuttle buses!
You won’t want to miss out so grab your tickets here http://teddyrocks.co.uk/tickets/ .
Every penny raised from Teddy Rocks Festival goes to Teddy20 to fund projects like Ted’s Shack.
How are Low Energy Designs involved?
Low Energy Designs have teamed up with Teddy 20 to sponsor all of the challenges in 2017. This will include Le Teddy Tour 2017, the Teddy Sky Dive 2017 and any other challenges.
In addition, our MD, Alan Parker will be taking part in the Le Teddy Tour 2017 which involves cycling over 309 miles from the iconic Eiffel Tower, Paris to Teddy Rocks Festival, Charisworth Farm, Blandford, UK from Tuesday 25th April – Friday 28th April.
Alan has set a target of £5,000.00 and has chosen to split any proceeds raised between Teddy20 and Soi Dog – another charity which he regularly supports and is close to his heart.
Soi Dog Foundation is a not-for-profit, legally registered charitable organisation in Thailand, the United States, Australia, the UK, France, Canada and Holland. Soi Dog not only fights against the anti dog meat trade but also helps the homeless, neglected and abused dogs and cats of Asia. It works tirelessly to end the dog meat trade throughout the region and responds to animal welfare disasters and emergencies.
Le Teddy Tour 2017 cyclists will finish on Friday 28th April where they will join Teddy20’s supporters at the start of the Teddy Rocks Festival around 3-4pm.
You can help by sponsoring Alan on this epic journey which will help to continue the support of children and young people by providing financial support to the families who may be struggling to meet the everyday demands of their child’s treatment. As well as supporting the hugely neglected and abused dogs and cats.
Please help make a difference in our community and others by donating a sum however big or small and help Alan to reach his target. You can sponsor Alan on his Crowd Funding page:- https://www.justgiving.com/crowdfunding/Le-Teddy-Tour2017 or by sending a cheque made out to Alan Parker @ Low Energy Designs, Unit 9, Sunrise Business Park, Blandford Forum, Dorset DT11 8ST. Make sure to leave your Name and Company so we can give recognition of all those who helped.
As a supporter of this challenge Low Energy Designs are willing to purchase and provide 2 tickets to the Teddy Rocks Music Festival for anyone that can provide a donation in excess of £500.
We would like to thank you in advance for any contributions you may wish to make.
On behalf of all of us here at Low Energy Designs, we applaud everyone involved with Teddy20 for its important, tireless and inspirational work – and we look forward to many more years of partnership.
The LED Team