Name the Star Competition for Sue Ryder’s Shining Star Mascot

StarlightHikeMascotSue Ryder’s ‘star’ mascot costume is quickly becoming a local celebrity in its own right after putting in public appearances across Berkshire, Buckinghamshire & Oxfordshire to promote Sue Ryder’s Starlight Hike on Saturday 22 June at Green Park in Reading.


Over the last few months the star has been busy meeting businesses and individuals at Sue Ryder’s hospices, shopping centres, raft races, and even RAF bases! But now the star needs your help. Sue Ryder is running a competition to name their iconic star costume. The winner will receive a visit from the star at their school, college or business along with a free ‘Baxter Bear’ and Starlight Hike pin badge, as well as the name of the star being officially announced by the Reading 107fm host on the night of the event. All entries must be received by Thursday 30 May 2013. To submit your entries please email; or call 01491 641070.


Emma Harpaul, Regional Fundraiser at Sue Ryder said “We’ve had the star for nearly a year now but our poor mascot hasn’t been given a name yet so we thought we would encourage the general public to help us as they’re the ones who get to meet the star whilst we’re out and about. We would like to say a big thank you to Alan May from Premier Lifestyle Conservatories for donating the Baxter Bears to Sue Ryder to help us continue to raise funds for our incredible care for people living with incurable illnesses. If anyone is interested in purchasing their own Baxter Bear please get in touch with our fundraising department so we can find the bears some good homes!”


Alan May from Premier Lifestyle Conservatories said “I am delighted to be associated as a fundraising partner of Sue Ryder and hope that our donation of 50 Baxter Bears will generate a worthwhile sum.  The adorable Baxter never fails to give a lot of joy to those that own one.  I am looking forward to supporting the magnificent Sue Ryder charity further in the future and am honoured to be able to do so.”


Sue Ryder’s Starlight Hike is taking place on Saturday 22 June at Green Park, Reading. Walkers will be setting off at 10pm but will be invited to come earlier to join in with a summer BBQ from 8.30pm. Registration is £15 per adult; children under 16 register for free. There is also a sponsorship target of £100 per person which helps to cover the cost of a Sue Ryder nurse’s seven hour shift.


Reading’s Starlight Hike is aiming to raise over £60,000 for local incredible care in Berks, Bucks and Oxon, via Nettlebed Hospice, Duchess of Kent House in Reading, as well as Sue Ryder’s community services in Wokingham and Newbury. By supporting in this way, people will help Sue Ryder to provide care and support for people at a very challenging time in their life through a range and choice of services shaped around an individual’s personal care needs.


See you under the stars!


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