THE words “ready, teddy, go” kicked off a charity’s unofficial world record attempt in Moray involving a chain of cuddly toys.
Cornerstone, whose children’s services section provides care for kids and young people with disabilities, celebrated National Children’s Day on Tuesday with their own special record-breaking event.
The charity’s Moray branch joined in a national effort to create the biggest-ever synchronised chain of teddy bears, to raise awareness of the support they give youngsters in Scotland.
A total of 23 parents and children linked up with their teddy bears at Elgin’s Kestrel House, while similar chains were assembled at noon in Aberdeen, Dundee, Ayrshire and Dumbartonshire.
As part of a fun family day, kids, mums and dads also enjoyed a bouncy castle, face-painting, a picnic, lawn games and arts and crafts.
Cornerstone’s marketing and communications manager, Jodie Buchan, said: “We looked at world records, and we couldn’t find anything about a synchronised event that was trying to join up things across the country. So we are setting an unofficial record.
“The aim is to raise awareness, as Cornerstone are not very well-known for their children’s services across the country. Even in Moray we seem to be recognised for learning disability services, so what we wanted to do was something that would create recognition for our work supporting children across the country.”
The charity’s children’s services have been running for the past three years, organising out-of-school clubs in Buckie, Keith and Elgin during school term evenings as well as playschemes in the holidays.
Cornerstone is also the largest service provider for people with learning disabilities in Moray, where they have been operating for more than 30 years.
The Moray branch’s children’s services, a more recent addition, organise activities such as go-karting or visits to a local falconry centre, for two groups: aged between four and 12, and teenagers.
Xacquelina Bello, key account manager for Moray, said: “The children’s club is still quite new for us as an area, so we are trying to get more people engaged with it from this community. That is really important for us.
“We consult with the parents and the kids to see what things they want to do, and then they will learn something around that. So much of it involves trying to be out and about in the community rather than being stuck in the building all the time.”
For more information on services available in Moray, contact Cornerstone’s team leader for children’s services, Zoe Sweeney, on 01343 559337.
Pictures from Tuesday's event in the Northern Scot print version.