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Article by Editorial | 23rd December 2018

Tunbridge Wells' Teddy Gets A Name

Four-year-old Theo Gibson from Tonbridge has been chosen as the winner of Royal Victoria Place’s Name the Teddy Bear competition, launched in aid of local charity ellenor, bringing specialist hospice care to the child’s home, allowing families to spend more time together.

The competition received a huge amount of entries and after lengthy discussions over tea and cake, ellenor’s Children’s Team crowned Theo as the winner choosing the name Mister Magic for RVP’s much-loved giant Teddy Bear.

“Theo has named all his old teddy bears Mister something: he has Mister Dinosaur, Mister Dog and Mister Pyjamas,” said Jess, Theo’s mum, adding: “When I asked him what he thought teddy’s name should be, he was adamant he should be called Mister Magic because he’s Father Christmas’ big friend and is very special so he MUST be magic, and then told me what I said in his entry. He’s so happy now that everyone is going to get magic cuddles from Mister Magic and help the children at ellenor.”

One of the key reasons for choosing the name Mister Magic was the touching sentiments that Theo had used to support his entry: “Everyone needs some magic in their lives and he will give everyone who cuddles him a little bit of magic at Christmas.”

Theo’s family have won a £50 Royal Victoria Place Gift Card plus a family VIP invitation to meet Santa and attend the Festive Family Fun Day at the shopping centre, which took place on 18th November.

Last year, the #TeddySelfie campaign raised nearly £3,000 for ellenor, which could help to fund 90 play therapy sessions for very sick children across Kent.

Mister Magic will be on display at Royal Victoria Place until Christmas Eve and is located on level 2 opposite French Connection. So, if you are visiting Tunbridge Wells this Christmas, pop into RVP and give Mister Magic a big hug, donate some spare change and share your #TeddySelfie photos in support of ellenor.

• For more information, visit ellenor.org

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