Meet 999 Ted
999 Ted and an ambulance
999 Ted
Hi, My name is 999 Ted and I am the mascot of South Central Ambulance Service.

In this section you can find more about me, read my educational stories, take part in competitions and much more.

TEACHERS AND PARENTS/CARERS: Follow me at @scas999ted.

Do you have any drawings of me or our ambulances? Send these to me via email at or via post at:

South Central Ambulance Service NHS Foundation Trust, 7 – 8 Talisman Business Centre, Talisman Road, Bicester, Oxfordshire OX26 6HR

I will then display them on the Art Wall below.

My life story so far and fan club


999 Ted winning entryFinal 999 Ted mascot

I was designed and named by school children Jo-Jo and Phoebe, winners of the 2014 Name and Draw the Bear competition. Both were pupils of Fair Oak Junior School in Eastleigh, Hampshire. Find out more about me, my amazing stories and how you too can become a Paramedic and save lives in my SCAS Kids website. I also give you some tips on how to be safe. BE SMART….BE SAFE

Do you have any comments about my website and events? Send them to

Here is what some of my fans said: “SCASKIDS is great. It is clear for the children to use, extremely informative, great for a ‘start of the day activity’ in class, brilliant for Key Stage 2 children and a great educational resource for assemblies. The children will learn a great deal and enjoy using it during ICT lessons.” – Liz Steele, Teacher, Fair Oak Junior School, Eastleigh

I am planning to use the Dial 999 video during our ‘Coping in an Emergency’ session.” – Kizzi Keast, Senior Education Worker, Primary FOCUS Co-ordinator, IntoUniversity Southampton West

re: 999 Ted Story Time event at Bicester Library of 12 August 2016 “This project provides a great model for how to spread the message about the importance of being aware and staying safe to a young audience. Hosting this event in the library was not only great fun but proved to be informative for all the families attending. The children particularly enjoyed meeting 999 Ted in person and many brought their teddies along to meet him too! The feedback was positive and we hope to book another event later in the year. We would recommend the 999 Ted events to other community groups and schools.” – Alison Holland, Bicester Library


We are keen to educate and raise awareness about our service with young children and parents but regrettably, due to the ever increasing demand for our services, we are unable to meet all the requests we receive for our ambulances and crews to attend local school events.  However, thanks to this website and the use of competitions we can reach as many schools as possible. Here is a list of our competitions so far …..and watch this space for future competitions.

999 Ted competition – make your own ambulance

In June 2020 SCAS launched a competition for children to make their own ambulances! They could use anything they could find at home like cereal boxes or milk cartons. The winners will receive a special visit to their school from 999 Ted with an ambulance and paramedic to teach children about first aid and how to save lives as soon as government guidelines allow us to do so.

Thank you to everyone who took part, we had some brilliant entries! Here are the winners: 

Children at Oakridge School, High Wycombe (Buckinghamshire)

Front of large yellow handmade cardboard ambulance Back of large yellow handmade cardboard ambulance

Olivia (Age 4) Millbrook Primary School Nursery, Grove (Oxfordshire)

Young girl holding handmade cardboard ambulance Handmade cardboard ambulance

Children at William Fletcher School, Yarnton (Oxfordshire)

Young boy smiling and holding handmade yellow cardboard ambulance Young girl smiling and holding a handmade cardboard ambulance Young boy smiling and holding a handmade cardboard ambulance Young girl smiling and sitting inside a handmade cardboard ambulance Small handmade yellow cardboard ambulance Small handmade paper ambulance Young boy smiling and holding painted picture of an ambulance

Children at Kirtlington Pre School (ages 3-4) (Oxfordshire)

Small boy smiling inside a handmade cardboard ambulance Small boy smiling inside a handmade cardboard ambulance

Children at St Columba C of E Primary, Fareham (Hampshire)

Small paper ambulance coloured in with bright colours Small paper ambulance coloured in with bright colours

Small paper ambulance coloured in with bright colours

Laylah (Age 9) Farnborough Junior School (Hampshire)

Back of small ambulance made from yellow building bricks Front of small ambulance made from yellow building bricks



Colouring competition

SCASkids-999 Ted 2016 colouring competition

Primary schools across the South Central Ambulance Service NHS Foundation Trust (SCAS) coverage area were asked to take part in a SCASKIDS/999 Ted colouring competition. Entrants were required to colour one or more of the 999 Ted drawings provided in the competition application form.

Winning colouring sheets were then included in the SCASkids-999 Ted 2017 colouring calendar which contained monthly educational messages to children.

A big thank you to all the primary schools that took part. The winning schools were:

Colouring competition entry

Abbey Woods Academy, Wallingford

Colouring competition entry

The Kings School, Fair Oak, Eastleigh


Colouring competition entry

Faringdon Junior School

Name and Draw the Bear 2013 competition

Primary schools across the South Central Ambulance Service NHS Foundation Trust (SCAS) coverage area were challenged to come up with a name and design for our bear mascot.

As part of our educational programme, we enclosed in the email to the schools a list of ‘Ten things we would like children to know about calling 999’ and a ‘Test your Knowledge quiz‘ for teachers and parents to use to teach children what they should do when ringing 999.

To make it more fun we combined the above sheets with a competition to Name and Draw the Bear. The aim was to draw and name the ambulance service mascot bear by using the picture provided in the competition application form as a guide.

A big thank you to all the primary schools that took part. The winning school was Fair Oak Junior School.

Name and draw the bear winners

Picture gallery

Here is a selection of my pictures. Were you pictured with me when out and about or at your school? Send me the pic at

Ted on tour 

999 Ted 999 Ted demonstrates how to do CPR 999 Ted and a SCAS colleague 999 Ted sitting outside the ambulance999 Ted 999 Ted with SCAS colleagues  Ted at Reading Pride Ted at Reading Pride

Ted at Reading FC Reading Children's Festival 999 Ted with Kingsley at Reading FC

999 Ted performing CPR 999 Ted being filmed at Fair Oak School 999 Ted at Fairoak School

Ted at family fun day ted with police officers 999 Ted

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999 Ted

Ted’s Birthday (6th February)

Ted birthday banner

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Ted at Christmas

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Art Wall

Do you have any colouring sheets or drawings of 999 Ted or the ambulance that you would like to share? Email these to 999 Ted at or tweet them @scas999Ted.

A big thank you to everyone for all my birthday wishes for 2022!  A very special thank you to Beth from Christchurch who created this lovely design – Well done!

Skylar, age 2, has done a brilliant job of colouring in this road safety colouring sheet, well done!

999 Ted colouring sheet

Thank you so much to The Eight Foundation in Fareham, for these lovely drawings that were sent in to our team in Nursling!

Child's drawings with a thank you note Colourful drawings including a heart, an ambulance and a doctor

Child's drawings Child's drawings and a thank you note

Handmade rainbow with the words covid-19 warriors SCAS

999 Ted says: Thank you so much to Usain for this card and keyring that came in the post! It was a lovely surprise!

999 Ted Keyring

Thank you card for 999 Ted Card for 999 Ted

NHS heroes

By Daniel – Age 10 Thatcham

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By Charlie & Lexi 

NHS heroes

By Taylor – Age 9

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By Ollie & Sophia

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By Noah – Age 7

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By Georgia – Age 6

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By Sapphire – Age 10 Fareham

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By Erin

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India-Rose – Age 5

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By Lilly – Age 9

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By Adriena, James and Family

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By Brooklyn – Age 11

NHS heroes

By Matthew and Mila

NHS heroes

By Matthew and Mila

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By Libby, Martha and Felix

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By Sienna (Age 7) & Alexzander (Age 9)

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By Bethany – Age 9

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By Hazel – Age 12

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By Evie


999 Ted says: “Thank you to Oliver’s mum who tweeted his lovely colouring sheet and to the Reception Class at Sacred Heart Primary School in Henley for sending me their birthday cards on my birthday which is on the 6th of February.”

Colour in sheet Colour in sheet

21 October 2016 – Wexham Ambulance Station celebrated its 20th birthday

During the previous weeks children of the staff had the chance to take part in a drawing competition. The afternoon saw the judging of the competition by Clinical Operations Manager Neil Durrant. The winners were Sophie Nicholson and Austen Edwards.

Winner Austen Edwards's drawing

Austen Edwards’s drawing

 Winner Sophie Nicholson drawing-wexham station 1

Sophie Nicholson’s drawing

Congratulations to them both.


Bravery and saver award certificate

999 Ted - official design

Do you know a child who has saved someone’s life or have been a brave patient? Then read on..

Every year, we get children calling 999 for medical assistance, generally when a member of their family is suddenly taken ill.

If you are aware of a child who has dialled 999 for an ambulance and is a genuine ‘life saver’, please email with the details, including your name and contact number.

The certificate can also be given to children who are/were patients.

Read Herbie and Rufus’ story below

Herbie and Rufus with Ted

999 Ted and Emergency Care Assistant, Neil Kumar, dropped in to North Leigh Church of England Primary School  to pay a visit to two very special pupils.

Brothers Herbie, 6, and Rufus Taylor, 7, had been nominated for a Bravery Award by ECA Neil who had, along with his colleagues from Oxford City Resource Centre, been a regular visitor to the Taylor family home to help care for Herbie.

Neil said: “Herbie has NEMO deficiency syndrome – a rare type of immunodeficiency – which was diagnosed after he had meningitis as a baby.As a result, Herbie has had numerous operations and earlier this year had a bone marrow transplant at Great Ormond Street Hospital. Amazingly, the bone marrow was donated by his older brother Rufus!

“Before this transplant, which has been a great success and made a massive difference to Herbie’s health, he had been rushed into hospital numerous times over the last few years by our crews. I am in constant awe at how this little lad has coped with the ordeal he has been through, and the treatment he continues to have, yet he is the most positive and happy little lad you can imagine.

“I nominated Herbie and Rufus for the award as they have both been very brave and thought it was right to celebrate such incredible boys.”

Neil and 999 Ted, along with headteacher Debbie Seccull, led a wholeschool assembly to inform the children about what it’s like to work on an ambulance and help identify the types of emergencies when children should, and should not, call 999. The assembly finished with the presentation of 999 Ted’s Bravery Certificates to Herbie and Rufus.

Story Time with Ted

Story time with Ted

Story time can be fun, but it can also be educational.  Click here to read these stories with your children/pupils and prepare them for any potential emergency and non-emergency situations.



Help Ted by fundraising for our charity
South Central Ambulance Charity raises funds to support South Central Ambulance Service NHS Foundation Trust (SCAS).  All the monies raised by our Charity are used to fund services, projects and equipment that is not supplied by Government NHS funding.  Without the money we raise people in our communities would have to wait longer for help which could affect their recovery.

The Charity works across Hampshire, Berkshire, Buckinghamshire and Oxfordshire as well as supporting our Patient Transport Services in Surrey and Sussex.   

South Central Ambulance Charity relies on the generosity of the local community to deliver our charitable objectives.  

Could your school fundraise for our lifesavers?

Would you like someone to come into your school and show your children how to save a life, or to talk about the Ambulance Service? In return, could you hold a non-school uniform day, a cake sale, and disco or sports day for our charity? All the details and more ideas on how you can fundraise can be found here on the charity website

Ted has created some posters and templates you can use to help promote the fantastic fundraising you’re doing. Just click on the images and download:



Colouring Templates

  999 Ted Bunting Template