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Meet 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 (just click on my picture), 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

Children have sent in some amazing colourings and drawings in to us over the past few weeks:

999 Ted would love to see them bought to life in 3D!  Children can use anything that they can find at home like cereal boxes or cardboard boxes, milk cartons, loo rolls and more to make their own ambulance. They can use the template here to help them get started or they can make their own ambulance however they want to!

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 next term if government guidelines allow us to do so.

999 Ted will select one winner from each county that is covered by South Central Ambulance Service. The competition is open to children 13 years and under. We don’t need you to send in the item as you might want to keep it in the classroom or at home but you can send in a photo to before the 21 July 2020

If you have any questions or would like any further information please do get in touch


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:

Abbey Woods Academy, Wallingford



The Kings School, Fair Oak, Eastleigh


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.

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

On my birthday (6th February)



On tour 


  999 Ted with Kingsley at Reading FC

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



At Christmas  


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.

By Daniel – Age 10 Thatcham

By Charlie & Lexi 

By Taylor – Age 9

By Ollie & Sophia

By Noah – Age 7

By Georgia – Age 6

By Sapphire – Age 10 Fareham

By Erin

India-Rose – Age 5

By Lilly – Age 9

By Adriena, James and Family

By Brooklyn – Age 11

By Matthew and Mila

By Matthew and Mila

By Libby, Martha and Felix

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

By Bethany – Age 9

By Hazel – Age 12

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.”

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


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


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.