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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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
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 email@example.com.
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)
Olivia (Age 4) Millbrook Primary School Nursery, Grove (Oxfordshire)
Children at William Fletcher School, Yarnton (Oxfordshire)
Children at Kirtlington Pre School (ages 3-4) (Oxfordshire)
Children at St Columba C of E Primary, Fareham (Hampshire)
Laylah (Age 9) Farnborough Junior School (Hampshire)
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
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
On my birthday (6th February)
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 email@example.com or tweet them @scas999Ted.
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.
Austen Edwards’s drawing
Sophie Nicholson’s drawing
Congratulations to them both.
Bravery and saver award certificate
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
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.