Teddy bear will be going down Spinnaker Tower

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AN AMBULANCE teddy mascot will be seen heading down the side of the Spinnaker Tower.

Called 999 Ted, the cuddly bear represents South Central Ambulance Service (Scas).

It will abseil down the tower at Gunwharf Quays on March 15 with help from paramedic Michelle Lambert.

The event has been organised by charity The Stroke Association, and the pair hope to raise £300 for the cause.

Michelle said: ‘It’s undoubtedly a big challenge for 999 Ted, but I believe he is a bear with a head for heights.’

Each year the charity hosts three abseiling weekends in Gunwharf Quays.

Robert McKeegans, a fundraiser at the association, said: ‘The Stroke Association’s Spinnaker abseil is one of our most popular fundraising events and this year is our biggest yet.’

The other two weekends people can take part in are March 22 and 23, and March 29 and 30.

The charity said that every year there are approximately 152,000 strokes in the UK – about one every five minutes.

Most people affected are over 65, but anyone can have a stroke, including children and babies.

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