A giant blue bear inspired by the design and creative thinking of North Wales school children has been unveiled as the official mascot of the North Wales NHS Charity, Awyr Las.
The mascot, known affectionately as ‘Nel Del’, was unveiled to the delight of poorly young patients during recent visits to the Children’s Wards in Ysbyty Gwynedd, Ysbyty Glan Clwyd, and Wrexham Maelor Hospital.
Ysgol Llanbedrog pupil Mared Wyn Rowlands, 9, beat off competition from more than 500 school children to win a nationwide competiton to design ‘Nel Del’.
Mared and her classmates spent a day with award winning design agency and competition sponsors, View Creative, based in Rhos on Sea, where they helped bring her winning design to life.
Simon Cotton, Director commented;
“We are proud to support Awyr Las and their fundraising activities, and look forward to seeing how Nel Del brings direct support to young people in North Wales”
Nel Del will support the charity’s fundraising activities, which fund new equipment, better facilities and spaces, research and extra patient comforts for NHS services across the region.
Cath Humes from Awyr Las said:
“Nel Del can help brighten the lives of local patients when they need it the most, in the exact same way as donations to Awyr Las can, by funding some of the added extras which the NHS cannot provide.”
Play Specialist Emma Cunnah-Newell from the Children’s Ward at Wrexham Maelor Hospital added:
“Coming into hospital can be a daunting experience for young children when they are poorly or in pain. It was lovely to see the smiles on their faces when they saw ‘Nel’.”
Nel Del will be making his inimitable presence felt at various fundraising events over the next few weeks and months, including the Wales v England U20s game at Eirias Park, and Welsh rocker Mike Peters’ annual Snowdon Rocks event, which will raise money for the charity’s ‘By Your Side’ cancer care campaign.