This Saturday it's time to Air The Bear!

It’s one of the key events in the Smith Recycling MK Lightning’s yearly schedule that fans look out for - our Air The Bear game! At our home game against the Manchester Storm on Saturday 1st December we invite fans of both teams to bring along a teddy, to take part!  Throw your teddy when the Lightning score their first goal.

Some bears will be taken to Milton Keynes University Hospital in December, with the players meeting patients on the children’s ward - and many will be used during 2019 to help raise valuable funding towards building a cancer centre for Milton Keynes.

‘Air The Bear’ - sometimes known as ‘Teddy Toss’ - is  a tradition which originated in the Canadian game and has gained popularity worldwide, where fans throw teddy bears onto the ice when the home team scores its first goal. 

After Saturday’s game, the teddies will be collected by AAMS Acute Ambulance & Medical Service, and stored at their premises until MK Hospital Charity is ready to use them during the course of next year, in their fund-raising activities.

There are just two important points to be aware of: 

  • bears should be new rather than used, and
  • they should be in a tied or sealed plastic bag, to avoid them getting wet and dirty when they land on the ice pad.

Vanessa Holmes, Head of Fund Raising for Milton Keynes Hospital Charity commented, “We are thrilled Milton Keynes Lightning are donating the bears from Air The Bear on the 1 December 2018 to MK Hospital Charity’s Cancer Centre appeal. 

“Our new Cancer Centre will be a dedicated space offering treatment and a wide range of information and support services to anyone affected by cancer, all within a comfortable and welcoming environment. This is really positive news for cancer care in the Milton Keynes area, which will help reduce the pressures on our patients and their family in what is already an anxious and stressful time.


“We are looking forward to the MK Lightning players and Pucky visiting MK University Hospital next month to donate the teddies and say hi to the children on the children’s wards.

Sarah Jane Smyth, Commercial Manager of the Lightning said, “We know this is an event that a lot of people look forward to, and it gets bigger and better every time we do it - we can’t wait for this year’s Air The Bear to see those teddies raining down!

So whether it’s a cuddly Pucky the Polar Bear or another bear from elsewhere that you donate, get practising your throwing action ready for Saturday 1 December!

Tickets are on sale now: call in at the ticket office in person, phone 01908 540020 or get online: There's NO live webcast for Saturday's game so to see all the action you have to be at Planet Ice!

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