9th September 2016 was National Teddy Bear day and this year Build-a-Bear agreed to donate a bear for every £5 special bear they sold on this day. This resulted in an amazing 6000 bears that could be sent to children and young people in need! We were thrilled at Childhood First to be involved with such a brilliant scheme, the referrals and fundraising teams worked with children’s service departments across the UK to ensure all the bears had a special home to go to. Here are just some of the emails Holly received when the bears arrived:
‘The bears have arrived and are lovely, have already had plenty of hugs (from adults) and are being allocated to children. Thank you very much’ Peterborough City Council
‘I wanted to email to express our deepest thanks to yourselves for the kind donation of the bears which will be distributed to the Children Looked After whom we work with in our team’ Harrow
‘Just so you can see some of the workers have bought outfits for the bears. One bear is going to a little boy whose grandad went to heaven in a rocket and became a star and the other bear to a horse mad child’ Peterborough City Council
The bears were very well received, thank you for sharing them with us. Newham.
‘The bears have arrived!! Thank you so so much, everyone is absolutely thrilled! I’m having to make sure the adults put them back in the boxes for the children! There’ll be some very happy kids out there. Thank you again. ‘ Richmond