Teddies to join in fundraiser

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TEDDY bears of all shapes and sizes are being invited to toddle along to a get-together to raise cash for charity.

Two teddy bear-themed events, both on Saturday, September 15, will be taking place in the town to help raise funds for seven local charities which Hartlepool Borough Council Chairman, Councillor Stephen Akers-Belcher, has chosen to support during his year in office.

There will be a Teddy Bear Get-Together in the foyer of the Asda superstore in Marina Way between 10am and 4pm, where Chair Bear – the new teddy mascot of the Chairman’s charities – will be greeting visitors and selling his own special, limited-edition Chair Bear charity badges for £1 each.

There will also be lots of fun, balloons and some stuffed teddies enjoying their own teddy bears’ picnic.

People can also take part in a Teddy Bears’ Picnic at Waverley Terrace Community Garden between 11am and 2pm.

People are beig urged to bring their own food and drinks will be available to purchase.

Chair-Bear will also be popping in to enjoy the fun and his badges will be on sale.

Coun Akers-Belcher said: “People often donate teddy bears for my charity raffles, so that inspired me to create Chair Bear and the Chair Bear badges.

“Whatever their age, everyone loves a cuddly teddy and I hope people will bring along their treasured Ted on Saturday to buy a badge for my good causes.

“Many thanks to Asda and Waverley Terrace Community Garden for joining in the fun and supporting the event.”

Mike McNamara, Asda Hartlepool manager added: “We are always delighted to help community initiatives like this and we look forward to giving a real Asda welcome to teddies of all kinds and their families.”

The Chairman’s seven good causes are: The Belle Vue Youth Project; Central Correctors; Hartlepool Young Carers; NYPD (Nurturing Young People’s Development); The Phoenix Funsters; The Rifty Youth Project and The Wharton Annexe.

After next weekend, Chair Bear badges will also be available from Civic Centre priced £1.

People cane also contact Karen Mason or Eileen Larkin on (01429) 523702 or 523704 or email: MEMSEC@hartlepool.gov.uk