December 5 2013 Latest news:
Saturday, August 31, 2013
A furry fixture of Norwich city centre waved goodbye to his lifelong home yesterday. A furry fixture of Norwich city centre waved goodbye to his lifelong home yesterday.
The 7ft-tall teddy which has overlooked Hay Hill from a glass promotional case for the past 15 years was on the move, so that the damaged unit can be removed.
But his hundreds of young admirers can rest easy that he is going to a good home, after The Bear Shop, which owns the £1,600 bear, donated him to the Alzheimer’s Society.
Up to 60 of the smaller soft toys on display are also going to the Priscilla Bacon Lodge.
Robert Stone, who founded The Bear Shop in Elm Hill 23 years ago, said: “He has been here for a long time, and over the years has been dressed as Father Christmas, a Norfolk gentleman and all kinds of other things.
“We thought it would be nice to give him to the Alzheimer’s Society, as it is something that affects so many people.”
The shop also regularly supports the Priscilla Bacon Lodge through open garden afternoon tea events.
Alzheimer’s Society volunteer fundraising ambassador Shane Pyrke said the bear would be at the charity’s memory walk at Holkham Hall on September 14.
“We are very grateful for the donation. There are 800,000 people living with dementia, so whatever funds we can raise for them and their carers will make a big difference,” she said.
The smaller cuddly creatures will go to the Priscilla Bacon Lodge in Unthank Road, Norwich, where they will be available to help patients and their relatives feel more at home.
Elizabeth Stallwood, honorary secretary of the Priscilla Bacon Lodge support group, said: “If you are a grandparent, your grandchildren hold you in such esteem, and it’s really hard for them to cope when you are ill. We hope these will help.”