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London Marathon Day Fundraising Walk #twopointsixchallenge

Well, the lockdown is having a big effect on all charities, with many losing their income streams, be they fundraising events or charity shop sales.  As the London Marathon has been cancelled many charities are taking part in the 2.6 challenge.  I’m not up to running a marathon, so I decided to do a 2.6 mile walk during my lockdown exercise hour.  Well Isabel and Lucy will do the walk and I’ll take the easy option of riding in the backpack 🙂

Thank you to everyone for their support and I’m pleased to say, on a hot sunny Sunday morning. we raised over £100 for the MND Association.

2020 – Fundraising on Hold

Well, it’s been a strange start to 2020.  The coronavirus pandemic has taken over the world and everything is on hold.  We ready and waiting to continue fundraising when the lockdown ends but in the meantime Grandad Bear has a message for everyone:

“I hope you’re keeping to the 2 metre distancing when out and about shopping or exercising and the rest of the time

STAY IN, STAY SAFE AND PROTECT THE NHS ( and enjoy the flowers while you’re at it!)”

My Final Trip of 2019 and One of my Favourites – The London Palladium Panto!

As you know, I don’t go out so much now but I always make an effort for a favourite of mine – the big London Palladium pantomime, featuring the usual suspects: Julian Clary, Paul O’Grady, Nigel Havers, Paul Zerdin and Gary Wilmot as the dame. This year Matt Baker also added his circus skills from his gymnast days, as they cleverly wove the story of Goldilocks and the Three Bears in with a circus theme and a magic tricks, too

Great fun was had by all! We’ve been going since their first one, Cinderella, in 2016/17 and we always enjoy it.  I’m sure the cast must have great fun, too, as they keep coming back each year!

The Palladium was looking lovely and Christmassy, too!

Christmas Bears and Snowmen

I kept a few Christmas bears and snowmen to rehome in aid of the MND Association this Christmas, so thanks to those who stepped forward to offer a new home to some friends of mine.  Two are sailing over to Australia as we speak.  I hope it’s not too hot for them!

An Enjoyable Evening with the Boscombe Salvation Army Band

This evening we celebrated the 40th Anniversary of the MND Association with the Boscombe Salvation Army Band.  It was a great evening’s entertainment – Songs and Music from the Films, ranging from Walt Disney classics old and new to Born Free and The Great Escape.  As well as the brass band, with and without the choir, there were also excellent solo performances and performances by the children’s choir including a puppet show to the Little Mermaid song “Under the Sea”.

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Over £1,300 was raised for the local MND Association East Dorset and New Forest, which is excellent news.

Teddy Bears & Cuddly Toy Animals Looking for New Homes

Now the holidays and illness are nearly over, we’re getting back to trying to find new homes for my teddy bear friends.  A selection of bears, animals and accessories can be seen on my eBay page and some will find new homes locally at events.

100% to the MND Association in celebration of their 40th anniversary on 6th October 2019. Sample selection below (Merrythought the Artist already rehomed)

Many thanks for your support 🙂