This year the Ferry Fair Parade in South Queeensferry was exciting for us bears!
Some of us were in the parade in Vintage Cars,
and 8 of our big cousins were riding pillion on Honda Goldwing Motor Bikes courtesy of Robin Cook and goldwings.org.uk.
They do great things for Charities and said they would be happy to take some large teddies on their bikes this year, to raise awareness of Teddies for Tragedies and the comfort we give to sad children everywhere! Thank you so much Robin and your group.
The good news is they have said they will do it next year if we want them to!
After much searching, I am excited to announce that I have found a contact, who has a contact, going to and from Nepal, and she is looking for donations of knitted or crocheted hats, scarves, gloves/mitts and blankets for children and Adults, in preparation for the looming cold Winter.
I have pledged some of our donations which I am sure no one will object to and am busy sorting out hats and blankets as I write! (well, not at the same time!)
She has asked,no light colours please as it is very dirty out there and it won’t take long for things to get grubby. She also would like some of our teddies, again, no light colours.
Please contact me at email@example.com if you would like to help. I have patterns available.
Our Fundraising Teddies for Tragedies Coffee Morning went well this year, despite competition from several other events the same day – I do pick the wrong dates, don’t I, but still I was happy, as you can see from my smile!
I am very grateful for all the help and support I received from, June, my assistant and right hand woman, and my three door ladies, who did admirably!
The Tombola went well and thank you for the help there too, as well as the important donations, without which we couldn’t have a Tombola!
Thank you to my kitchen ladies for their baking donations and help with the teas etc, vital to a coffee morning!
Thank you all who donated so generously for the Cake ‘n’ Candy stall and to my two lovely daughters and lovely daughter-in-law who helped to sell the goodies. Thank you to my sons who helped with baking and helped to clear up in the kitchen and hall, and thank you to my husband who did lots! In fact thank you everybody, I hope I have missed no-one out!
This is beginning to sound like an Oscar Award speech!
Thank you to everyone who baked and donated, who came and supported, and those who couldn’t make it but gave generous donations to compensate. We raised a final grand total of £436.96, which will help enormously with the expense of the fabric to make 500-600 drawstring bags to keep the teddies (1 each) cosy and safe when they reach their new homes! It also helps with promotion costs, and inks for the many patterns I print off!
On Sunday 2nd November we had our annual Teddy Blessing Service, before the Teddies set off on their travels.
We prepared the Church.
Norma spoke to the congregation, to bring them up to date with how this project is going, and to tell them what our special teddies have been up to in 2014.
The congregation were invited to’ bag’ the teddies in front of them in the pews, and bring them up to the front to put in our collection box (a very handy travel cot!).
We received over 500 Teddies and bags this year, 250 of which were donated to Kirkliston for their Teddy appeal for Syrian Refugee Children. The remaining Teddies went to Malawi via The Raven Trust, Argyll. The 50 blankets, 146 hats, and other knitwear went to Eastern Europe (who don’t admit the Teddies in, due to Customs regulations) via Blythswood Care, Glasgow.
Kirkliston Church appealed to its parishioners for 500 Teddies for Tragedies to send to Syrian Refugee Children, after a visit to their camps by their Minister Reverend Maggie Lane. Reverend Lane visited these camps with a small number of teddies, earlier in the year, and saw firsthand the reaction from the children when given one of these teddies. Realising the value of them, she came back and issued this challenge to her congregation.
Queensferry donated 250 of our teddies to help towards their target. They had such good response that they were able to send 900 Teddies to the Syrian Children, through the Charity ‘Tearfund. A wonderful offering!
They had a Blessing Service in October, which was quite emotional.
(We had to keep our Teddies (in the bags) separate as we needed them for our own Service the following week, after which we gave them back!)
We liked their idea of hanging them around the Church, from a rope so much we used it ourselves for our own Blessing Service. We even borrowed Kirkliston’s rope!