Kirkliston Teddy Appeal – 2014

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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!


Barny Bear and Amazon Hope – September 2014


Dr Barney Bear (seen here with Dr Bella Bear), took his friends Doctors Peter and Alison to Amazon Hope 2, which is based in Iquitis, in the Rain Forest, in Peru along with 3 of his teddy friends.


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They all found homes with children who needed a good hug.

The little boy holding this bear was later given him to keep for his very own.

Well done Peter and Alison!

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Mary’s Ice Water Challenge, September 2014

I was nominated for the Ice Bucket Challenge by Claire Bear – Bless her!

I asked my friends Angus and Rhona to help, and Norma of course, someone had to film it for Facebook!

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It was very cold and I was so wet! Everyone knows wet bears don’t smell very nice!! Anyway, I kept a smile on my face throughout and I didn’t scream! I now nominate Benji Bear, and I did this for ‘Macmillan’. I will get Norma to send them some money for me (Bears don’t have money!).

Ferry Fair Week, August 2014 – Dressed Window!

Norma asked Jeanette in Allium, if she could dress her window with ‘Teddies for Tragedies’ this year, to promote the Teddies and hopefully encourage new volunteers, and maybe win a prize at the same time. Jeanette said yes. Norma’s friend June helped her to make the accessories form the scenery and Norma adapted some of the donated teddies as Characters. Don’t worry, they will be sent along with the other donated teddies when the time comes, minus their costumes of course!

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Sadly we didn’t win the best dressed window!

June 2014, Clyde Bear sees the Commonwealth Baton!

Clyde Bear went to see the Commonwealth baton when it came to South Queensferry in June 2014.


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                  Here they come!                                                       I wonder who is on that bus?

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                Horray!                                                                         Well, that’s it over!


After the Commonwealth Baton passed, my friend Ray asked if I would like to help him be a Clydesider at the Commonwealth Games. Of course I jumped at the chance! (He didn’t take any photos of me though, he was stuck as a driver for the duration and didn’t see anything!)

June 2014 – Friends of Chernobyl’s Children


In June, Linlithgow, Friends of Chernobyl’s Children – Inveralmond Branch,  once again hosted several children from Belaruse. 20 Teddies went home with the children, either for themselves or their siblings. When host families went out to visit the children later in the year they found each house had a Teddy lying on the child’s pillow.


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March 2014 – Claire Bear in Turkey

Claire Bear in Turkey!

After my recent ‘Make-Over’ I was delighted to be invited on a trip to Turkey in March with my friends. Here I am on a plane to Antalya. Feeling more excited by the minute

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Here I am in Cappadocia, at Goreme World Heritage Site with my friend.

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A Landscape entirely sculpted by corrosion, the Goreme Valley and its surroundings contain rock-hewn sanctuaries that provide unique evidence of Byzantine art in the post-Iconoclastic period. Dwellings, troglodyte villages and underground towns – the remains of a traditional habitat dating back to the 4th Century –can also be seen there!

Bet you didn’t know that!!

I had a great time and learned so much, Thank you!