Paddington Bear was famous for his travels – and now a host of Egton Bridge cuddly toys are set to make a similar globetrekking journey.
Egton School has taken part in a teddy-knitting drive to help raise awareness of an Indian orphanage, where the bears are to be sent, providing the children there with the first toy they will have ever owned.
Schoolchildren have been learning about India and Rosedale resident Sue Proctor has been visiting the school to talk to them about the plight of these orphans – and it is through her that the scheme arose.
She said: “When I went to India I visited the Stepping Stones orphanage.
“Those children haven’t got one single toy, there’s nothing for them to play with, nothing for them to love.
“There was a scheme several years ago called ‘Teddies for Tragedies’ and I have revived that.”
To accompany the teddies, the children at Egton School have created sleeping bags for them to travel in.
The cuddly toys themselves were knitted by the Egton Ladies Fellowship Group, who created dozens of the bears for free.
Sue added: “In the past this project has made a difference to poorly children.”
Mrs Proctor is also raising money for the orphanage by offering holistic therapy sessions and donating all the proceeds to El Shaddai, the charity that administers the orphanage. For more information email firstname.lastname@example.org.