Britain’s oldest remaining teddy bear manufacturer is aiming to raise over £10,000 to support the NHS, as management announced today they were already more than half way to their target.
Merrythought, based in the world heritage site of Ironbridge, launched the ‘NHS Blue Ribbon Campaign’ last month which aims to support the coronavirus fighting fund with the help of a special souvenir bear and his companions. The campaign is being run exclusively online from the company’s website at www.merrythought.co.uk
Bevan the Bear, originally created to celebrate the 70th anniversary of the NHS and named after the organisation’s founder, Aneurin Bevan, made a comeback and was joined by a selection of Merrythought’s traditional, British-made teddy bears who all wear a blue ribbon.
Proceeds from the sale of each bear is helping to raise funds for the NHS Charities Covid-19 Appeal and SATH, the company’s local Hospital Trust in Shropshire.
Sarah Holmes, fourth-generation managing director of Merrythought, said today they were looking to raise over £10,000 during the campaign.
“I am delighted to say that we have already raised more than £5500towards our target and we are confident we can reach £10,000 with the Blue Ribbon Campaign,” she added.
“People have really taken our adorable Bevan bear and this campaign to their hearts, and we are grateful to all those customers across the UK andworld who have supported our efforts to help the NHS at such a difficult time.”
Merrythought, which marks its 90th anniversary this year, is famous for crafting the finest, British-made teddy bears, which are adored by children and adults across the world.