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Touring teddy reaches highlands
A teddy bear released by Strode Park Foundation to celebrate its 75th anniversary has reached as far as Scotland.
The Kent Charity, which has been caring since 1946, released six teddy bears in April to mark its big birthday year.
The teddies are a nod back to its history where service users at the charity would make a sell teddies and soft toys.
Each of the six teddies are representing each of the charity’s six homes – Charlie (The Coach House), Poppy (Platters Farm Lodge), Lola (Lady Dane Farmhouse), Reggie (Redwalls), Fred (Footprints) and Stanley (Strode Park House).
And it’s Stanley which has so far got the furthest in his travels – getting as far as Stanley in Scotland.
Each of the bears have been on adventures throughout the county and beyond and it’s not just Stanley who has left the county. Some of the other bears have visited neighbouring counties, as well as those further afield, including Jersey and Hampshire.
The teddies journeys can be followed on a Facebook Group – www.facebook.com/groups/strodetouringteddies
Strode Park Foundation are asking people who receive a teddy to keep it for no more than 48 hours, if possible, then take a photo, share the photo on the Facebook group then simply pass the teddy onto someone else.
If people would like to also make a donation they can do so by visiting www.strodepark.org.uk/donate
It is hoped the teddies will continue their adventures beyond 2021.