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Collectable teddies to go under the hammer for hospital charity

Monday, 23 November, 2015
Collectable teddies to go under the hammer for hospital charity

More than 50 collectable teddy bears are to be auctioned to raise money to help children receiving treatment at the new Northumbria hospital in Cramlington.

The traditional Steiff and Charlie Bears are being sold by Northumbria Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust’s Bright Charity tomorrow (Tuesday 24 November) and are expected to fetch around £1,000.

The 33 lots, including a Steiff Diana 50th birthday bear, are going under the hammer by specialist toy auctioneer Vectis online and at its base in Thornaby, Stockton on Tees. For a full list and to bid click here.

They were given to the trust by collector Gay Gilmore, of Whitley Bay, who passed away last year aged 83.

Money raised from the sale will go towards buying toys and arranging activities for children receiving care at the Northumbria Specialist Emergency Care Hospital.

Brenda Longstaff, head of charity development at Northumbria Healthcare, said: “Receiving such a special legacy gift was quite unusual for the Bright Charity.

“When we opened the packaging we were amazed to see so many beautiful and rare teddy bears in one collection and are extremely grateful to Mrs Gilmore for her generous donation.

“We’re all quite excited to follow the auction as it goes live, especially the team on the children’s unit at our new hospital in Cramlington as all the funds raised from the sale of the bears will go towards improving the experiences of children there.”

Mrs Gilmore’s sister-in-law Anne Gilmore, said Gay would be pleased that they are being sold.

Anne said: “Gay was a life-long collector and absolutely loved teddy bears. They gave her great joy over the years and she would be delighted that they’re going to new homes.

“It was her wish that proceeds would go towards helping children who unfortunately find themselves in hospital and we’re all hoping they raise as much money as possible.”

Steiff is a German-based toy company known for its high quality. It was begun in 1880 by Margarete Steiff, who was later assisted by her brother Fritz.

Charlie Bears are a collection of hand-crafted bears launched almost 10 years ago.

Northumbria Healthcare’s Bright Charity helps improve the hospital environment and health services for the community, and provides the extras which make a real difference to patients’ experiences.

The doll and teddy bear sale takes place tomorrow at 10.30am. Viewing is from 8am to 10.30am. For more information visit here or contact Bright on 0191 203 1511.