Bear necessities

by Webmaster, 8th April 2020

The oldest teddy bear manufacturer in the UK is donating proceeds to the NHS coronavirus fund with the sale of a very special addition

After 90 years in business, Shropshire’s Merrythought have continued to create and sell their much-loved teddy bears through many crises, including World War II and, most recently, the flooding of their factory on the banks of the River Severn in Ironbridge. 

The coronavirus crisis is no doubt a concern for them, like it is for many businesses, but they're still trying to help others with the sale of Bevan, a bear originally created to celebrate the 70th anniversary of the NHS. Now at least 20 percent of all proceeds will go to the NHS Charities Covid-19 Appeal and SATH, the company’s local Hospital Trust in Shropshire.

“While a Merrythought teddy bear is the ideal companion to get you through challenging times such as these, choosing a special bear for either yourself or a loved one will now also help the NHS and those affected by Covid-19,” says fourth-generation managing director Sarah Holmes.

“We appreciate the difficulties that families and the NHS are facing at the moment and are keen to see the Merrythought teddy bear give some financial and emotional support to those affected by Covid-19. Merrythought is very much a business which has been at the heart of the community for the last nine decades, and we hope to continue to be so for generations to come.”

While the Merrythought Shop in Ironbridge has had to close in line with current Government restrictions, orders can still be placed online. Bevan is on sale for £89 at www.merrythought.co.uk

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