Barnardo’s bears need homes in Derry

Barnardo's bears in Derry's Central Library.
Barnardo's bears in Derry's Central Library.

Barnardo’s teddies wearing jumpers created by knitters from the Derry area including the Derry Central Library Knit and Natter Group are hoping local community groups, schools and businesses will help them find new homes by auctioning or raffling them off in aid of the children’s charity.

The Derry knitters helped to create almost 2,000 jumpers in a range of beautiful colours and styles as part of Barnardo’s big knitting initiative for their Barney Bear. Each jumper also has an individual label bearing the knitter’s name for an added personal touch.

The bears are looking forward to finding their new forever homes in the Derry area and are busy packing up their jumpers at Barnardo’s HQ in anticipation.

Barnardo’s NI fundraiser Karen Kerr said, “We were delighted with the response from Derry to our request for jumpers for teddies including the Derry Central Library Knit and Knatter group. They have created so many lovely jumpers that each teddy now has his own unique personality.”

“We hope local schools, businesses and community groups in the Derry area will take up the challenge to help find our teddies new homes by raffling or auctioning them off in aid of Barnardo’s NI. It’s hoped that each bear will raise a minimum of £30.”

For more information on how to apply for a Barnardo’s bear please contact Derry Central Library Tel: 028 7127 2310 or Barnardo’s fundraiser Karen Kerr Tel: 028 9067 2366.