17 September 2016
People from St Mary's Church in Barton upon Humber have been busy throughout the year in taking up a 'Teddy Bear Challenge' in aid of Operation Christmas Child. Their aim has been to knit and crochet an amount of teddy bear hand-puppets that would be sufficient to break the current World Record for the number of puppets. According to organisers, the target is 15,534 puppets, and a banner placed outside of the church (shown below) has been charting the progress made to date.
As the world-record attempt continues, organisers have also been busy preparing for a Teddy Bears' Festival, which is to be held across this weekend (17th and 18th of September). On the Saturday, teddy-themed stalls, activities, a competition and a teddy trail around the town will be on offer, followed by a teddy bears' service and picnic on the Sunday morning, beginning at 9.30am.
Following the festival the teddy bear hand-puppets will be packed into Operation Christmas Child shoeboxes, which will be distributed to children in other parts of the world.
The Teddy Bears' Festival poster may be downloaded as a PDF file by clicking on the document below:
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