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Teddy bears picnic in Bucklebury boosts charity funds



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The picnic, in aid of the children’s charity Helen & Douglas House, delighted hundreds of young visitors and included a woodland ‘bear’ hunt, a quiz to find some famous bears, and a best bear competition.
Rupert Hartley Russell, owner of the park, said: “Our visitors and our bears all had a great day and in glorious sunshine there was a lovely party atmosphere, made even more special by the presence of the team from Helen & Douglas House.”
Janet Carruzzo, the charity’s community fundraiser, said they were delighted the park chose to host the picnic for a third year and during the charity’s 30th anniversary year:
”We need to raise £4.5 million a year to provide support for families with children with life-shortening conditions and 80 per cent of this is raised through voluntary donations and wonderful events like this,” said Ms Carruzzo, who continued:
“It is 30 years Helen House opened as the world’s first children’s hospice. Money raised at this event will help us to continue to support families across Berkshire and the surrounding areas,” she added.
The picnic raised £202 for the charity, Helen & Douglas House, which raises funds for the Oxford-based children’s hospice, Helen House and has a fund-raising shop in Bartholomew Street, Newbury.



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