Are these the cutest teddies ever? Norfolk women collect and clean up pre-loved bears for charity sale

From left, Elizabeth Osborne, Val Blackmur and Eileen Jarvis with teddy bear bride and groom and gue

From left, Elizabeth Osborne, Val Blackmur and Eileen Jarvis with teddy bear bride and groom and guests. Picture: Matthew Usher.

A teddy bears' picnic has grown into a full-on wedding, bear sale and doctor's surgery - plus the chance to give your treasured toy a parachute jump from the top of a windmill.

Val Blackmur, Eileen Jarvis and Elizabeth Osborne have raised more than £10,000 for the Norfolk Hospice running bazaars and bingo.

Now the trio, who live in Flitcham, have turned to teddies for their latest charity bash.

More than 200 dressed bears will be for sale at Bircham Windmill on Saturday, April 30 (10am - 4pm).

'They start at about £2 and the most expensive is £12.50, said Mrs Blackmur. 'The wedding party had so much work go into them they're being auctioned off.


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'The bears are mostly ones people have given us or I've got from car boots for 50p or £1.

'They've all been stripped, they've all been through the washing machine and they've all had jumpers and trousers made.'

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As well as bear sales and displays, there will be teddy parachute jumps, from the top of the five-storey restored mill at 11.30am and 2pm.

If any come to grief there will also be a teddy bear doctor on site, for bears needing repairs, along with displays of antique tools and memorabilia and the mill's usual attractions.

Mrs Jarvis and her friends started out planning a coffee morning for the hospice a few years back, hoping to raise £500. It grew into a bazaar and raised more than £3,000.

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