Great Ellingham teddy bear festival raises �5,300 for good causes

The proceeds of the annual teddy bear festival at Great Ellingham have been distributed to local charities and good causes.

The village, near Attleborough, played host to its ninth annual teddy bear festival during July. There were 90 bears on display in the village during the fortnight which raised �5,300.

The proceeds were distributed amongst their chosen causes for 2012. East Anglia's Children's Hospices received �1,500, St James Church was given �1,000 and the Great Ellingham Recreation Centre was awarded �1,500, of which �500 is to go towards their new playground fund.

Smaller grants ranging between �400 and �100 were presented to village groups including the Scouts, Brownies, Pre-School and Under 5s groups, Friends of Great Ellingham School, the cricket club and Rocklands Football Club.

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