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Friday, 19 December 2014

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Bus seat teddy bears help raise charity funds

A seamstress took dedication to the cause to the extreme – when she took apart her favourite teddy bear in the name of charity.

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Upholsterer Jacqueline Johnston with some of the teddy bears she made

Jacqueline Johnston is a trimmer with bus company Stagecoach, and is responsible for reupholstering seats when they are damaged or old.

When the company decided to raise funds for Eden Valley Hospice, she came up with the idea of using scrap seat material to create beautiful bears to be raffled for the charity.

While the idea was good in principle, Jacqueline struggled to find the perfect pattern on which to base her bears, until she realised it was right in front of her.

Stagecoach commercial manager Michael Sanderson told the News & Star: “She said that she sat unpicking her favourite bear with tears in her eyes, before drawing carefully around each piece to get the pattern. Some went into a raffle at our open day, but people kept asking if they could buy them, so she made a few more and sold them for £25 each.”

The open day is an annual family event held by Stagecoach at one of its five countywide depots. This year it took place in Carlisle, with all funds raised on the day going to Eden Valley Hospice.

It raised about £1,000, which was then matched by Stagecoach.

Representatives from the charity visited the depot to receive the cash and say thank you to staff.

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