Could you give a bear a home?

Barnardos bears in jumpers are looking for a home in Ballymena.
Barnardos bears in jumpers are looking for a home in Ballymena.

Barnardo’s teddies wearing jumpers created by knitters from the Ballymena area including the Ballymena Library Knit and Natter Group are hoping local community groups, schools and businesses will help them find new homes by auctioning or raffling them off in aid of the children’s charity.

The Ballymena knitters helped to create almost 2,000 jumpers in a range of beautiful colours and styles as part of Barnardo’s big knitting initiative for their Barney Bear. Each jumper also has an individual label bearing the knitter’s name for an added personal touch.

The bears are looking forward to finding their new forever homes in the Ballymena area and are busy packing up their jumpers at Barnardo’s HQ in anticipation.

Barnardo’s NI fundraiser Karen Kerr said: “We hope local schools, businesses and community groups in the Ballymena area will take up the challenge to help find our teddies new homes by raffling or auctioning them off in aid of Barnardo’s NI. It’s hoped that each bear will raise a minimum of £30.”

For more information on how to apply for a Barnardo’s bear, contact Ballymena Library on 2563 3950 or Barnardo’s fundraiser Karen Kerr on 9067 2366.