Teddybears take off from Bircham Windmill to boost Norfolk Hospice

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Borough deputy mayor, David Whitby, with five-year-old grand daughter, Lydia, and her new best teddy bear, Lara ANL-160205-133405001
TEDDY BEARS AT BIRCHAM WINDMILL Borough deputy mayor, David Whitby, with five-year-old grand daughter, Lydia, and her new best teddy bear, Lara ANL-160205-133405001
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Dozens of teddybears leapt off the roof of Bircham Windmill on Saturday to help raise thousands of pounds for the Norfolk Hospice Tapping House.

Some sixty, launched by mill owner Stevie Chalmers, floated to earth from the top of the windmill as one popular attraction at a day devoted to raising money for the hospice.

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Mill owner, Stevie Chalmers, launches a teddy bear into space ANL-160205-133441001

TEDDY BEARS AT BIRCHAM WINDMILL Mill owner, Stevie Chalmers, launches a teddy bear into space ANL-160205-133441001

The themed day, which raised a total of £2,569.26 for the Hillington-based charity, was all the idea of Flitcham friends, Val Blackmur, Elizabeth Osborne and Eileen Jarvis.

They had collected nearly 470 of the cuddly toys from friends and supporters of the charity.

All had been washed and dressed ready for sale and they quickly attracted attention, especially from the younger generation.

Afterwards, any who suffered minor cuts and bruises were quickly attended to by on-site medic, ‘Doctor’ Tony Mott.

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'Doctor' Tony Mott examines a parachuted teddy-bear for Flitcham friends, from left, Freddie Brown and Sonny Pratt ANL-160205-133419001

TEDDY BEARS AT BIRCHAM WINDMILL 'Doctor' Tony Mott examines a parachuted teddy-bear for Flitcham friends, from left, Freddie Brown and Sonny Pratt ANL-160205-133419001

Common problems, he said, after numerous examinations, were post-traumatic stress, ear problems because of the altitude, a lot of ruffled fur and a few sprains.

“Fortunately no teddy bear needed to be hospitalized,” he added.

Mrs Blackmur said: “We’ve had an amazing response. We had hundreds of supporters and people were waiting to get in even before the opening at 10am.”

The opening was performed by West Norfolk’s deputy mayor, David Whitby and his wife, Linda. A range of stalls, including a display of historical farm tools which created a lot of interest, drew visitors into a crowded marquee that was also overflowing with the donated teddy bears.

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The marquee was filled to overflowing with teddy bears ANL-160205-133430001

TEDDY BEARS AT BIRCHAM WINDMILL The marquee was filled to overflowing with teddy bears ANL-160205-133430001

Mrs Blackmur said: We were pleasantly pleased at the number of bears sold We hope to sell those remaining on a stall on Tuesday Market Place on July 3 as part of the Festival Too celebrations.

“We’re so grateful to the many people who worked hard to make this a success.”