Care Bears Caring, Sharing and Giving
At the start of Diane Keay’s (Trustee/ Customer & Community Manager Rotherham) career with Mears, she was made aware of the knitted bears which residents were encouraged to make at either community groups or in their own time; these bears were then distributed around the UK and beyond to children in need. These bears were in most cases, the only possession these children have.
Diane encouraged residents to join with knitters from around the country, she also asked her mother-in-law to knit a couple of bears for her to take around to local groups.
Since this request in December 2012, Jean Keane has not stopped knitting! Along with her friend, Glenda and Diane’s mum, Jean,Audrey has produced over 500 bears which have been distributed in accordance with the Mears guideline, predominantly to South Africa.
A big thank you to Diane and her dedicated network of knitters!
*Photo shows Jean, Audrey & Glenda (l-r) together with some of their bears.