Shire bear hunt proves popular with youngsters

Gregor and Cameron wade through the hundreds of bears which were hidden in local communities
Gregor and Cameron wade through the hundreds of bears which were hidden in local communities

Throughout the summer holidays, more than 200 knitted bears were hidden in localcommunities where there is a Live Life Aberdeenshire library.

It formed part of the continued celebrations of the 30th anniversary since the publication of children’s classic, “We’re Going on a Bear Hunt”.

More than 200 knitted bears were  hiding, just waiting to be found

More than 200 knitted bears were hiding, just waiting to be found

Families were asked to pick up an entry form from their local library before venturing out to find six hidden bears.

Once they had been discovered and their locations recorded on the entry form, families handed the cards back to library staff.

They were then entered into a prize draw, with the winner and their family helping donate the bears to emergency services and charities.

More than 500 children and their families took part in the “bear hunt” and Gregor and Cameron from Inverurie were the lucky winners.

They were at Inverurie Library recently to sort through the bears and help allocate them to deserving new homes.

Some bears have already been donated to good causes and some libraries have hung on to a few to give out to borrowers who deserve a furry hug.

So far bears used in the project have been committed to the Children 1st charity and to the Waterberry Community in Zambia. (https://www.waterberrylodge.com/community)

Libraries are also looking to donate some of the Trauma Bears to Police Scotland for use with vulnerable children.

There were a variety of bears knitted that included Trauma Bears but also others of different sizes and shapes.