Great Yarmouth News

Around the World with Ability Bear

Wednesday 19th November 2014

There is a new and adventurous face on the Great Yarmouth teddy bear scene – and it will be delivering lots of fun and an important message about Centre 81.

Within a few days of Ability Bear being unveiled, more than 50 were sold to members and staff of the centre. And he’ll soon be seen around the world.

He is now available to the public with the aim of promoting the work of the centre and raising money towards the New Centre 81 Appeal for a new headquarters for its continuing role helping people with disabilities.

The idea comes from the centre’s office administrator Helen Griffin who spotted the cute and cuddly bear which she thought would fit into their range of merchandise.

But from a bare bear he is now dressed up with the Centre 81 logo and is rapidly becoming a mascot for the centre.

“He likes travelling, nights out, swimming, bowling and relaxing with friends,” said Helen. “But we really want people to take him to all corners of the world and take a picture of him there for us to display on our special board or on social media.”

Already there are firm plans for Ability Bear to see Grenada, Tenerife, Barbados and Australia.

“Ability Bear needs to spend time doing everyday ordinary things as well as taking on some very difficult challenges. Some of our members face difficult challenges that can be just as trying as everyday ordinary things that the majority of people take for granted.

“The Adventures of Ability Bear will bring a lot of enjoyment but there is also a serious role in increasing the profile of the work we do at the centre and through our community transport service – and raising money for the new centre,” said Helen.

Ability Bears are available from Centre 81 at Tar Works Road and he will also be found at various events around the area – including the Gorleston Christmas light switch-on on Sunday November 23rd. Each bear costs £6.99 (+ postage & packaging if required).

Ability’s Bear’s adventures can be followed on the Centre 81 Facebook page.