Crossroads Ribble Valley has been busy raising awareness of the needs of carers.
Fifty soft toy bears have travelled with their “Carers” all over the world and their adventures have been recorded in individual passports, together with photos of their remarkable experiences.
The year ended on Sunday 20th November 20th at the St Mary’s Centre, in Clitheroe, where two events were held. In the afternoon the bears and their passports were on display, with photos and stories of their adventures and the places they had visited. Following this, in the evening, there was a second event with entertainment by Octameron a singing group.
The judges had a very difficult time selecting the winners. Mr Martin James kindly donated the first prize of a holiday for two at the Al Aqah Beach Resort, whilst the flights were generously supplied by Moorland School
The overall winner was Elizabeth Highton, of Whalley, who is currently at University College London and whose bear was very well travelled, having been adopted by the British Fencing Team on their journeys as far away as Australia.
Several children were awarded certificate and prizes, while the oldest person who “cared for a bear” was a lady of 95 who was presented with flowers. Councillor and Mrs Simon Hore, Mayor and Mayoress of Ribble Valley, presented the prizes.
Crossroads Trustee Richard Schofield, who co-ordinated the bears’ travel, commented: “The people of the valley have made this a wonderful event that has not only raised awareness but has also raised more than £1,000 to help maintain Crossroads’ outstanding service, thanks to all who have taken part.”