Teddy bear fun day raises cash for new centre

Hundreds of pounds has been raised to create a new centre for green-fingered disabled people in Northumberland.

A Teddy Bear’s family fun day was organised by the Walk of Life voluntary group to help raise funds towards buying a summer house for disabled people unable to take part in an allotment garden.

Walk Of Life was set up in 2012 and works to support disability people, vulnerable adults and elderly residents in Northumberland to manage an allotment garden.

The family fun day raised more than £450 towards the summer house.

Chairman David McBrien said: “The aim of the summerhouse is to make the garden more inclusive to all members of the centre, but especially those people with limited mobility who cannot participate in the physical activities in the allotment but who want to sit outside and join in with the other allotment volunteers.

“The summerhouse will allow the older people’s group to get out into the garden on warmer days.

“The proposed summerhouse will provide a valuable resource in the community for people who are not at a level of need to qualify for social services support, but who otherwise may deteriorate through isolation and loneliness.”