Un-bear-lievable! Louth sisters raise over £700 for charity

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Two sisters turned dozens of heads as they prowled around Louth town on Thursday last week, as they carried out their bear-brained scheme to raise cash for charity.

As reported by the Leader last month, 29-year-old Zoe Ward and her sister Becky Proctor, 23, decided to dress as teddy bears for the day in aid of 4Louis, a charity that provides memory boxes for bereaved parents of miscarried or stillborn babies.

Becky Proctor and Zoe Ward dressed as bears for the day to raise money for 4Louis, a charity that helps bereaved parents following a stillbirth or miscarriage. EMN-140805-140805001

Becky Proctor and Zoe Ward dressed as bears for the day to raise money for 4Louis, a charity that helps bereaved parents following a stillbirth or miscarriage. EMN-140805-140805001

Zoe sadly lost two babies, in 2010 and 2012, and said that the memory boxes that she received were a comfort to her. The boxes contain clay impressions of the baby’s hand and foot prints, a certificate of birth, small teddy bears and other comforting items.

The charity relies on public donations, so Zoe and Becky set out to reach their £150 sponsorship target - and ended up raising over £700.

The grizzly pair battled through the drizzly weather, with a collection bucket in hand. After completing the school run, they headed off on a walk towards a more natural habitat - Hubbard’s Hills.

Zoe said: “In town there were loads of people beeping and waving at us, and a few people stopped us and asked what the charity was all about.

“At Hubbard’s Hills the weather was a bit hit and miss, so we only really saw the occasional dog walker.

“After that, we went to the Wheatsheaf to count up the money, and a few more people put money in our charity bucket. Later I had to pop in to Morrisons to buy a pizza for our tea.

“I want to say thank you to all the people who donated, it means so much to me and 4Louis. I can’t believe how much has been raised.”

Zoe and Becky’s online fundraising page will continue to remain open for further donations at www.justgiving.com/zoe-ward1.

 

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