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.
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.