Alice's Bear Shop is one of the few remaining Teddy and Doll Hospitals in the UK. We receive patients from the whole world over.
The average number of soft toys a child owns has rocketed from one or two just two generations ago to an astounding 34 in 2017.
Bombarding our children with so much 'stuff' doesn't make them happy, it does make huge amounts of money for big industry and contributes to one of the biggest causes of fabric pollution on the planet.
In such a throw away society we believe that our mission is to teach the message of repairing, offer extra years of cuddles to beloved best friends and help to support others in opening their own Teddy and Doll Hospitals across the whole country.
Here are a few ways you can help.
- WE NEED YOUR OLD SHEEPSKIN!
Very few people will attempt to repair old sheepskin bears. They can become extremely fragile and brittle. This is why Sheepskin Bears and other softies come to us from the whole world over. We'd rather use sheepskin reclaimed fro old coats, gloves etc because new sheepskin can be starkly bright and unlike mohair, is difficult to age but even more important, we love sheep and would rather none were hurt in the repairing of our bears.
- WE NEVER KNOW WHAT THE NEXT HOSPITAL ARRIVAL WILL NEED.
- YOU CAN NOW DONATE TO US ON GOFUNDME
Although we do charge for our services they are incredibly labour intensive and our Teddy and Doll Hospital will never be a big earner.
We design and sell our own Rag Doll and Teddy Bear Patterns and Kits to support our work but are often asked by none sewing visitors if there is another way to donate and support us. After Eighteen years we are finally launching a GoFundMe page and thank you with all of our hearts for your support.
Rikey and Team Teddy