Ridley Bear ‘999’ Appeal

The Ridley Bear ‘999’ Appeal celebrated a wonderful finale last weekend with a special service at Bishop Ridley Church attended by the Mayor of Bexley Cllr. Brian Bishop, the Mayoress Cllr. Christine Bishop, local councillors Nigel Betts, Val Clark and Louie French and representatives from the emergency services, smashing its initial appeal target with a final grand total of £6054.

All the fundraising went in support of the London Ambulance Service Benevolent Fund, The Fire Fighters Charity and the Metropolitan & City Police Orphans Fund. This meant each charity received a cheque from the Mayor for £2018.

The Mayor of Bexley said “I greatly value the work of the emergency services in Bexley and was delighted to present cheques on behalf of the Ridley Bear ‘999’ Appeal to these three fine charities.”

Children from Bishop Ridley Church, Bishop Ridley CofE Primary School, and the local Guiding and Scouting groups in Falconwood, had worked together all year to fundraise for the ‘Ridley Bear 999 Appeal’. 

Appeal Co-ordinator David Snow explains, “Such sad events in Westminster, Borough Market, Grenfell Tower and the Manchester Arena have once again highlighted the importance of our emergency services.  Everyone wanted to recognise the bravery and commitment of the emergency services and to pay tribute in some way for the very demanding work that they do.” 

Fundraising events have been running all year and included a mass sleepover in the Church, a quiz night, children’s cinema evening, a cycling challenge to ride from John O’Groats to Lands End on exercise bikes, a car pool karaoke singalong with our local vicar, a band concert, ‘Let’s Face The Music’ an evening with Samuel Haughton and two non-uniform days at the school where pupils dressed instead in emergency service uniforms. 

Alongside these events, over 300 Ridley Bear mascot bears were sold, wearing their specially knitted emergency service uniforms representing either the Fire Brigade, the Ambulance Service or the Police services. Friends of Ridley Bear have also been posting photos on social media of their Ridley Bears in various locations both locally, up in London and from as far away as Australia, the Phillippines and Barbados. 

Speakers from the emergency services have also been visiting the children’s groups and the school during the year to teach them more about their work. 




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