I spend some of my time as a fundraiser for a local wildlife rescue charity. This involves overseeing the management of two charity shops which play a vital role in the fundraising.
A couple of weeks ago, I was working in one branch and came across a sad looking Teddy bear which was heading for the rag bag. He had obviously been well loved, as he was a bit bald in places and the felt on his paws had worn very thin. Despite his sorry state, he had such a lovely face, I couldn't face him going in with the rags.
I decided all the Teddy needed was a bit of TLC, so took him home for some refurbishment. Having been subjected to the washing machine, the felt on one of his paws gave way and all of the stuffing in his leg came out all over my load of washing! It took some patience picking off hundreds of bits of foam to stuff back into his leg.
Once dried, I gave him a good brush and replaced all of the felt pads on his paws. A new red ribbon was the finishing touch to bring him back to his former glory - well almost, he still has a few small bald patches. I was going to call him rags but I think he looks far too distingished for that now, so I have called him Edward.
All Edwards needs now is a loving home ....
And that's where you all come in. I am offering Edward, completely free of charge to anyone who would like to offer him a new home. All you have to do is email me or leave a blog comment and I will put your name into a hat and draw out the lucky winner.
The closing date for the draw is 31st July 2009. The winner will be announced on my blog and will be notified in person, so don't forget to leave me your email address.