About The Teddy Bear Foundation
Since its inception in 2005, the Teddy Bear Foundation has quickly become one of Scotland’s most successful registered charities. It acts as a kind of ‘fairy godfather’ to schools and organisations which work with children with special needs.
If there is a funding gap for, say, bicycles or an adventure weekend away in the countryside, the Teddy Bear Foundation steps in to provide the cash.
So far, it has spent close to £500,000 providing trips to Euro Disney, riding lessons, massage sessions and turning barren school land into sensory gardens.
Kids who found it difficult to communicate with others were thrilled to receive laptop computers.
The Teddy Bear Foundation has even funded advanced testing techniques on children who cannot been easily diagnosed within the NHS.
The charity was founded by Glasgow businessman Barry Chuwen and his wife, Jenny, after the couple experienced a tragedy of their own.
Jenny had a baby stillborn at six months, a victim of the rare condition known as Edward’s Syndrome.
They named the little lad ‘Ted’ and, in memory of their late son, provided toys to the nearest special needs school to their home.
That provided Barry with the idea of helping other disadvantaged children across Scotland, using his baby son’s name in the new charity he established.
Golf events at Turnberry raised upwards of £70,000 in successive years. And the Teddy Bear Foundation staged its first-ever ball at the Hilton Hotel in Glasgow in November 2009.
Supported by family, friends and the west of Scotland business community, the Ball raised a massive £100,000.
However, the charity needs a constant stream of income to maintain its unique work to help Scotland’s less fortunate kids.
Other people who have become aware of the charity’s work have kindly staged events of their own – and handed over the proceeds to the Teddy Bear Foundation.
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Jenny and Barry Chuwen