a whopping £1500 has been raised by one wee girl from Winchburgh for the rescued circus bears that now live at the Five Sisters Zoo in Gavieside.
Eva Eaglesham (6) along with her family organised a Teddy Bear fun day last Sunday to raise funds for the zoo’s £80,000 appeal for their new enclosure.
Mum June said: “We would like to say a massive thank you to everyone who took part in the fun day - around £1500 has been raised for the bears and that’s before the sponsor money comes in. The day went really well - we reckon we had around 50 folk on the walk itself, and over 150 turned up for the fun day.”
The day started off with a sponsored walk at 11am along the Union Canal from Winchburgh to Craigton House, where there was a fun day with a Teddy Bear’s picnic, stalls, tombola, bouncy castles, games, pony rides, archery and a petting zoo from the Five Sisters.
Efforts have also included online fundraising for the teddy bears Minnie and Cornelius who came from Minnesota and Southampton to do the Winchburgh walk, and it is hoped the grand total raised will reach £2000.
The three circus bears - Suzy, Carmen and Peggy - were in a Belgian holding centre, before they were rehomed at the local zoo in March.
Lesley Coupar at the Five Sisters Zoo said: “The total raised in the Bears Appeal is just over £68k and we are still fundraising. People are continuing to donate and are seeing the bears. Visitors can get involved by getting their names on the sponsor board, or buying plaques displayed in the zoo. The money has all come from individuals which is lovely. What Eva and June have done is wonderful - we are so grateful.”