Still time left to sign up for Bear Hug Walk

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Families still have time to sign up for a bear-themed family walk and activities at Temple Newsam this weekend to support Martin House Hospice Care for Children and Young People.

The Big Bear Hug Family Walk takes place on Saturday September 2 and includes two walks around the grounds of Temple Newsam, along with a host of bear-themed family activities.

There are two walks – a wheelchair and pushchair accessible 2k and a longer 5k route through the woods, both with activity packs for children to complete – which will be entered into a prize draw to win a Build-A-Bear voucher.

Ellie Barker, events fundraiser at Martin House, said: “Families are at the heart of what we do, so we wanted to hold an event all the family could enjoy together as part of our anniversary celebrations.

“We’re hoping people will bring along their bears, have fun and help us to celebrate 30 years of caring.”

Other activities on the day will include bouncy castle and fairground rides, bear-themed children’s activities including decorating a gingerbread bear, a craft fair and food stands.

Martin House provides care for children and young people – and their families – with life-limiting conditions from West, North and East Yorkshire at its hospice in Boston Spa, in hospitals and in their own homes.

Redrow Homes is sponsoring the event and the homebuilder’s contribution will cover fixed costs, ensuring money raised from entry fees and donations will go into providing care for Martin House families.

James Poynor, managing director of Redrow Homes (Yorkshire), said: “We’ve a long-standing association with Martin House and it’s a pleasure and a privilege to support this event. We’re even hoping that our own two life-sized bears, Buster & Buddy, will be making an appearance on the day to add to the fun.”

The Bear Hug Walks takes place from 11am and costs £10 for a family ticket, which can be booked at or turn up.