During the first national lockdown, Keith Wood took to fundraising for MS-UK whilst keeping local residents entertained. The bears have become local legends, and this is Keith's story.
"As the people of West Bergholt came out and went out and about for their daily exercise, the Bergholt Bears became a much-loved fixture in our landscape. Families eagerly looked forward to their daily visit to the “Bergholt Bears” to see the latest escapades and young and old seemed to love them. I soon became known as the “Bear Man of Bergholt. Please note this is spelt BEAR and not BARE! The first book shows all the different activities the Bergholt Bears got up to from 4th April to 18th June during the Lockdown 2020"
It didn’t stop there, following the huge demand for the now famous Bergholt Bears, Keith went on to publish a second book - The Bergholt Bears, Book Two!
You can get a copy of the second book at the usual local outlets in Colchester: Kitty Rose, Pantry61, the White Hart and Palmer and Partners.
All the money raised by the sale of the second book will be donated to MS-UK, a charity very close to Keith’s heart as he was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis in 2012. Keith has already raised £1,800 through sales of the second book!
The bears have now been named!
Heathlands Primary School, the local school held a ‘Name the Bear’ competition where pupils were able to enter their chosen name for the bears in return for a small donation. The winner was pulled out of the hat at the local allotment opening and the famous Bergholt Bears have now officially been named - Eddie the Teddy and Genie the Teeny!