Last week the geek family were invited to make a welcome return visit to our local Build-A-Bear Workshop and allow the kids to enjoy the fun of creating their own furry friends. I’ll tell you all about that in another post, but whilst we were there the team asked if I’d mind publicising their special Children in Need Pudsey and Blush bears that are available in store now. As it’s not that long now to the big Children in Need fundraising night on November 15th I wanted to write this post as soon as possible for them.
It’s a no brainer really. I’m a long term supporter of Children in Need (did you know it’s been going since 1980?!), and I love Build-A-Bear Workshop. As the mascot of Children in Need is Pudsey the bear, it’s no surprise at all that these two organisations have partnered together to give you the chance to bring your very own Pudsey bear into existence. Indeed this is the 6th year that Build-A-Bear Workshop have offered Pudsey bears to buy both in store and online at www.buildabear.com. Four years ago Pudsey was joined by a brown female bear mascot, Blush, and she is also available to buy at Build-A-Bear Workshop.
The bears each cost £15, with £5 of that going to Children in Need. For a 38cm teddy bear I think that’s very reasonable, especially if you buy it in store where you get the whole experience of creating, customising and stuffing it yourself (although beware if you buy in store – it’s very easy to spend more than you planned to when you and your kids see all the lovely accessories that are available!).
Speaking of accessories there are of course special outfits available for Pudsey and Blush, ranging in price from £3.50 for a pair of shorts to £10 for a full outfit. If you do buy an outfit to go with your bear then Build-A-Bear Workshop will donate a further £1 to Children in Need.
Having had the chance to see these bears “in the flesh” (as it were) last week, I can say they’re absolutely the quality you would expect from Build-A-Bear Workshop, and I think purchasing one of these is a great way of supporting Children in Need this year!
Disclosure: We visited Build-A-Bear Workshop and received two complimentary bears for review purposes. The Build-A-Bear team asked me to also help them raise awareness of their special edition Children in Need bears, which I am happy to do. No payment was received for this post and as usual all opinions are my own.