The Bear Project came about because the brother of one of our members was diagnosed with Chronic Myloid Leukaemia. The committee, after being asked decided to try and raise money for Leukaemia research by asking the membership if they could carve a `bear` approximately 6 to 10 inches tall. The reason for asking to carve `bears` is because the brother who had been diagnosed with the Leukaemia has been known as `Bear` as an affectionate family name ever since he was 4 or 5 years old.

Once the bears where carved and handed over, they were put on display at the `Leukaemia Spring Ball` which was organised by the family where over 160 people placed individual and confidential bids in closed envelopes on chosen bears.

We can proudly report that the auction raised £1,000 which went towards the total of £6,500 which was raised on the night. As a woodcarving group we are tremendously proud of our achievement and wish the family all the best for a positive future.