Your loved one's clothes captured in a beautiful keepsake bear.
Losing a loved one is such a difficult part of our lives. With Material Memories your loved one's favourite clothes can be handcrafted into a personal keepsake bear that can sit with you every day.
We've teamed up with Made With Love needle crafter Sue Marshall, who has been raising funds for the hospice with her sewing talents.
All bears are fully lined and hand stitched, with the bears being made from almost any material. Sue will use your loved ones clothes to create a unique and special keepsake bear.
If you have any special requests, for example an emblem on a tie or piece of lace on a blouse, she will incorporate these for you. If you have several items of clothes they can all be used to make the bear.
How to order your bear
- Complete the order form within the leaflet download (below)
- Call the hospice on 01473 723600 to make an appointment for us to collect your order form, item(s) of clothing and £15 deposit
- Sue Marshell with contact you via email or phone to obtain any further details/requests for your bear. Your bear can take up to 12 weeks to be made
- Once your unique bear is ready, the fundraising team will contact you to arrange an appointment to visit us at the hospice to receive your special keepsake bear, where you will also be given a Material Memories certificate. Your remaining £20 will be required at this appointment to complete your order
Tracey had many bears made in
memory of her mum:
"When my mum died I knew that I wanted to make something special from her clothes.
As I sorted through her things, I pulled out clothes that had a special meaning - the dress mum wore to a darts match, one she wore to work as a telephonist, it was handmade from Chinese patterned dressing gown material. The icing on the cake was the 'lost' wedding dress that I had kept, but was not sure what to do with it.
I had several bears made and each one was made because there was meaning behind them too. Each one feels like I've got a little bit of my wonderful mum with me and help me remember the good times."