In April we received incredible news that the Aviva Community Fund had chosen to support our Vitiligo Bear Project.
This means we now have just 40 days to raise the funds we need in order to make vitiligo teddy bears available to children in the UK for years to come.
What is the bear project?
We know that being diagnosed with vitiligo can be life changing and really tough. For children, it can be even more difficult. Currently there are so few toys out there designed with kids who have vitiligo in mind.
The project is to design and manufacture a teddy bear that children with vitiligo can identify with. The teddy’s fur will mirror the patches that vitiligo causes in skin.
Why is the bear project important?
Manufacturing this toy and making it available will help to:
- normalise the condition for young people
- provide an educational tool when a child explains their vitiligo at school or to friends and family
- offer comfort to a newly diagnosed child
The money we raise here will be used for the design and production costs of an initial batch of bears. The bears will be made available via our (soon to be launched) online shop and then money raised from the distribution of these will allow us to make more bears available and help support the work we do.
There has never been anything like this for children with vitiligo.
How does the Aviva Community Fund help?
Aviva gives all it’s employees £25 to pledge to a project – if we can reach our target then these pledges turn into donations. The more our community supports the project, the more Aviva employees will see how important it is and (hopefully!) pledge their support.
How you can help
We need to raise an additional £3,464 to make this project a reality.
Please visit the project page and consider donating, sharing it with friends and family, or fundraising to support it.