Teddy bear boost for Childhood Day

The Colchester NSPCC Business Group marked Childhood Day with a teddy bear extravaganza in Culver Square Shopping Centre in Colchester on Friday, June 10, 2022. Shoppers were invited to visit the Teddy Bear stand, see the unique collection of NSPCC bears and to buy a bear.

Each of the exclusive bears were generously provided by Build a Bear Workshop and were available with a charming NSPCC bow. The event was a huge success – marking Childhood Day with the selling of dozens of bears helping to raise much-needed funds for the charity.

Childhood Day is a national event organised by the NSPCC with the aim of bringing everyone across the UK together to have fun and remember the importance of protecting children. Supporters of the charity are encouraged to fundraise, donate, volunteer or take action, to play their part to help keep children safe.

The Colchester NSPCC Business Group were delighted to host the event in Colchester to mark Childhood Day 2022. Childhood is such a precious time for everyone and forms the foundation of who we become as adults. Everyone should have the right to a safe and happy childhood, and the NSPCC help make that a reality.

Colchester NSPCC Business Group returns to launch new fundraising initiatives

The Colchester NSPCC Business Group has reformed to launch a series of new fundraising initiatives to support local projects for vulnerable young people in Essex.

Leading Colchester businesses came together at Go Bananas in Colchester on April 19th for the group’s first meeting in five years and to pledge their support to protect local children through a new programme of NSPCC activity.

After 10 years of amazing fundraising, the Colchester NSPCC Business Group was retired for a year in 2018, before the global pandemic prolonged the break.

However, now the NSPCC’s needs are greater than ever with the cost of living crisis and the legacy of lockdowns putting more pressure on local funding and threatening to leave more children exposed to vulnerability than ever.

Businesses involved in heading up the new group included KAT Marketing, FJG Solicitors, Go Bananas Playcentre, Stanway Pegasus Football Club, Direct Transportation and the Soho Sound Company joining local NSPCC representatives Pat Laurie and Sarah Laffling.

With more than 90% of funding for the NSPCC coming from fundraising activity, not from government funding, local fundraising makes a huge difference to the way in which projects across Essex can be run and at a time of a cost-of-living crisis, there has never been a more urgent time to raise much-needed financial support. 

The first meeting was a huge success and there are already plans in place for numerous fundraising activities. The business community across Colchester is such a diverse and enterprising group of talented people and we can’t wait for everyone to be working together again for what is such a hugely important cause.

New members are always welcomed, so if you’d like to join, donate or simply learn more about the local projects of the NSPCC, please email the team at