STAFF at a Bridlington cafe are auctioning off an intriguing teddy bear in memory of their former manager who died aged just 27-years-old.
Vicki Walton, who was a keen charity fund-raiser, was managing the Poppins cafe on Promenade when she lost her battle with an aggressive cancer in January last year.
Since then, her colleagues, customers and family at the cafe have raised over £2,000 for Castle Hill Hospital in Hull where Vicki was treated.
Now a regular customer from Skipsea has donated a unique hand-made teddy bear to the cafe to help staff boost their fund-raising.
The bear is believed to originate from Blackpool and a label around his neck declares him to be called Lewei and that he was made in December 2000 as a limited edition one of a kind.
The label also states that Lewei is a quality handmade mohair bear which is ‘for collectors of beautiful bears’ and is not a child’s toy.
Poppins worker Steven Waters says that the bear is potentially valuable to collectors which is why staff have decided to hold a silent auction for him to raise as much money as they can for Castle Hill.
He said: “It’s a very special bear, he is really unusual and there’s something very unique about him, you could not just walk into a shop and buy a bear like this. “We think that he was hand-made by a woman in Blackpool who also died of cancer herself.
“He could be of interest to collectors in particular which is why we decided to hold an auction rather than a raffle which is what we would normally do.
“We have no idea what he is worth, but we are inviting everybody to pop in and have a look at him and place a silent bid in a sealed envelope.
“The highest offer will win the bear and all the money will go to help cancer sufferers at Castle Hill.”
Bids for Lewei can be placed at the cafe counter itself or by post to Poppins cafe, 21 Promenade, YO15 2PY with bids marked for the attention of Steven Waters.
The winning bid will be revealed in the Free Press in early July.