More than 100 teddy bears overcame their fears to be launched from the roof of a Lancaster Church as part of a fundraising appeal.
Scotforth St Paul’s Church held a special ‘Teddies from Heaven’ event for their Church Roof Appeal, which is hoping to raise around £300,000.
Teddy the teddy bear, who is 100-years-old, joined around 100 other teddies and cuddly toys in zooming from the roof of the church on a zip wire earlier this month.
Around 200 people attended the ‘launch’ event for the roof appeal, which has raised £30,000 so far in promises, donations and commitments. Scotforth St Paul’s Vicar, Rev Michael Gisbourne said: “It was such a sunny day and it was wonderful to see around 200 people come with their cuddly toys to join in the fun.
“It has been a great start to our appeal.”
The first teddy was launched from the roof at 11am on Saturday Septemb er 5, to be followed by many others over the following three hours.
As teddies waited at the “departure lounge” their owners and carers enjoyed stories, refreshments and games at ground level.
Churchwarden Phil Simpson said: “The event has been a great success and it was so important to see so many people from different parts of the community come together at the start of this important project.
“The congregation at St Paul’s plan to hold many more fundraising events over the coming months as they head towards their fundraising target.”