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Written by John Walsh   
Thursday, 08 April 2021

ben captain tom.pngBen the Beckermet Bear has slipped quietly into a lower profile role around the village – but has left his mark.  Through his antics a total of £645 has been raised for the Sir Tom Moore Foundation, as well as a lot of pleasure and amusement at his daily tasks. Claire and Nick Murray, and their two children started during the first lockdown last year and kept it going for three months during which time Ben has become quite a celebrity. 

So it was a natural progression to revive his activities outside when we went into lockdown again this year. 

Claire says: “We stopped when the kids went back to school this last time and after we started a Just Giving page for the Sir Tom Moore Foundation it was nice to see the contributions that had been made. ben bows out.png

“We have had lots of comments –some from abroad – about how much people had enjoyed seeing what Ben was up to each day.”

The family had daily discussions on what Ben could get up to the following morning and remarkably always came up with new ideas.

Ben has become such a hit, and a focal point of the village, that guest appearances are surely going to be negotiated in hopefully Covid-free times ahead. 

Indeed he was out and about on Easter Sunday when the village did a fund raiser for the Food Bank. 

beckermet bus shelter.pngThe village group decorated the bus shelter as a hub to host the afternoon’s events. 

An egg decorating challenge saw all the entries hanging in the bus shelter while there was an egg hunt and an Easter word search.

It was all done with Covid restrictions in place and was an overall success.

The afternoon raised over £150 in cash to be converted into food and there were generous food donations from people attending. 


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