We’re Going on a Bear Hunt: Raising Money for Velindre


Every family has a bear – whether it’s scruffy and well loved, or still as good as new, one thing that almost everyone can remember is their favourite childhood teddy. Teddy bears are also proving to be an excellent way to raise money for our charity of the year, Velindre Cancer Centre. So, if you’ve got room in your heart to fit in another bear, our fundraising raffles may just be for you!

All bears are different. Some love marmalade or honey. Others like to wear garish yellow checked trousers. But one thing that’s a constant is a bear’s loyalty and integrity. Similar to ARJ as a family run business, these qualities resonate with us and that’s why we wanted to send Alan the Bear to his forever home, all in the name of charity.

Taking a paws for reflection, here at Alan R Jones and Sons we recently hosted a raffle – the prize being the un-bear-lievable Alan, who was sure to put a smile on the face of his lucky winner. Not famous for his clothes or his adventures in the jungle like Baloo, but for his passion for tractors and trailers and a commitment to form a lifelong partnership with his new owner.

Raising a beary impressive £660 – which is almost enough to get you to deepest and darkest Peru with Paddington – Alan has now gone on a teddy bear’s picnic at his forever home.

Our very own Garage Fitter, Rob Brooks, wanted to ‘keep it in the ARJ family’, so after winning the raffle, he gifted Alan the Bear to the daughter of his colleague, Steve Corcoran.

As Alan starts his new life in the Corcoran abode, as a family run business that cares about people, we want to raise even more money for Velindre Cancer Centre. That’s why we will be raffling off another bear later this year to find its new home, whether that’s in Paddington or the Hundred Acre Wood – get involved and help us support local charities that do wonderful things!


Keep an eye on our social media channels to find out when you can get involved in the fun in our next raffle!



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