Bearing a gift for Luton Aid

"Coat of childhood dreams" will be made out of teddy bears

Unwanted teddy bears will create "a coat of childhood dreams" to be auctioned at this year's Luton Aid event in a project organised by two Luton girls.

Bekki May and Nicola Gussin will sew together the stuffed toys to make a coat in an alternative way to raise cash for Keech Hospice Care, which looks after adults and children with life-limiting conditions.

Nicola, of Carnage Capture photography, and Bekki, lead singer with Luton punk band The Adenoids, hit on the idea while contemplating the way fur farming is becoming acceptable again.

Bekki said: "We thought that if people are happy to wear items made out of rabbit and fox pelts they would be equally happy to wear a coat made out of childhood dreams, so we decided to make one."

The uniquely stylish coat will boast at least 20 soft toys lovingly hand-stitched into place, each with its own story which will be presented with the coat in a small accompanying book.

And the duo intend to create more items and books, which will be available through the official Luton Aid website, closer to the event.

Get involved by taking your unwanted bears to the drop off point at Vinyl Revelations, 1 Barn Court, Park Street, Luton, Bedfordshire, LU1 3ET UK.

Luton Aid will take place on Saturday, August 21, at the Hat Factory Arts Centre.

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