CUDDLY companions have been bringing a smile to children across Worcester as the Belmont Bears make their way around the city.
The bears are the brainchild of staff at The Belmont, the city’s newly-opened care home, who hope the loveable friends will spread some joy around the community.
They will offer a warm welcome to toddlers visiting the home and the youngest family members who visit their grandparents and great-grandparents.
Local schools, nurseries, hospital wards and those in need of some comfort will also be able to adopt a Belmont Bear.
Tommy Fellows, customer relations manager at The Belmont, has started making his way around the city and among his first stops was the Riverbank children’s ward at the Worcestershire Royal.
“It was lovely bringing some smiles to families and meeting the healthcare heroes who make a difference to children every day,” he said.
“We look forward to supporting the ward more and the wider community work at the hospital.”
After opening its doors last month, the home – part of the Sanders Senior Living Collection – has welcomed members of the community to see the venue for themselves.
Worcester’s MP Robin Walker has been among the visitors to the home where he was welcomed by manager Sandie Preece (left)
“The team are clearly excited to be working there and it was wonderful to hear how they have already formed a strong working relationship with the primary school next door,” he said.
“I’ve no doubt residents will benefit from their interactions with the school and the excellent facilities on offer at the home.”
Sandie paid tribute to Mr Walker for his visit and said it was an honour to host the city’s MP.
“The team and I are determined to create an inclusive culture where members of our community can pop in freely for a tea or coffee and a chat,” she said.
“The Belmont will be a warm and welcoming place for all within the local community and everyone at the home is looking forward to continuing to form meaningful connections with its members.”