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Harrogate girl collects 4,000 teddies for charity

Harrogate girl collects 4,000 teddies for charity

Published by Harry Long at 6:45am 25th February 2020.

A 9 year-old girl from Harrogate has collected 4,000 teddy bears for a charity, to give to children in war-torn countries.  

  • 9 year-old Maggie Snodgrass has collected 4,000 teddy bears for charity.  
  • It's after she started a collection of teddies for children in war-torn countries.  
  • Stockeld Park near Wetherby donated 3,000 teddies after hearing about her appeal.  

Maggie Snodgrass heard about the Teddy Trust, a small charity that donates teddy bears to children in war-torn countries, from her mum, Lyndsay Snodgrass.

Maggie started a collection of teddies to donate.  Her mum put out an appeal on social media and her collection of bears grew to 1,000.  

Stockeld Park near Wetherby then heard about Maggie's appeal - and donated 3,000 teddies.  

Maggie and Lyndsay are now appealing for help to deliver the bears to the charity near Hereford.   

Maggie Snodgrass has collected 4,000 teddy bears for a charity
9 year-old Maggie Snodgrass

Lyndsay said:

“When I told Maggie about it, she was inspired to start a collection of teddies to donate. Originally, she thought that she might get 20 or so teddies from her friends.

"She asked me if I could put something on social media to appeal to the people of Harrogate, and her ambitions grew to 1,000 after enlisting the help of local estate agents Verity Frearson. Then Stockeld Park contacted us saying they heard about Maggie’s Appeal and wanted to donate 3,000 teddies!  Maggie was speechless.  

"Her collection is now around 4,000. We’re slightly daunted as the bears will take over our home as we sort, pack and deliver them to the Teddy Trust.”

Darren Smith, Events and Entertainment Manager at Stockeld Park, said:

“We heard young Maggie’s aim was to reach 1,000 so we were thrilled to help her smash that target. As a family attraction, we were all bowled over by young Maggie. Running a busy Santa’s grotto every year, you see how young children’s eyes light up – teddies are a gift of comfort and love.

"Donating a teddy to cuddle to over 4,000 children in dire circumstances is a commendable act of kindness and care by Maggie.”

If you can help Maggie and Lyndsay, contact Lyndsay on 07889784606 or email