Big-bear-ride-graphics-new-bearFundraisers dressed as bears will ride a Penny Farthing across the Isle of Wight later this month, all in aid of the Wildheart Animal Sanctuary.

On Sunday 21st July, Neil Laughton and Rolf Woodward from London’s Penny Farthing Club will be cycling – whilst dressed in bear suits – to help raise funds and awareness for 2 European Brown Bears, Benji and Balu, who are in desperate need of rescuing from a tiny cage in Azerbaijan.

The pair of (real) bears will be heading to their forever home at the Wildheart Animal Sanctuary in Sandown later this year. But in order to provide these bears with a home at the Sanctuary, a total of £150,000 needs to be raised.

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Since May this year, the Sanctuary has already raised almost half of its target through generous public and corporate donations. This event will be a huge boost to their fundraising efforts!

The fun-filled day will start at 09:00 on Sunday 21st at Albert Cottage in East Cowes, and finish at the Wildheart Animal Sanctuary. En route the bikes will be stopping at other popular Island attractions such as The Steam Railway, Quarr Abbey and Ryde Esplanade, where there will be loads going on throughout the day, all of which you are invited to join in with.

There will be plenty of opportunities to have your picture taken or ride along with the cyclists, or just give them a wave as they pass along your street!

For more information visit

Whas Bear Ride Map A4 V5

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15 minutes ago

Can you not advertise this more widely? Someone has the money. I’ve donated. It’s not that much if everyone contributes. How about asking the yachties who frequent the Hut in Colwell? They spend hundreds in an evening. I’m sure they would donate if they knew about it.
Also, can we be sure those bears won’t simply be replaced with other poor animals if the owners realise they can make money this way?


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