A Marlow Bottom woman is making then selling teddy bears with all the profits going to charity.

Alison Watts started to make the cuddly toys at the start of lockdown after being left without the job, with all the money raised going to Cancer Research.

This is because her husband is a cancer survivor, as he battled the disease five years ago and survived.

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She said: “I was in the middle of changing jobs at the start of lockdown and my new job turned around and said that they couldn’t keep me on, so I was left without a job, without anything to do.

Some of the teddy bears Alison has created

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“I enjoy making things and my husband had testicular cancer about five years ago and we always said about raising money for Cancer Research.

“And it came to me that I had a big bag of materials not doing anything, so I thought I would make some bears as well as memory bears and sell them for Cancer Research and it has escalated.

“It took off pretty much from the start and we have had a steady stream of requests from the word go.”

The popularity of Alison’s bears has spread like wildfire, as many people have been contacting the good Samaritan to purchase their own cuddly toy.

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People who have links to Bucks but now live abroad have got one of Alison’s goods, with some of the bears being posted out to customers in the US, Canada and even Taiwan.

So far, Alison has raised £500 for the charity and she admitted that she does not plan on stopping any time soon.

She continued: “I have received pieces of clothing from people saying can you please make a memory bear out of this piece of clothing.

“I have even had a teddy bear sent to be to get repaired and I even had a Wycombe Wanderers bear made for someone - so the word is spreading!”

“I really enjoy it and I love the charity.

“This is such a worthwhile charity.”

Alison now works for Buckinghamshire Council.