London City Airport launches campaign to rehome lost and unwanted teddies
Teddy bears give their owners unlimited love and hugs, but who’s there to hug them when they get left behind?
280People travelling through the airport often forget things such as belts, laptops and mobile phones, and sometimes their furry friends too. Some make it home, but some get forgotten.
When staff at London City Airport found Ted in lost property, they started a campaign to get him home. The response they received from the public led them to create Adop-TED, a website for rehoming lost and unwanted teddies.
A spokesperson for the airport said: “A lot of teddies face neglect this Christmas. Some have been forgotten about and are lost at the airport, some have been outgrown by their owners and left alone in a cold dark cupboard, while others may have been mistreated by family pets using them as chew toys.
“Adop-TED is like a dogs’ home for teddies – people are invited to rehome a lost or unwanted cuddly toy in return for a donation to Richard House Children’s Hospice in East London.
“We hope to find new homes for all our lost bears, including a few familiar faces that would all make great Christmas presents, and raise money for charity in the process.”
To find out more and adopt a teddy, visit www.adop-ted.lcy.co.uk.
Notes to editor
About the teddies
All of the soft toys available for rehoming have either been lost at London City Airport or donated by London City Airport staff. Those lost at the airport have been kept for at least one month, to allow the owner sufficient opportunity to claim them. Every item has been security checked and all carry the CE safety mark.
Richard House Children’s Hospice
Richard House Children’s Hospice in Beckton, East London, provides care and support for children and young people suffering from life-limiting and life-threatening health conditions.
The purpose-built hospice delivers clinical care, short breaks and other residential services to children, while supporting their families through counselling, therapy, and other services.
London City Airport has been a supporter of Richard House for 15 years and has raised more than £800,000 during that time.
Find out more about Richard House at www.richardhouse.org.uk.
London City Airport
London City Airport (LCY) is the closest airport to the centre of London, just three miles from Canary Wharf, seven miles from the City and 10 miles from the West End, and linked to all via the Docklands Light Railway.
The airport offers a unique rapid transit proposition – a short check in (door to lounge) of around 20 minutes, and a shorter arrival (tarmac to train) of around 15 minutes. 10 airlines fly out of LCY, serving nearly 50 mainly European destinations. In 2015, LCY will welcome around 4.2 million passengers and 75,000 flights, in its 28th year of operation.
The airport has permission to increase its operation to 120,000 movements per annum – carrying 6 million passengers - which it intends to do by 2023. www.londoncityairport.com