First winner of Portsmouth charity’s photo contest is revealed

Carole Dampner, CEO of the Roberts Centre, The 'Robert Bear', with Elaine Willoughby and the Teddy Bear that had belonged to her late son Nathan.
Carole Dampner, CEO of the Roberts Centre, The 'Robert Bear', with Elaine Willoughby and the Teddy Bear that had belonged to her late son Nathan.
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PORTSMOUTH charity The Roberts Centre has revealed the first winner of its monthly ‘Where’s the Bear?’ competition.

The contest saw people photograph their favourite teddy bears across the Portsmouth area.

And Elaine Willoughby, of Portsmouth, is the inaugral champion, wining a family trip to the Spinnaker Tower.

The teddy holds special value to Elaine, as it belonged to her late son Nathan Willoughby, who died aged 28.

Elaine took the stuffed toy to landmarks across the city to take the snaps, including Clarence Pier and the Square Tower.

‘I was so surprised that I won,’ she admitted.

She was presented with her prize at the centre’s base, in Crasswell Street, Landport, by Robert the Bear and Caroline Dampner, chief executive of the charity, which helps needy families

And today the latest guest invited to join The Roberts Centre’s Teddy Bear Picnic in June is The News’s very own Chipper.

He will join Children In Need mascot, Pudsey, at the free event, celebrating The Roberts Centre’s 30th birthday. The duo will be on hand to meet young fans.

Carole has now launched the second ‘Where’s the Bear’ competition and is eager for more people in the Portsmouth area to snap up shots of their furry toys at local landmarks.

To enter, email photos to info@robertscentre.org.uk.

The Teddy Bear Picnic is taking place on Sunday, June 11, at the Portsmouth Museum Gardens, from 12-4pm. For details or to help, call (023) 9229 6919.