Pudsey is the first VIP guest to join teddy bear picnic in Portsmouth

Pudsey Bear is coming to The Roberts Centre's birthday party
Pudsey Bear is coming to The Roberts Centre's birthday party
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CHILDREN in Need legend Pudsey is the first VIP guest to sign up for a charity’s teddy bear bonanza this summer.

The bright yellow mascot has put his name down to join The Roberts Centre’s Teddy Bear Picnic – due to kick off in Portsmouth this June.

The Landport-based good cause hopes to put on a party for families across the city as part of its 30th anniversary celebrations.

Plans are still in the early stages, but bosses at the charity are confident they will be able to pull together a top day of entertainment.

Carole Damper, chief executive of the centre, based in Crasswell Street, said: ‘This is our gift to the families in Portsmouth.

‘These are difficult times for everybody and money is tight. It’s expensive to get off the island for families so we want to do something to treat them.’

The party will be taking place from midday until 4pm, on Sunday, June 11, at Museum Gardens, in Museum Road, Old Portsmouth.

But the charity is now issuing a plea to residents and businesses to offer a helping hand in making the day a success.

Carole is looking for kindhearted businesses to sponsor the event or to volunteer and help run activities on the day.

‘We’re not looking to make money on this, we only want to cover our costs,’ Carole added.

‘So any help that people can offer would be fantastic.’

Those keen to offer their support can contact The Roberts Centre by calling 023 9229 6919 or emailing info@robertscentre.org.uk

In the meantime, the charity’s Where’s the Bear contest is continuing.

It is hunting for people to pose with their stuffed toys at landmarks across the area for a chance to win a family pass up the Spinnaker Tower.