Teddy Bear Hospital
We are a Husband and Wife team with qualifications in art, design, advanced needlework and model making. Since 2002 we have been repairing and restoring all makes of bear including Steiff, Merrythought, Deans and Chiltern. We can often work marvels on lost limbs, eyes and ears, and even devastating injury caused by jealous and precious dogs!
Phone or text 07722044888
Email [email protected]
This lovely Ted was losing his face on both sides...
..but was restored with a conservation grade repair
This cheeky monkey wasn't feeling his best...
...ready to go home
Our promise to you..........
*We will carefully and sympathetically restore your beloved bear, doll or toy.
*Our conservation approach assures that we will maintain all existing parts of your bear as far as it is possible to do so.
*A solution to the repair of your bear will be discussed and agreed with you as part of the initial assessment.
*All work is carried out in a smoke free atmosphere.
We accept work from all over the world and have customers in France, Greece, South Africa, Denmark, Israel and Australia.
We may be found at National Trust sites with our Teddy Bear Workshop. Please watch for upcoming dates.
Phone or text 07722044888
Email: [email protected]
A few of our before and after repairs
Testimonials and more examples of our work
"I can't thank you enough for doing such a wonderful job"
"Teddy looks just as he did before but repaired"
A little while ago we were asked to repair a large Steiff Bear belonging to Uri Geller. 'Matsko' was collected from Uri's home and brought back to our workshop for his makeover. Uri told us the story of his early experiences with teddy bears when at the age of 6 months and lying in his pram, his mother had placed him near a window with a bear called 'Matsko' for company. Uri clearly recalled the sound of a shell exploding nearby and of glass shattering. Fortunately during the blast Matsko fell onto Uri's face, protecting him.
Collection and ready to go home
Big enough for his own seat and a welcome home
Previous examples of our work
Many of our teddy bears arrive with their history and family stories...
I was born at the Chad Valley toy makers sometime in the late 1930’s. I am special as I have a label on my paw saying I am by appointment to H,M, The Queen although it is now difficult to read.
In 1940 I sat on the counter of a Drapers shop in Boston Lincolnshire I was advertising Bear Brand Stockings. One day a Kindly lady came into the shop to make a purchase,
She immediately asks if she could buy me. Unfortunately the owners of the shop said I was not for sale. Undeterred by this
the lady didn’t give up, there was a war going on and handsome bears like me were difficult to find. She eventually managed to buy me and I was taken to my new home.
I came to live with my new owner a little girl nine months old., the persistent lady was her aunt. I had my photograph taken
It would be in October 1940.
In 1942 we had to go into then called a Fever Hospital as my owner developed a nasty infectious disease called Diphtheria, lucky I was on hand as she was not allowed to see her parents for over three months only through the glass.
Before we could go home I had to go into a very frightening machine called an autoclave after that experience I lost my voice and my special label wasn’t so readable.
A lot of years later my owners mother thought she would cover my paws with clean material I have not be the same bear since.
I am hoping the Wellfield Bear hospital will restore me to my handsome self with new paws a new growler and a wash and brush up plus any thing else they think I need.
I am getting on a bit now and my owner is 69yrs old in February
I’m looking forward to my big adventure and to meeting you all.
A Big Bear Hug.
Ode to a teddy bear...as written by one of our customers
Please find enclosed a precious Bear
He really is rather worst for the wear
He is a little old so do take care
For he is a little threadbare.
Here and there
And in desperate need of some repair.
He needs to get back some of his flare
And right now he has little to spare
In your hands I know he will fare
Extremely well, as it is for his welfare
you’ll take the time to prepare
Eventually he may even dare,
At the end of it all, come out and share
His new found looks and be so debonair
With his restored muzzle and derriere.
Ready to be given to my heirs,
Their hearts to gently ensnare
With an ancient stare
From his armchair,
Humble and soft with a love so rare.
Many Thanks from S.T. (2014)