The children at Froebelian School in Horsforth welcomed a special ‘bear’ who attended a charity assembly.

The bear – aka pupil Millen Singh-Olak – was holding a large cheque for Browning House, a Leeds-based charity that helps children and their families. The charity’s symbol is a bear holding a balloon.

The children at Froebelian handed over a cheque for £6,500 to Browning House, their chosen charity for the year 2008-09. All the children aged from three to 11 made contributions with a variety of fund-raising ideas. These included a fairy walk, Mother’s Day gifts sale, coin collection, and a Three Peaks walk. Youngsters also wrote, designed and published their own comics.

Karen Keenan, manager of Browning House, thanked the children, parents and teachers for all their hard work. “We will ensure that the money they have raised goes directly to helping the children at the house,” she said.

Browning House is a well-established and growing charity that works with children to ensure they are safe and protected, while also working with parents to help them develop the skills needed to be able to meet their child’s needs.