Dacorum based homeless charity DENS have unveiled their first ever mascot, DENNY The Bear, an idea which was sparked by residents over lockdown.
Started by resident Hazel who returned to knitting to keep her busy over lockdown, volunteers in the community have since followed and stepped up to knit more of the mascots.
After completing a bear in the DENS colour scheme, Hazel said: “It’s nice to knit away whilst also being able to watch TV or listen to the radio. I feel a good sense of achievement when I’ve finished each bear and I like the thought that what I’m doing might make a difference to DENS”.
Thanks to the fantastic support from knitters within the local community and beyond, a total of 50 bears have been made so far.
Nicky Maxwell-Braithwaite, community and events fundraising manager at DENS, said that residents should expect to see DENNY bears popping up across the borough soon.
She said: “We are so excited to finally reveal our new mascot to the world! The creation of DENNY and the reaction that has followed is a perfect example of how our supporters have been able to come together and stay connected with the charity throughout the pandemic.
“There are some exciting plans in the pipeline for getting DENNY out to the people of Dacorum. Get ready to see our cute mascot everywhere – such as at our upcoming events, like Go Yellow Week in June, as well as making their way to top fundraisers, schools and community groups that have supported us.”
Anyone can get involved in making the bears, email firstname.lastname@example.org for your pattern.