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Scarlett Fundraising Bear


Scarlett Bear is Greyhound Gap's official travelling fundraising bear.

Scarlett has been travelling the world since October 2007 to raise funds and awareness of Greyhound Gap in memory of Elaine Parkes.


Elaine sadly lost her battle against cancer at just 47 years old. Lainy had adopted both of her dogs from Greyhound Gap; the charity and the hounds themselves were extremely close to her heart. A very special young lady called Lucy (daughter of Elaine's best friend Heidi) wanted to do something to help raise funds in Lainy's memory so the idea of Gap's Travelling Fundraising Bear was born.


The day after we sadly lost Elaine a little six week old puppy crossed the path of the Greyhound Gap. Her medical needs were so great that her costs within six days mounted to a huge £2000. Her medical care is ongoing and will be for the rest of her life. The puppy was named Scarlett. In memory of Lainy, and also to help other special needs emergency dogs, the Elaine Parkes Memorial Fund was created so that other dogs like Scarlett can receive the necessary treatment without taking away from the other dogs needing the help that Greyhound Gap provides. It seemed fitting that Gap's Travelling Bear would also be named Scarlett.


Scarlett Bear normally visits her host families for one or two weeks at a time in return for a small donation being made to Greyhound Gap which so far has usually been around £5 although for very special occasions this has sometimes been more, it has been known for Scarlett to be caught in the middle of a bidding war!!


When Scarlett comes to stay it's great to keep a record of her travels in her Blog (she's a very high-tech bear!) so that everyone can follow her adventures. Details of the blog will be passed on to her host family when she is on her way.


Link to Scarlett Bears Blog:

Scarlett also has her very own Fan Page on Facebook!


Scarlett Bear


Inviting Scarlett to Stay

If you would like to have Scarlett come to stay with you and help raise funds for Gap, please email Ali at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Ali looks after Scarlett's busy schedule so please let her know how long you would like Scarlett to stay for and whether you have any preferred dates. Ali will try her best to accommodate your preferred dates if they are free but if they are booked some flexibility may be needed. Once dates have been agreed Scarlett's travel arrangements will be confirmed and payment details given so that you can make your donation to Gap.


To make sure that Scarlett can continue her travels it is very important that she is sent on to her new destination in plenty of time. Therefore we ask that you do pass Scarlett on by the required date to avoid disappointing those waiting to entertain her. Please be aware you will need to cover her travel costs (postage!). All details, addresses, dates and blog details will be sent to you at the beginning of her visit.

Scarlett plans a trip

Scarlett planning one of her many trips!