It’s knit unusual to be loved by everyone ... for providing the bear essentials!

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A PEARL of a gran has knitted outfits for hundreds of teddy bears . . . and raised thousands of pounds for a cancer charity in the process.

Nora McGowan is a volunteer receptionist at the Marie Curie Cancer Care Hospice at Stobhill Hospital.

The 68-year-old, who had never knitted before, decided to give it a try after 16 bears were donated to the hospice by a drugs company.

Nora makes jumpers and waistcoats for the teddies and gives each one a name.

The first 16 bears were sold within 10 minutes and, along with raffles, raised an impressive £3,000 for the hospice.

Nora, from Kirkintilloch, now buys the teddy bears and creates the outfits. Some of the bears have been sent to America and New Zealand.

Nora said: “It has really taken off and I just love doing it. I’ve been getting orders for the teddies from relatives who come to visit.

“People are absolutely brilliant and often leave more money than the recommended donation. I love volunteering at the hospice.

“People say to me that working there must be sad, but it’s not. There’s so much going on, such as classes in knitting and Tai Chi.”

Karen Milne, community fundraising manager at the Marie Curie Hospice, said: “We’re absolutely thrilled with all the fundraising that has taken place recently.

“The Marie Curie Hospice, Glasgow, makes a huge difference to the lives of local patients and their families.

“It costs £12,000 per day to run the services here, so we are heavily reliant on the generosity of our local community.

“A huge thank you to everyone who has contributed. Their magnificent efforts and kindness are simply outstanding.”

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BEAR ESSENTIALS: Nora is pictured with just some of the teddy bears she sells to raise vital funds for the Marie Curie Hospice.