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Limerick Charity The Blue Box launch Love The Bear Campaign



Richard Lynch taking part in the Love The Bear Campaign. Richard’s best friend John McNamara passed this past April and before he passed away he gave Richard one of his most treasured possessions which was his Teddy Bear. The bear had been a gift from one of John’s closest friends Catherine and had great sentimental value for John. Picture: Tarmo Tulit Photography. 

Limerick Charity The Blue Box launch Love The Bear Campaign

Former Professional Rugby Player for Munster and Ireland Alan Quinlan (@AlanQuinlan1) #LoveTheBear photo on Twitter

The Love The Bear Campaign has been set up by Creative Arts Therapy Centre The Blue Box in order to raise funds for services they provide to disadvantaged and vulnerable children in Limerick. Take a photo with your beloved teddy bear and post it to any social media platform using the hashtag #LoveTheBear

After you have posted your photo The Blue Box are asking everyone to please Text BEAR to 50300 to donate €2. 100% of your donation goes to The Blue Box CLC across most network operators. Some operators apply VAT which means that a minimum of €1.63 will go to The Blue Box CLC. 




Your donation to this organisation will help so many children through tough times. 

Well known celebrities such as Former Professional Rugby Player for Munster and Ireland Alan Quinlan, Blogger Rosie Connolly, DJ Sandro Silva, Josh McClorey from The Strypes, Model Madeline Mulqueen, Fashion Blogger Holly White, Producer for RTE Alan Swan, VIP Magazine, Spin 1038,, Stylist Laura Jordan, Actor Gavin O’Connor, Xpose producer Debbie O’Donnell and Munster Rugby player Mike Sherry have already gotten on board and donated to this amazing cause. Bernadette Kenny of The Blue Box outlines the importance of their services “There are hundreds of children throughout Ireland trapped in a world of hurt and silence, children suffering trauma in the home, which is traditionally a place of safety. There is hope for them because of The Blue Box. We are a groundbreaking project that gives these children a voice, many for the first time. It’s the only initiative of its kind in the EU that provides the help these children desperately need by creating a safe haven through Creative Arts Therapies.”

Limerick Charity The Blue Box launch Love The Bear Campaign

Well-known actor Saoirse Ronan posted her #LoveTheBear photo to Facebook

Children and young people who require the services of The Blue Box have experienced trauma as a result of domestic or environmental circumstances, including secondary trauma, grief and loss. To address issues such as these The Blue Box provides research based, professional and creative arts psychotherapy, which enhances a child’s cognitive, emotional and behavioural development. This treatment results in benefits to their social, emotional, behavioural, developmental and educational needs.The Blue Box utilises proven creative arts therapies art, music, dance/movement, play and drama in a secure and confidential space. These methods create a sense of safety through healthy self-expression, enabling co-operation and engagement in family, school and community in a creative, participatory way. These techniques aid children in developing skills on how to deal with stresses they encounter.Based in Limerick, The Blue Box also provides services to over 20 DEIS schools, as well as handling social services referrals. Sile Kileen, Scoil Mhuire Banrion na hEireann praised this invaluable service “I would like to thank The Blue Box Arts therapists most sincerely for the wonderful work they have done with our pupils that attended their specialist sessions. It has been of enormous benefit to students who have social, emotional and behavioural issues.”

Limerick Charity The Blue Box launch Love The Bear Campaign

Model Madeline Mulqueen (@MadelineMul) posted “Home for some cuddles” to Twitter and donated to #LoveTheBear

The Blue Box is the only charity in Ireland and Europe that has dedicated its resources to child psychotherapy and family support. Due to the successes of this initiative there has been a call for The Blue Box services to expand the centre to Galway, Cork and Dublin, all of which requires significant funding in order to happen. The people of Ireland CAN make a difference to this fantastic organisation that benefits so many! Simply grab your favourite teddy bear & Text BEAR to 50300 to donate €2. Service Provider: LIKECHARITY. Helpline: 076 680 5278.

Visit The Blue Box website here

Check out the @BlueBoxBear Twitter Account here.

Follow The Blue Box on Facebook here.





Richard is a presenter, producer, songwriter and actor. He was named the Limerick Person of the Year (2011) and won an online award at the Metro Éireann Media and Multicultural Awards (2011) for promoting multi-culturalism online. Richard says that the concept is very much a community driven project that aims to document life in Limerick. So, that in 20 years time people can look back and remember the events that were making the headlines.