09/11/2009 Prince Andrew, The Duke of York the Royal Colonel of The Royal Highland Fusiliers, 2nd Battalion The Royal Regiment of Scotland, 2 SCOTS, was guest of honour at the 60th NATO Anniversary dinner at St James’ Palace Photo of Major James Coleby of Coldstream Guards, Ambassador for Baxterbear who attended the dinner with his wife at St James Palace where 300 Baxterbears were given to all the guests to raise funds for the ABF The Soldiers Charity. In Summer 2012 Major James Coleby with HRH The Queen The Year of The Queens Jubilee 2012. St James’ Palace Programme The mutual respect, shared love of adventure and a determination to be strong and positive in the face of adversity, misfortune and difficult times are what identify Baxterbear as a friend and mascot to the many service men and women around the world. Baxterbear does all he can to make a difference to people’s lives. He is always by your side and when you are so far away from your family and friends, he becomes a much needed companion, listener and confidante. We are delighted that Baxterbear continues to support and offer friendship, not only to the Armed Forces but also to the nine causes he is involved in on a day-to-day basis. Not only does he raise vital money for these concerns, but his individually tailored story books allow him to offer hope, love and encouragement to those who need it most. This small bear brings a mountain of joy to so many – so keep yours safe and secure! Col. Simon Vandeleur
Baxterbear was TREEKLED to help the families of members of 3 RIFLES who were recently deployed on Operation Herrick in Afghanistan. Baxterbear was featured in Mascot magazine, in the article reproduced below: With Riflemen of 3rd Battalion The Rifles Deploying on Op HERRICK to Afghanistan on October half-term upon us, some diversionary entertainment was needed for the young families of the Battalion. A visit to Edinburgh Castle, home of the Garrison Headquarters, fitted the bill, especially if Baxterbear is at home. The late October visit proved a great success with children manning the arrow slits and even scaling some of the rock faces within The Castle walls. Places of interest around The Castle included the Regalia of Scotland (Crown Jewels and Sword of State), the National War Memorial commemorating the names of over 148,000 Scottish Service personnel killed in the First World War, and St Margaret’s Chapel dating from the 12th century. The trip concluded in The Castle Club located in the Barrack Block where the children heard the story of Baxterbear’s visit to The Castle and as a special treat, Baxterbear appeared in person to enthral all those present. During the Second World War, Baxterbear inspired Squadron Leader Baxter to remain positive while trapped by his parachute that was entangled in the jungle canopy after ejecting from his fighter plane over Burma. He was eventually freed by Gurkhas after 5 days. CSM Coxan, Colour Serjeant Coxon and Corporal Yates have been doing their bit to keep a positive attitude among the families of 3 Rifles during the Battalion’s operational tour and Sharpe’s Retreat has proved a lively Welfare Centre for the Redford-based Unit.