21/01/2010 BUTTONS IN TWO’S FOREWORD “It has been an honour to have Baxterbear join us on our monumental march from Coldstream to London. His support to soldiers is ‘second to none’ and to us who marched it brought us closer to our brother Coldstreamers who are fighting in Afghanistan. The support that Baxterbear has given has a direct effect on those who are injured or affected by war through ABF The Soldiers’ Charity and other service charities. We all carried a small Baxterbear on our day-sacks throughout our march to show our support to him. We were delighted to see that many children, most whose loved ones were serving abroad, had also decided to carry them on their schoolbags. “In a similar way to Baxterbear, I am amazed at the incredible things that people can do when they believe and trust in themselves; but more importantly when it improves the trust and belief that one can have in others. ‘Buttons in Two’s’ tells the tale of physical adversity, friendship and trust with our fellow soldiers and of course Baxterbear” J W COLEBY Major Officer Commanding Number Seven Company Check out the BBC New story here.
20/01/2010 Baxterbear and the soldiers enjoy afternoon tea at this historic house as they take a break during their long and arduous march from Coldstream to London. Go to our video gallery to see a short film from Hatfield House on how owning a Baxterbear makes a difference or just click on the link.
14/01/2010 With Baxterbear by their side and still wearing Baxterbears on their day-sacks the Coldstreamers arrived in York on January 14, 2010 after a gruelling trip across the North York Moors. They departed from York Minster on the morning of January 15 cheered on by hundreds of children dressed in red – Baxterbear’s favourite colour! The root takes in Berwick-upon-Tweed, Newcastle, Durham, York, Selby, Doncaster, Worksop, Mansfield, Loughborough, Market Harborough, Northampton, Milton Keynes, Dunstable, St Albans, Barnet and Woolwich in south-east London. Check out the BBC News story here.
12/01/2010 With Baxterbear by his side march organiser Captain Mark Hayhurst, was in good spirits. He said:”Morale is high, the sun is shining, and we are just cracking on with it.” “There is a good foot of snow on the ground, but it is very picturesque. We have had to be more direct in our approach rather than going through the country, we are just using the main road.” “The main thing for morale will be getting to know each other a lot better. Quite a few of the soldiers will be deployed to Afghanistan in the next few months, so when things get difficult there they can be up to the mark.”
07/01/2010 Invited by Major James Coleby, Baxterbear joins the Coldstream Guards in Berwick Upon Tweed on their 425 mile march from Scotland to London. From Major to soldier all Coldstreamers wore a Baxterbear on their daysacks. Three hundred and fifty years ago, soldiers set off from Coldstream on the same incredible journey in the same blizzard conditions. Around 100 members of Number Seven Company, some of whom are from the North East and have served in Afghanistan and Iraq, marched to Berwick on the first leg of their journey.