Our story so far...
It all began with two bears...
The Brun Bear Foundation was established in 2015 by Edwin Lampert in memory of his father.
Sadly, Edwin's Dad had Brain Cancer. The radiotherapy his father went through resulted in his father believing that the family lived with two kindly bears called Brunhilfer and Brunfin.
Edwin's Dad - who has good insight into his condition - asked his son to look after his bears for him "when the time came."
When his Dad died in 2014 Edwin set about creating a charitable foundation as way of honouring his father's memory and values as well as supporting causes he had held dear: medical research, community projects in the London Boroughs of Bromley and Lewisham, and animal welfare - with special emphasis on bears.
And so The Brun Bear Foundation was born. It's name deriving from the name of his father 's two bears: Brunhilfer and Brunfin.
Edwin's first act was to write a children's book about two kindly bears who lived with a kindly man and his wife. A second book is under way and a Russian-language version of the first book is now complete.
Edwin subsequently added community events, supper clubs and an annual epic charity challenge to The Brun Bear Foundation's activities.
The proceeds from these activities are used to fund The Brun Bear Foundation Grant Programme.
The Brun Bear Foundation is staffed entirely by volunteers who work hard to support the charity's chosen causes, uphold its inclusive ethos and maybe, in some small way, help Edwin look after his father's bears too.
Here you can learn more about who we are and what we do. Everyone's invited!