The Rotary Club of Oxford Spires has awarded the real Winnie-the-Pooh toy bear, which belonged to Christopher Robin, honorary Rotary membership of their Club.
In September 2015 Club member Lesley Adams travelled to New York on holiday and visited the New York Public Library, where Christopher Robin’s toys now reside, to present the award to Winnie-the-Pooh on behalf of the Rotary Club. Pooh, along with Tigger, Kanga, Eeyore and Piglet, were receiving some much needed restoration at the time of her visit so Louise Lareau, Managing Librarian at the Children’s Centre, accepted the award on behalf of the famous bear.
The Poohsticks Championships, which have been run in Oxfordshire since 1984, have raised thousands of pounds for various charities around the world and the Rotary Club of Oxford Spires wanted to recognise that in some way. The idea of presenting the real Winnie-the-Pooh toy bear with honorary membership was to mark this and when Lesley realised she was travelling to New York, she contacted the Library to ask their permission to visit and present the award and was delighted when they accepted.