Our aim is to publish beautifully illustrated childrens' books that educate and entertain, raise funds for charity and a warm glow for anyone who reads them.
About Trouble At The Zoo...
Trouble At The Zoo is the second children's book in The Adventures of Brunhilfer and Brunfin series of self-published children's book by registered charity The Brun Bear Foundation. Through beautiful illustration and subtle humour the books aim to promote the very universal values of community, inclusiveness and being true to yourself.
Trouble At The Zoo has a cross-generational appeal: very young children will be drawn in by the illustrations, older children will enjoy reading the book for themselves and adults will appreciate the gentle tone, positive messages and warm humour.
Every sale of every book will benefit a mix of communal projects in South East London, infant/children's medical research projects in the UK and beyond and animal welfare projects globally - with special emphasis on bears.
Our Get One, Give One scheme...
We are inviting supporters to Get One, Give One. This means purchasing a copy of Trouble At The Zoo! for yourself and one for
*A baby born at Lewisham Hospital during December or a family being supported by registered charity Bromley Brighter Beginnings.
*Bromely Brighter Beginnings' wonderful work includes ensuring that all children have the brightest of beginnings by meeting the needs of those that would otherwise not have a decent bed, clothing, provisions, a school uniform or access to books and toys. They do this work sensitively and discreetly.
What about rewards?
We're glad you asked! We're very excited about the rewards we've got lined up. You can see them on the right-hand side of the page. But here's a quick breakdown:
£10 - A signed copy of Trouble At The Zoo!
£20 - Buy One. Give One. You get a Signed Copy of Trouble at The Zoo and a baby born at Lewisham Hospital during December 2019 receives a copy too!
£20 - Buy One. Give One. You get a Signed Copy of Trouble at The Zoo and a family being supported by registered charity Bromley Brighter Beginnings receives a copy too!
£30 - Buy One. Give Two. You get a Signed Copy of Trouble at The Zoo and a baby born at Lewisham Hospital during December 2019 receives a copy of both The Flood and Trouble at the Zoo!
£30 - Buy One. Give Two. You get a Signed Copy of Trouble at The Zoo and a family being supported by registered charity Bromley Brighter Beginnings receives a copy of both The Flood and Trouble at the Zoo!
£50 - Five copies of Trouble At The Zoo! Meal for two at one of the following restaurants...
£100 - Five copies of Trouble At The Zoo! And a family pass to Bear Wood.
£500 - Five signed copies of Trouble At The Zoo! which will be mailed to you and/or the recipients of your choice in any ratio. Limited edition signed artwork from the illustrator and a special and permanent thank you for you or your company within the context of the story.
When will I receive my rewards?
We estimate that it will take no more than three months after reaching our funding goal to have Trouble at The Zoo printed and packaged up, along with your rewards. If there are any delays, we will keep in touch!
When will Trouble at The Zoo go on sale to the general public?
The book will go on sale one month after you receive your rewards, so you'll be the first people to read it!
Where will the book be on sale?
Trouble at The Zoo will initially be for sale via The Brun Bear Foundation and Mother Bear! websites, although we are hoping to expand to include other retailers such as bookshops and online distributors.
What happens to the money raised?
The money raised will be used by registered charity The Brun Bear Foundation to support a mix of community, medical and animal welfare projects.
How did The Brun Bear Foundation come into being?
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 had 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 called The Flood! about two kindly bears who lived with a kindly man and his wife. All proceeds from book sales go to The Foundation. Russian, German and French translations have been prepared. The second book - Trouble At The Zoo! - is now here.
Edwin subsequently added community events, supper clubs, scholarship programmes and an annual epic charity challenge to The Brun Bear Foundation's activities.
Projects we have been able to support include:
- Research into better and kinder treatments for children with Leukaemia
- Funding for a Community Fit Bus
- More than 8,000 Wellbeing Wallets for expectant mothers at Lewisham Hospital and Princess Royal.
- Provision of food and medical supplies for bears as well as CCTV at a sanctuary that keeps the bears in and the poachers out
- The founding and financing of The Simon Shades Scholarship Programme for young people moving in to higher and further education.
- Theatre experiences for every child under five in Lewisham
- An incubator for a hospital in Uganda.
The Brun Bear Foundation is led by a team of 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.
How else can I help?
Thank you : )
- Share the link to this page on your social media platforms.
- Ask your friends and family to do the same!
- Share with your organisation
- Share with/let us know if you have any celebrity, influencer friends that could share to their audience?
- Help us distribute the book locally
- Let us know if you or someone you know runs a shop that would like to sell some copies for us?
- Contact us directly via email - firstname.lastname@example.org
Thank you very much for your support.