St Mary's Church in Barton upon Humber attempts knitted teddy bear record

The knitted teddies at St Mary's
Image caption The current record for knitted teddy bears stands at 15,534

Almost 15,000 knitted teddy bear puppets have gone on display at a North Lincolnshire church in an attempt to break a world record.

St Mary's Church in Barton Upon Humber is hoping to break the current record of 15,534, organisers said.

The bears will later be put into shoeboxes as part of a Christmas present for children living in poverty.

Organiser Julia Wilson said she hoped each recipient would "feel the love that has gone into the bears".

Every bear is different and has been hand-knitted as part of Operation Christmas Child, which is organised by Samaritan's Purse - a Christian international relief organisation.

Ms Wilson said the church knitters "wanted to fill the world with teddies" and there was still time to donate more knitted bears.

Image caption Bears have been received from Spain, Italy, Turkey and Australia, organisers said
Image caption The bears are to be used as Christmas gifts for children living in poverty
Image caption The knitted bears will be counted after the weekend

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