Members of RCEPI started crafting Happy Bears at home during lockdown and have continued since. The bears are crocheted, knitted or sewn by our talented team, and the results can be seen on our website

We are asking the public to join us and help make Christmas better for the children at the Refugio Aboim Ascenção and at Apexa. Info on these two Associations below. You can pick your individual bear and donations will be used to buy something on their wish list. At Christmas all the Happy Bears that have been made will be donated to the two associations for the children.

The Refugio Aboim Ascenção in Faro looks after abandoned, abused and neglected children between the ages of 3 days and 8 years

APEXA, Associaçao de Apoioa Pessoa Excepcional do Algarve, is based in Albufeira. It was founded 18 years ago by Sr. Nuno Neto when his son was born with Spina bifida. Currently they are supporting families with children who need physical and educational therapies for their disabilities and are also teaching parents how to cope with the responsibilities these measures bring.

By sponsoring a Happy Bear, you are effectively sponsoring a child and you will have the opportunity to follow up on what a difference your donation can make to a child’s life.

For further information on how you can help contact us on and donations can be made via our website