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Hoppecke bears bring happiness in Norway


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Date: 6 September


Hoppecke bears bring happiness in Norway 


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energy management specialist Hoppecke Industrial Batteries has brought a huge smile to the face of a two-year-old girl in Norway - and all in aid of mental health awareness.

Hoppecke - the leader in industrial battery systems and the largest battery manufacturer in European ownership - raised £1,000 for Mental Health Awareness Week at the Railtex show earlier in the year by asking visitors to make a voluntary donation in exchange for one of its famous bears.

The bears had been given a limited edition Railtex makeover and the original 300 branded bears proved so popular that another 100 standard bears had to be brought in to cope with demand! Monica Myhre-Sandmark from Wavetrain Systems AS in Norway saw the bears and wanted one for her daughter, who she said was less than pleased that her mother had gone to the UK to attend the show. Unfortunately, Monica never managed to get her hands on a bear before she flew home.

Hearing of her plight, Hoppecke arranged for two bears to be shipped to Monica who was delighted to receive them and said she would give a donation to support mental health awareness.

Monica said: "My little girl loves one bear so much that it is now called Basse (from the Norwegian ‘bamse' meaning teddy). I will try to make her call it Hoppecke but she is not so good at talking yet, being only two! I will keep the other in the office to brighten things up!"

Jason Howlett, Hoppecke's Regional Managing Director - Northern Europe, said: "People just couldn't get enough of our bears at Railtex and we are delighted to have raised this money for such a worthy organisation as the Mental Health Foundation. I'm really glad that we could help Monica out and bring a smile to her daughter's face."

Caption 1: Monica Myhre-Sandmark from Wavetrain Systems AS in Norway with her daughter and ‘Basse', the Hoppecke bear

Caption 2: Hoppecke Industrial Batteries' bears raised £1,000 for mental health awareness

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Editor's notes

Hoppecke Industrial Batteries is the leading specialist for industrial battery systems and at the same time the largest battery manufacturer in European ownership. Hoppecke offers to its customers around the world concepts for efficient and reliable power supply for every industrial application. A leading exponent of environmental care for more than 90 years, Hoppecke offers solutions for a variety of industries including motive power, reserve power for IT/telecoms, power stations, solar energy and UPS, special power for rail and underground. Hoppecke's UK operation is based in Newcastle-Under-Lyme in the Midlands and the parent company has customers and business partners in many countries around the world, including Europe, the USA and China.

Media contact:

Rory Baxter

Changeworks Communications

T: 01785 247588


Company contact:

Jason Howlett

Hoppecke Industrial Batteries Ltd

Unit 2 Lowfield Drive

Centre 500




T: 01782 667305 

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