A Bear Affair

We are thrilled to announce that we raised a record breaking $590,000 to help support the paediatric palliative care programs at Bear Cottage. Such an outstanding result wouldn't have been possible without the overwhelming support and generosity of our patrons, suppliers, and donors. We are indebted to the remarkable kindness of everyone involved.

About A Bear Affair

March marks a very special time in our calendar, where we celebrate Bear Cottage’s birthday. In 2022 we will be commemorating the 21st birthday of Bear cottage and look forward to celebrating this milestone at our much loved A Bear Affair.

Since its inception, A Bear Affair has raised over $5.5 million to support patients and families that rely on Bear Cottage for respite and end-of-life care.

Bear Cottage is the only children’s hospice in NSW – a very special place that is dedicated to caring for children with life-limiting conditions. Bear Cottage has access to some of the best medical resources in the world, but relies on community support to continue providing the best paediatric palliative care possible.

Over the past 21 years, A Bear Affair has raised over $6 million to support paediatric and palliative care programs at Bear Cottage


Lesley Montgomery (Chair)
Jean Hay AM
Amy Firth
Georgina Parry-Okeden
Christopher Humphries

Jane Lavis
Sonja Mole
Narelle Martin OAM
Bronwen Simmons
Rachel Simpson


Nicole Ilacqua (Campaign Lead)
Sydney Children’s Hospitals Foundation

Our Patrons

The success of A Bear Affair is due to the generosity of our patrons and supporters. We are indebted to the remarkable kindness of the following organisations:

Platinum Patrons

Tony McCullough Foundation Wordmark

Silver Patron

Generous Supporters