HANDMADE memory bears created from the clothes of loved ones are being sold by The Little Isle of Wight Company.

The company owner, Lisa Trigg, is giving £5 to Mountbatten for each one sold.

She got the idea when her husband Keith's dad, Alan Trigg, died, and the family wanted something special to remember him by.

Most of the items available in the shops didn't seem quite right, and she felt some were a bit macabre.

She asked teddy bear maker Wendy Webb, of East Cowes, to create a memory bear.

Now she is selling Wendy's bespoke bears through her online business.

She said: "The bears make a wonderful keepsake item or unique gift. Each memory bear is hand-created to the highest quality to give you a keepsake you can cherish and hold forever.

"We can incorporate logos or places of work or particular interests, and patchwork together more than one garment.

"If you have been honoured to know someone, it is a god way to remember them. "The bears are also nice if you children outgrow their favourite outfits."