20th Jun, 2019

Needlework group makes Trauma Teddies for children in distress

Andy Morris 18th Mar, 2019

A THOUGHTFUL needlework group has made and donated lovingly knitted and crocheted teddies for local police officers to give to children in distress.

Members of the Ball of Yarn group made 30 Trauma Teddies and gave them to DS Heidi Twynham, PC Rebecca Bailey and PCSO Samantha Edmunds.

They will be distributed to patrol and CID units who deal with young victims of domestic violence, sexual offences and other distressing experiences.

The idea originated in Australia, where firefighters gave children teddy bears as they fled bush fires which destroyed all their belongings, and now police forces across the UK have adopted the concept.

Gill Nelson from Ball of Yarn said: “A teddy can be a great comfort to a child when they are in distress.”

The needlework group meets every Monday at Rugby Library from 10am-12pm and knits, crochets and sews garments for local charities and good causes.

New members and donations of wool are welcome. Visit www.facebook.com/groups/ballofyarn for more information.

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