Back in August, we were contacted by Sue Bearcroft of Teddies 4 Tragedies asking for help to find WI members to help knit teddies. WIs in Falmouth, Pendeen, Newquay and Luxulan & Lanlivery all volunteered and produced some beautiful hand knitted items, and of course, bears and bags.
Many of the knitters are carrying on with the good work, so the army of teddies continues to grow!
Sue reports that:
I was hoping to reach a target of 100 ‘teddies in a bag’ for OHOB UK who cover the refugee camps in Lesbos, Greece Following the amazing avalanche of teddies from you all I was able to deliver 170 teds to the OHOB storage unit in Saltash this month, along with beautiful blankets and gorgeous hand knitted jumpers, cardigans and our fish ‘n’ chip jumpers (so called because many of the new mums only have newspaper to wrap their babies in). All in all, 280 items were packed into our car. Hannah (OHOB Director) asked me to send their very grateful thanks for producing such a wonderful amount of much needed comfort to so many children who have absolutely nothing. Your baby knits and blankets will be going to the Yazides people of Northern Iraq who fled to the mountains after IS slaughtered 5000 of their people. They now survive on the mountainsides with very little aid, so OHOB are now looking after those families. Your teddies will go the various Camp Centres in Lesbos. Some of the Camps bring families into the centres for Day Care, give them meals, new clothes to wear (just for the day) and of course a teddy in a bag! At the end of the day the new clothes and the teddies are given back and kept at the Centre until the next day, This ensures the teddies aren’t snatched from the children and sold for drugs, etc. It also gives the families an incentive to return to the safety of the Centres.
If you’d like to help Sue reach her next teddy-goal, you can reach her here.