Handcrafted trauma teddies comfort children in distress

NOBODY can deny the comfort and reassurance that can come from snuggling up to a favourite teddy bear.

This is especially the case for children who are suffering from trauma, with the love of a stuffed, furry friend providing a welcome distraction from fear and pain.

That is why five residents of Claremont Gardens decided to join the Brighton Community Health Centre’s knitting group and dedicate their time to crafting trauma teddies for children in need.

Claremont Gardens resident and knitting group member Zara Bellgrove said the decision to join the Brighton knitting group was instigated by fellow resident Wendy Grant.

“We decided to focus our time on knitting trauma teddies because children who are sick or traumatised need help and something to love and hold,” she said.

“We try to make them in bright colours so they are appealing, comforting and bring the children a measure of joy during a potentially painful and scary time.”

With the residents unable to attend the Brighton knitting group in person, Ms Grant personally delivers all the trauma teddies and knitting to the Brighton Community Centre.

The items are then donated to a number of charities and organisations, including Ambulance Tasmania, Tasmania Fire Service, The Giving Tree, the Royal Flying Doctor Service and the Royal Hobart Hospital.

Each trauma teddy takes one day to complete, with the group now having donated more than 40 bears to the cause.

“The wool and stuffing for the trauma teddies is all generously donated, with Claremont Gardens recently donating $50 worth of wool to the group,” Ms Bellgrove said.

“It is very rewarding to be able to give something special to a child in need and it is always important to help the community in any way possible.”

In addition to the trauma teddies, the Claremont Gardens residents also knit rugs, blankets, scarves and beanies for donation to local charities in the lead-up to winter.

Caption: From left, Claremont Gardens residents Zara Bellgrove, Rosemary Carr, Rosie Jenssen and Jackie Marsh showcase their handcrafted trauma teddies, which will be donated to help comfort children in need.

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