Bears show how much we care

Queensferry Parish Church.  ''Teddies for Tragedies, hand-knitted teddies before being sent around the world. ''Contact Norma Brown 07831191007'''01-11-2014 Picture Alan Rennie.
Queensferry Parish Church. ''Teddies for Tragedies, hand-knitted teddies before being sent around the world. ''Contact Norma Brown 07831191007'''01-11-2014 Picture Alan Rennie.
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Members of Queensferry Parish Church have helped to knit 500 teddies for children less fortunate around the world.

And last Sunday, a special ‘Teddy Blessing’ service was held in Queensferry before the knitted bears were despatched to children in distress.

When tragedy strikes anywhere in the world, the first members of society to suffer are children.

‘Teddies for Tragedies’ works to alleviate some of the stress that prevails when these catastrophes occur.

The simple gift of a hand-knitted teddy bear sends these children the message that someone in the world cares.

Half of the teddies, knitted by caring volunteers, will be sent to Blythswood Care in Glasgow, for uplift by The Raven Trust, who will transport them to Malawi, for distribution to charities working with children.

The teddies are greatly prized in Malawi and bring comfort and joy to children who have so little.

The remaining 250 will be joined by another 250, made by parishioners of Kirkliston Parish Church, to be taken by the Tearfund charity to Syrian children in refugee camps in Lebanon and Jordan.

Fifty blankets and 145 Beanie hats were also made, along with baby items, which will be sent to Eastern Europe.

Norma Brown, Queensferry co-ordinator for Teddies for Tragedies said: “We have volunteers from near and far as it is open to all!

“I’d like to say a very big thank you to all the volunteers who have worked hard this year, knitting or crocheting teddies, blankets, hats and other items or donating wool, cord, fabric and money.”

To offer the project help next year, email clairebear_tft@yahoo.co.uk