Knitters knit teddies for charity

A MOUNTAIN of teddies knitted by volunteers is heading off to less fortunate children in Africa.

The Teddies for Tragedies initiative, co-ordinated by Queensferry lady Norma Brown, saw nearly 700 teddies being knitted over the past year.

After having collected all the teddies they were transported from Queensferry Parish Church to Blythswood Care in Glasgow for distribution to charities working with children in Malawi.

On top of that, 59 blankets along with other useful items will be sent to Eastern Europe too.

Norma said: “A record number of 687 teddies were knitted or crocheted by people who care enough to try to alleviate some of the distress these children are going through.

‘‘To have their own teddy to hug in times of need gives them comfort, hope and love.

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

Norma said: “I am delighted with the response this year, mostly due to the early publicity given in the Journal and Gazette. I wanted to open this up to people in neighbouring towns and it has worked well.’’