Teddies for tragedies

Pictured are some of the 98 teddies which were knitted in support the Teddies for Tragedies appeal.
Pictured are some of the 98 teddies which were knitted in support the Teddies for Tragedies appeal.

A team of Brechiners have joined together to knit teddies for a Blythswood Care’s Teddies for Tragedies appeal for children in Africa.

Marie Christie heard about the appeal through a dear friend, Church of Scotland minister Rev Irene Charlton.

“Initially the teddies were knitted by a small group of friends, most whom are nurses, one Saturday afternoon at my house,” said Marie.

“The idea then seemed to take off and various teddies have been knitted by ladies in Brechin as well as some being knitted south of the border before being posted north and sewn in Brechin.”

Marie also sent 35 shoe-bags, something that provides the children with somewhere to keep their one and only treasure – shoes, the only thing they have ever owned).

“There are two teddies missing. These were appropriated by my young grand-daughter, Ruby, and the grand-daughter of a close friend, Iona.

“Scottish children have plenty of toys and yet these little teddies are much loved favourites; the bright colours and smiling faces endear them all.”

Doctors who treat children in third world or war torn countries have found that children who have their own teddies to cuddle in their cots get better quicker than those who do not.

One doctor said that teddies did more than medicine: “Cheer the children up, give them hope and you are o the way to putting them right physically!”

The first teddies were sent out to Sudan in 1986 and were such a success that more were requested.

Since 1986 teddies have be sent out to places such as Peru, Romania, Calcutta, Thailand, Albanian hospitals, Nepal and various Croatian villages.

Marie’s teddies and shoe-bags will be sent to Malawi where they will be distributed to sick and needy children.