Earls Colne WI knit 61 Trauma Teddies for Essex Police

The Trauma Teddies knitted by the Earls Colne Womens' Institute

The Trauma Teddies knitted by the Earls Colne Womens' Institute - Credit: Archant

A women’s institute in Essex have knitted 61 teddy bears to be sent to children that have suffered a traumatic experience.

Police Community Support Officers (PCSOs) Gemma Cheek and Terrie Johnson with members of the WI grou

Police Community Support Officers (PCSOs) Gemma Cheek and Terrie Johnson with members of the WI group and the Trauma Teddies - Credit: Archant

The WI group in Earls Colne donated the bears, known as Trauma Teddies, to Essex Police following a knitathon in February.

Originating from the Australian Red Cross, the brightly coloured bears are now recognised across the world.

Volunteers knit the teddies, which are distributed to emergency services and charities, to give to children who have experienced a traumatic time.

Police Community Support Officers (PCSOs) Gemma Cheek and Terrie Johnson were presented with the bears. During the knitathon, the PCSOs also received a crash course in knitting.


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PCSO Cheek said: “These lovely bears will provide a lot of comfort to children that may unfortunately be involved in incidents that Essex Police deal with.

“Hopefully the bears can provide some reassurance to a child in a distressing situation”.

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PCSO Johnson added: “We are very grateful to the Earl’s Colne WI for giving up their time to make us so many of these fantastic teddies.

“I hope these will bring a little bit of cheer to a child in need.”

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