Could you knit ‘get well soon’ teddies?

Appeal...Elaine Turner with some of the donated knitted teddy bears. (Picture: Andrew Carpenter/001395-33)
Appeal...Elaine Turner with some of the donated knitted teddy bears. (Picture: Andrew Carpenter/001395-33)

VOLUNTEER knitters are being called upon to knit teddy bears for children receiving medical treatment in war-torn countries.

Elaine Turner, of the Rotary Club of Lutterworth, has organised the appeal, as doctors treating youngsters in the developing world have found that children who have a teddy to cuddle in their cots get better more quickly than those who don’t.

An appeal by Elaine for volunteers to knit teddies shortly before Christmas received an overwhelming response – and now the appeal is being spread to villages in the Lutterworth area.

Anyone who volunteers will be sent a pattern and instructions.

Some of the teddies will also be used by the police and fire service in the UK and will be given to traumatised youngsters.

Elaine said: “There has been so much interest that we wondered if more people might be interested.

“If you have any spare double knitting wool or would like a pattern to knit from, please get in touch.”

About 30 teddies have already been created by knitters in the Lutterworth area.

For more information, contact Elaine Turner on 01455 553425.