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Fulwood Library ‘Knit and Natter’ group make 51 trauma teddies for Preston Police

Posted on - 22nd March, 2022 - 8:48am | Author - | Posted in - Charities, Fulwood, Lancashire Police, Preston News, Proud Preston
The Knit and Natter social group at Fulwood Library

A local knitting group that made 51 trauma teddies for children undergoing stressful events have donated them to Preston Police.

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The Knit and Natter social group at Fulwood Library created the teddies for Preston Police to offer children a simple distraction during potentially upsetting circumstances.

Trauma teddies are knitted for emergency services all over the world.

Local officer PCSO Shackleton visited the library to receive the bears, who has since given them to tactical operations officers to use in the event of a road traffic collision.

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Officers holding the trauma teddies

PCSO Shackleton said: “It’s great to see the fantastic effort of the Knit and Natter group.

“We really appreciate the time it’s taken to make them.”

Knit and Natter is a social group that meets every Tuesday from 10:30am to 12:30pm.

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The social group encourage new members and welcomes anyone from the community.

Tactical Operations Sergeant Chris Breckell said: “This is a great initiative from a local library to give back to the community.

“Trauma teddies really do provide a form of comfort to children in distressing situations, so these bears are greatly received.”

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Fulwood Library Manager Victoria Gee said: “I was told that local officers had a shortage of trauma teddies, so I consulted the Knit and Natter group who set themselves a target of one bear each.

“That target kept going up and up, and now they have handed 51 bears to the police.

“It’s not just trauma bears that the group knit. Sometimes, the group will sell their knitted pieces to raise funds for the library.

“We do that through our Friends of Fulwood Library group.”

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County Councillor Peter Buckley, the cabinet member for community and cultural services, said the council is grateful to the group for the kind act of support.

Councillor Buckley said: “Our libraries host hundreds of groups and events, from crafting to exercise classes and activities for children, which are a great way to pursue an interest and meet new people.

“I’d encourage everyone to check out our website to learn more about what’s going on at their local library.”

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