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Queensferry Teddies for Tragedies

2019 Update

Where do our teddies go? The charities that accept them vary from time to time, but recently we have been working with those mentioned below.

Children from the poorest areas of Belarus, Chernobyl, continue to come to Scotland for 4 weeks of recuperative healthcare. The West Lothian Group, based in Broxburn receive teddies and as well as giving them to the children who come over, they are taken at Christmas time to be handed out with Christmas parcels.

Over 850 teddies, along with blankets and chunky knits, were handed over to Re-Act, who work with Syrian refugee families both here and abroad.

2,000 teddies (mostly donated from another charity to us) were sent to Hand in Hand for Syria, to their Birmingham depot. They were met with delight and appreciation of such a generous donation. They take donations directly to charities working with the families, in Syrian refugee camps.

We continue to send hats scarves and mitts to Blythswood Care in Glasgow, for their Christmas Shoe Box appeal, they are added in to the boxes.

In the winter of 2018/19, over 107,000 shoeboxes were delivered across eight countries in Eastern Europe – to Albania, Bulgaria, Hungary, Kosovo, Moldova, Romania, Serbia and Ukraine. More than giving practical help or being a kind gesture, it lets a person know that they’ve been thought about, that they are valuable, that they are loved – what a priceless gift to give and to receive.

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Further Information

Since Queensferry Guild first became involved in the Teddies for Tragedies initiative in 1999, through this church, our CARING, local and wider community, have given love, hope and comfort to over 8,500 children (up to 2019).

Teddies for Tragedies is a knitting pattern for special teddies, to our pattern, which are donated annually to vulnerable children around the world. Volunteers are from all over and need not be church members.Sadly there is always a need somewhere for the comfort these little teddies bring, so please keep your donations coming, whether it be the knitted teddies, blankets, hats, scarves or mitts.

For more information contact Norma or email the Church office. Patterns are also held in ‘Claire Bear’s’ folder in the Hillstop Lounge, QPC.

Donations of Teddies, Blankets, Beanie Hats, Scarves and Mitts etc, can be left for Norma in the Church Coffee Lounge on weekday mornings except Fridays.

Donations of knitting and Teddies are collected and distributed all year round, but most teddies are held back for our annual Teddy Blessing Service, normally held early September, before distribution. This allows our teddies to take love, hugs and blessings to the children who need them.

When and Where

Church Coffee LoungeMon-Thurs, 10am - 11.30am to hand in donations.

Contact Info

Norma Brown
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