Archive | February 2012

Sunday 19th February 2012


My talk in church, during the Main Service, about "Teddies for Tragedies". (I didn't get photos during the Family Service!


I spoke for 4 minutes, to the congregation in both the Family Service and the Main Service today, at Church, and told them all about Teddies for Tragedies.

We got several new volunteers, and handed out lots of patterns, so it was worth it!

Today I heard that there is now a page for Teddies for Tragedies on the Queensferry Parish Church Website. This also includes knitting patterns for Teddies and Blankets.

They are going to attach a link back to my Blog!



In January I was taken with a local family, to Sharm el Sheikh, in Egypt.

It was great lazing by the pool, but I had to keep dry!

I was taken on a submarine to look at shipwrecks and fish! It was amazing!

In the submarine

Here I am in the submarine, looking at the fish, and they are looking back at me!

This entry was posted on February 11, 2012. 1 Comment

My Adventures While Making New Friends !

As part of my Mission to make new friends and to tell them about ‘Teddies for Tragedies’, I went on a cruise around South America, in November 2011. Santaigo, Chile to Rio, Brasil. I made many new friends from, The Falklands, America, Australia, Scotland, England and the Philippines. It was a wonderful trip and a wonderful way to spread the word about ‘Teddies for Tragedies’!

I’m glad I have my own Passport!



I tried on the Lifejacket for the Lifeboat Drill, but got a shock!

Too Big For Me! Help!!!!

 I sailed through the Chilean Fjords

Chilean Fjords

I visited Ushuaia, The City at the End of The World.

Ushuaia, The End Of The World

and took a trip to Tierra Del Fuego National Park

Sleeping Volcano in Tierra Del Fuego National Park

    Going round Cape Horn was my next adventure

Cape Horn

 When I landed at Stanley, in the Falkland Islands, I took a trip to Bluff Cove to see the Gentoo Penguins

Gentoo Penguins near Stanley, Falkland Islands

After Stanley, I went to Buenos Aires

Buenos Aires

Montevideo was my next stop.


Followed by my final stop, Rio, where I was amazed by the  size of the Christ The Redeemer Statue, and how high above the Sugar Loaf Mountain I was!

Rio, Christ The Redeemer Statue

Rio, Looking Down On Sugar Loaf Mountain

Meet Claire Bear

Claire Bear

I was elected South Queensferry Parish Church Ambassador for ‘Teddies for Tragedies’, by the other Teddies, before they set off in November, on their mission to bring love and comfort to unfortunate children wherever they were needed.

My mission is to spread more interest and widespread knowledge by making new friends, and telling them about the ways ‘Teddies for Tragedies’ can help unfortunate children everywhere.

Teddies for Tragedies


“Teddies for Tragedies is not a registered charity, it has no central organisation, no rules, regulations, or subscription fees. It is just a knitting pattern.”

It is believed Teddies for Tragedies has been around since 1985, when a lady knitted a washable bear from an old teddy pattern, and included it in a box for Charity. It was a great hit and more were asked for.

In 1986 the first Teddies were sent to the Sudan by WRVS workers, to a temporary orphanage, in a refugee camp, for 2,000 children with TB.

The simple fact of being able to have something as comforting, cuddly and soft as a teddy bear always with you, something of your own to keep and cherish has proven to hasten healing in young children. The doctors involved have observed and documented this phenomenon which is particularly effective with young orphans. ‘Better than medicine for many,’ was how one young Sudanese doctor summed it up. When tragedy strikes somewhere in the world, the first members of society to suffer are the children. ‘Teddies for Tragedies’ works to alleviate some of the stress that prevails when these catastrophes occur. The simple gift of a hand-knitted teddy bear sends these children the message that someone in the world cares for them and that they are loved.

Teddies have gone to many places such as the Sudan, Peru, Zambia, Romania, Calcutta, Thailand, Croatia, Albania, Nepal, to name a few. It is incredible how numbers of Teddies have arrived according to need. Sadly the need is always going to be there. All too often there are civil wars, famines or natural disasters. There is also a demand for ‘Blankets for Babies’!

 South Queensferry Parish Church Involvement

South Queensferry Parish Church has been involved since 1999, when our Church Guild took up the challenge.

From October 1999 to November 2014, over 4,000 teddies ( also 350 blankets, and over 700 Beanie Hats) have been donated from South Queensferry Parish Church, to Blythswood Care, for distribution to orphaned and refugee children across the world.

You can help. Volunteers are the essential ingredient of Teddies for Tragedies. Follow our patterns to knit a bear or bears, and then hand them in to us.

If you can’t knit, why not sew a bag or bags for the bears, or help us with donations of yarn, fabric, cord, or stuffing.

There is no deadline or quota to the number of teddies and/or bags a volunteer must produce. A ball of wool and needles, a few hours spent on a craft you love, and your creation could influence a little child for the rest of his or her life.

 “Not every child who would love a teddy is tragic. A poor child anywhere, an unhappy child any day has the right to a comforting teddy.”
This entry was posted on February 9, 2012. 3 Comments