Teddies for Tragedies Blessing service -November 2013

A Mountain of special knitted Teddies, in their own special bags, are on their way to bring hugs, love, hope and comfort to children in Malawi, courtesy of Queensferry Parish Church.

These teddies were blessed during a special service in the church on Sunday 3rd November.

Queensferry children helped to build the mountain, before the teddies were spread around the church in readiness for the service. During the service the congregation were invited to give each teddy a hug to take to the children in Malawi, before popping it into it’s special bag.

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Volunteers from Queensferry, Linlithgow, Bo’ness, Blackness, even Ireland and Sussex have contributed to this year’s total of 475 teddies and bags, 84 Blankets, 148 hats, 42 scarves and several other knitted items.

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The teddies are transported by The Raven Trust, Argyle and are mainly distributed through the hospitals to children in Northern Malawi. The teddies are greatly prized in Malawi and bring comfort and joy to children who have so little. In some cases, one of these teddies may be the only possession a child has, and the draw string bag to keep it in has many uses. It has been proved that children feel much better, and recover faster if in hospital, when they receive one of these special teddies, made with love.

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The blankets, hats, scarves, etc will be sent to Eastern areas of Europe by Blythswood Care, Glasgow, to help to bring warmth to children and the elderly, during  cold winter months.

‘Teddies for Tragedies’ is a knitting pattern!

Queensferry Parish Church has been involved in this initiative since 1999 and to date has contributed over 3,610 teddies and 299 blankets (which we started donating slowly, in 2005), including this year’s total.

Norma Brown, Queensferry’s Co-ordinator, would like to thank everyone who has cared enough to make all these wonderful items this year and to remind everyone this is an ongoing project, so please keep knitting and crocheting. If you are thinking about it, it’s never too late to start. You don’t need to live in Queensferry and you don’t need to be a church member. This project is open to all!

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