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Update January 2017!

Can’t believe it is so long since I last updated this Blog! I have been so busy. To bring you all up to date I will let you know what has happened last year, rather than go back to 2015!

Forstly since Queensferry parish Church first became involved with teddies for tragedies in 1999 we have sent over 6,000 teddies to children who need them!

In 2016 we received 1102 teddies from local volunteers, a marvelous number. What did we do with them? 50 went as usual, to three nurses from Lochgelly, who set up Haiti Help to assist the orphans in Haiti who suffered from the 2010 earthquake and more recent hurricane last year which devastated what everyone was trying to rebuild. As the hurricane drowned all their livestock last year, they are in great need of help to rebuild their stock of goats and chickens as food source (milk, and eggs). So as well as the 50 teddies (all they could carry in their hand luggage along with medicines etc, Queensferry Teddies for Tragedies also bought a pregnant goat through their appeal. Needless to say we called this goat Claire!

picture1                  Image, children in the orphanage, Haiti with our teddies, taken 2016

Nepal – we have sent 262 teddies, 1600 beanie hats, 401 scarves, 112 blankets, 266 pairs mitts various sizes and 180 other knitted items to the children and families still suffering from the Nepal earthquakes which happened early 2015. ‘The Secret Garden Disasier Relief’ is one of the many charities working to help the communities rebuild their lives and homes and they distributed the donated items.

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The Scottish Emergency Resue Association, who donate fire appliances to needy countries, took 150 teddies to Romania in 1015 and in 2016 they took, along with their fire engines etc, around 400 teddies, 30 blankets, some hats scarves and mitts to the children in Moldova.fire-engines-6Fire engines ready to go to Moldova

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Friends of Chernobyls Children, who work with host families in the Uk to help the children still affected by the Chernobyl disaster in 1986. Many families still live in the affected areas, and the effects of this diaster is estimated to lie in the land hence the water and the air, for 24,000 years. Friends of Chernobyl give groups of children a month long pregarmme each year for around 5 years, giving recuperative health care, English lessons and most importantly loving tender care from their Uk host families. There are 25 satellite groups in Scotland, England, Wales and the Isle of Man. 3 are in Scotland. We give teddies to all 3 Scottish groups, Almond Valley in Linlithgow, West Lothian Group in Broxburn and Maray Group up in Moray. These teddies are treasured by the children and their siblings.

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Blythswood Care in Glasgow – make an annual appeal for hats, scarves, mitts for their Christmas Shoe Box appeal. We sent them 585 hats, 72 scarves, 43 pairs mitts, 2 blankets and 15 other knitted items.

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We also sent 300 teddies to London to go to Syria with ‘Hand in Hand for Syria’ charity who said they could guarantee they would arrive safely.

We participate in our local annual Queensferry Fair Day parade, in August to raise awareness of Teddies for Tragedies. In 2016 our co-ordinator was on a Honda Goldwings Trike dressed in a teddy suit!

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Our annual Teddy Blessing Service was held in Queensferry parish Church in September. the congregation enjoy participating in this. Below we are setting up the church ready for the service.

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Our annual fundraising coffee morning was a success this year raising £675.01. A big thank you to all who contributed and helped with this.

All in all a very busy year. 2017 looks to be just as busy, stocks are gathering and plans are afoot for distribution. I hope it does not take me solong to update in future!

Happy New Year!

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Ferry Fair Parade, South Queensferry, August 2015

This year the Ferry Fair Parade in South Queeensferry was exciting for us bears!

Some of us were in the parade in Vintage Cars,

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Our Giant Cousins

and 8 of our big cousins were riding pillion on Honda Goldwing Motor Bikes courtesy of Robin Cook and goldwings.org.uk.

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Trying the bikes out for size!One of the Bikers!

 They do great things for Charities and said they would be happy to take some large teddies on their bikes this year, to raise awareness of Teddies for Tragedies and the comfort  we give to sad children everywhere! Thank you so much Robin and your group.

The good news is they have said they will do it next year if we want them to!

Whooopee!

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    After much searching, I am excited to announce that I have found a contact, who has a contact, going to and from Nepal, and she is looking for donations of knitted or crocheted hats, scarves, gloves/mitts and blankets for children and Adults, in preparation for the looming cold Winter.

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I have pledged some of our donations which I am sure no one will object to and am busy sorting out hats and blankets as I write! (well, not at the same time!)

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She has asked,no light colours please as it is very dirty out there and it won’t take long for things to get  grubby. She also would like some of our teddies, again, no light colours.

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Please contact me at   clairebear_tft@yahoo.co.uk  if you would like to help. I have patterns available.

Fundraising Coffee Morning, May 30th- 2015, by Norma, Co-ordinator.

Our Fundraising Teddies for Tragedies Coffee Morning went well this year, despite competition from several other events the same day – I do pick the wrong dates, don’t I, but still I was happy, as you can see from my smile!P1030103

I am very grateful for all the help and support I received from, June, my assistant and right hand woman, and my three door ladies, who did admirably!

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The Tombola went well and thank you for the help there too, as well as the important donations, without which we couldn’t have a Tombola!

Thank you to my kitchen ladies for their baking donations and help with the teas etc, vital to a coffee morning!P1030101

Thank you all who donated so generously for the Cake ‘n’ Candy stall and to my two lovely daughters and lovely daughter-in-law who helped to sell the goodies. Thank you to my sons who helped with baking and helped to clear up in the kitchen and hall, and thank you to my husband who did lots!  In fact thank you everybody, I hope I have missed no-one out!

This is beginning to sound like an Oscar Award speech!

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Thank you to everyone who baked and donated, who came and supported, and those who couldn’t make it but gave generous donations to compensate. We raised a final grand total of £436.96, which will help enormously with the expense of the fabric to make 500-600 drawstring bags to keep the teddies (1 each) cosy and safe when they reach their new homes! It also helps with promotion costs, and inks for the many patterns I print off!

(Oops, missed this out for 2014!) Teddies for Tragedies Coffee Morning – 2014

Queensferry Parish Church once again hosted our annual teddies for tragedies fundraising Coffee Morning.

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Thank you to all who contributed to the

£ 443.26 that was raised.

 This helps enormously with the fabric for the teddy bags, and other expenses such as printer inks for all the patterns that have to be printed.

 It also helps with any costs for our ‘Raising Awareness’ promotions during Ferry Fair week, and gives us a good start for next year.

2015, Benji and the Girls!

I had another adventure with the girls! I went to Girls Brigade Camp, and we visited Robert Burns Birthplace Museum!

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                                                                                              Help, I’m flying off with this Corbie!

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I love Haggis and Neeps, let me at it!!

Queensferry’s Teddy Blessing Service – November 2014

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On Sunday 2nd November we had our annual Teddy Blessing Service, before the Teddies set off on their travels.

We prepared the Church.

Norma spoke to the congregation, to bring them up to date with how this project is going, and to tell them what our special teddies have been up to in 2014.

The congregation were invited to’ bag’ the teddies in front of them in the pews, and bring them up to the front to put in our collection box (a very handy travel cot!).

We received  over 500 Teddies and bags this year, 250 of which were donated to Kirkliston for their Teddy appeal for Syrian Refugee Children. The remaining Teddies went to Malawi via The Raven Trust, Argyll. The 50 blankets, 146 hats, and other knitwear went to Eastern Europe (who don’t admit the Teddies in, due to Customs regulations) via Blythswood Care, Glasgow.

Another good year!

Many thanks to all the wonderful Volunteers!