Norfolk Constabulary: Trauma teddies donated

Trauma teds donated to Watton police

4 July 2014

Police in Watton have been given 100 teddy
bears which can be given to children involved in road traffic
collisions.

The cuddly toys, known as trauma teddies ,
have been donated by customers of the local branch of Norwich and
Peterborough Building Society and will be used by officers to
comfort little ones involved in collisions and police
incidents.

The campaign follows a similar successful
appeal run by N&P earlier in the year in north Norfolk, where
teddies were donated to police.

Thanking customers for their efforts, PCSO
Tonya Winsley, said: “Regardless of age, being involved in a
collision or any incident which requires police attendance can
be a traumatic experience but it can be particularly upsetting and
frightening for young children who will not necessarily understand
of what s happening around them.

“A simple thing such as a teddy can help
comfort and reassure little ones in times of distress and I would
like to thank all those who have knitted toys and donated
them.

Sharon Clark, Manager of N&P s Watton
branch, said: “We have been astounded by the response we have had
for this collection.

We ve been handing out knitting patterns
left right and centre to people who want to contribute and every
person is bringing back the loveliest teddies.

“Although all the teddies have all been
knitted to the same pattern people have been putting their own
twists to each bear and they really brighten up the branch!

We are
hoping to keep our collection going and be a drop off point for the
teddies as long as possible.

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