A group of kind-hearted Doncaster ladies have knitted 150 ‘trauma teddies’ to offer comfort and support to children who have been affected by crime.
The teddy bears aim to calm and distract children who have either been involved in a road accident of have been a victim of, or witnessed a crime.
The idea came from Margaret Dyson, a member of the United Reform Church in Intake, who heard about how ‘trauma teddies’ have been used in other police forces across the country.
PS Donna Roden from the Serious Collision Unit and DCI Joanne Bates from Doncaster collected the donation of bears that are now available for use by South Yorkshire Police officers.
The officers said: “We would like to thank the ladies from the United Reform Church for being so thoughtful and for making these teddies.
“They are a fantastic idea and I’m sure they will help children who we may come into contact with, who may be frightened or upset.
“They will encourage children to build confidence in the police in a variety of situations such as at road traffic collisions or if they have been involved in a traumatic incident.
“All the teddies are now being carried by road policing officers to use as appropriate at incidents and some teddies have been placed into our witness interview suites across the force.”
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