An article in the Rotary International magazine of Great Britain and Ireland, from the Rotary Club of Lutterworth, got Janet Bettaccini thinking! Janet is a member of our church at Northolt and also a member of the Rotary Club of Hanwell and Northfields. Members and friends of the Rotary Club of Lutterworth knit small and adorable teddies and send to children in hospitals in the UK and overseas. Recently teddies have been sent via the charity ‘Intercare’ to Cameroon, Ghana, Malawi, Sierra Leone, Tanzania and Zambia and the response from the young recipients has been overwhelming.
More recently teddies have been given to vulnerable children in the UK in a variety of settings including Women’s Refuges. To date (March 2014) 3,500 teddies have been knitted and sent around the world!
Using the knitting talents of our ‘Knit and Natter’ group at Northolt Methodist Church, 22 delightful teddies have been knitted and, using the Rotary Club as distributor, have been delivered to Ealing Women’s Refuge. Before leaving church the teddies were blessed by our Minister Peter and we pray they will bring joy to little ones who are experiencing difficult circumstances right now. Our knitting colleagues are really enthusiastic and have already knitted another 22!
We are exploring ways of maximising the use of these teddies for other ‘Good Causes’ locally in a children’s setting. Some of our teddies will join the others from RC Lutterworth and be enjoyed by very disadvantaged children in hospital abroad and in other locations.
To date all the wool and teddy filling has been donated and the knitters have really been motivated to knit these adorable cuddly characters! These teddies are on the move!