Macclesfield Express – Macclesfield pre-schoolers donate their teddies to refugees

Children at St John’s Pre-School and the Mini Music group have donated the toys to send comfort to children in crisis

Amelie Little, four, Harper-Mae Martin, two and Jack Billington, three, have all donated teddies to the appeal

Generous toddlers reached out to comfort children in war-torn Syria by sending over some of their cuddly toys.

Children from St John’s Pre-School and Mini Music Toddler Group have taken part in Project Paddington, a scheme developed by a group of mums in response to the growing humanitarian crisis among refugees.

They were asked to choose a teddy to donate to a child in need.

Bex Job, manager of St John’s Pre-School based on Ivy Road, said: “We thought it was a great opportunity for children to learn about people in different situations.”

The collection was organised by Fiona Reynolds, who is an old university friend of Joy French, who set up the scheme in Sheffield.

Mum-of-four Fiona, 38, said: “This is about children helping children.

“That’s what attracted me to the idea, we are encouraging children to think about other children who don’t have as much as them.

“We teach our children about sharing and this is another form of that.

“If I were in that position I would appreciate help, and this could be any one of us.”

Amelie Little, four, Jack Billington, three and Harper-Mae Martin, two

The project began in September and Fiona has collected about 50 teddies from the two groups, including a Peppa Pig donated by her four-year-old daughter Annabelle.

Each teddy has a note around its neck with a message from the child who donated it, and will be delivered to refugee families across Europe.

Some families have also raised sponsorship money to help towards the cost of shipping the teddies overseas.

Registration for teddy donations to Project Paddington has now closed and new supporters are encouraged to get involved by taking a teddy selfie.

Supports should take a #teddyselfie by posting a picture of themselves with their teddy on social media and making a donation.

The money raised will be used in partnership with Tearfund, a charity which provides interantional aid across Europe.

All the money raised through Project Paddington will go to provide a range of aid to displaced families in Syria, Jordan, Iraq and Europe.

For further information go to projectpaddington.com.

Post your teddy selfie with #teddyselfie and text PADDINGTON to 70660 to donate £5.

Jack Billington, three

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