The Huddersfield Daily Examiner – Youngsters donate their favourite teddy bears to Syrian refugees

Holme Valley teddies could be on their way to Jordan before Christmas

3-yr-old Hettie Marsden and friends from Hepworth Playgroup, Pre School and Out of School Club and children from Hepworth Junior and Infant School with soft toys they have collected for Paddington Project.

Youngsters in the Holme Valley are giving up their beloved teddy bears to send to Syrian refugee children.

Project Paddington, set up in Sheffield, has been brought to Hepworth by mums Lisa Bradley and Lynette McHale.

Children at Hepworth Junior and Infant School and the pre-school were the first to donate their teddies, and will be followed by five or six other schools.

The project also has the backing of Hepworth Church and Hepworth playgroup.

Mum-of-two Lisa, 37, said the inspiration for the appeal came from her son Tommy, seven, who wanted to do something to help.

Tommy has donated his two favourite teddies, Digby and Squirrel, and all the money he was saving for an Xbox Lego game.

His little brother Oscar, four, wasn’t to be outdone and will send his favourite Gruffalo toy.

Lisa said: “I am really proud of them both and we hope these teddies will be the first of many that we will send to the refugees. It is really good for the children to show compassion and think about others.”

The idea behind Project Paddington is for children to write notes to send with the teddies and Lisa said: “It’s all about children helping children.”

Teddy bear Appeal by Lisa Bradley with sons Tommy and Oscar

Project Paddington was only launched in the Holme Valley last week and it is hoped hundreds of teddies will be collected.

They will be stored in a mill in Thongsbridge and the group is working with internationally-recognised charity Tearfund to transport the bears to their new homes.

The first teddy aid truck could go to Jordan before Christmas.

“What we want is for children to give up their much-loved old teddies not buy new ones as it shows how much we really care and that they know how to treat strangers,” said Lisa.

Project Paddington is named after Paddington Bear who travelled to London from deepest, darkest Peru to find a new life.

The campaign was started on Facebook in Sheffield by trainee vicar Joy French, 39, and has now spread across the UK.

For more information find Project Paddington on Facebook or ring Lisa on 07900 982429.

 

Read More: http://www.examiner.co.uk/news/west-yorkshire-news/project-paddington-youngsters-donate-favourite-10113998

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