Stitched up: trauma teddies by the truckload

EIGHTY tiny, knitted creatures that give comfort to many little ones will be handed over to Tamworth hospital and Ronald McDonald House this week.

TEDDY BEAR CENTRAL: Making up the trauma teddy production line, at front, is Lorna Sweeney, Margaret Dunn, Morna Taylor, Hilary Howell and Peggy Holzigal. At the back, Dawn Wood, Jill Gay and Kerry Cannon with some of the teddies they've made. Missing from the photo is teddy maker Margaret Ponifex. Photo: Geoff O'Neill 110614GOB01

TEDDY BEAR CENTRAL: Making up the trauma teddy production line, at front, is Lorna Sweeney, Margaret Dunn, Morna Taylor, Hilary Howell and Peggy Holzigal. At the back, Dawn Wood, Jill Gay and Kerry Cannon with some of the teddies they've made. Missing from the photo is teddy maker Margaret Ponifex. Photo: Geoff O'Neill 110614GOB01

A group of ladies from Easy Living Villas came upon a pattern for trauma teddies and before too long they had themselves a fair dinkum teddy bear-making production line.

“We get together each Wednesday morning in the communal hall in the village,” Peggy Holzigal said.

“We have a few friends from outside the village who come along each week, too. One of them had a sample pattern and asked if, as a group, we wanted to do something with them. 

“We took the sample and a friend from Moree gave us a lot of wool, and we bought some, too, and it just went from there.

“We’re all retired and have some time on our hands, but it’s just lovely to do something to help people.”

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