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Long Trip Ahead for Trauma Teddies

Posted: Thu, 05 Oct 2017 10:19 by Daventry Town Council

Long Trip Ahead for Trauma Teddies

Another Daventry based charity received a delivery of Trauma Teddies from Daventry Town Mayor Cllr Lynne Taylor and local resident and major contributor to the project Daphne Bowhill.

The Trauma Teddies were presented at the charities weekly bric a brac sale, to local resident Valerie Taylor OBE, founder of the Centre for the Rehabilitation of the Paralysed (CRP) in Bangladesh.

CPR has grown from 4 beds in a disused warehouse to ten dedicated Centre's across Bangladesh treating thousands of patients a year. The charity is funded by voluntary donations from all over the world and Daventry residents have raised in excess of £100,000 for CRP, mainly via sales of bric a brac at the Daventry Country Market which is open 8:30am – 11:30am every Tuesday at the Daventry United Reformed Church Hall.

Valerie Taylor OBE who is returning to Bangladesh with the teddies later this month commented "Many thanks to everyone who has contributed to the Trauma Teddies project. Children in Bangladesh do not have toys and will cherish each and every one of them. They will be a valuable tool for our volunteers who work with many people who have been through trauma."

Mrs Bowhill, who has been knitting since she was a child, and runs a regular craft stall at the Country Market said: "I was aware of all the hard work the volunteers put in to run the bric a brac sale each week and can't think of a better home for the Trauma Teddies to go to."

Daventry Mayor Councillor Lynne Taylor added: "Trauma Teddies were part of the Arts Festival for the first time this year and the idea has really taken off. We are delighted to continue this project through until next summer's Arts festival and I look forward to making many more deliveries of the teddies to local organisations"

Knitters are welcome to contribute to the Trauma Teddies project. Any teddies can be dropped off at Daventry Town Council offices; 4 New Street, NN11 4BT.

To find out further information about CRP and their work visit: www.valerietaylortrust.org

Download the pattern for knitting a Trauma Teddy. [Link: http://www.daventrytowncouncil.gov.uk/uploads/trauma-teddy-pattern.docx

Picture Left to right: Valerie Taylor OBE, Daventry Mayor Cllr Lynne Taylor, Pam Smith, Annie Haynes (Organiser / volunteer Bric a Brac sale) and Daphne Bowhill (chief knitter).

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