Emer­gency Trauma Bears

South Waikato News - - Out & About - TA­MARA THORN

Two Toko­roa women have do­nated Trauma Bears to St John Am­bu­lance to comfort chil­dren who have been through a trau­matic ex­pe­ri­ence.

Gesina Jansen and Lynne Bray have been knit­ting from a young age, but re­cently took on a new form of knit­ting to make Trauma Bears.

Trauma bears are de­signed to comfort chil­dren who have been in­jured or who have been through a trau­matic ex­pe­ri­ence.

Jansen said ‘‘It is nice for the chil­dren, and gives comfort to the lit­tle ones.’’

Although Jansen and Bray have only re­cently started mak­ing the bears, the first do­na­tion to St John in­volved eight bears, with many more to come.

Jenny Mariu from St John said ’’It is easy for chil­dren to point out where they are sore on the bear, or even just be of comfort to them.’’

She said the Trauma Bears will be kept in the back of the am­bu­lance for when they are needed, but said she will give some to the fire ser­vice, as they deal with small chil­dren also.

‘‘It is lovely for chil­dren to get some­thing knit­ted,’’ she said.

A drop-off point at the in­for­ma­tion cen­tre is avail­able to those who want to do­nate wool for fu­ture Trauma Bears.

Mariu said ‘‘It [the bears] is re­ally ap­pre­ci­ated from us, it is nice for them [chil­dren] to be able ot cud­dle.’’

TA­MARA THORN/FAIRFAX NZ

Jenny Mariu from St John, with Gesina Jansen and Lynne Bray who make Trauma Bears

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