NEEDLE WORK: Red Cross Gayndah branch president John Stott with Pam Boughen and some Trauma Teddies.
NEEDLE WORK: Red Cross Gayndah branch president John Stott with Pam Boughen and some Trauma Teddies. Contributed

Ready, teddy, go: Trauma Teddies distributed

A LONG-SERVING volunteer of Gayndah's Red Cross branch is proving that "slow and steady” really does win the race as she continues to churn out the Trauma Teddies.

The teddies Pam Boughen has been knitting are an initiative of Australian Red Cross.

"I just do a little bit at night, I'm not very fast,” Mrs Boughen said.

But when you're fighting a one-woman knitting war, every bit counts.

Mrs Boughen, who said she began volunteering for the Gayndah branch in 1983, said she had been a member for so long as she believed in what the organisation did.

She has also been knitting beanies for premature babies.

Branch president John Stott said the Trauma Teddies go to local hospitals, doctors surgeries and medical facilities, and any extra go to Bundaberg.

He said Mrs Boughen was knitting about one or two a month, and donated five teddies at the branch's last meeting.

The branch meets on the last Thursday of each month at 10am at the Gayndah Showgrounds. All are welcome.

Contact Mr Stott on 41611022 for more information.

Trauma Teddies facts:

  • Began in 1990, when Richard Hamilton, superintendent of Campbelltown ambulance service, saw a teddy bear given to a child being treated by the Camden ambulance service.
  • Comes in two sizes, original or small, and can be made with different designs and colours.
  • Anyone can make a Trauma Teddy: the pattern can be downloaded from Australian Red Cross' website, although they need to be inspected by a Red Cross Trauma Teddy co-ordinators before being distributed.

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