Knit a Buddy Bobby Teddy and help the Dorset community:
Do you or your children enjoy knitting? Then why not knit this Buddy Bobby Teddy.
Dorset Police is calling on the support of knitting enthusiasts across the county to create teddy bears for children in distress.
I know from personal experience how much my daughter treasured the little teddy bear that was given to her when she was in hospital. Fortunately the operation was routine and although scary and distressing for her, not as traumatic as events that the police are likely to attend.
Very sadly this particular bear has been missing as a result of a house-move and several re-organisations because of building works. My daughter has not forgiven me. And no she is not seven or eight but twenty eight now!!
What will happen to the teddies
The Buddy Bobby Teddies will be carried in patrol cars and used to comfort young children who are distressed or experiencing a traumatic event.
Police Constable Conroy, of Dorset Police, said: “Sadly we regularly attend incidents where children are really having a tough time – it could be a family argument or a loved one going missing.”
“We do our best to build relationships with young people at incidents, but something like a teddy bear can be really useful in distracting them from what is going on around them.”
“Taking my child to hospital and him being given a small knitted toy, seeing the pleasure and enjoyment he got from this small gesture, in difficult times set me to research whether we had such an initiative. Noticing that we didn’t, the concept of ‘Bobby Buddies’ was born.”
Teddies helping police and the community
“I hope that this initiative will enable us to work closely with the volunteers who knit the buddies. Our aim is to encourage positive interaction with young people, assisting them at difficult times, or just helping them realise that police officers are there to help them and are approachable, and not people to be scared of.”
“It also shows in this small gesture that so much of the work we do cannot be done without the assistance of our community. Providing the name of the person who knitted the buddy, along with the officer who gifted it, will hopefully show that working together we can make real positive changes.”
Find out more
For more information about the initiative and to download the knitting pattern, visit the Buddy Bobby Teddy web page. Completed teddies can be handed in at Bournemouth, Poole, Weymouth and Blandford Police Station counters.