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Health visitors take up bear knitting challenge

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A group of health visitors from Northern Lincolnshire and Goole NHS Foundation Trust have taken up knitting to help children injured on the roads.

Crosby health visiting team

The Crosby health visiting team: Karen Swarbrick, Sian Horton, Jane White, Adrian Carter, Phyllis Daly and Lynne Frost

The Crosby health visiting team based in Scunthorpe started the new hobby in response to a Lincolnshire Police appeal for people to knit bears, which are used to console children involved in road traffic accidents.  

The force has set the local community a challenge to knit 500 bears by September 2014. So far – having started just before Christmas – the eight-strong health visiting team have managed to knit more than 100 bears by roping in colleagues and friends and family.

Health visitor Phyllis Daly said: “If in that split second when a child is presented with one of the bears it makes them feel a bit better, it’s well worth the effort.”

Colleague Sian Horton added: “We are quite addicted to it.”

Three of the team had to learn to knit from scratch, including the only male member of the team, Adrian Carter.

He admitted it had been a challenge but said: “I’ve found myself sitting on the sofa at 10 o’clock at night knitting and my wife and mother-in-law have pitched in too.” 

Now midwives, district nurses, clerical staff and managers have got involved too.  

Ms Daly said: “We’ve been delighted and amazed when people bring in their bears.  They’re an assortment of shapes, sizes and colours and they all have different faces.”


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