Christmas teddies for kids in hospital

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CHRISTMAS will be brighter for youngsters in hospital over the festive season — thanks to a collection of more than 250 teddy bears by a Bulwell store.

Matalan launched an appeal earlier this month to encourage customers to buy a teddy bear that will then be presented to ill children at the Queen’s Medical Centre (QMC) in Nottingham.

The response has been overwhelming and the cuddly toys will now be presented to the children’s wards at the QMC ahead of Christmas.

The collection was co-ordinated by Hucknall firefighters, who parked their fire engine at the store off Hucknall Lane and helped promote the appeal. They will take the teddies to the QMC.

The idea was the brainchild of Julie Booth, administration manager at the Bulwell branch of Matalan. The appeal has been run by staff members Amber Morris and Whitney May.

Amber said: “We wanted to do something that might just give a lift to children who are stuck in hospital during Christmas.”

OUR PHOTO shows Janet Harwood, of Matalan, with colleagues Tracey Scattergood and Kirsty Kendrick, handing over a sackful of teddies to firefighter Richard Shepherd, watched by fire service colleagues (from left) Ady Irons, Gary Hopley, Ian Day and Ian Copestake — DISPIC NHUD11-3227-1.