A Moorlands knitting group have helped to create hundreds of teddies which Staffordshire Police will now use to comfort children during upsetting experiences.
Compassionate crafters from knitting groups across the county, including Cannock, Heath Hayes, Lichfield and Werrington have taken part in the campaign which has been led by Police Community Support Officers (PCSO) Ash Goodwin and Claire Reeves after the idea was suggested to them by local community members who had spotted the bears being used by other police forces.
The colourful little bears are now being distributed to various teams across the force, to hand out to children officers meet in difficult circumstances, such as being involved in a car crash, or being a witness of crime.
Staffordshire Moorlands PCSO Ash Goodwin, said: “We have been completely overwhelmed by the generosity of everyone who has given their time to knitting and kindly donating the bears.
“The Werrington Knitter Natter Group created an astonishing 90 teddies in just six weeks and plan to keep making even more.”
“The bears will be kept at police stations and in police vehicles and put to good use by providing comfort to children in an upsetting situation. They will also help to build a relationship with the officers who have come to help them.”