The Children’s Assessment Unit (CAU) at Dewsbury & District Hospital has received a generous donation of over 20 knitted teddies for young children during their stay.
The donations were knitted and donated by a member of the local Dewsbury Women’s Institute (below photo).
Being given a soft cuddly toy helps the young patients relax when they arrive for treatment on the Children’s Assessment Unit.
As the bears are made of 100% wool with no metal or plastic components, they can even be taken into MRI scans and x-rays with the children.
Play Leader Anna Simpson, on the Children’s Assessment Unit at Dewsbury & District Hospital, said “We are absolutely delighted to receive this generous donation
of beautifully made knitted teddies. These toys will really help to comfort our young patients through difficult and often uncomfortable procedures. The toys can help us as play leaders to divert children’s attention away from these procedures and the scans they may have to endure during their stay on the unit.
“Many of our young patients are admitted to the unit after being rushed into A&E, and often don’t have any of their comfort blankets or cuddly toys with them to re-assure them, so these toys will be really appreciated by the children and their families.”