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Kind-hearted Cumbrians knit 300 'Bobbie Buddies' to comfort children in distress

Knitted 'Bobbie Buddies' that offer comfort to children in distress Photo: Cumbria Police

Cumbria's knitters have put their needles and wool to work creating more than 300 'Bobbie Buddies' for distressed children.

Earlier this year the county's police force launched a scheme to keep teddy bears in their vehicles so they'd be close at hand to comfort children caught in upsetting situations.

Knitters were asked to download a pattern from the force's website and drop off completed buddies at police stations.

The scheme was initially set up in north Cumbria but police say it has been so successful it's being rolled out across the whole of the county.

“On behalf of everyone at the Constabulary I’d like to thank all the people who responded so positively to our appeal – not just those who knitted but those who shared the appeal on social media to help it reach the right people.

“We expected, given the generous nature of people in the county, that the appeal would prove popular but we’ve been blown away by how supportive and helpful people have been.

“The success of the appeal means we are able to roll the project out across the county quicker than we expected, which is great news.

“I would continue to ask people to send in their Bobby Buddy creations. Each bear could have a genuinely positive impact on a young child going through a difficult time.”

– Sergeant Rebecca Morgan, Cumbria Police
Cumbria's collection of knitted 'Bobby Buddies' Credit: Cumbria Police

Completed 'Bobbie Buddies' can be dropped off at any police station in Cumbria and the pattern is available to download by clicking here.