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Collecting teddies for trauma

The Teddy Trust encourages children in the UK to learn about the suffering of children globally, and how they can help with the simple donation of a soft and reassuring teddy bear. 

Commenting on the donation, Buckfast Abbey’s Education Manager, Alison Gagg, said: “Having launched the project at the start of the summer, it’s been wonderful to receive support from so many members of staff here at the Abbey. 

“Bonded together by a shared motivation to support a good cause, many Buckfast Abbey employees have spent their weekends visiting charity shops, car boot sales and toy shops to purchase new teddy bears that are big enough to cuddle but small enough for a child to carry. Others have spent time with their children sorting through old toys to find those in good condition, without a noise, teaching them how they can help support other children around the world through the donation of a soft teddy bear. 

“It’s been a pleasure for all of us. The Teddy Trust is a remarkable organisation which helps children that have suffered the most appalling traumas, through the gift of soft, cuddly and reassuring teddy bears.

To learn more about The Teddy Trust campaign, how to get involved, and suitable teddies to send, visit

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