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Hope from crafty knitters

Ninety teddy bears will be given to vulnerable households across the Lichfield district thanks to Nurture Community and Buddy Bags.

Nurture Community, a community interest company that works to connect organisations and support local events, offered Lichfield District Council the cuddly bears so they could be distributed along with emergency shopping deliveries.

This is the scheme which sees the council working with us, to deliver shopping to vulnerable community members who are self-isolating and do not have anyone to help them.

Charlotte Stutt, Founder of Nurture Community, said: “We work with a range of partners to bring organisations together on local projects and events. One of the partners we work with is the Buddy Bag Foundation, which offers care packages to children who are in emergency care.

“During the coronavirus lockdown, they’ve not been able to get the bags out, so have built up a stockpile of bears, which were kindly knitted by lots of volunteers.

“Rather than the bears sitting idle, we thought it would be a good opportunity to work with the council to give them to local people who are self-isolating. We hope everyone likes their bears and that they will bring a bit of comfort at this difficult time.”

The council will add the bears to shopping bags for a limited time when they deliver the emergency shopping to local homes.

Councillor Ashley Yeates, Cabinet Member for Communities & Housing, said: “It was so kind of Nurture Community to think of our vulnerable residents who are self-isolating. It must have been a huge effort by the volunteers to knit all the teddy bears for the Buddy Bags, and I’m glad they will now be going to local homes.

“Receiving an unexpected bear with their shopping will be a nice treat to discover and we hope it will give them a boost.

“I’d like to thank everyone involved in the emergency shopping scheme. It’s been fantastic to see everyone pulling together to help our local community.”

If you live in Lichfield District and are self-isolating and do not have any outside help, call the emergency shopping line on 0333 220 3088, which is available from 9am to 5pm on weekdays.

To find out more about the service, visit www.lichfielddc.gov.uk/coronavirushelp

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