This is an appeal to you to please, please stop sending us these sorts of toys. We are absolutely inundated with things we cannot send to traumatised children and it takes up a huge amount of time sorting and then trying to find outlets for this sort of stuff. We currently reject over 60% of what we receive and we are now constrained in terms of space for storage.
Many of you are sending us the most beautiful, soft cuddly teddies and other animals which we are so grateful for and which we are so happy to send to suffering children. These children have nothing, and very often, when we give them a soft, wonderful teddy it’s the only thing they have to call their own and that teddy becomes very important in a shattered life.
So please, when you decide to support us, follow our guidelines on the website – www.teddytrust.org.uk – about what we can and cannot send and remember that it has to be soft and benign, clean and in good condition with nothing that makes a noise, no bells etc, as very often a child has to run and hide quickly and if teddy makes a noise – well it doesn’t bear thinking about! A child also needs to be able to carry a teddy, especially if they are on the move. We cannot send monsters, snakes, animals with metal inside, damaged or dirty teddies, dolls, knitted toys, cars, one eyed things, nylon toys, pillows, no branded toys etc. Just soft, cuddly benign teddies and other soft, cuddly benign animals please. And they need to be between 8” and 15” to be a nice cuddly armful! If you’re in doubt then do contact us through the website and send us a photo and we’ll get back to you as soon as we can.
There are lots of photos on the website of what we send so thank you for your continuing support and help. We do so much appreciate your kindness in sending us lovely teddies.