TEDDIES designed to help children in an emergency situation by calming the down were donated to the emergency services last week.

Tony Love who is a member of the Ascot Rotary Club and organiser of the toy scheme, delivered 100 cuddly toys to Bracknell South Central Ambulance Service Station on December 17.

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The Rotarian has dedicated his time to organising the toy handover for several years, having seen a similar idea of teddies being given to children in America.

Tony said: "The toys were a vital piece of equipment and will help children who are sick, injured or upset and need a bit of comfort from a teddy."

In emergency situations, a soft toy will be given to a child to steer their attention away from what can be a distressing atmosphere and help calm them down.

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Hev who is a paramedic in Bracknell said: "The toys are very effective as they help to distract children from potentially difficult situations and help them feel more reassured by the paramedics and crews."

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Tony would also like to thank Waitrose in Sunningdale, who very generously part-sponsored the cuddly toys through their 'Community Matters' programme.