The Red Cross Trauma Teddy is instantly recognised throughout the country, but few people realise this cute and cuddly character was born in Campbelltown. Trauma Teddy was conceived in 1990 when Richard Hamilton, then superintendent of Campbelltown ambulance service, saw a teddy bear given to a child being treated by the ambulance service in Camden. He was impressed by the calming effect the bear had on the child so, through his mother Vera Hamilton, he asked Red Cross to assist in providing more bears for children treated by the ambulance. Tens of thousands of Trauma Teddies are given out each year to a diverse range of services, and to people affected by fire, floods or other disasters.
Trauma Teddy is a special bear knitted by volunteers and given to children and adults during traumatic times. If you are a willing and able knitter we would love to hear from you. New members are always welcome. Trauma Teddy’s are not for sale. Red Cross will provide patterns and filling. For further information, please contact the regional centre in your area.
There is also a Trauma Teddy Corner page on Facebook at: https://www.facebook.com/TraumaTeddyCornerAustralia/