Not for Profit
Gloucester heart charity finds novel way to raise awareness
If you go down to the woods in Gloucester - or any location in the city for that matter - you are sure of a big surprise.
To raise awareness for the work it does – and spread a few smiles too - Gloucester charity Heart Heroes is leaving knitted teddies out and about in area, and anyone who finds them can keep them and is then encouraged to post on social media.
The teddies are all safely wrapped, and have been donated by two keen knitters in Gloucester. Each teddy comes with information about Heart Heroes, which supports families with children who have heart conditions.
There is also a little poem inside:
You have found a Heart Heroes hug bear,
Please can you go onto our Facebook page and share,
We all need a hug during this crisis
These little things are priceless.
Amy Ely, who has just joined Heart Heroes to help with admin and raising awareness, dreamed up the idea of leaving the teddies out and about, and also wrote the poem.
“The teddies were all knitted by a friend of mine and her sister,” said Amy. “When they found out I was joining Heart Heroes they asked if we would like them – we said ‘yes please’. They’d rather remain anonymous, but we would like to say a big thank you to them.”
The keen knitters have donated around 70 bears to Heart Heroes. Most will be kept back to give to the heart families and to the children while they are in hospital. The rest are being left around and about in Gloucester.
Kelly Cornish, who founded Heart Heroes, added: “We had a call from a jogger who had found a teddy and she said it had really made her smile. This is really about bringing a bit of awareness about what we do, and to share a little happiness in these difficult times.”
Amy is not the only new addition to the Heart Heroes team. Also joining the charity, as patron, is Zoe Trotman, cardiac ward Sister at Bristol Children’s Hospital, which cares for many of the region’s young heart patients.
Zoe will also be able to spread awareness of Heart Heroes and connect families who need support.
She said: “I was delighted to be asked to be part of Heart Heroes as their passion for improving the lives of children and their families who have to live with congenital heart disease is amazing.
“Heart Heroes is a great resource for me as a ward sister as I know I can contact them if there is anything the ward needs or I would like, to help bring a smile to a patient’s face or just make their stay in hospital a little more fun.
“For many of the children I look after they will have to come in to hospital many times in their lives and it’s a key part of their journey, but the support needs to carry on once they go home.
“Being part of Heart Heroes helps me to build that link as it’s great to receive feedback and ideas on how I can make the hospital stays better.”