Fur-st class health care for Sheffield kids’ poorly teddies

Abigail Pearson and brother Thomas get a bit of tlc for their bears
Abigail Pearson and brother Thomas get a bit of tlc for their bears
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It was ‘ted alert’ for poorly bears in Sheffield when a special hospital opened its doors.

Medical students from the University of Sheffield gave some fur-st aid to children’s soft toy friends in a bid to reduce childhood anxiety about hospitals.

The event offered the chance for children to take their teddies to Weston Park Museum for an X-ray, MRI scan and health checks – as well as having their companions’ eyes, teeth and heart rates all checked.

Any bears who had had the stuffing knocked out of them were patched up and sent home in full health.

Anna Willis, for the Teddy Bear Hospital Sheffield committee, said: “Teddy Bear Hospital is a great way to get children thinking about their health.

“Children also had the opportunity to learn about healthy eating, hygiene and exercise through fun, interactive workshops led by student doctors.

“With health promotion being one of the government’s key issues, this is the ideal way to educate children in the benefits of staying fit and healthy.”

Teddy Bear Hospital is a free, annual event run by the medical students and is aimed at youngsters aged four to 11 years.

Children and their teddies have another chance to meet the teddy doctors at the Winter Garden, Sheffield city centre, today from 1pm to 3pm.

They will also be at the Winter Garden next Saturday, February 28, and at Barker’s Pool, city centre, on Saturday, May 24, from 12 noon to 4pm.

n Visit www.teddybearhospitalsheffield.info for more information.