Thousands sign up to Sheffield’s Project Paddington

Pupils, parents and staff at Clifford Infant School have set up a campaign to get Teddy Bears for the refugee children
Pupils, parents and staff at Clifford Infant School have set up a campaign to get Teddy Bears for the refugee children
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A campaign launched by a group of Sheffield mothers to give teddy bears to refugee children has attracted thousands of supporters.

More than 3,600 people have joined the Project Paddington Facebook group, with many more pledging to take part. The project was set up last week by Joy French, of Norfolk Park, after she saw the images of Aylan Kurdi’s body washed up on a Turkish beach. The three-year-old drowned after a dinghy carrying refugees capsized as they tried to flee their homes in Syria and reach Greece.

Project Paddington plans to send teddy bears to refugee children, with notes and pictures from local children.

Dozens of schools across the country have agreed to take part – with a couple from around the world also wanting to help.

Children are also posting photographs of their teddy bears and messages on social media.

Joy said: “The project is showing the kindness of people in Sheffield and beyond.

“There is something about the kindness of children and how they respond to one another regardless of their background.”

Schools can register by emailing project
paddingtonuk@gmail.com