Memory teds made at healing hearts group

HEALING HEARTS. . . . .Children pictured at the Healing Hearts Children's and Young Persons Bereavement Memory Bear Project at the Foyle Hospice Daycare Centre. From left are adults, Michelle Kosky, Children and Young Persons Facilitator, Vicky Patton, Memory Bears by Vicky, Donal Henderson, CEO, Foyle Hospice, Breege McNutt and Christine Crowley. DER1515MC022

HEALING HEARTS. . . . .Children pictured at the Healing Hearts Children's and Young Persons Bereavement Memory Bear Project at the Foyle Hospice Daycare Centre. From left are adults, Michelle Kosky, Children and Young Persons Facilitator, Vicky Patton, Memory Bears by Vicky, Donal Henderson, CEO, Foyle Hospice, Breege McNutt and Christine Crowley. DER1515MC022

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A new project has allowed local children affected by the loss of a significant other to make a memory teddy bear.

As part of Foyle Hospice Healing Hearts project nineteen children aged 4–16 years took part in the TribuTed Project.

The concept was devised by Hospice CEO Donall Henderson, Children and Young Persons’ Facilitator, Michelle Kosky and Director of Nursing Yvonne Martin.

Vicky Patterson who runs her own teddy making business, “Memory Bears by Vicky”, heard about the project and immediately decided that she wanted to get involved.

“We were so lucky to have Vicky lead these workshops along with our amazing volunteers, Breege McNutt and Christina Cowley. They were so patient with the children and helped them to pick items of clothing that they could use to make the teddy bears.” says Michelle Kosky,

“They also supervised the children when they were cutting out the shapes from the patterns.”

The children attended a number of workshops where they selected the items of clothing, some opting for pillow covers or other items that meant something to them personally.

They then proceeded to cut out the shapes and design of the teddy bear and finally decided on what to have embroidered on the paws.

Speaking at the presentation Foyle Hospice’s CEO Donall Henderson said, “It’s just so lovely to see these children with something that is truly unique and personal to only them.

“I myself have a jumper which my granny knitted for me when I was eight years old. Even now, I feel closer to her when I can hold it. After all these years I couldn’t bear to part with it.”

He went on, “The beauty of these TribuTeds is that they provide a very personal link to the children’s loved ones. “They are a keepsake for the rest of their lives.

If you would like to know more about the Healing Hearts or feel you would like to contribute, please contact Michelle Kosky, by telephone on 71351010 or email michellekosky@foylehospice.com