The hands of time may move slowly, but when it comes to making teddy bears for traumatised children, the knitting hands of 91-year-old Elizabeth East woman Audrey Brown move pretty fast.
Audrey, with the support of her daughter Sylvia Carr, makes four teddies a week for children who attend the Lyell McEwin Hospital’s emergency ward.
Sitting in her favourite armchair at her long-time Elizabeth East home, the volunteer knits her way through the week, keeping her hands and mind nimble.
“I can’t walk very well and Sylvia does all the housework for me, so I sit here and do this,” Audrey said.
“It keeps me busy, otherwise what would I be doing?”
It’s a knitting pattern she has refined over her seven years of volunteering.
“I can do this with my eyes open and with my eyes shut,” Audrey laughed.
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Audrey, who has been knitting since she was eight, has lovingly handed over 1225 of the cuddly treasures.
Once 50 teddies are completed Sylvia takes them to the hospital where they are given to children for comfort and companionship.
Sylvia found the trauma teddy pattern on the internet and estimates that it costs approximately $1.80 to make each bear.
“It’s such a nice way to help out,” Sylvia said.
For further information about knitting trauma teddies, or to become a volunteer, contact the Lyell McEwin Volunteer Association (8182 9651).