Knitters and crocheters needed to create teddy bears for picnic

IF YOU GO DOWN TO THE WOODS: Alison Filgate is leading the community to knit or crochet more than 300 teddy bears for children without, in preperation for October's Teddy Bears Picnic. Picture: Neil Richardson

IF YOU GO DOWN TO THE WOODS: Alison Filgate is leading the community to knit or crochet more than 300 teddy bears for children without, in preperation for October's Teddy Bears Picnic. Picture: Neil Richardson

A project aims for more than 300 teddy bears to be created children who don’t have one of their own.

Organiser Alison Filgate said the project was in preparation for the annual Teddy Bears Picnic, which will take place on October 24 at City Park.

Ms Filgate said she found out that not many children had teddies, so as a challenge wanted the community to get knitting and crocheting.

“It’s just a really nice thing to do, to give a child a teddy bear,” she said.

“It was also about uniting people in our community.”

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Anyone from seasoned knitters to those new to the craft were urged to get involved.

“At the picnic we’re going to have a little adoption station, where the kids can name their teddy bear,” Ms Filgate said.

The knitted or sewn teddies can be dropped off at the Launceston YMCA or headspace Launceston.

Knitting and crocheting sessions will also be held at the YMCA later in July and August.

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