Knitting Joy – A Cuddly Delivery for Children in Ulster Hospital

17th August 2023
• Mary pictured centre with Irene Watterson (Meeter/Greeter, Trust Volunteer Services), Charlotte Turpitt (Staff Nurse, Craig Ward ), Gillian Sinclair (Health Play Specialist, Craig Ward) , Sharon Pauley (Health Play Specialist, Maynard Sinclair Ward)

The Children’s Unit at the Ulster Hospital recently received a very special ‘cuddly delivery’ of knitted teddy bears by local woman, Mary Tompsett.

Recognizing the emotional toll hospital stays can have on children, Mary decided to share her passion for knitting, creating an assortment of brightly coloured knitted teddy bears. It is hoped that each uniquely crafted, bear will provide comfort to children while they undergo medical treatment in hospital.

Receiving the teddies, Health Play Specialist, Sharon Millar, said, “These lovely teddies will certainly bring a smile to the faces of all our children here in the unit.  Being in hospital can be a daunting experience and these will certainly help provide a distraction.  They will also be a reminder of their time with us here in the Paediatric Unit.

“We would like to thank Mary very much for this very generous donation and for thinking of the children in the unit.”

Delighted to donate the teddies, Mary added, “Every teddy bear holds a little bit of magic, a touch of comfort, and a whole lot of love! I hope these teddies bring smiles, warmth and comfort to children in hospital.”

Mary has also received a letter from His Majesty, King Charles III acknowledging her efforts in supporting local hospitals and voluntary groups.