Project Paddington was developed by a group of Sheffield mums as a way for children to respond to the growing humanitarian crisis amongst refugees and displaced people. 25,000 teddy bears were sent to refugee children in Iraq, Lebanon and Jordan along with notes of welcome and support. Children sponsored teddy bears and the money raised was used to transport the bears and help refugees on the ground.
In response to the Parish Harvest Appeal, young parishioners at the Church of the Good Shepherd, Monkstown – along with their not so young relatives – gave some of their much loved teddies a new lease of life. Dozens of teddies were parcelled up to be forwarded to children who had to leave everything behind when they fled their homeland. You can read more about Monkstown’s donations on the Church of Ireland website.
The teddy bear phase of Project Paddington is now over. However, for Refugee Week in June 2016, the group launched From Scared To Safe: a creative writing and art competition open to 3-18 year olds. The best of the work created on the theme of ‘from sacred to safe’ will be displayed in an exhibition in Sheffield during Refugee Week.