The Greenwood Dale Foundation Trust (GDFT) is supporting the 2015 Teddy Trust Appeal to send soft toys to some of the neediest children in Africa and war-torn Syria.
The GDFT first heard about the appeal through DHL, one of the GDFT’s major business partners. Many of the Trust’s academies have supported this very worthwhile appeal by collecting over 1300 toys.
Sir Barry Day, OBE, Chief Executive of the GDFT, said: “We were delighted that DHL approached us to see if our academies would be interested in getting involved in this initiative. I am overwhelmed by how generous the children have been and how willingly they offered their soft toys to other children who are much less fortunate.”
Heena Iqbal (pictured below), a Year 11 pupil at the Nottingham Girls’ Academy donated 57 teddies and has a message for the children who will receive them: "I hope you love the teddies as much as myself and my siblings did. I hope it brings a smile to your face, you need them more than I do."
The Skegness Junior Academy (pictured below) collected a staggering 347 teddies and Logan Hughes, a Year 6 pupils, explained why pupils got involved: "We are collecting teddies to send to children who are sad, afraid or alone for them to cuddle up to and put a big smile on their face."
The Teddy Trust is a fairly new charity that was set up by Ellie Targett after she visited South Africa and met with children who had been subjected to the most horrific violent and sexual abuse. When Ellie handed a teddy to one of the children she witnessed his face light up and, after overcoming his wariness, he cuddled into his new companion and took it everywhere with him. From then on, Ellie made it her mission to keep bringing smiles to children’s faces through the ‘power of teddy’, which became the charity’s slogan. With the support of her local community, she collected 10,000 soft toys and had them shipped across to South Africa and Syria. Ellie has now committed to collect a further 16,500 teddies by October to be sent to Syria and Malawi.