Here at CreaCrafts HQ we love to hear about any knitting that’s being done for a good cause. So we were very interested in Bobby Buddies – a knitting project that’s the initiative of Dorset Police. Bobby Buddies are knitted teddies that will be carried in police patrol cars so that they can be used to comfort any children who are upset or who are experiencing a traumatic event. Dorset Police are asking members of the public to knit teddies for the project.

The idea for Bobby Buddies came from Police Constable Conroy: Sadly we regularly attend incidents where children are really having a tough time it could be a family argument or a loved one going missing. We do our best to build relationships with young people at incidents, but something like a teddy bear can be really useful in distracting them from what is going on around them. Taking my child to hospital and him being given a small knitted toy, seeing the pleasure and enjoyment he got from this small gesture in difficult times set me to research whether we had such an initiative. Noticing that we didn’t, the concept of Bobby Buddieswas born.”

PC Conroy enlisted the help of his mum, Tracey Conroy, and she devised the pattern for the bear. If you’re interested in knitting a Bobby Buddy then you can go to the Dorset Police website – www.dorset.police.uk/Buddies– and download Tracey’s pattern. Dorset Police will accept knitted,crochet or felt versions of the bear but they do ask that no buttons or beads (including safety ones) are used. If you live locally then you can drop off any Bobby Buddies at Bournemouth, Poole, Weymouth and Blandford Police Station counters. Otherwise, bears can be posted to Bobby Buddies, Dorset Police HQ, Winfrith, Dorset, DT2 8DZ.