This is to wish you a very Happy New Year and to thank you for all your support and generosity throughout last year. We were able to send so many lovely teddies in 2017 and have managed some big shipments to children in Syria, Turkey, South Africa, Romania via the Hope Carriers Trust and Kurdistan via our friend Chris Mack and to Fiji through Physionet.
As you may know, we have a very small team to run the Teddy Trust but we all work very hard to get the many thousands of teddies that arrive every week sorted and packed. One of our team, Jenny Thompson has written a little story about a Teddy’s journey from his first owner, a little girl in the UK, to his new owner abroad. The story is for young children and is illustrated by Helen Howard and Danuta Wurm, but Jenny has endeavoured to tell a true story of what happens to your teddies when they arrive with us. The story is available on our website – www.teddytrust.org.uk – and all we ask is that you send us a donation, whatever you like, to download it.
We are entirely voluntary and rely on the generous support of people like you to be able to ship our teddies to children who so desperately need the comfort they bring. All our boxes for packing are recycled and we continue to have the support of several major companies including our wonderful friends at KMB Shipping who gave us another free shipment to Syria last autumn, three in total now. Many thanks to Kevin Jones and his team and to Keith Balmer and his wife Carolyn for their continuing support and help. Over the past three years KMB Shipping have helped us send over 35,000 teddies to Syria and they have never asked us to contribute to their costs for the shipments so we are very, very grateful to them.