Teddy bears helping bereaved families pay tribute

Hospital chaplains who run an annual service in memory of babies and children who have died are providing a new way of relatives paying respect.

Chaplain Dave Russon in front of memorial teddy display.Due to COVID-19 restrictions, the normal service at the University Hospital of North Tees will not take place.

Instead, the chaplaincy team have created a Teddy bear’s picnic display where bereaved relatives can leave a soft toy and a message.

Chaplain Dave Russon said: “Sadly the memorial service – held to help and support families through their loss and grief – can’t take place this year.

“But we want to still do what we can so that the memories of babies and children who have tragically died can still be honoured.

“This is a way of allowing this to happen while still ensuring we maintain a safe environment in the building.”



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