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Paramedic Teddy Bears Give Children in    Seacroft a Boost

14 July 2010

Pint-sized superheroes have reported for duty in Seacroft to help children feel more at ease when they need emergency ambulance treatment.

Garforth Lions have presented 99 ‘Para-Teds’, special teddy bears dressed in paramedic uniform, to staff at Seacroft Ambulance Station.

John McSorley, YAS Locality Manager, accepted the kind donation from the Lions on behalf of staff at the station. He said: “It can be quite daunting and scary for a youngster who needs emergency care and treatment either in an ambulance or at home. Handing them a Para-Ted will help to take their mind off the situation and calm their fears.

“The Para-Teds also help crews to assess children’s injuries or ailments as we can use the teddy to show the child what treatment we need to give. This helps to dispel their fears and allows us to continue with the required treatment. The children get to keep the bears too so they get to accompany them if they need to go hospital.”

Left to right: Geoffrey Smith of the Garforth Lions, Emergency Medical Technician at Seacroft Station Beryl Allanson, Leeds and Wakefield Locality Manager John McSorley and David Richardson of the Garforth Lions. 

Garforth Lion Geoffrey Smith said: “The Lions are pleased to support the ambulance service in providing Para-Teds for use on their ambulances.  They provide comfort for young patients and provide a valuable tool for ambulance staff needing to communicate with them.
 
“The Lions recently received a letter from a young boy who has advised them that he is keeping his Para-Ted safe until he can take it in his ambulance when he becomes a paramedic, showing the positive impact they have on young people.” 

Produced By: Corporate Communications Department