Trauma teddy helps get Poppy smiling again

04 January 2018
Poppy Withey and mum Kimberley with trauma teddy at Daventry fire station

​A two-year-old girl who caught her fingers in a door received a special teddy from her rescuers.

Little Poppy Withey was helped by firefighters from Daventry fire station after trapping her fingers between a door and door frame on Tuesday 2 January.

Once she was safely freed, Poppy was given a trauma teddy by the crew. These hand-knitted bears were created as part of last year’s Daventry Arts Festival and were presented to Northamptonshire Fire and Rescue Service to help provide comfort to people following traumatic events.

Watch Commander Norman James said: “Poppy was very brave while we were freeing her, and it was great to be able to give her a trauma teddy to help turn a potentially scary and upsetting experience into a happier one for her.”

A friend in times of need

Later that day, Poppy and her mum Kimberley Withey visited the fire station with her teddy, now called Heart Bear, to bring the crew biscuits and a thank you card.

Kimberley said: “It was just me and Poppy at home at the time so I wasn’t able to take the door off to free her myself. I was quite surprised when Norman mentioned the trauma teddy as part of their kit and Poppy’s little face just beamed when she saw it.

“When my husband Dave came home she told him all about her teddy and showed it to him, and told him nice firemen gave it to her. She loves Heart Bear and it definitely helps her remember what happened as a positive thing.”

Daventry firefighters receiving the trauma teddies from Councillor Lynne Taylor, Mayor of Daventry and knitter Daphne Bowhill.

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