BEAR ESSENTIALS: Coleen Hill, Mary Eitler, nurse Vicki Newton, Quota president Ria Gascoyne, Anne Lowbridge and Lisa Milne show off the trauma teddies.
BEAR ESSENTIALS: Coleen Hill, Mary Eitler, nurse Vicki Newton, Quota president Ria Gascoyne, Anne Lowbridge and Lisa Milne show off the trauma teddies. CONTRIBUTED

Trauma teddies are back at Proserpine Hospital

TRAUMA teddies are back at work comforting sick children at Proserpine Hospital thanks to Quota volunteer Coleen Hill.

Dorothy Wilkes had selflessly given her time to knit more than 1000 bears that were donated to the hospital across 25 years, however, due to ill health, Ms Wilkes had to stop.

After several years without the trauma teddies, Quotarian Coleen Hill decided to take up the reigns.

"I love knitting, I've been knitting since I was four years old,” Ms Hill said.

"I've had my two granddaughters in hospital and they've received trauma bears and they love them.

"The children's faces just light up. It takes away some of the pain and trauma of being in a hospital and getting needles.”

A post on the Mackay Hospital and Health Service Facebook page showed great support for the bears, particularly from parents whose children had received them and still cherish them.

Ms Hill said it took about three days to make each bear but she wouldn't have it any other way.

"I do it in conjunction with other members of the Quota club so it's a team effort,” she said.

"Some of the ladies supply wool or the padding for inside. It's a labour of love. ”

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