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Castleford Care Home Residents to Knit ‘Bobby Buddies’ for Distressed Children

Published: Wednesday 4th September 2019

Boddy Buddies

Newfield Lodge knitters to support West Yorkshire Police initiative .

Big-hearted residents at a Castleford care home have picked up their knitting needles in earnest, as they get ready to make an army of so-called ‘Bobby Buddies’ as part of a new initiative launched by West Yorkshire Police.
Super-knitter Joyce Dowse, who lives at Newfield Lodge on Brookfield Avenue, is rallying her friends to get involved with the scheme, in which the local force has asked community members to knit teddy bears which can be handed out to distressed or anxious children.

The soft toys will be kept in police vehicles and stations around the region and given out during times of need, such as traffic accidents or family issues.

The idea, which was initially pioneered by Dorset Police, has been adopted by emergency services across the country, even gaining its own #traumateddies hashtag. TV presenter Nick Knowles and lifestyle guru Kirstie Allsopp are just two well known faces to get behind the scheme.

Joyce Dowse, (91), said: “Nothing will give us greater pleasure than creating these lovely teddies, knowing they might put a smile on a youngster’s face during otherwise tough times. I’ve knitted toys and clothes for children all over the world and it means a lot to me to know that I am helping little ones who live on our doorstep. It’s such a wonderful idea from West Yorkshire Police and my friends and I are delighted to be getting involved. 

Lifestyle manager at Newfield Lodge, Emily Waugh, said: “This initiative has really struck a chord with our residents, particularly Joyce, and the click-clack of knitting needles can be heard all over the home!   

“Newfield Lodge takes its role at the centre of the community very seriously and we are only too happy to help West Yorkshire Police gather a huge number of Bobby Buddies. A simple teddy bear can convey a wonderful message of warmth and friendliness at a time of worry or anguish.”  

Newfield Lodge, on Brookfield Avenue, is operated by Leeds-based Ideal Carehomes and offers 24 hour residential and dementia care for up to 64 residents on an inclusive fee basis to ensure total peace of mind. 

Proud to be rated as ‘good’ by the Care Quality Commission, the home boasts a hair salon, café area and landscaped gardens. Residents can enjoy a full programme of health, leisure and wellbeing activities which is managed by the home’s dedicated lifestyle manager.

To contact Newfield Lodge, please call 01977 522 267 or