Theosophical Order of Service (UK): Teddies for Tragedies
Theosophical Order of Service (TOS)
(Founded in February 1908)
(A Union of Those who Love in the Service of All that Suffers.
Promoting the Application of Theosophical Principles for over 100 Years.)

Teddies for Tragedies

Teddies for Tragedies
Wooly Friends: From top left, Jacqueline Wakefield, Cynthia Trasi and Atma Trasi with the bears they have been knitting to send to Third World Countries.
(Courtesy Bradford Telegraph & Argus. 19 Feb. 2008)
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Teddies Make the News!

Jacqueline Wakefield*, daughter of the late Albert Sutcliffe who was the President of Bradford Theosophical Society, knitted 32 teddies over the 2007 Christmas Period and was bringing them to our home. We thought that it would be a good opportunity to get some publicity. So we contacted the local newspaper, the Bradford Telegraph & Argus (T&A).
They sent a photographer who took photos of the three of us surrounded by the Teddies. The photo with a caption describing Teddies for Tragedies and the TOS was published in the T&A.
The item elicited considerable interest and we were contacted by several T&A readers asking for knitting patterns and offering to knit the Teddies.

Mrs Bessie Lay has knitted 829 Teddies!
Mrs Ann Hirst has knitted 656 Teddies!
Margaret Limeburn and Patricia Valentine and their friends of the Swillington Craft Club, Leeds have knitted 619 Teddies!
Mrs Brenda Ortori has knitted 548 Teddies!
The Ladies of Denholme Rural Crafters have knitted 335 teddies!
TOS members in Italy came to know of this scheme via the internet and adopted it. They have sent us 197 teddies by post! Thank you very much. We appreciate your efforts greatly.   (22 June 2009)
* Jacqueline has now completed 50 Teddies! (10 Sept. '08)
The Ladies of Shipley Hall Royd Fellowship have knitted 15 tedies most of which were knitted by an incredible lady of 96 who loves to think that her Teddies have given comfort to some children somewhere in the world!

We have collected 6,000 Teddies to date in Bradford!

We would like to thank all the wonderful readers of Bradford T&A who have knitted and continue to knit Teddies for Teddies for Tragedies.

Teddies for Tragedies:
Many members of TOS-UK and the TSand their families knit Teddies on a regular basis. At the initiative of TOS-UK Chair, Maureen Atkinson the sixth form girls at Westholme School, Blackburn have been encouraged to knit Teddies. Mrs Pamela Martin head of her year, as well as her other duties, teaches knitting and encourages the school to work together for the benefit of others. Mrs Grundy who is in her eighties, the mother of one of the staff has knitted over 200 Teddies, each one different. Maureen goes to the school every year to speak to the girls about the TOS and receive the Teddies. The girls are thanked and the school receives a certificate.
TOS-UK member, Harvey Tordoff has persuaded his family to knit Teddies. They have knitted hundreds!

We have sent over 21,000 Teddies abroad through the
International Aid Trust. and Furniture for Education Worldwide.

(Certificate on the left)
What valiant effort, we offer our grateful thanks to all our knitters everywhere.

Theosophical Order of Service,
Secretary and Co-ordinator: Cynthia Trasi, 66 Kirkgate, Shipley, West Yorks BD18 3EL
Tel: 01274 598455.  Email:
I would be most grateful to receive notifications of any errors or mistakes and also for any suggestions for improvement of this web site. I thank you in anticipation.
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