Fun Teddy bear’s hospital had a serious message in Ely

Ely Lighthouse centre held a Teddy bears hospital morning

Ely Lighthouse centre held a Teddy bears hospital morning - Credit: Archant

Poorly Teddy bears were given a health check by their young owners at a special ‘hospital’ in Ely.

Teddy bears' hospital at Lighthouse in Ely

Teddy bears' hospital at Lighthouse in Ely - Credit: Archant

There was a serious message as well as fun behind the Teddy bear hospital held at the Lighthouse parent and toddler session last Wednesday.

As well as giving youngsters the chance to sit in an ambulance and learn a bit about healthcare the morning was aimed at raising awareness of the potential closure of the minor injuries unit at the Princess of Wales Hospital, in Ely.

Zoe Cutter, who helped organise the session, said: “The aim was to raise awareness about the potential closure of our vital minor injuries unit and to get some more signatures on the petition.

“Several of the parents who attend the toddler group regularly work for the NHS. One dad is a paramedic and was kind enough to bring along an ambulance for the children to see. He and his colleague also demonstrated how they immobilise someone in a neck brace!

“The children were able to play doctors and nurses and treat a variety of sick and injured toys. We had an ambulance craft for them to make their own ambulance art work. There was syringe sensory/messy play activities and they enjoyed squirting each other with water in the sunshine!”

She added: “We ran the event as part of the regular Lighthouse Parent and Toddler session, held weekly in term-time on Wednesday mornings 9.30am to 11.30am.”