A project is being run by Leatherhead Lions - one started by Nottinghamshire Ambulance Service - to relieve some of the suffering of children who have to be taken to hospital by ambulance, in possibly frightening circumstances.
Paramedics found a toy very helpful to calm down and communicate with the child, but even greater distress was caused by asking for the toy back when the Paramedic left. The Lions now supply to the Leatherhead and Dorking Ambulance stations a teddy bear in Paramedic uniform, that the child can keep when the Paramedic leaves.
Some crew members have been so impressed by the toy that they have passed on their experiences with Para-Ted to other crews in the County, and to the Press:
See the Leatherhead Advertiser article published in the 25th July 2013 edition.