Calderdale & Huddersfield NHS Foundation Trust

Patient Advice and Complaints Service

Teddy Travels the world for Stroke Awareness

Teddy in Tokyo

The stroke care team at the Calderdale and Huddersfield NHS Foudnation Trust is blazing a trail to promote the FAST symptoms worldwide as part of Stroke Awareness Month. (May) – led by a woolly teddy and his chums!!

Little Ted and his cuddly companions Tiny Tess have all been knitted incorporating the colour purple which is the colour of the month. So far they have raised  £50.

Colleagues are then taking them on their travels and sending Teds’ selfies from around the globe.

They can be followed on Facebook on “How far can the little teds travel?”

A competition is being held at the end of May to guess the miles travelled and the prize will be….. a Little Ted.

So far, as these photos show, he’s been to Las Vegas and Dubai, watched Bradford City in their amazing FA Cup run and been to the pub in Sowerby Bridge!! A trip to Siberia is also in the pipeline.

Everywhere they go the bears have the FAST symptoms reminder attached which stands for Face, Arms, Speech and Time. So far more than 38,000 lives have been saved by early recognition of symptoms so patients get treatment at the earliest point.

Stroke care sister Andrea Moore, said: “FAST has been a huge success. It was a very strong, visual campaign which people remember which is what we want. Recovery from a stroke is much more possible now and a lot depends on how early treatment can be accessed. Teds’ travels have been a fun way to spread the message and it is successful due to the enthusiasm of all the ward team and facebook friends.

“And with Little Ted leading the way even more will be saved.”


Follow the teds on Twitter @CHFTNHS here

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