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Knitting for kindness: Trauma Teddies

Trauma Teddy is celebrating 30 years. To mark this special birthday we are holding a year-long celebration. Join in!

Over 1 million children have cuddled a colourful, comforting Trauma Teddy since we first started hand-knitting them back in 1990. Providing care in so many ways:


  • comfort to children fleeing the Summer Bushfires
  • a warm welcome to refugee children
  • company in a speeding ambulance
  • friendly security in hospital
  • a happy face in a lonely time

Knitting kindness

At last count, more than 600 volunteer knitters in 75 knitting groups hand knit Teddies in Australia. They lovingly craft around 50, 000 Trauma Teddies a year. That’s a huge number of children who each year receive the care of a teddy bear.

Every Trauma Teddy is lovingly put together. They must also pass a quality control test to guarantee comfort and safety.

It takes about 5 hours to knit each Teddy. By our calculations, that’s a whopping 250,000 volunteer knitting hours each year! Or a mind-blowing 7.5 million volunteer over the last 30 years! ​

Ready to get knitting?

Get the easy to follow instructions and pattern to start knitting.

Trauma Teddy’s story

A long time ago… the Trauma Teddy story began.

Join a knitting group

Become one of our valued Trauma Teddy knitters.

Join a Trauma Teddy knitting group

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For more information or to locate your local Trauma Teddy coordinator contact us at the national office.

Trauma Teddy® (including Trauma Teddies®) is a trademark owned by the Australian Red Cross Society ABN 50 169 561 39.