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HUNDREDS of knitted teddies could soon be on their way to needy South African children thanks to a Southsea woman.

Dr Beryl Wright, of Devonshire Avenue, has begun a campaign to get 200 of the cuddly toys sent out to street children, traumatised youngsters and abandoned babies in Port Elizabeth in time for Christmas.

The retired minister founded the Knitting for South African Children and Teddies for Tragedy campaigns five years ago.

Copnor Methodist Church, in Copnor Road, where Dr Wright used to work, is at the core of the scheme which now involves six other churches across Portsmouth.

They are linked with Newton Park Methodist Church in Port Elizabeth where Dr Wright’s sister, Eileen Russell, receives and hands out the knitted creations.

The congregation of the six churches have been making teddies for traumatised or HIV positive children, jumpers for street children, and hats, blankets and socks for newborn babies to go home in from hospital.

Dr Wright said: ‘Babies have been taken home in polythene bags and there are no incubators, so the hats go to premature babies.’

She added: ‘The hats are not much bigger than egg cosies.’

The 2kg parcels cost on average £15 to post to South Africa and Dr Wright has been mostly using her own money.

For details on how to get involved with the Christmas campaign call Dr Wright on (023) 9278 8154.