Teddy Bears In Ambulances In West Iceland Town - The Reykjavik Grapevine

Teddy Bears In Ambulances In West Iceland Town

Published June 14, 2018

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Sólrún Halla Bjarnadóttir

A fifth grader in west Iceland came up with a clever idea for comforting children who need to take an ambulance, and the concept was well received.

Skessuhorn reports that last February, students of the Hvanneyrardeild við Grunnskóla Borgarfjarðar primary school were tasked with coming up with an innovative project borne from their own imaginations. One student came up with an idea that ended up captivating the entire class, and then some.

Ástrún Björnsdóttir, a fifth grader, came up with the idea to make a teddy bear to donate to an ambulance, so that children who need to take an ambulance ride for whatever reason could hug the teddy bear on the way to the hospital, for calm and comfort. Other students were so taken by the idea that they took part in sewing teddy bears of their own for the project.

On the last day of school, an ambulance driver named Ásgeir visited the students, and accepted the teddy bears on behalf of the ambulance drivers of Borgarnes. He gave the students a thank-you gift for their efforts, and the children were positively delighted to make the project a reality, and to be able to take a look inside the ambulance.

As such, ambulances in Borgarnes now have, as a part of their standard gear, teddy bears to comfort children in transport.

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