Hermes, the consumer delivery specialist, has played a key role in a heart-warming initiative to deliver teddy bears to deprived refugee children. The company has lent its support to Project Paddington by transporting 25,000 soft toys across the UK ahead of onward distribution overseas.
Beginning in Sheffield, Project Paddington was set up to rally school children to send a teddy, a drawing of themselves and a short note to a child affected by the ongoing refugee crisis. In a little over two months, thousands of UK children and their families have got involved and donated their teddies.
Project Paddington has now closed registrations for teddy donations but continues to raise funds through teddy bears’ picnics, teddy-to-school days, onesie days and cake sales. So far, more than £30,000 has already been paid into Tearfund's Refugee Crisis Fund.
Earlier this week, Hermes, in partnership with its client Boden, transported 104 pallets, containing more than 25,000 much-loved teddies, from two of Travis Perkins’ warehouses in Northampton and Warrington to a distribution centre operated by Mission & Relief Logistics in Kent. From there, the soft toys will be distributed to displaced children across the Middle East.
Joy French, a Trainee Vicar who launched Project Paddington, said: “We are enjoying seeing the wonderful creativity of Team Project Paddington as new groups find innovative, bear-related ways to show their support for refugee children and families. I would like to express my sincere thanks to Hermes for its fantastic help transporting thousands of teddies!”
Martijn de Lange, Chief Operating Officer of Hermes, said: “Everybody at Hermes is extremely proud to support such a warm and wonderful initiative that will bring joy to thousands of children who have been affected by the refugee crisis.”