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The whole family is reaping the benefits of Blake Hamilton’s “special” blanket.
The four-year-old has Autism, which has prevented him enjoying a full night’s sleep since he was born. This has an obvious knock-on effect for Blake’s mum and dad and three siblings.

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Four-year-old Katie Douglas is now in the swing of things after The Teddy Bear Foundation bought play equipment for her garden. The wee girl from Kirkcaldy in Fife has a debilitating condition that doctors are unable to identify. She’s been having fits since she was six months old, can’t walk unaided and finds it difficult to even play with toys on her own. But put her in a swing – and her face lights up.

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The Olympics in London were a huge success, providing us all with memories that will last a lifetime. But one of the unwelcome spin-offs from the five-ringed sporting extravaganza was the way it pushed up prices in southern England. This was discovered by the West Lothian charity Brighter Days.

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Being in a plastercast is no fun at the best of times….. But when you’re also wheelchair-bound, laughs must be pretty thin on the ground. That’s why the Teddy Bear Foundation stepped in to brighten up the life of seven-year-old Kieran McAllister, from Aberdeen.

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A comfortable seating position is something that most people take for granted. But for a three-year-old with a range of difficulties, you really have to work at it.

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With her son recently diagnosed with ADHD, Karen Brown desperately needed an outlet for his boundless energy.

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Catriona Connor provides all the proof you need that kids can still enjoy hours of fun without owning the latest electronic gadgets.

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A good night’s sleep is something which most of us take for granted…… But for Kirkcaldy mum, Regan Duncan, it’s a pleasure she has not enjoyed for the past five years.

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They say it’s an ill wind that blows nobody any good – and that’s what Kilpatrick School discovered earlier this year. Storm-force winds that struck Scotland just after New Year decimated the fence which protected the school’s sensory garden in Clydebank.

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Sometimes, the addition of the most simple item can produce an enormous improvement in people’s lives. In the case of six-year-old Holly Ireland, it’s a little wooden table.

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Karen Thompson is arguably the first parent to turn the tables on the Teddy Bear Foundation – in the nicest possible way. Mark's new wheelchair provided no shelter from the wind and rain and he would become so upset.

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Moira Horrocks is convinced that when the geniuses at Apple invented their iPad, they had her three-year-old son, Ritchie, in mind. Because he has a shortened forearm and tiny fingers, he is unable to use a traditional computer keyboard.

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Sarah Elsby knew she was on the right track with the iPad when her son picked up a toy train and said “Choo Choo” for the first time. Three-year-old Mason suffers from Autism and Hyper Mobility and before he started working with computers, his family had barely heard him speak.

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Instead, Glasgow company Indepen-Dance wrote to the Teddy Bear Foundation and asked for just over £500 to buy a set of matching T-shirts and hoodies. Now, when they take to the stage of the city's Theatre Royal for the "Go Dance" Festival in February 2012, the 25 young performers will be looking their best in their new purple kit, complete with their own unique logo on the back.

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Single mum Janet Nisbet performs daily miracles by looking after her twin Down's Syndrome boys, Joshua and Joseph.
She also manages to hold down a part-time job at Primark as well (in her spare time).
But her domestic chores became a real grind when her old washing machine got more and more temperamental.

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Parents of children with additional support needs often say they learn more from other parents than they do from health care professionals.

Mums and dads can become isolated, starved of vital information or services that could help make their child’s life more tolerable.

Now, the Teddy Bear Foundation has agreed to provide the £1500 funding for a Parents Event in Stirling later this year.

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Few little boys deserve a lucky break more than two-year-old Cole Macleod.

The young lad has had a rough time of it, ever since he was born. He was quickly diagnosed with breathing difficulties and had to have a tracheostomy fitted to his throat at just 17 days old.
His surgeon said he was amazed he had survived that long. But that was not then end of his troubles. Medics found he had a narrowing of the windpipe, which led to him spending the first seven months of his life in hospital.

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It has only been on the market less than two years – but the Apple iPad is continuing to stun special needs educationalists with its possibilities.

Ruth Glynne-Owen, who works with children who have communication difficulties, says “exciting” discoveries are being made on a daily basis.

For example, her Stirling-based charity called Speur-Ghlan (Gaelic for Cloudless Heavens) is working with one two-year-old whose parents had been told had significant learning difficulties.

These are some of the many children helped by The Teddy Bear Foundation.

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Fundraising Events - Past and Future

2012 Pro-Am Results


The Teddy Bear Foundation’s 7th Invitational Pro-Am on Friday 18th May 2012 at Gleneagles Hotel in Perthshire, a stunning location in one of the most scenic parts of Scotland.

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2012 Gala Ball

The Teddy Bear Ball 2011

The Teddy Bear Foundation 2012 Ball.

In what is rapidly becoming a city institution, the black tie evening once more attracted a full house at the Hilton Hotel.

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Photographs of the 2012 Ball are available on facebook

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The longest journey begins with a single step – just ask the keen walking friends of Rutherglen’s Willie Dallas.
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