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2nd January 2017

Sometimes all you need is a bear

A few years ago, 12-year-old Campbell Remess came up with a brilliant way to help sick kids in hospital.

At the time, Campbell, or “Bumble” as most people call him, asked his mum Sonya if he could buy toys for all the children in the local hospital to cheer them up. “I told him that would be an expense we couldn’t afford ‒ we have nine children ‒ so he decided to make them,” Sonya tells This Is Medtech.

Bumble found a bear pattern, taught himself how to sew and set out to make one soft toy every day. He calls his project “P365” for the 365 toy animals he aims to make each year. More than 800 toys later, he’s showing no signs of slowing down. “It makes me feel really happy and pleased to know that all the kids get an extra surprise they don’t even know they are going to get and they can keep it,” says Bumble, who spends all of his free time sewing.

“He sends out toys all over the world to stories he hears of, or requests that come through his website; he also hand delivers to the hospital throughout the year and mostly the week before Christmas,” Sonya explains. Each toy is customised with the recipient’s name on one of the paws.

“Campbell is just wired really differently,” Sonya says. “He looks at sadness and tries to turn it upside down. One small idea, one small gesture can make huge impacts.”

P365 is funded by Bumble’s own pocket money and donations for supplies and other costs like postage. Follow the P365 Facebook page for regular updates.

How can YOU make a difference in 2017?

As Bumble has shown us, there’s so much we can do to help people, particularly those with health issues. Want to get involved? Here’s a list of some things you can do in 2017 to make the world a better place:

 

 

– Donate blood

– Volunteer at a nursing home or your local hospital once a week

– Get involved with health education campaigns like the AIESEC Global Citizen Programme for young people and World Health Organization global health days

– Offer your time to support mental health charities like Samaritans and MIND

– Help people with disabilities get involved in sport via organisations like Special Olympics

– Read to patients in hospital through organisations like Readathon

Of course, the possibilities are endless. All it takes is a bit of creativity and a big heart…just ask Bumble!

Photo Credit: https://www.facebook.com/groups/468386716599164/