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23 March, 2021

Tiny teddies fill little hearts

INSPIRED by her granddaughter, one Mareeba grandmother has used her talent and passion for crocheting to provide love and care to young kids in hospital in the form of cute, cuddly, little teddy bears.

By Rhys Thomas

Mareeba’s Lorella Plozza (AKA. Teddy Bear Nonna) has been making little woollen teddy bears for kids in hospital since last year, something she is hoping to continue

INSPIRED by her granddaughter, one Mareeba grandmother has used her talent and passion for crocheting to provide love and care to young kids in hospital in the form of cute, cuddly, little teddy bears. 

After her granddaughter, Lacey, underwent surgery in July 2020, she returned home to the family farm with a little teddy under her arm. 

Hit by a stroke of brilliance and some encouragement from her husband, Lorella Plozza began making small woollen teddies for children to enjoy while in hospital.

Lorella has made nearly 100 teddies, donating them to the Brisbane Children’s Hospital and last fortnight to the Cairns Base Hospital when Gia Smith of Mareeba rang Bayley’s Bell celebrating the end of her Chemotherapy.

What started as a small gesture has grown into a passion for putting smiles on little faces and little teddies in little arms, all signed from Nonna Lorella. 

Lorella has also included a card with each bear which says ‘this little teddy bear is a gift to let you know you are special and very brave’.

“I enjoy making them and I sign them as Nonna Lorella, I’m Nonna to everybody,” Lorella said. 

“I’m going to continue making these teddies, it’s all in my own time and I enjoy it. 

“It’ll make the kids happy, and that makes me happy.”

Lorella has already received a letter of thanks from the Brisbane Children’s Hospital telling her how thankful they are and how much the kids enjoy their teddies.  

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