Trauma teddies work rewarded

Zone 10 representative Shirley Wyatt presents Nellie Lawrance with the Yvonne Kennedy Memorial Trophy. 	Photo supplied

Zone 10 representative Shirley Wyatt presents Nellie Lawrance with the Yvonne Kennedy Memorial Trophy. Photo supplied

DURING her time with the Red Cross, Nellie Lawrence has made hundreds of trauma teddies.

Last year, the Exeter resident's hard work was recognised.In October, Nellie was awarded the 2015 Yvonne Kennedy Memorial Trophy.

This trophy is awarded for significant effort to the Trauma Teddy program and was donated to Red Cross by the family of Yvonne Kennedy who was a staff member and volunteer with NSW Red Cross for many years and lost her life in the September 11 tragedy in New York.

Nellie has been making Trauma Teddies for almost 20 years.

Over this period, Nellie organised a group of ladies producing hundreds and hundreds of teddies.

These have been donated to the local hospital, ambulance, fire brigade, rural fire brigade and even the veterinarians have appreciated being able to give these to children, offering some comfort after the stress of having a sick or injured animal.

This award was presented at Red Cross in Sydney, by Yvonne's son, Simon.

Unfortunately Nellie was unable to be present, but the award was accepted by the Zone 10 Representative, Shirley Wyatt.

A presentation was made to Nellie at Exeter's November fundraiser in front of fellow members and friends of Red Cross.

Members of the Exeter branch of the Red Cross congratulated Nellie on receiving the award.

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