Press and Journal: Teddy bear hugs for the youngsters at Orkney’s Papdale Nursery

The youngsters of Orkney’s Papdale Nursery were certainly in for a big surprise as they were gifted 94 cuddly knitted teddy bears.

And picnics will be on the agenda in the weeks to come according to nursery manager Caroline Easton, who orchestrated their arrival.

Caroline said the children have found the most recent lockdown more challenging and wanted to think of ways to help.

Being interested in brain development research and positive mental wellbeing, Caroline was aware of the significant benefits that a simple hug can bring.

And so she contacted The Haven in Stonehaven – a popular wellbeing space – which made the generous donation.

Caroline said: “When you hug someone, certain hormones are released giving you a greater sense of inner calm and belonging.

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