Special delivery for Pop 'n' Grow

By Martin Neville

Thursday, April 24, 2014


Special delivery for Pop 'n' Grow

Paula Smith, who founded Pop 'n' Grow, with some of the donated Tiny Tatty Teddy bears. Picture by Peter Boam.

AN EXTRA special delivery was made to the neonatal intensive care unit at St Mary’s Hospital yesterday (Wednesday).

No less than 1,000 Tiny Tatty Teddy bears were handed over to Isle of Wight mum, Paula Smith, who founded the baby charity Pop 'n’ Grow.

It was her appearance on the Mother’s Day special of ITV’s Surprise Surprise that led to the generous donation by Carte Blanche, who make the bears.

Paula said: "I was absolutely blown away to be called on stage and really touched to see Tiny Tatty Teddy wearing the most adorable Pop 'n’ Grow outfit and can’t wait to start using these to help the charity."

She was recognised on the popular Sunday night show for her inspirational achievement in helping families with premature and sick babies in special care baby units across the country.

Pop 'n’ Grow supply free, specially modified clothing to babies in intensive care.

Paula’s idea for the design of the clothes stemmed from taking care of her own precious daughter, Amelia, while she was being cared for in intensive care in 2011 at St Mary’s NICU.

The clothes are designed to allow parents to bond with their child through touch.

Paula said the unique bears — which are destined to become collector’s items — would be available soon on the Pop 'n’ Grow website.

She added: "When I asked the company how much the bears would have cost us, they said they wouldn’t have produced them for anyone else. They are priceless, a one-off special."


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by Valerie Ching

24th April 2014, at 15:11:34

Great cause, glad to hear this. Best wishes St Mary's NICU - Go teddy!

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