Ella’s teddy triumph

Ella Van Leeuwen with an example of her tutu creations for teddy bears.
Ella Van Leeuwen with an example of her tutu creations for teddy bears.

With some help from her nonna, Ella made 115 small, medium and large tutus for teddy bears during the July school holidays and sold them before school and during lunch breaks for $2-$4.

The Mt Lawley resident said she was excited when she had raised $100 and by the time she reached $400, she nearly cried.

Ella, who has attended PMH for multiple eye surgeries and tests, then organised a teddy bear parade at the junior school to show off her creations, along with a visit from Stitches the bear from PMH.

‘I’ve been to PMH more times than I can remember and I wanted to do something to help,’ Ella said.

Head of junior school Jenny Dougan said Ella had demonstrated wonderful compassion, leadership and entrepreneurial skills. ‘Ella wanted to do something to give back to the hospital that has helped her and so many sick and injured children across the State,’ she said.