A young man with Down syndrome has used his sewing skills to make a beautiful new teddy bear, and now a group of parents want him to make another.
John Loyce, 23, is from the village of Ferguslin in Northern Ireland, and is now looking to raise money to make the bear, which he plans to sell to raise the funds needed to get him to a specialist learning centre.
He was born with the disorder, which causes his body to look different from normal.
“I don’t really know how I got there.
I just started playing with the toy when I was a kid and now I want to help people with their learning,” Mr Loyces father John told the BBC.
Mr Loycs father said he and his sister have been very involved in helping people with disabilities, and they want to use their skills to help others.
“We want to do everything we can to help our families and the children who are not as fortunate,” Mr Krys said.
His sister Jessica, 18, is also involved in the project.
She said it was a dream come true for her to be able to help a child with disabilities.
“I have been involved in many projects and I always wanted to help children, and I wanted to make my own,” she said.
“When I was younger I would play with dolls and try and make them more like themselves, and the dolls would go on to make me feel better.”
Now I feel that I can make the dolls I want, and that’s why I wanted this to happen.
“The project, called ‘Sewing for Children’, was launched by the charity Learn to Sew, with help from the University of Ulster.
Its website states that children with Down’s syndrome can learn sewing by sewing together pieces of clothing.”
The dolls are the key to learning to sew and I know that this project will help some of the children with disabilities,” the website reads.
The project has raised $4,600 (£3,500) so far, with another $2,500 to be raised by the end of the month.”
The family have set up a fundraising page to help make the bears.”
It’s a really great idea and I hope it will spread through other areas of society, so there’s lots of people out there that have the same dreams.”
The family have set up a fundraising page to help make the bears.