A CHAMPION crafter has stepped up to create some new 'buddies' for youngsters at a York village school.

Hilary Fedyszyn, who lives near Copmanthorpe Primary School in Copmanthorpe has dedicated the last few months to creating soft toy  'learning buddies' for pupils there.

Jeanette France, assistant head teacher at the school invited Hilary to an assembly to introduce the new buddies to the children and they were so impressed by her stunning careful crafting workmanship the burst into a spontaneous round of applause.

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The learning buddies are awarded to different children each week for their resilience - the snail, resourceful - the squirrel, reciprocity - the bee, and reflectiveness - the owl.

York Press: Some of Hilary's learning buddiesSome of Hilary's learning buddies (Image: supplied)

Rosie in Year 4 said:  "I can't believe how beautiful they are."

Jenny Rogers, who is in her ninth year of headship at Copmanthorpe, said: "We have loved seeing the Learning Buddies being created over the past few months, we have been blown away by the detail and every one of them is different. 

Mrs France said: "A knitting group in Copmanthorpe created some beautiful bears for the children who were in school during lock down in the initial stages of the COVID pandemic in March 2020.

"We thought who better to ask to create some learning buddies for the children, but Hilary took on the challenge herself and has created something we never dreamed of. These will be treasured by the children."

York Press: Hilary was invited into schoolHilary was invited into school (Image: Supplied)