Bereaved Irish mother appealing for help in finding special teddy bear lost during trip to Cork
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Bereaved Irish mother appealing for help in finding special teddy bear lost during trip to Cork

AN ONLINE appeal has been launched to help a recently bereaved Irish mother locate a very special teddy bear that went missing during a trip to Cork.

The bear is one given to grieving mothers by the Féileacáin charity, which was set up to support women and families affected by stillbirths or neonatal deaths.

An item of very special significance to the bereaved, the bear was lost on a family day out in Cork.

The family lost the bear during visits to Ballymaloe House, Garryvoe Beach, the Old Head Look Out Point, Kinsale, The Pavillion, Ballygarvan and Fota Wildlife Park on Saturday.

The distinctive little bear is most notable for including a purple ribbon with the word: "Féileacáin" written on it.

“It may seem like a small little thing - but it means a lot to one mother dealing with a terrible loss,” a Facebook post from Cork Live explains.

“So if you've seen this Teddy - get in touch - if you know anybody working or living in those areas - please do get the word out.”

Anyone who may have come across the bear or can offer help in finding it is being encouraged to contact the charity at [email protected]

Féileacáin was formed in 2009 by a group of bereaved parents to offer support to anyone affected by the death of a baby around the time of birth

The volunteer led organisation is now the national charity supporting families affected by perinatal loss.

It receives no funding from central government, relying instead on the support of the community and families who avail of their services.