Rainham pensioner reunited with beloved teddy bought by late husband

PUBLISHED: 09:30 05 February 2018

Vi with her beloved Teddy and son, Gary.

Vi with her beloved Teddy and son, Gary.


A Queen’s Hospital patient was delighted to be reunited with her lost teddy after dedicated hospital staff set out on a mission to find the special bear.

Vi, 78, adores her teddy bear and was devastated when he was lost during her stay at Queen’s Hospital, Rom Valley Way.

The bear, known as Teddy, is over 30 years-old and was bought for Vi by her late husband who died 25 years ago.

Vi had been in and out of hospital since May 2017 due to ill health, and Teddy was lost when she was transferred between Queen’s Hospital and King George Hospital, Goodmayes, in November.

Her son, Gary, 42, from Chelmsford knew how much the Teddy meant to her, so with the help of hospital staff he turned detective to ensure Teddy was brought home where he belonged.

Gary said: “My dad bought Teddy for their 25th wedding anniversary and he’s very special to mum. Whenever she goes away, she always takes him with her.

“When he went missing she was devastated, she even wrote a card for him saying she was sorry to lose him but she hoped she’d see him again one day.

“It felt like a member of the family was missing.”

After enlisting help from hospital staff, Teddy was eventually found in the hospital laundry, but he’d lost his jumper, an eye and some of his stuffing had come out.

With some help, including a friend’s mum who knitted an identical new jumper for Teddy, he was ready to be reuninted with Vi.

Gary added: “I can’t praise Carol and her team enough for finding Teddy, and for keeping me informed on the search.

“He is so special to mum I knew I couldn’t just give up.”

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