One young girl’s much loved teddy bear is the symbol of Bluebell Wood Children’s Hospice’s new Christmas campaign.
Issabelle Futter passed away at the Sheffield hospice in 2012, aged seven years, after fighting neuroblastoma for three years.
And now the hospice has launched it’s Remem-bear appeal in Issabelle’s memory - using her favourite teddy bear, Bearemy.
“When Issabelle was born, her first toy was a teddy bear called Bearemy,” said her mum Wendy.
“He was her favourite teddy and went everywhere with her. Bearemy never left Issabelle’s side. He went on holiday with us, to the theatre and when she got poorly, to the hospital.”
When Issabelle and her family received news the neuroblastoma had spread, they all made the decision to move to the hospice.
Wendy said: “Issabelle was keen to come to Bluebell Wood as she wanted to sleep at that stage and it was far more relaxed here than in hospital. Her older brother Benjamin enjoyed it straight away. We could all be a family again. We were all together the night Issabelle passed away. We could see she was peaceful and comfortable and that was so important.”
Bluebell Wood, the only children’s hospice in South Yorkshire, is inviting people to make a donation this Christmas in memory of a loved one. In return the hospice will send people a dedication card and special limited edition ‘Bearemy’ pin badge, named after Isabelle’s favourite teddy bear.
“We put some of Issabelle’s ashes into Bearemy, who still goes everywhere with us,” said Wendy.
“Mollie, Issabelle’s younger sister, gives Bearemy a big cuddle every morning. Please, if you can, give to Bluebell Wood this Christmas, because when you’re going through the hardest possible time as a family, Bluebell Wood is where you need to be.”
Visit www.bluebellwood.org/remembear to donate.