Teddy bear hunt for Harris brings families together
ORGANISERS of a charity bear hunt hope the event has raised more than £ 500 for STAR for Harris, writes Ellie Forbes.
The fundraising group was set up by Tanya and Allan Ross after their son Harris lost his battle with a brain tumour in 2010, aged just 16 months.
On Sunday the couple held a Bear Hunt Teddy Toddle which involved families walking 2kms, stopping half-way to hunt in the woods for bears, which the children kept, and making dens for the bears.
Tanya told the Lochaber Times: ‘Allan and I find this such a lovely, special event as we get the chance to meet lots of wonderful families. We can’t thank the families enough for coming along to support the toddle.’
The toddle was sponsored this year by Bidfood, Morrisons and Peter Easton Irrigation. They provided much-needed snacks and the adorable superhero teddy bears.
Tanya continued: ‘ Yet again, we are grateful to Ruari Watt for helping us run the successful toddle. We also had some of our wonderful trustees along with us to help with the event. Thank you so much to all of them. Their support means so so much. We haven’t got a total for this year yet, but hope to raise more than £ 500.
‘We continue to fund music therapy, gifts for children going into isolation, ward resources/ visits from entertainers and memory casts for families whose children who have no more treatment options available to them.
‘After seeing a recent report on the progress being made into the research of Medulloblastoma (Harris’ tumour type), in part thanks to money donated to this particular study by STAR for Harris over a two-year period, we are more determined than ever to get more money to the research institute in Newcastle as they continue this study.’
Tanya Ross with daughter Livia and husband Allan, put on the hunt for STAR for Harris, a charity set up in memory of their son.