Teddy bear hunt for Har­ris brings fam­i­lies to­gether

The Oban Times - - News -

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.’

Pho­to­graph: Abright­side Pho­tog­ra­phy.

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.

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