Hospital ensures happy ending for little girl who lost her favourite teddy

Emma Sanders, 4, is delighted with her new ‘Sarah Bear’

A little girl who was given a teddy bear when she ended up in hospital after breaking her arm, was distraught when she lost her furry friend.

But there was a happy ending when A&E staff at Blackpool Victoria Hospital presented her with a new bear.

Emma Sanders, 4, from Freckleton, first attended A&E in May of 2016 when she broke her arm.

The hospital has a scheme in partnership with local Lady Masons in which children are given a free teddy bear if they are particularly distressed when they attend the Children’s A&E department.

Emma named her teddy ‘Sarah Bear’ and was inconsolable when she lost her toy on a recent family holiday.

Emma’s mum and dad, Hayley and Will Sanders, contacted the hospital in a desperate bid to find a replacement bear.

Emma hugs her new ‘Sarah Bear’

The hospital staff were happy to be able to help and Hayley and Will made a donation to the Trust’s charity – the Blue Skies Hospitals Fund.

A delighted Emma said: “I remember coming in and getting the bear when I broke my arm.

“I was very scared at first but when I got there I was happy. The nurses were very nice. They had a special room with toys and they gave me a teddy. I called her Sarah Bear.

“I broke my left arm. They took lots of X-rays. They put a pink cast on it.”

Hayley said: “Emma loved stroking the yellow ribbon around Sarah Bear’s neck when she was going off to sleep.

“She was so upset when the bear was lost. We’d like to say a huge ‘thank you’ to the hospital staff. We’re so grateful.”

When the nurses presented Emma with her new bear she said: “I’m very excited. She is going to be called Sarah Bear like the other one.”

As a special gesture the staff also gave Emma’s two-year-old brother William a teddy with a green ribbon.

Mum Hayley Sanders with Emma and William and the bears

Hayley Sanders, Emma Sanders, William Sanders, staff nurse Sarah Bell, student nurse Hayley Murphy and Children’s A&E sister Caroline Gomery with the bears



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