Love Is... between a toddler and her favourite bear
THERE were no marmalade sandwiches in Fynn the bear's suitcase when he went on a very big adventure across Cheltenham.
The love between the Steiff bear, who lives in Charlton Kings, and his owner, seven-month-old Erin, is such that the pair usually go everywhere together.
But the two were separated when little Erin managed to lose her faithful companion while on a walk in Pittville Park after visiting a friend.
And her parents, Bernadette and Daniel Willey, were desperate to get him back for her.
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"We noticed he was missing in the evening," said mum Bernadette, 30.
"I went out and retraced all our steps.
"When I got back my husband went, with fresh eyes.
"Then he went again in the morning on his way to work.
"We were looking in under cards, in windows, in hedges and over walls. We couldn't find him."
The couple decided to take their search for Fynn up a notch.
They created 'missing' posters which they put up along their route home from the park, asking people to look out for the trusty bear, who came with his suitcase and also his hand-made red waistcoat.
A week later, Daniel and Bernadette were despondent that Fynn still had not been found and were beginning to doubt if he would ever make his way home.
They were preparing to take the posters down, when they received a call from the Hosey family who had found the bear, tired and dirty, and in need of shelter for the night.
"We were overjoyed," said Bernadette.
"We wanted Erin to be able to have adventures with him as she grew older. He goes everywhere with her."
She said Daniel, also 30, had gone to their house to pick him up and bring him safely home.
"My husband went and picked him up with a box of chocolates to say thank you," said Bernadette.
"They had taken him in and given him a wash.
"Erin gave his ear a good chew when she got him back.
"I think, at seven months old, that's a sign of love."
The following day, Fynn, with help from Daniel, delivered a card of thanks to the Hosey family for looking after him during his stay at their home, in Fairview.
"After hearing lots of stories from family and friends of cherished bears being lost forever, we were overjoyed to be reunited with our lovely bear and very grateful to this kind family," added Bernadette.