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2009

31st December 2009

First Name: Karly

Last Name: Sleeman

Where are you from?: Woy Woy

How did you find out about us?: Received the teddy of hope from coffs harbour base hospital

The bear we received was tagged in honour of?: Kaleb John

Comments: These teddy bears are a beautiful idea, my husband and i will treasure him as we received him after we lost our little man "Archie Bradley" he was just perfect, born 21weeks. Now our little angel...Thank you again so much...

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11th December 2009

First Name: Jane

Last Name: Hoult

Where are you from?: Lismore

How did you find out about us?: Lismore Base Hospital

The bear we received was tagged in honour of?: My Seven Angels & Jesse Buttons

Comments: I was only made aware of the Bears Of Hope after the stillbirth delivery of my beautiful little girl Isobel Barbara at 40 1/2 weeks on the 3 November 2009.
In my deepest grief the bear was such a touching and beautiful gift and I thank those for making available and giving it to us.
Isobel was my first child and I hope that one day I will have a brother or sister to hold and kiss.
Thank you again for such a special gift.

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4th December 2009

First Name: Kristy

Last Name: Perrett

Where are you from?: Newcastle NSW

How did you find out about us?: Through my IVF clinic

The bear we received was tagged in honour of?: Jacinta & Madelin

Comments: I was absoultley touched & honoured to receive a bear of hope from my IVF counsellor. I have had 2 consecutive miscarriages and thought maybe i should touch base with my counsellor. At the end of our session she told me all about "the bears of hope" i cried my eyes out, but now certainly don't feel alone any more. I had 2 miscarriages and my bear had 2 names on it Jacinta & Madelin it has made such a difference just been given the bear and all the work Bears of hope do and supply is amazing, also it has given us new hope xo
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23th Novemeber 2009

First Name: Allison

Last Name: Murphy

Where are you from?: Sydney

How did you find out about us?: Prince of Wales private Hospital

The bear we received was tagged in honour of?: Cooper Nathan

Comments: I had a miscarriage yesterday. It our first pregancy and I got to 12 weeks before I heard the devestating news when having an examination.
At the hospital I received the most beautiful little teddy bear with the name "Cooper Nathan" with a date a birth of 28-Nov...that's my birthday. Fate? Coincidence?, I think it's a little angel in heaven looking after me. Thank you so much Bears of Hope, you made the worst day of my life show me that there is hope and I can't wait to donate a teddy in memory of my little angel Isla-Grace. x

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10th November 2009

First Name: Chantelle

Last Name: Simpson

Where are you from?: Tottenham NSW

How did you find out about us?: Got given a bear when i had my baby

The bear we received was tagged in honour of?: Jacinta and Madelin
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6th November 2009

First Name: K

Last Name: Banister

Where are you from?: Orangeville, NSW

How did you find out about us?: Through the loss of my son

The bear we received was tagged in honour of?: my seven angels

Comments: On sunday the eigth of Novemebr, it will be a year since we lost our precious Ashten, it has been so hard, but NEVER will he be forgotten by us...he has left behind a legacy...he has given us the motivation to love each other more and help those who experience the same loss!!! We love you Ashten, Love mummy, daddy and Shelee
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4th November 2009

First Name: Catherine & John

Last Name: Reilly

Where are you from?: North Sydney

How did you find out about us?: Through John Hunter Hospital

The bear we received was tagged in honour of?: Rhys Alan 24.5.2001

Comments: We lost Owen Reilly at 25 weeks and the bear given to us is something that we will treasure and helped us through this difficult time.
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3rd November 2009

First Name: Rebecca

Last Name: Beeton

Where are you from?: Australia

How did you find out about us?: through RHW Randwick after the loss of our baby daughter Lily Caitlyn Milsted

The bear we received was tagged in honour of?: Ella-Grace Price

Comments: i think what bears of hope are doing is fantastic.i lost my daughter on the 28th August,2009 after many complications at 23w6d gestation,she lived for only 11mins.i was given a bear while i was in labour by the social worker at the hospital.in a way it bought us a little peace before our hearts were about to be shattered.keep up the great work and i hope to attend events and fundraisers in the future.

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22nd October 2009

First Name: Jane

Last Name: Lennox

Where are you from?: Melbourne, Victoria

How did you find out about us?: Internet

The bear we received was tagged in honour of?: ~Jacinta and Madelin~

Comments: Thank you for my beautiful bears. Our girls, my Ava and Ella, and your Jacinta and Madelin now share a special bond, forever friends, playing in the clouds. xx

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17th October

First Name: Kalissa

Last Name: Whaley

Where are you from?: Bligh Park

How did you find out about us?: Nepean Hospital when our little boy was born sleeping.

The bear we received was tagged in honour of?: ~Charlotte Rose~

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12th October 2009

First Name: Jenelle

Last Name: Hughes

Where are you from?: Sydney

How did you find out about us?: Memory Bear.

The bear we received was tagged in honour of?: Charlotte Rose.

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11th October 2009

First Name: Nicole

Last Name: Taylor

Where are you from?: Umina

How did you find out about us?: we lost our beautiful baby boy

The bear we received was tagged in honour of?: Charlotte Rose

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21st September 2009

First Name: Nikki

Last Name: Simpson

Where are you from?: Tottenham NSW

How did you find out about us?: Through Westmead when we lost our little girl.

The bear we received was tagged in honour of?: my seven angels
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13th September 2009

First Name: Emma

Last Name: Filies

Where are you from?: Bradbury, NSW

How did you find out about us?: Social Worker, Campbelltown hospital

The bear we received was tagged in honour of?: James 6/5/04

Comments: Thank you so much for acknowledging our baby's short life through the kind words I have found on this website and in your brochure. Our bear means so much to us. We will never forget our beautiful little boy, given to us for such a short time but still a wonderful gift from our great God.
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9th September 2009

First Name: Kate

Last Name: Wooden

Where are you from?: Hamlyn Terrace/Central Coast

How did you find out about us?: A friend gave me your brochure with my christmas card

The bear we received was tagged in honour of?: ~Jesse Buttons~

Comments: My first child Briasell died at 12 weeks gestation 26/7/2004. I miss her daily and it was only after I wrote to bears of hope requesting another brochure for a girlfriend of mine that I received a bear. It was only when Amanda invited me to join the forum and come to scrap and chat night did I finally find somewhere to have my little girl remembered and I could creatively make new memories. Thanks for all you lovely support and care for others.
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4th September 2009

First Name: Lynn

Last Name: Jenkins

Where are you from?: Sydney

How did you find out about us?: We received a bear from The San when our son was Stillborn

The bear we received was tagged in honour of?: Jesse Buttons

Comments: To walk out of the hospital without your baby is just devastating and heartbreaking. To be able to carry something out in your arms is just a small way to help the grieving and also to know that someone has been where you are now so you don't feel so alone. We received a bear when our first baby Cooper Nathan was stillborn at 37 weeks on 28 November 2006. We love and miss him more and more. "Shine brightly Cooper in the night sky as you do in our hearts".
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3rd September 2009

First Name: Michele

Last Name: Walker

Where are you from?: Central Coast

How did you find out about us?: Recieved a bear from North Gosford Hospital

The bear we received was tagged in honour of?: Baby Noah

Comments: I remember carrying my little bear out of the hospital, he will always be precious to me as are the memories of my little baby Matthew Thomas 25.11.2008.Thank You
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27th August 2009

First Name: Nazareth

Last Name: Haile

Where are you from?: Ethiopia

How did you find out about us?: Birthing unit

The bear we received was tagged in honour of?: Joshua

Comments:
The bear of hope gave us a hope for the loss of baby girl Gabriella David Gabriel was born in Bankstown hospital 19/08/09 and passed away after seventeen minutes.
God takes and give, he has all the answer.
we believe that if you respnd to your trouble with faith God will multiply you with blessing

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27th August 2009

First Name: Miranda

Last Name: Singer

Where are you from?: Sydney

How did you find out about us?: We recieved our bear in hospital after loosing our son Jack at 24 weeks.

The bear we received was tagged in honour of?: Benjamin Jones Ferguson 2/6/09

Comments: Thank you for the beautiful bear. It helped us a little when we had to leave the hospital without our baby boy. The bears are a wonderful idea.

We lost our son, and recieved the bear, exactly 2 months to the day from the date on the tag.
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11th August 2009

First Name: Sonya

Last Name: Fleming

Where are you from?: Hills District

How did you find out about us?: Received a bear in our time of need at Westmead Hospital

The bear we received was tagged in honour of?: ~James~ 06/05/04

Comments: Our beautiful baby girl was born sleeping, so perfect at 22 weeks on 24/07/09 and we named her ~Hope~.

In our grief of losing our first baby the nurse presented my husband Scott and I with a beautiful box that contained footprints, handprints with other things from Hope and a little brown bear of hope in memory of ~ James 06/05/04 ~. We then knew our baby girls name was perfect in everyway.

Thank you to everyone who supports the work for those in their darkest moments in time when grief is too much to bare.

Sonya & Scott
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30th July 2009

First Name: Barbara

Last Name: Burrell

Where are you from?: Killara NSW

How did you find out about us?: After receiving our bear at The Royal North Shore Hospital

The bear we received was tagged in honour of?: Jacinta and Madelin

Comments: thanks for the support this group sends...Toni it was great to thank you today when I called and have you know your little ones helped when we lost Thomas.
Thomas was stillborn on 6th march 2009, 400 grams at 25wks he was too small, the rest of his story is very long, he is missed and loved everyday from all who were to know him.

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30th July 2009

First Name: Diala

Last Name: Semaan

Where are you from?: Sydney

How did you find out about us?: Website

The bear we received was tagged in honour of?: Jesse Buttons

Comments: After speaking with Amanda at midday yesterday, I had already received a bear by 9am this morning. Thank you for this wonderful gift, it really does bring comfort to a mother's heart. This is a wonderful website, offering parents hope, support and many beautiful ways to remember our precious little angels.

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29th July 2009

First Name: sarah

Last Name: harding

Where are you from?: nottingham, england

How did you find out about us?: my friend joined the facebook cause

Comments: Oh how i wish we had a similar organisation here in the Uk. I have suffered the pain of 4 miscarriages and the only support that i've received has been through an online forum which i found after i lost my 2nd baby Junior. The ladies on there have been wonderful but i think it would have been such a comfort to receive a bear, i would then have had something to hold onto in the tough times.
Keep up the amazing work you are doing

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29th July 2009

First Name: Tracey

Last Name: McCarthy

Where are you from?: Murwillumbah

How did you find out about us?: Murwillumbah maternity ward

The bear we received was tagged in honour of?: Unnamed but sent by Murwillumbah maternity ward

Comments: I was sent this bear and searched your website and found the information about grief and loss that i was looking for. Its a shame I did not recieve the care and compassion from the hospital that performed my D & c (Tweed heads) and recieved my bear from Murwillumbah hospital instead. A fantastic program and excellent info on the website, my bear was appreciated. Perhaps someone might liase with Tweed to help other mums cope with their loss.

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23rd July 2009

First Name: melissa

Last Name: zammit

Where are you from?: port macquarie

How did you find out about us?: by recieving a bear of hope

The bear we received was tagged in honour of?: bailey

Comments: thankyou very much for the beautiful bear it means so much that words cannot thankyou enough for your support..
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22nd July 2009

First Name: Nataly

Last Name: Nobile

Where are you from?: Dunlop, ACT

How did you find out about us?: Calvary Hospital

The bear we received was tagged in honour of?: Tara Jade Finnie

Comments: Thankyou so much for making this organisation. We just lost our son at 29 weeks. The pain in our hearts is unbearable but when I look at the teddy, I give it a big hug and kiss and know that I am not alone in this. I may not know everyone who has gone through this same pain, but knowing there is this website which i visit almost daily and that other people are viewing it too, it gives me soulful hug.
Thank You

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20th July 2009

First Name: Amanda

Last Name: Farr

Where are you from?: liverpool sydney

How did you find out about us?: read a phamplet

Comments: today is the anniversary of my sons funeral born 26/4 and filled our hearts for 41 days he passed away two years ago and the pain is still very fresh i only wish i knew about you all before today but maybe i wasnt ready thank you for showing me that i am not alone

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22nd June 2009

First Name: Chontele

Last Name: Clark

Where are you from?: Sydney

How did you find out about us?: RPAH

Comments: Hi there,
Firstly i would like to say how thankful & apprecative i am of this organisation. Recieving a teddy bear after my son Kymarlee Kingston Perese passed away gave my partner & i some warmth when we go home as we now have something that has real & true meaning to it since we were not able to bring our son back with us. I would like to thank the parents for donating a teddy bear to us.

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18th June 2009

First Name: Terese

Last Name: OBrien

Where are you from?: Liverpool NSW

How did you find out about us?: counsellor L'pool Hospital

The bear we received was tagged in honour of?: Madelin and Jacinta

Comments: I'm so grateful for all you do. My baby Mark was stillborn at 18 weeks on the 10th July last year. Last week I miscarried twins. Thank you so much for the beautiful bear from you and your precious girls. After Mark was cremated I had his ashes put inside his bear, so it's even more special. I'm sorry. I'm not doing so well. im letting my family down im not doing too well. have told a few people at work, had to go back 5 days later i just want to hide. thank you for all of your kindness.

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17th June 2009

First Name: Tanya

Last Name: Jeney

Where are you from?: Sydney

How did you find out about us?: We received a bear when our son Oliver was born sleeping 14/06/09

The bear we received was tagged in honour of?: Charlotte Rose

Comments: Receiving the bear straight after our sons birth reminded us that we are not alone in our loss. Thank you so much for that.

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5th June 2009

First Name: Karen

Last Name: Mellas

Where are you from?: Sydney

How did you find out about us?: Amanda Bowles

Comments: I think Bears Of Hope is a wonderful concept & Amanda does a fantastic job. Having had a miscarriage during my 1st pregnancy at 11 wks, then losing my daughter's twin around 13 wks gestation, I know the pain & hurt that goes hand in hand with the loss of a pregnancy. Keep up the fabulous work Amanda & Toni
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4th June 2009

First Name: Jennifer

Last Name: Thomas

Where are you from?: Western Sydney

How did you find out about us?: We recieved a bear from the hopsital, after our son ~Bailey~ was born sleeping.

Bear received in honour of?: ~Charlotte Rose~

Comments: The website is beatiful. Through Bears of Hope, we have met some lovely parents who share our sense of loss. We will be forever grateful for that. xxx

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3rd June 2009

First Name: Samantha

Last Name: Gilmore

Where are you from?: Kempsey, NSW

How did you find out about us?: I receied a bear of hope when i lost my son Marcus at 21 weeks on December 10th, 2008

Comments: When i received the bear of hope the morning after i gave birth to my son, it was comforting to know that it was not only us that went through such heartbreak and knowing that we could provide the same for someone else. This program was my sanity getting through those first months after losing Marcus.

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3rd June 2009

First Name: leslie

Last Name: varner

Where are you from?: toledo, ohio

How did you find out about us?: facebook cause

Bear received in honour of?: Avery Joe Lovett

Comments: the bear i received on September 22, 2008 is still above my pillow and i hold it o so tight when i pray at night to my son and wish that it was him i was holding. i am 29 years old and i believe that this has been the roughest ordeal i have ever been through. but this bear gives me peace at night to help to stop crying at night. thank you

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3rd June 2009

First Name: Maree

Last Name: Malvern

Where are you from?: Sydney

How did you find out about us?: Amanda Bowles

Comments: Although I have not had the experience of losing a child, I am proud to support a cause that supports the families in my life that have.
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2nd June 2009

First Name: Deb

Last Name: de Wilde

Where are you from?: Maternity Social worker RNS Private, The Mater

Comments: It looks fabulous and you are to be congratulated on all your hard work.

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1st June 2009

First Name: Nicole

Last Name: Taylor

Where are you from?: Umina NSW

How did you find out about us?: recieved a bear

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1st June 2009

First Name: bernadette

Last Name: carroll

Where are you from?: new york

How did you find out about us?: my neice amanda

Comments: I am so proud of my niece Amanda for all her work. My son Stephen Whelan Carroll(Amanda's cousin) died at 7 weeks of age from a hypo plastic left heart. Today is his 24th anniversary, so I thought it was only fitting to make a comment on Amanda's wonderful site.
"not a day goes by that I don't think of him and wonder what my life would be like if he had not left"

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1st June 2009

First Name: Kylie

Last Name: Pace

Where are you from?: Sydney

How did you find out about us?: We Recieved a bear when we lost our second little Angel ~Jamie~ at 21 weeks on 18th June 2008.

Bear received in honour of?: ~Jesse Buttons~

Comments: An absolutely Beautiful website.
A place that people can come to find the support, strength and hope that they need to get through those difficult days and to be part of a wonderful community that will honour and always remember our ~Angels~.

In loving memory of ~Jesse Jay~ and ~Jamie Vic~.

Thank you so much.

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1st June 2009

First Name: jason

Last Name: enright

Where are you from?: singleton

How did you find out about us?: Friend

Comments: Great to see all of your hard work coming to ahead WELL DONE

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1st June 2009

First Name: Katherine

Last Name: Johnson

Where are you from?: Singleton

How did you find out about us?: My close girlfriend

Comments: So glad to see that you are up and running your web-site. You both have worked very hard on it for a long time . Great job. Katherine Johnson

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1st June 2009

First Name: Adrian

Last Name: Raftery

Where are you from?: Sydney

How did you find out about us?: We received a bear, Bluey, when our baby girl Sophie Cleo was born sleeping

Bear received in honour of?: Jacinta & Madelin

Comments: This is a truly wonderful website that you have provided to families like ours that suffer loss. The support that Bears of Hope has provided has been simply inspirational. May a special star shine upon ye.

I look forward to meeting everyone in the upcoming events.

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