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2012

24th December 2012

First Name: Lorelle

Last Name: Hurdle

Where are you from?: Brisbane

How did you find out about us?: Courier Mail Article

Comments: I came home yesterday to read about you and your organization in the newspaper article and felt compelled to contact you. I had just returned from the cemetery where I visited the grave of my two children. I'd just wanted to say Merry Christmas and feel the peace that they are in. It still is hard at different moments in time, even after 24 and 26 yrs. After reading the article, I am impressed with the organization that you have established. My only wish was that I would have been able to have contact with such an organization when these losses had occurred in my life. I feel that many families must be grateful for your help. Thank you for using your loss and creating help for others.
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21st December 2012

First Name: Katrina

Last Name: Howard

Where are you from?: Maitland, NSW

How did you find out about us?: Through a similar charity in England called Aching Arms

The bear we received was tagged in honour of?: Our son Charlie Howard

Comments: I contacted Bears of Hope to order myself a Sophie bear in memory of our son Charlie who we lost last week. I was overwhelmed when the bear was sent to me for free! Sophie Bear arrived yesterday. Thank you so much Bears of Hope for all that you do. The comfort I feel knowing others will receive bears in memory of Charlie is unexplainable xoxo
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7th December 2012

First Name: Jessica

Last Name: Saunders

Where are you from?: Canberra, ACT

How did you find out about us?: Google Search

The bear we received was tagged in honour of?: Lucas & Joseph Pratt

Comments: Thank you to Lucas & Joseph's parents. The Hope Bear I received from Bears of Hope, after I left hospital with empty arms, has been the only thing I have to remind me of Emily. I don't have any scans or photos that 'show' Emily was real and she was here, even for the short 10 weeks. Joseph & Lucas' Hope Bear brings me great comfort in times of despair because it's something I can hold and remember my baby.
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6th December 2012

First Name: Natalie

Last Name: MacMillan

Where are you from?: Sydney

How did you find out about us?: Royal North Shore Hospital

Comments: I received a bear of hope after my son Zachary 11/06/11 was born at 24 weeks and died 18 hours later from a brain haemorage. I am grateful to BOH & RNSH for their support. I would love to hear from anyone that has received any of Zachary's seven bears that I was able to raise a small amount for other families. I hope they help you through this hard time as I know they did for me & still do. Love to all you wonderful mother's out there ... remember you are not alone.
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6th December 2012

First Name: Ursula

Last Name: Swan

Where are you from?: Sydney

How did you find out about us?: Penrith Hospital

The bear we received was tagged in honour of?: Harrison Scott Spencer

Comments: I wanted to say a big thank you to Harrison's family for the lovely bear and thank you Bears of Hope in our sad time
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6th December 2012

First Name: Jemma

Last Name: Lewis

Where are you from?: Mogo NSW

How did you find out about us?: Through my doctor

Comments: Bears of hope is an exellent organisation, you have helped me and my partner a lot in grieving after our recent miscarriage, Thank you so much
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5th December 2012

First Name: Jennifer

Last Name: Simpson

Where are you from?: Ulverstone Tasmania

The bear we received was tagged in honour of?: Jackson Walter Simpson
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5th December 2012

First Name: Katrin

Last Name: Kley

Where are you from?: Sydney

How did you find out about us?: RNSH

The bear we received was tagged in honour of?: Ferdinand & Leonard Kley
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4th December 2012

First Name: Rebecca

Last Name: Simpson

Where are you from?: Tasmania

How did you find out about us?: Received a bears of hope support package

The bear we received was tagged in honour of?: Jay Blaik Tucker 27/07/2010
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4th December 2012

First Name: AnneMarie

Last Name: Summers

Where are you from?: Narellan Vale, NSW

How did you find out about us?: My sister-in-law, Abby Dante

The bear we received was tagged in honour of?: Sophie Cleo

Comments: My beautiful SIL gave me a gorgeous Sophie bear, in memory of Sophie Cleo, when we lost our baby boy, Alexander in October 2012. She takes pride of place, watching over Alexander's ashes on our display shelf <3
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3rd December 2012

First Name: Lara

Last Name: Nettle

Where are you from?: Sydney

How did you find out about us?: Hospital

The bear we received was tagged in honour of?: I don't know x 2

Comments: I didn't understand. We were given 2 bears, a small one for Aubrey Michael who died in utero, and a big one for Archimedes Hare who was born at 28 weeks and lived for only 8 hours. My twins, gone forever.

I was in shock, I ripped off the tags and gave the bears to my living child to hold because he couldn't hold his brothers.

I am so sorry. I know now what these bears mean, and the love that brought them to my arms.

Archie Bear and Aubrey bear still sleep with my son every night, and I still think of the babies who inspired their donation.

And now I know what it means.
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3rd December 2012

First Name: Melanie

Last Name: Mills

Where are you from?: Newcastle

How did you find out about us?: Newcastle Private Hospital

The bear we received was tagged in honour of?: Edward James Vicary

Comments: Thank you to NPH (especially Helen Thornton) and BoH and the family and friends of Edward James Vicary for their BoH package we received during our farewell to baby Charlotte on 25 March 2011. Charlotte was pregnancy 5 of 6 and my second labour. (Lucky for us, pregnancy 4 was a healthy little girl who is the sunshine of our lives). The BoH pack was, and is, wonderful.
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3rd December 2012

First Name: Kirsty

Last Name: Alley

Where are you from?: Bligh Park

How did you find out about us?: Recieved a bear at Hawkesbury Hospital

The bear we received was tagged in honour of?: Joshua Cotley (could be Oatley)

Comments: We recieved our bear 3 years ago today when we lost our "Squishy" at 9 weeks
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3rd December 2012

First Name: Renee

Last Name: Woolfrey

Where are you from?: Wellington NSW

How did you find out about us?: When I received a package from Dubbo Base Hospital

The bear we received was tagged in honour of?: Ryan Jon McDonald 17.9.2010

Comments: Thank you BOH my Sophie bear is my comfort when I just want to cuddle my lil girl Imogen Hope twin sister to Cannon, born sleeping 30 May 2011. Thanks to Ryans parents for donating to such a lovely cause. I have donated a package each year since her birth and hope to continue this every anniversary.
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3rd December 2012

First Name: Emma

Last Name: Condrick

Where are you from?: Tamworth

How did you find out about us?: Through tamworth base support group

The bear we received was tagged in honour of?: Bailey Thomas

Comments: I cherish my bear in honour of my baby daughter who we lost at 17wks 5days gestation. Her name was Breannah kristee condrick an would have been the only daughter for my husband and I an the only sister to her 4 brothers. Rip baby girl xxx
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3rd December 2012

First Name: Amanda

Last Name: Klippelt

Where are you from?: Brisbane

How did you find out about us?: from the hospital, receiving my bears of hope pack.

The bear we received was tagged in honour of?: Hayden Webb

Comments: When i received my bears of hope pack, it gave me great comfort. Such a beautiful charity.
The bear i received was Hayden Webb, beautiful name, to beautiful for earth and may he rest in peace with Eli Ray Heka-Tutahi.
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3rd December 2012

First Name: Saskia

Last Name: Lass

Where are you from?: Sydney

How did you find out about us?: When I received my Bears of Hope package at
the hospital.

The bear we received was tagged in honour of?: Jesse Norval 26/12/2004
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30th November 2012

First Name: Tiffany

Last Name: Hasted

Where are you from?: Queensland, sunshine cost

How did you find out about us?: Facebook
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23rd November 2012

First Name: April

Last Name: Kane

Where are you from?: Port Macquarie

How did you find out about us?: From the teddy I received after a loss

The bear we received was tagged in honour of?: Jesse Buttons 19/1/06

Comments: Thankyou so much for giving me someone to cuddle and remind me of a soul that was too good for this earth.

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9th November 2012

First Name: Naomi

Last Name: Greaves

Where are you from?: Sydney, Australia

How did you find out about us?: From a relative

The bear we received was tagged in honour of?: Eden Hope Dodd 30/11/10 - 6/12/10

Comments: My husband Chris and I received our little bears from Eden after the still birth of our son Nathan yesterday at RNSH. They provided us with great comfort last night as we spent the night away from our little angel but were able to keep something close by that he had spent time with. The little bear is almost as tiny as he was so we will always have a reminder of just how little our angel was.

Thanks so much to the Dodd family for providing us with support and love during this difficult time. We hope that be donating and encouraging others to do the same, we may provide similar support for another family.
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27th October 2012

First Name: CATHY

Last Name: CARPENTER

Where are you from?: Regional victoria

How did you find out about us?: FB

Comments: l didn't receive a bear cos l am only a grandma, but the thoughts that were sent are helpful. l am going to buy my own bear so that l can remember the little angel l never got to see or hold. Keep up your good work, because there is a lot of pain out there that needs a teddies hugs. THANK YOU, Cathy.
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15th October 2012

First Name: AnnetteNeil

Last Name: Leighton

Where are you from?: Belmont WA

How did you find out about us?: Friends Barry & Bec

The bear we received was tagged in honour of?: Jackson Mould

Comments: In memory of Jackson and his Mum and Dad.

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15th October 2012

First Name: Amelia

Last Name: Karanan

Where are you from?: NSW

How did you find out about us?: We were kindly given a hope bear in hospital

The bear we received was tagged in honour of?: Annabelle Earp 4th April 2011

Comments: My husband and I wish to thank the Earp family for their heartfelt gift in honour of their beautiful angel Annabelle. We will cherish our Hope bear always and hope that she will one day sit amongst other special momentos and photos in a nursery.

To our first baby who at 12 weeks, bestowed us so many gifts including hope and dreams for the future, courage and strength and most importantly to know a mother's and father's love. You have brought your daddy and I even closer together and demonstrated what an amazing father your dad is.

In memory of our precious baby who left this earth on the 13/10/12.

'No one else will ever know the strength of my love for you. After all you are the only one who knows what my heart sounds like from the inside.'

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6th October 2012

First Name: Stace

Last Name: Schaepman

Where are you from?: Newcastle

How did you find out about us?: I was given a bears of hope bag this week from social worker at JHH

The bear we received was tagged in honour of?: Ozzie 30/11/2010

Comments: Thank you for this very special sentiment, I feel so blessed to have received this bag and so honored to have received the bear in honor of little Ozzie. What a very special organization bears of hope are. THANK YOU xoo
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5th October 2012

First Name: Stacy

Last Name: Nichols

Where are you from?: Walgett NSW

How did you find out about us?: Was given a bears package in dubbo hospital

The bear we received was tagged in honour of?: Kristen Elise 04/12/2010

Comments: Thankyou to the Family of Baby Kristen. It meant a lot to us to have received this Bear in her honor. Forever young, beautiful angel xxoo
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4th October 2012

First Name: Genny

Last Name: McCulloch

Where are you from?: Sydney

How did you find out about us?: Kylie Pace

The bear we received was tagged in honour of?: Alex Martin Turner

Comments: When Cooper was born sleeping at 40+6 weeks I went numb, my world completely stopped. Being only 20 I made the decision to grow up and move my life on a different path then was suddenly stopped at a dark crossroads. When my gift of the bear was given to me I did not know what to think, wondering how a teddy could help me through this hard time. Until one day I opened the tag and read " Alex Martin Turner" and I felt a comfort I'd never felt before, knowing that there was support and love from someone I didn't know and that I wasn't alone. Now I pray to Alex and Cooper and send them my love everyday. I can't thank the Turner family enough for the light they have given me, you are beautiful people.
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4th Ocotber 2012

First Name: Rachel

Last Name: Bain

Where are you from?: Menai, Sydney

How did you find out about us?: Sutherland Hospital

The bear we received was tagged in honour of?: Jacinta and Madelin 03.11.03

Comments: Thank you. Our children are playing together in heaven. I hope to one day see that a bear with my son's name on it will bring comfort to someone.
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3rd October 2012

First Name: Samantha

Last Name: Jarrett

Where are you from?: Cessnock, NSW

How did you find out about us?: Through the loss of our twin girls.

The bear we received was tagged in honour of?: Tanisha Anne Yaldren (20/08/2010) and Boyd Stuart Thackeray (08/08/2010)

Comments: My husband ad I lost our identical twin girls Havanna Evelyn and Olivia Kim, at 22 weeks after I went into premature labour from the pressure caused from Twin to Twin Transfusion syndrome. It been three weeks since we said hello and goodbye to our girls in the same breath, but we are grateful to have been blessed with their presence in our lives. In the short time they had with us, they showed us the two extremes of human emotions and brought us closer together. Our bears have been a saviour, empty arms have been the hardest thing to deal with since our loss and the bears fill that empty space when we need it. So thankyou very much to the Yaldren and Thackeray families for having the compassion and forethought in your time of need to extend a warm hug to complete strangers in our time of need. We cant see through the heartache and pain at the moment, but the support packs and bears you have donated to us have given us somewhere to begin healing and bears of hope have given us somewhere to turn to when we need a shoulder to cry on. We only hope that the bears we intend on donating give the same gift of hope and fill someone elses empty arms when they need it most.
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29th September 2012

First Name: Jean

Last Name: Reynolds

Where are you from?: NSW

How did you find out about us?: Was given a Sophie package in hospital

The bear we received was tagged in honour of?: Diego Jose Nobile 16/07/2009

Comments: Thank you for your wonderful organisation. Having something to take home with us after our daughter was born an Angel meant alot to us. To the family of Diego, so sorry your baby is not here with us, but thank you for your bear in memory of your Angel. Our bear sits with our photos and ornaments that we have in memory of our daughter.
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29th September 2012

First Name: Debbie

Last Name: Dumbrell

Where are you from?: East Maitland

How did you find out about us?: From the hospital where I delivered

The bear we received was tagged in honour of?: James 6.5.04
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27th September 2012

First Name: Louise

Last Name: Chapman

Where are you from?: Colyton,NSW

How did you find out about us?: Friend

The bear we received was tagged in honour of?: Tommy Johnstone 1/11/11

Comments: Would like to thank Tommy's family for donating this bear in honour of there little boy.We left hospital without our little man also,born sleeping at 38 weeks... Thomas Michael,now our precious angel... Always on my mind forever in our hearts.
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26th September 2012

First Name: Carmel

Last Name: Grima

Where are you from?: Llandilo

How did you find out about us?: My sister

The bear we received was tagged in honour of?: Ryan Jon McDonald

Comments: I love my bear so much it gives me so much comfort everyday and night. I take it with me wherever I go. At work it sits on my desk to guide and comfort me to give me strength to make it through the day without breaking down. At night it sits on the lounge with me, or watches me as I study or try to it gives me the strength to keep trying in life, in a life that seems so cruel at times. At night I cuddle it and comforts me so I can sleep. I hold it tight and cry and I feel like I am holding my baby Julia. love the bear with all my heart and it means so much to me like it is a piece of my baby that I can hold to and no one can touch. Thank you so much for giving me a bear to raise my spirit and give strength and courage. xxxoooo
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25th September 2012

First Name: Rin

Last Name: Eveleigh

Where are you from?: East Maitland

How did you find out about us?: I lost my son Darius Eveleigh-Kerr at 16w5d

The bear we received was tagged in honour of?: Xavier Christopher Meyers

Comments: I'd never heard of BOH before losing Darius 12.9.20112 Receiving that bear, the treatment of the wonderful midwives at Maitland Hospital and the ongoing support through the Facebook group brings me strength daily. Thank you to BOH and Xavier's parents
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16th September 2012

First Name: Kathy

Last Name: Park

Where are you from?: Parramatta

How did you find out about us?: Westmed Hospital

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

Comments: Hi I would just like to thank Bears of hope for this bear I recieved On the 27TH August 2012. I gave birth to my baby girl Christina on 27.8.12. She was only 20 weeks gestation. I know she is with my lord Jesus now he is taking great care of her.
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10th September 2012

First Name: shae

Last Name: macrow

Where are you from?: central coast

How did you find out about us?: im in the parents group on facebook

The bear we received was tagged in honour of?: Jonathan Tobias Hodge

Comments: thank you for our bear he sits next to our other bears of hope bear.
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3rd September 2012

First Name: Carol

Last Name: Thornton

Where are you from?: Gold Coast

How did you find out about us?: Google search
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3rd September 2012

First Name: Morgan

Last Name: Herbert

Where are you from?: Wynyard, Tasmania

How did you find out about us?: Support pack I received.

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

Comments: Thank you to whoever donated my bear. It sits on a shelf next to my Alice's urn during the day.
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3rd September 2012

First Name: Jo

Last Name: Fazio

Where are you from?: Nabiac

How did you find out about us?: Recieved a Bear Of Hope

The bear we received was tagged in honour of?: Sophie Cleo 14/12/08

Comments: Today I finally paid it forward and re donated a bear of hope in honour of our Beautiful Ruby Ellen Fazio. 22/12/2009. Born an Angel.
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2nd Septemeber 2012

First Name: Emalynne

Last Name: So

Where are you from?: Sydney

How did you find out about us?: At Hospital - received Sophie Bear from our Midwife

The bear we received was tagged in honour of?: Tanisha Anne Yaldren - 20.08.2010

Comments: Thank you for the bear. It gave us great hope and support at such a difficult time, losing our Baby girl, Annabelle Catalina So on 10.08.2012.
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1st September 2012

First Name: Rebecca

Last Name: Cooper

Where are you from?: Tasmania

How did you find out about us?: During hospital stay

The bear we received was tagged in honour of?: Lucas & Joseph

Comments: So sorry for you loss x So thankful for the Bear of Hope, I burst into tears when I saw him. Will treasure it forever. Thankyou x
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31st August 2012

First Name: Celeste

Last Name: Morales

Where are you from?: Kellyville Ridge, NSW

How did you find out about us?: Norwest Private hospital gave me a care package after we we gave birth to our son who passed away during gestation.

The bear we received was tagged in honour of?: Kristen Elise

Comments: To the Bears if Hope team and the Elise family, Your bear gave us something to hold on to after leaving the hospital without our baby boy Gabriel, who we lost last year. Our only daughter Caitlyn treasures that bear and sleeps with it every night, it has eased her loneliness a little and we are so grateful to you all for the support and generous donation of the care package.

Xxx The Morales Family
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31st August 2012

First Name: Leiza

Last Name: Sycamore

The bear we received was tagged in honour of?: Isabella Vamvakaris

Comments: My beautiful baby girl Phoebe Rose was born sleeping at 40 weeks on 14 June 2012

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31st August 2012

First Name: Susi

Last Name: Haywood

Where are you from?: Forrester beach

How did you find out about us?: Gosford hospital

The bear we received was tagged in honour of?: Boyd stuart thackeray

Comments: Thank you for everything....

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31st August 2012

First Name: Wendy

Last Name: Murnane

Where are you from?: Croydon, Victoria, Australia

How did you find out about us?: Facebook

The bear we received was tagged in honour of?: Elana Lee Pena
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31st August 2012

First Name: Josephine

Last Name: Prasad

Where are you from?: Hunter Valley NSW

How did you find out about us?: Maitland Hospital Maternity Unit

The bear we received was tagged in honour of?: Imogen Dewson Dyball

Comments: Thank you to Imogen's mum for helping me leave hospital with a beautiful bear to hold on to. We lost our baby boy at 21 weeks and the pain just doesn't stop. Thank you also to Bears of Hope - u guys are amazing!! To the mums of all the angels out there - they live on in us
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31st August 2012

First Name: Christina

Last Name: Garvan

Where are you from?: Baulkham hills

How did you find out about us?: Internet

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

Comments: This bear feels like part of our family, it sits proudly next to our family photo. Thank you so much to the Tattis family and bears of hope xx

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31st August 2012

First Name: Lee

Last Name: Schellnegger

Where are you from?: Dubbo

How did you find out about us?: i recieved a bears of hope package!

The bear we received was tagged in honour of?: Ryan Jon Mcdonald
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30th August 2012

First Name: Laura

Last Name: Welsford

Where are you from?: Sydney

How did you find out about us?: Midwives at Norwest Private Hospital

The bear we received was tagged in honour of?: Sophie Cleo

Comments: We received our Sophie bear when we were told that our little boy's heart had stopped beating at 39w5d. Our beautiful baby boy, Liam, was born sleeping on the 28/07/2011 and is very dearly missed.
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30th August 2012

First Name: Rachel

Last Name: OConnor

Where are you from?: Newcastle

How did you find out about us?: Genae Newcastle IVF clinic

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

Comments: Thankyou it meant so much to me at such a difficult time. Riley sits on my bedside table and I remember him and my lost angel every day x
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30th August 2012

First Name: Deborah

Last Name: Loveday

Where are you from?: Sydney

How did you find out about us?: Hospital Social Worker at Sutherland Hospital

The bear we received was tagged in honour of?: Imogen Dewson Dyball

Comments: My husband and I received a Bears of Hope package after suffering our first miscarriage at nine weeks. Knowing there were other families out there that had gone through what we were going through, although heartbreaking offered us some comfort. We hope that someone out there feels the same when they receive a Bear in memory of our little angel.
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30th August 2012

First Name: Alison

Last Name: Pollock

Where are you from?: Sydney

How did you find out about us?: Randwick women's hospital

The bear we received was tagged in honour of?: Ashleigh may

Comments: Thankyou for this beautiful keepsake it has really helped us through our grieving process

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28th August 2012

First Name: Rachel

Last Name: Burke

Where are you from?: Boonah qld

How did you find out about us?: Ispwich hospital

The bear we received was tagged in honour of?: Kristen Elise

Comments: I received my bears of hope bag the day I lost my baby boy Declan 18/8/12

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11th August 2012

First Name: Emma

Last Name: Cashmore

Where are you from?: Central Coast, NSW

How did you find out about us?: Reccommendation from social media

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

Comments: Our beautiful baby girl, Paisley Jane, was stillborn at 23 weeks on 30th June, 2012. Bears of Hope have been a wonderful comfort to our whole family as we face our journey through grief. We were honored to receive a bear in memory of Jesse Buttons.
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9th August 2012

First Name: Nyree

Last Name: Yali

Where are you from?: Huonville

How did you find out about us?: HMN newsletter

Comments: I had to come here after reading an article in the Hobart Mums Network August newsletter that had me in tears.

I miscarried my first pregnancy in 2003, had my daughter in 2005 & have had several first-trimester miscarriages since.

I think the work you're doing is so important to honour those lost babes & the mothers who carried them.
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9th August 2012

First Name: Jess

Last Name: Miller

Where are you from?: Broken Hill, NSW

How did you find out about us?: In Hospital

The bear we received was tagged in honour of?: Bella Angelo 8th March 2011

Comments: I recieved my Bear of Hope package the on the 21.07.2012, the day I gave birth to my daughter, Katelyn, who was born sleeping at 35weeks gest. I have one of these bears to my sleeping angel which is now in heaven with Katelyn and the other bear I gave to my 4 year olf daughter Briana who just loves it. Briana knows that her baby sister has the same bear with her in heaven. I would just like to thank Bears of Hope for their organisation and I would like to thank the family who has donated these two bears <3
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7th August 2012

First Name: sharon

Last Name: reid

Where are you from?: London

How did you find out about us?: internet

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

Comments: My friend's baby died shortly after birth on July 27, 2012. She is, understandably, very depressed. Even more so because she never had the chance to hear her first cry or even to hold her before she died. She is literally given up on living, refusing to eat, or talk to anyone about it. As a dear friend, I am asked to plan the funeral for our little angel, Anaiah, which is due to take place in 2 weeks. Whilst Mom says she will taking part in the planning or even attending the funeral, from your web-site I read where she may in later years wish to have some form of keepsakes etc., this amongst other things is what I really would like to sensitively and lovingly create for her. I am also wanting to have the right kind of music for the occasion and afterwards. Can you please help? Anaiah is a little girl. Her name means:God answers. Nehemiah 8 verse 4. I did look at your theme song Live Among the Angels but I also saw another one title Remembering Our Baby Angels M2 Cristina 1. Not sure of the title but would this be on the CD as well??? Look forward to hearing from you.
Sharon

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28th July 2012

First Name: bel

Last Name: totmam

Where are you from?: manildra

How did you find out about us?: my daughter

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24th July 2012

First Name: Daniel

Last Name: Howes

Where are you from?: Sydney

How did you find out about us?: Bear donated to us

The bear we received was tagged in honour of?: James (25/11/2011)

Comments: My wife Michelle and I received our Bear of Hope shortly after our daughter Tricia Hope Howes was stillborn. It came from baby James who was also stillborn on the 25th November 2011. We would both like to thank his parents for their anonymous support. Although we don‚t know them, we feel great comfort knowing that our gorgeous little Tricia already had her first friend.

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23rd June 2012

First Name: natalie

Last Name: giddings

Where are you from?: Hunter Valley

How did you find out about us?: on Facebook

The bear we received was tagged in honour of?: Ryan Jon McDonald, Cooper Nathan Jenkins and Boyd Stuart Thackeray

Comments: To all the wonderful people at "Bears Of Hope".....THANKYOU! Hubby and I received one of your beautiful packages today and may I might say,that they are amazing!! To see the names of other dear darling children on the bears is probably a highlight of the whole bag for me...and although that sounds a strange thing to say - (seeing the fact that other mothers/families have also had to endure the loss of their little ones) - but more for the reason that you as a wonderful organisation have bought all of us together and therefor know that we are not alone; And I certainly hope that the parent that gets the bears with our darling boys' names on it feels this same way? We lost our little ones some time ago now but have only just come across BOH - so to receive our beautiful bag was such a huge suprise; So for this, I say thankyou, from the bottom of our hearts xxx
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20th June 2012

First Name: Rae

Last Name: King

Where are you from?: Queensland

How did you find out about us?: My midwife Ainsley

The bear we received was tagged in honour of?: Kristen Elise

Comments: Thank you to the kind stranger who donated to a very worthy cause, after the loss of our 4th baby this little bear is a much cherished memento towards our babies. I have now started to fundraise in honour of my lost babies to help those who I know will cherish these packs.

Also thank you to my midwife Ainsley who went out of her way to send me the package after the memorial service. I will be forever grateful.

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18th June 2012

First Name: Wai

Last Name: Awarau

Where are you from?: Cairns

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

The bear we received was tagged in honour of?: Ryan Jon McDonald

Comments: What a lovely gift to leave the hospital with after my grandson left us at 1 week old. I am so grateful for the time we had with him. My daughter also was very touched to get a Bear of Hope, it lightened our hearts and we will do the same for others. My thoughts also go to the beautiful hospital staff who shared our loss as well. When thinking of angels I think not only of my grandson but also of the wonderful angels in neonatal wards that do this as a job everyday. You are the true heroines and heros.
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14th June 2012

First Name: Michelle

Last Name: VanRij

Where are you from?: Tauranga, NZ

How did you find out about us?: Kellie Savage a member

The bear we received was tagged in honour of?: Kaiah Savage Pollard

Comments: It was so lovely when Kellie, who didnt even know us when she found out about our loss via a mutual friend, went out of her way to intro herself to us for support and arranged to get the bears of hope pack to us
all the way in NZ! We now have our bear out on display in the lounge in honor of Kaiah which we treasure :). Thank you so much Kellie for your kindness and friendship, it means alot xxx
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9th June 2012

First Name: Dayna

Last Name: Jones

Where are you from?: Sydney

How did you find out about us?: St George Hospital

The bear we received was tagged in honour of?: Brock Geoffrey Riddiford 10/5/2010

Comments: Thankyou so much to Brock's family for donating his bear, we lost our little Noah Curtis at 24 weeks and it was such a comfort when we received our beautiful Sophie bear. Thankyou also to the Bears of Hope family for the amazing work they do.

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6th June 2012

First Name: Danielle

Last Name: Steedman

Where are you from?: Sydney

How did you find out about us?: Hospital social worker

The bear we received was tagged in honour of?: Imogen Kate

Comments: Thank you to the parents of Imogen Kate, for donating the bear, and I hope that the bears donated in the honor of Lola Mae are in some small way comforted and know that they are not alone. Lola, I cannot describe how I feel to have lost you and miss you.

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24th May 2012

First Name: Jeff

Last Name: Dumbrell

Where are you from?: Maitland NSW

How did you find out about us?: Given the bag in hospital

The bear we received was tagged in honour of?: Baby Strud 9/11/11

Comments: Thanks. It's a hard thing to go through. Harder for my wife. I almost cried when I realized the bear was dedicated by another baby. Big for me. Thanks

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11th May 2012

First Name: Dahlia

Last Name: Harry

Where are you from?: New Zealand

How did you find out about us?: Friend

Comments: I lost my twin boys Mohamed and Moustafa Elhammar on the 14 February 2012 at 24weeks and 2 days due to medical complications. It was the hardest day of my life,and not a day go by that i dont think of them.Receiving the two BEAR OF HOPE was very emotional but comforting at the same time. I have now donated two BOH in honour of Mohamed and Moustafa and hope that it brings comfort to another family. Mummy will always luv you and never forget about you two. God Bless.

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11th May 2012

First Name: Renee

Last Name: Chandler

Where are you from?: Wellington NSW

How did you find out about us?: Given a Sophie package when our baby girl Georgie was stillborn at 22 weeks.

The bear we received was tagged in honour of?: Nate Creevy 18/11/2010

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10th May 2012

First Name: Tracy

Last Name: Hodgkinson

Where are you from?: Sanctuary Point, NSW

How did you find out about us?: Hospital

The bear we received was tagged in honour of?: Ozzie 30/11/2010

Comments: Would just like to say thankyou so much for the Bear of Hope and other products in the bag that I received this week. It was just so lovely - I can't stop admiring the items and have placed them on my little boy's(Fyn, who was stillborn 7 weeks ago) cupboard. Thanks again x

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3rd May 2012

First Name: Donna

Last Name: Soward

Where are you from?: Bracknell, Tasmania

How did you find out about us?: Social Worker, NICU @ Royal Hobart Hospital.

The bear we received was tagged in honour of?: Noah John Raab Tucker

Comments: Our baby Ruby ( 14.04.12 ~ 01.05.12), was born at 26 weeks via emergency caesarian due to severe Pre Eclampsia. We had such a rough 24 hours, that we both nearly died. Then my beautiful babe was born, she was doing so well in NICU, until she contracted an infection, causing several complications. We had the choice of letting her go peacefully or keep trying for several days to see how long she would last but at a very high risk of brain damage or severe disability. We could not do this for our baby girl, so we let her go peacefully in the early hours of the morning. Later that day we recieved a 'Bear of Hope', such a beautiful bear, we will keep nearby to remind us of our beautiful girl. I miss my baby every minute of the day, every breath I take, and with every tear I shed, I would give anything to have her back in my arms. We love you so much little Miss Ruby D xoxoxox <3 Love Mama & Dadda <3 xoxoxo
Ruby Donna Soward, was 17 days old, taken too soon.

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30th April 2012

First Name: Kendall

Last Name: Parsons

Where are you from?: Currans hill nsw

How did you find out about us?: Social worker EPAS campbelltown hospital

The bear we received was tagged in honour of?: Twins turner

Comments: I am currently in hospital after suffering my 10th miscarriage (ectopic), I am lucky enough to have one child. I am laying here thinking about my journey and how I would like to to help others that find themselves in my position that possibly feel they are alone. I received a Bear of Hope after my forth loss a few years ago and remember the feeling I had when I received it, I want that feeling now. But mostly I want to say thank you to Bears of Hope it was such a small gesture but has meant the world to me, and made me realise that I am not alone and I will never forget each of the 10 blossoms that were given to me, they may have only be here a short while but they were here - I will never forget.

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26th April 2012

First Name: Jenene

Last Name: OLeary

Where are you from?: Sydney

How did you find out about us?: Face book

The bear we received was tagged in honour of?: Imogen Dewson Dyball

Comments: I had three miscarriages at 12 -13 weeks and received three hope bears. The hope bears touch my heart as I was treated like a lady that had lost three babies not like a lady that had three miscarriges. I feel some people in society feel miscarriges are not that hard to go through.

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19th April 2012

First Name: Erin

Last Name: Wells

Where are you from?: Dubbo

How did you find out about us?: EPAC in Dubbo

The bear we received was tagged in honour of?: Mason Muller

Comments: thankyou for the information and comfort for a young scared 21 year old, it has helped me who even tho i only found out i was 4- 7 weeks pregnant on wednesday and then found out i had miscaried on thursday still after just one day of knowing was so very deeply sad n confused. so thankyou.
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18th April 2012

First Name: Beth

Last Name: Maloney

Where are you from?: Alstonville NSW

How did you find out about us?: Local Hospital

The bear we received was tagged in honour of?: Trent Kemp-White

Comments: This was my second miscarriage & my hospital gave me a Bear of Hope gift bag. It was beautiful to bring it home & my little bear has pride of place on my bed. What a beautiful organisation.Brings that little bit of caring to what can be a very lonely time.x
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18th April 2012

First Name: Kim

Last Name: Crozier

Where are you from?: Penrith

How did you find out about us?: Social worker NICU Nepean Hospital

The bear we received was tagged in honour of?: Milana Matilda Rose *23-2-2009

Comments: Our little girl Indy-Lee Famke was born on 06-02-2012 and passed away on 11-2-2012. My water broke with 26 weeks probably due to an infection. Indy-Lee did really well and everybody had hope! But than after 4 days they doctors from the NIC unit found out that she has meningitis and it was really severe. She would grow up with severe brain damage. We didnt wanted that for our girl. So we had to make the most difficult decision in our life. We let her go on saturday11-2-2012. On that saturday we got a bear from Milana Matila Rose. I want to thank her parents for giving this bear to us. It sits next to her ashes and her box full of her stuff. I miss my little wonder so much. You are our sunshine xoxoxox mummy&daddy

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13th April 2012

First Name: Toni

Last Name: McPherson

Where are you from?: Brisbane

How did you find out about us?: madame flavour facebook post

Comments: gosh I wish you had been around when I lost my daughter Claire as a full term stillborn child 8 years ago.
There seemed to be very little support around at this time especially when you where being asked to make decisions about autopsies and funeral plans - lets face it no one is in a fit state of mind to make these decisions within a few hours of giving birth to an angel. I hope you are planning on taking this nationally as it is some thing I truly believe everyone needs to know about

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13th April 2012

First Name: Kirbi

Last Name: Hocking

Where are you from?: Dubbo, NSW

How did you find out about us?: When our precious angel was born sleeping in march 2012

The bear we received was tagged in honour of?: Kristen Elise 4.12.2010

Comments: We love bears of hope. It has helped us deal with the loss of our 4th child Indi in march 2012. We have started our own fundraising page in honor of Indi so we can help other families that also go through losing their precious angel.

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12th April 2012

First Name: Joelene

Last Name: Betts

Where are you from?: Cairns, Queensland

How did you find out about us?: Hospital Midwives

The bear we received was tagged in honour of?: Jesse Buttons - 19.01.06

Comments: To walk into hospital knowing that we would be walking out without our baby boy was very difficult to understand. Our first pregnancy and therefore first loss, however we were lifted by receiving our Sophie bear. We were not aware of this organisation and it truly made a very horrid day, just that little bit easier. We are very grateful to Jesse Buttons and the family that selflessly brought a bear to help us get through the pain of losing our Bubba BK. Neither baby will ever be forgotten by David or Myself. A very sincere thank you from us to you.

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11th April 2012

First Name: Tarni

Last Name: Hampton

Where are you from?: Toowoomba, QLD

How did you find out about us?: My friend a Midwife in NSW

The bear we received was tagged in honour of?: Imogene Kate 27.10.2008 (Sophie bear)

Comments: Thankyou to the mother who donated this little bear in honor of little Imogene-Kate. I recieved this bear when I lost my firstborn daughter at 40 weeks Ava Madison. A good friend of mine is a midwife in NSW and after hearing about my loss told me about bears of hope and a few days after i recieved a huge package in the mail from her and her lovley boss that contained the bear and a box with beautiful keepsakes in it all in memory of Imogene-Kate. This bear has touched my heart and she now sits in my little ones Cot. She holds a special place now in my heart and my families hearts. Thankyou so much.

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10th April 2012

First Name: Adrian

Last Name: Christian

Where are you from?: Melbourne

How did you find out about us?: Google

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9th April 2012

First Name: kristy

Last Name: russell

Where are you from?: yanderra NSW

How did you find out about us?: nurse at Bowral Hospital

The bear we received was tagged in honour of?: Ryan Jon Mcdonald.17.9.2010

Comments: We received a bears of hope pack on the 20.3.12 when we lost our son Blake at 16w from tristomy 18, after having to go through labour and giving birth to our son the pack was so helpful and the bear is something we held onto during the time we spent in hospital recovering. The bear now sits in his nursery thank-you for all the help you've giving us during a tough time. We've opened a fundraiser is honour of our son. So we can help another couple who have lost a precious angel baby.. <3

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8th April 2012

First Name: Nikki

Last Name: Wilson

Where are you from?: Brisbane QLD

How did you find out about us?: Mater Mothers Hospital Brisbane

The bear we received was tagged in honour of?: Diego Jose Nobile 16/7/09

Comments: Our little angle Gracie was born sleeping on 23.11.11 at 31 weeks. Thank you for our lovely bear it was such a lovely gift to receive at such a sad time in our lives. X

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8th April 2012

First Name: kerri

Last Name: riddiford

Where are you from?: sunshine coast

How did you find out about us?: received a "sophie" bear

The bear we received was tagged in honour of?: Reece Desailly

Comments: Ill be forever thankful for my bear, leaving hospital without our precious baby boy was horrific, and knowing there were other families out there for support made all the difference.

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7th April 2012

First Name: Ingrid

Last Name: Watkins

Where are you from?: Latrobe, Tasmania

How did you find out about us?: through the hospital

The bear we received was tagged in honour of?: Jay Blaik Tucker

Comments: Thank-you very much for the bear that we received for our little boy 'Lucas Kevin Sherriff' born sleeping at 28 weeks gestation on the 4/4/2012. As yet we are struggling to deal with the reality of it all, and it was great comfort receiving our bear knowing that we were not alone.

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7th April 2012

First Name: Kelly

Last Name: Mofflin

Where are you from?: Darwin

How did you find out about us?: Internet

The bear we received was tagged in honour of?: Harrison Spencer 27/07/2011

Comments: We received our Bear from Courtney and Scott Spencer. Thank you so much for sending on our Bear. Our hearts were broken when we lost our little girl Cassie at 38 (+6 days) weeks. But she'll forever be in our hearts.

Thanks Courtney, Scott and Bears of Hope xxx

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5th April 2012

First Name: Jess

Last Name: Vanzanten

I just wanted to say thank you for my bear of hope that i recived after the loss of my little tyson it means so much to me, i can give it a hug when i feel sad and know im not alone, thank you so much for donating my little blue bear in honour of cooper james it brings me great comfort and thanks to bears of hope for the great work you do! xoxo
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4th April 2012

First Name: Kyrie

Last Name: Rodgers

Where are you from?: Callala Beach NSW

How did you find out about us?: Internet

The bear we received was tagged in honour of?: Jesse Buttons 19.01.2006 (Sophie Bear) James Hurst 11.02.2010 (Sophie Bear)

Comments: Thank you to the mums who donated these bears. I have a Hope bear for my m/c at 6 weeks. James Hursts bear was given to me when I lost my little boy from Trisomy 18 at 14 weeks. Jesse Buttons bear was given to me when I lost my 3rd baby at 13weeks to Anencephaly only 3 weeks ago. Again Thank you.

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4th April 2012

First Name: Jake and Nikki

Last Name: Peake

Where are you from?: Mudgee NSW

How did you find out about us?: When we lost our baby & the wonderful staff in the maternity ward of Dubbo Hospital gave us our gift bag & explained Bears Of Hope

The bear we received was tagged in honour of?: Bridgette Faith Hobb

Comments: The information and rememberence gift was a lovely way of giving us some closure and helping us deal with a such a tradgic time. It was also a reminder that we were not the only family going through this. Thankyou to everyone who supports this wonderful organisation. They are truely amazing.

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4th April 2012

First Name: Judy

Last Name: Andronicus

Where are you from?: Terrigal NSW

How did you find out about us?: North Gosford Hospital gave us a Sophie bear after losing our princess Madison on 12/02/2012

The bear we received was tagged in honour of?: Jacinta & Madelin 03/11/2003

Comments: Thank you to the family who donated this Sophie Bear, it was so much comfort to us during those first days after losing our princess, this bear will forever be cherished by our family, and we will always hold a special place for Jacinta, Madelin and their family. <3

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4th April 2012
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First Name: Annabel

Last Name: Robertson

Where are you from?: Sutton Forest, NSW

How did you find out about us?: Received a bear package

The bear we received was tagged in honour of?: "two special little boys
16-5-2010"

Comments: I have suffered 3 miscarriages and received a Bears of Hope package after the last one (my sister gave it to me from a colleague in community health at Tamworth Hospital) - it is such a wonderful organisation!

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4th April 2012

First Name: Jessica

Last Name: Camarsh

Where are you from?: Hill Top, NSW, 2575

How did you find out about us?: Bowral Hospital

The bear we received was tagged in honour of?: Ryan McDonald

Comments: We lost out little Lily at 19.6 weeks. Lily was born on the 1.3.2012. Thank you to the family who donated our beautiful bear, he gave me great comfort on such a sad day and many lonely nights. xoxo

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4th April 2012

First Name: Victoria

Last Name: Wagner

Where are you from?: Collaroy, Sydney

How did you find out about us?: Royal North Shore Hospital

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

Comments: Our little boy, Daniel, was born at 20weeks in Nov 2009. I am forever grateful that we were given our bear so we had something to take home with us that was just for our boy.

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4th April 2012

First Name: Natalie

Last Name: Grant

Where are you from?: Dubbo

How did you find out about us?: NALAG in Dubbo

The bear we received was tagged in honour of?: Button McDonald

Comments: After loosing bubbie at 12 weeks it was hard to explain to our 2 little girls why mummy and daddy were sad. Having the bear and the information pack helped us explain why we had a bear and not a bubbie.

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4th April 2012

First Name: Kelly

Last Name: Brown

Where are you from?: Newcastle, NSW

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

The bear we received was tagged in honour of?: Zoe Ptolemy 2005

Comments: Thank you to the Ptolemy family for donating this precious bear.
After losing my daughter Ann on the 17/2/12, I received a bear. The bear has
been subjected to lots of cuddles, hugs and kisses and will be cherished and
loved for the rest of my life.

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4th April 2012

First Name: Martine

Last Name: Gill

Where are you from?: Brisbane

How did you find out about us?: Through the Mater Mothers Private Hospital

The bear we received was tagged in honour of?: Tallulah Polly

Comments: We received our Bear of Hope, named in honour of Tallulah Polly after our beautiful son Hamish Joseph Gill was born sleeping on the 13th July, 2011 at 30 weeks. You are forever in our hearts xxx

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4th April 2012

First Name: Kerri

Last Name: Turner

Where are you from?: Boorowa, NSW

How did you find out about us?: The Canberra Hospital

The bear we received was tagged in honour of?: Angel Robinson 12.5.2010

Comments: Our little girl was born at 24 weeks on 2 October 2011, Lilyana Croker, it was a honour to receive a bear of hope during this time as it gave a sense of comfort and shows other families go through the same thing. We than donated a bear of hope to another family in which I hope they find comfort too. Lilyana's bear of hope sits in the display cupboard amongst her things.

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4th April 2012

First Name: jody

Last Name: young

Where are you from?: singleton nsw

How did you find out about us?: through the loss of my son in 2012

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

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4th April 2012

First Name: Sabrina

Last Name: Pratt

Where are you from?: Wollongong

How did you find out about us?: Figtree Private Hospital

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

Comments: My son was stillborn 28/12/2011 at 29 weeks. We received a bear in honour of Jacinta and Madelin (no date was given). I treasure my bear and have started raising money in Honour of my son, Joesph... So that other people can have bears and will remember him. Xoxoxoxo God bless you all xoxoxox

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4th April 2012

First Name: Tracey

Last Name: Stow

Where are you from?: Parramatta NSW

How did you find out about us?: I received a bear when I lost my little girl in 2010

The bear we received was tagged in honour of?: Twins - Jacinta and Madelin 3-11-03

Comments: I delivered my stillborn daughter on 5th May 2010 at 20 weeks and 6 days gestation. It was nice to take something home. I still have the bear and the information in the support books helped me through a very tough time. I received a bear on behalf of twins which really touched me as I'm a twin myself and can't imagine how hard it is to lose both babies. Thank you to everyone who donates bears. If you receive one in the name of Bella Maree Broadbent it's in memory of my beautiful girl.

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4th April 2012

First Name: Gunjan

Last Name: Chhabra

Where are you from?: Westmead, NSW

How did you find out about us?: Westmead Hospital - Social Worker

The bear we received was tagged in honour of?: Liam Daniel Attril - 09.07.2010

Comments: I couldn't stop crying when the social worker at the Westmead Hospital came and presented me little presents along with the bear of hope. It was indeed very emotional when she she told us that we would be walking out of the hospital with a bear in our arms. Our little daughter was born dead on 02.04.2012 at 16 weeks and 6 days. This was our first pregnancy and during the prenatal diagnosis we had found out the baby has Thalassemia major. It was a very hard decision for us to decide whether to give our daughter a life misery and pain wherein she will have blood transfusions every 3-4 weeks or take the pain on us by sending her to the heaven and ask her to come back as a healthy baby. As she is going to live with the angels now, we have decided to name her 'ANGEL'. It's not even been 2 days and she has already created a vacuum in our lives. I would like to say thank you to this organisation and would also like to know how we could donate a bear for someone in honour of our daughter.
Thanks

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27th March 2012

First Name: Jennie

Last Name: Southern

How did you find out about us?: Manly Hospital

The bear we received was tagged in honour of?: Ryan Jon McDonald 17/9/10

Comments: On the 8/3/12 our beautiful son Tom was born sleeping at 38.5 weeks. We miss him dearly, our Tommy Bear gets a hug everyday. Thank you to Ryan Jon McDonald's family for providing my family with a little comfort during this difficult time.

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26th March 2012

First Name: Katherine

Last Name: barria

Where are you from?: chile

How did you find out about us?: we lost our son at 22weeks and recieved a bear of hope

The bear we received was tagged in honour of?: Imogen Dewsan Dyball

Comments: I would like to say thank you to the family who donated a bear of hope that was given to be on the passing of my lil son thiago. passed on thursday the 22/03/12 22 weeks.

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22nd March 2012

First Name: felicity

Last Name: payne

Where are you from?: n.s.w/sydney

How did you find out about us?: at hospital

The bear we received was tagged in honour of?: Boyd Thackbury Stuart

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19th March 2012

First Name: Louise

Last Name: Parry

Where are you from?: Dubbo

How did you find out about us?: support and EPAS staff at Dubbo Base Hospital

The bear we received was tagged in honour of?: Braden James

Comments: The information and rememberence gift was a lovely way of giving us closure and helping us deal with a difficult time. It was also a great reminder that we were not the only ones going through this :-)
Thankyou

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2nd March 2012

First Name: Helen

Last Name: Kerr

Where are you from?: Glen Innes NSW

How did you find out about us?: Bears of Hope package from the Hospital

The bear we received was tagged in honour of?: Ashleigh May 21st Jan 2011

Comments: Thank you to the parents of Ashleigh May for their package that we recieved and I'm sorry for your loss. Our beautiful baby girl Madison Jade grew wings on the 14th of November 2011. Love you baby girl, miss you heaps.

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2nd March 2012

First Name: Stacey

Last Name: Johnson

Where are you from?: Yamba

How did you find out about us?: The Daily Examiner Newspaper

Comments: I recently read a feature article in the daily examiner newspaper (in the clarence Valley) about an angel mum Candace Burns and her efforts to raise money for Bears of Hope, as someone who has sufferes a misscarriage in the area i believe it would have benefited me to have known about you. Congratulations to Candace and her Husband on getting the town talking. I wish you all the success in your fundraiser to that hopefully other families in the area will be better supported.

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29th February 2012

First Name: Bec

Last Name: Taylor

Where are you from?: Maroubra NSW

How did you find out about us?: From RWH

The bear we received was tagged in honour of?: Layla Joy Bowley

Comments: What a beautiful foundation... You have brought me comfort, especially with the teddy bear, what a beautiful gesture and wonderful way for somebody else to know how special your baby is and who they were...Thankyou

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28th February 2012

First Name: Catherine

Last Name: Gibson

Where are you from?: Central coast

How did you find out about us?: Obstetrician

The bear we received was tagged in honour of?: Nate Creevey

Comments: I received our bear of hope bear the day I found out that I had lost my pregnancy. Leaving that day with such sadness this bear gave me and continues to provide me strength and comfort.

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15th February 2012

First Name: Nadine

Last Name: Susnjara

Where are you from?: Leppington NSW

How did you find out about us?: St George public hospital

The bear we received was tagged in honour of?: Baby Rahman 3.3.2011

Comments: Addison 11.2.12 (15 wks) My sweet baby boy.We miss you so much, even though we never got to meet, we said goodbye before we could say hello, we love you but never got to know you, we wish our tears would bring you back, you left us way too soon, my darling angel up in heaven know that you will never be forgotten here on earth. You will forever be in our hearts.

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12th February 2012

First Name: Jaclyn

Last Name: McDowell

Where are you from?: Newcastle NSW

How did you find out about us?: John Hunter Hospital, Newcastle NSW

Comments: Jonathan McDowell born sleeping 19/12/2011, our angel. We loved him from the beginning and we will love him forever xx

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9th February 2012

First Name: Anya

Last Name: Barnes

Where are you from?: Campbelltown

How did you find out about us?: Family member

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5th February 2012

First Name: Maria

Last Name: Fresnel

Where are you from?: Abbotsbury, Sydney, NSW

How did you find out about us?: News Story Nine MSN

The bear we received was tagged in honour of?: I wish I had received a bear when I left the hospital...

Comments: First of all, I send you my most heartfelt sorrow at the most diffcult pain you have experienced with losing your beautiful son. Nothing anyone can say makes it feel better. In my opinion though, it's time, and a lot of love that gets you through mountains, and valleys. Thank you for sharing your beautiful story, and congratulations on your achievement, inspired by your big, bright, shiny son.

Maria

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5th February 2012

Last Name: Perry

Where are you from?: Melbourne

How did you find out about us?: Sunday weekend magazine

Comments: I read today in the paper about your organisation and of parents who lost their beautiful baby girls born at 23 weeks five years agos Violet Perry & Polly Perry, the feeling of empty arms still felt very raw. It is a wonderful & thoughtful program that will mean so much to any grieving parents, and I just wanted to say that bears for hope is a lovely concept for anyone in such a horrific situation.

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5th February 2012

First Name: christine

Last Name: rogers

Where are you from?: point cook

How did you find out about us?: sunday magazine

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

Comments: I read the story, Xavier Bear. it touched my heart, as I gave birth to my stillborn son, Matthew in 1968, I was 10 days over my due date there was no reason whey this happened, I never saw him, and that will haunt me forever, and there was no councling in those days , so I went home to an empty nursery. it was very hard, I have four beautiful daughters, and three beautiful grandchildren, and yes two are boys, thank you for letting me share my story with you, as there is always Hope.

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5th February 2012

First Name: Natalie

Last Name: Eyssens

Where are you from?: Melbourne

How did you find out about us?: Sunday magazine

Comments: Hello, I read the article about Debb and Chris and was very moved by their courage. I work in a Melbourne NICU and see families go through