We lost our son, Alex Archer, in January this year and received our ‘bear of hope’ last month. Six months on, the event still remains devastating and difficult to deal with. We are very thankful for the extremely thoughtful actions of the couple who donated it to us in honour of Alex. They went through their own trauma and their kind words, wishes, and fellowship are so deeply appreciated. Alex the bear has taken pride of place with Alex Archer on a shelf, together with his mementos. We view them every day. Thanks again to the marvelous couple and my deepest sympathies to everyone who has had to undergo such pain.