Workers Make Teddy Bear For Dead Baby Discovered At Recycling Centre
A newborn baby who was tragically found dead at a recycling centre in Bradford will be buried alongside a teddy bear made from the uniform of the workers who discovered her.
The baby - who the workers have named Daisy - was found wrapped in a pink beach towel on 20 August, leaving staff at the centre 'devastated'.
Despite urgent pleas for the mother to come forward, she is yet to have been identified.
The workers have now decided to honour the baby with a teddy bear made from their high-vis uniform, which will be buried alongside her so they are 'always with her'.
Lionel Mairs, 31, was one of the workers who found the baby, and his partner, Laura Pratt, 26, commissioned the bear to bring comfort to him and his colleagues.
She said: "Lionel was really upset and devastated about what happened but this bear has helped him.
"Originally the baby was going to have nothing so it has brought all the team comfort knowing that Daisy will have this bear with her.
"The bear is orange and wearing the work uniform so it is sort of like they will always be with her and she won't be on her own."
The bear was created by Tarah Finlay, 29, who owns 3tothread, an independent business that makes memorial items such as bears and blankets.
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She said: "At first I didn't realise it would be for the baby and just thought it could give the workers some comfort after such a tragic experience. I know it was heartbreaking for them.
"The news was so hard to hear being a mum. You can't believe a mother would leave her baby but she must have been in so much pain or mentally unwell.
"I've spoken to another woman who makes clothes for stillborns so hopefully she will be getting a cardigan and some mittens too.
"It's nice to know that the bear will be there when she is laid to rest and she'll have something to cuddle and won't be alone."
West Yorkshire Police remain extremely concerned about the mum of the baby and have urged her or any friends or family members to come forward.
Sara Hollins, Head of Midwifery at Bradford Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, said: "Police and partner agencies have worked tirelessly for the past week to try and trace mum of the baby.
"We are renewing our appeal today to urge mum or her relatives to come forward and speak to us.
"We are incredibly concerned for the welfare of the mum, as the birth of the baby would have been extremely distressing and there may have been physical complications and we want to ensure that you are OK and get access to the help you may need."
Anyone with information should contact the police on 101 or Bradford Maternity Services directly on 01274 364531.
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