Baby Found Dead At Recycling Plant To Be Buried With Bear Made From Workers' Uniforms
A newborn baby found dead at a recycling centre will be buried alongside a teddy bear made from the uniforms of the staff members who discovered her.
The baby was found wrapped in a pink beach towel, in Bradford, last month. Now, the devastated workers who found the little one - who they named Daisy - have decided to honour her in the most heartwarming way.
The handcrafted teddy bear has been made from their high-vis orange uniform - so they are "always with her".
Lionel Mairs, 31, was one of the workers who found Daisy, and along with partner, Laura Pratt, 26, the pair wanted to bring comfort to their colleagues.
Laura 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.
"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," said Tarah.
"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."
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And Tarah was so moved by what had happened that she reached out to others to create items for Daisy, too.
"I've spoken to another woman who makes clothes for stillborns so hopefully she will be getting a cardigan and some mittens too," she continued.
"It's nice to know that the bear will be when she is laid to rest and she'll have something to cuddle and won't be alone."
Despite urgent pleas from the police and maternity ward workers, Daisy's mum is yet to come forward.
West Yorkshire Police are extremely concerned about the welfare of the mum, and are urging anyone with any information 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 can contact the police on 101 or Bradford Maternity Services on 01274 364531.
Featured Image Credit: SWNS