A mother whose son suffers with complex epilepsy and is receiving palliative care has expressed her thanks to an ‘unsung hero’.
Alison Matthews, 43, was devastated when her ten-year-old son Logan, also known as Bear, lost his favourite teddy Ginger the Aardvark.
But after months of trying to find an alternative Aardvark, Bear was overjoyed when Stephen Ashcroft, whose fiance Melanie Bratt runs Bedford Florist on Castle Road with her family, donated his toy which Melanie had given him.
Alison rang the shop after finding out they stocked the toy and the couple, who live in Maulden, instantly agreed to give Stephen’s toy to the ill youngster.
Alison, who lives in Elstow with her son Bear, daughter Chezka and husband, said: “He lost it around June this year and we had been going frantic trying to find it. I put it on Facebook about what had happened and I started getting all these messages from people telling me all the stockists that might sell it. I was ringing round them all, but they had all stopped stocking it. Then I rang this florist and I spoke to a lady who said they had stopped stocking it, but her partner had one at home, so she would talk to him.
“And he just said he would give it to me free of charge. I was so shocked, they’re not cheap they’re about £40 and he just donated his to us. I just wanted to say thank you so much, it was such a lovely thing to do, He’s one of those unsung heroes.
“Bear can’t walk or talk and is now receiving palliative care. But when he didn’t have the bear he kept on trying to ask for a hug and he never does that. I think it must be the fabric, because we’re not even ssure how much he can see.”
Bear suffers around 100 seizures a day and requires 24-hour care at home. He is also cared for by Keech Cottage Hospice.
Melanie from Bedford Florist said: “We knew instantly we would give him the bear.”