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RAF veteran Jim donates beloved bear to children’s hospice

Jim Squires hands over his teddy bear to Michelle North, Senior Care Administrator at Little Bridge House

The teddy bear department at Children’s Hospice South West’s Little Bridge House stood to attention this week to salute a very special new member to their ranks!

There may also have been a few tears in reception when RAF veteran Jim Squires, 97, from Barnstaple, dropped in to donate his treasured bear to the hospice in Fremington. Jim Squires

The bear is dressed in a replica of the uniform that Jim wore during World War Two and was made for him by Pauline Tonkin of the Allied Air Forces in Plymouth, who was inspired by hearing his story.

Former Air Gunner Jim – who flew many daring missions on Lancaster bombers during the war – said he wanted his bear to go to a good home for after he was gone and hoped it would bring great joy to children staying at the hospice.

Michelle North, Senior Care Administrator at Little Bridge House, said: “It was lovely meet up with Jim and hear his story, it certainly brought a tear the eye.

“We’re honoured to give his beloved bear a new home and know that the children staying at the hospice will love it as much as he does.”