A FAMILY’S charity teddy bear walk in memory of a little boy has been boosted – by 60,000 cubic feet of hot air.
Four-year-old Harry Jones died in his sleep at home in Wrexham in September 2005 and since then mum and dad Julia and Jeff Jones have raised more than £20,000 in his memory through Harry’s Helpers.
The money has gone to Hope House Children’s Hospice, Oswestry.
Their latest fundraiser is the teddy bear walk in Nant Mill Country Park on Sunday, May 10.
They have been backed by David Green, organiser of the Llangollen Hot Air Balloon Festival, who dropped in at Borras Park School, Wrexham, where Harry’s twin, Charlie, is a pupil, to hand over raffle prizes of tickets to the balloon festival at the Royal International Pavilion, Llangollen, from September 4-6.
Almost 500 pupils of the infants and junior schools were treated to a demonstration and explanation of hot-air ballooning.
Julia said: “We have wanted to do so much for Hope House because it is such a good cause and they really helped us when Harry passed away.
“He was perfectly healthy and the only explanation we have ever been given is that it’s a form of older child cot death.
“I’m determined to keep his name alive and, with the help of family and friends, we set up Harry’s Helpers in January 2006. Hope House is where his auntie and godmother is a nurse and they allowed Harry to rest there after he passed away.”
The walk is £1 to enter and accompanying adults and teddy bears go free. There will also be a duck race on the river, at £1 per duck.
Julia said: “We would like families to bring along a picnic and make an afternoon of the event.”
For a registration form or more information, call Louise at the Hope House fundraising office on 01691 671671 or email email@example.com.