NINETY special bears have been given to children who have experienced or need bowel surgery in Northern Ireland hospitals - thanks to the generosity of a local family and their friends.
Willie Rea, a well-known farmer who lived off the Seven Mile Straight, passed away suddenly in April.
At a thanksgiving service for his life in Killead Presbyterian Church, his family requested that if desired, donations in lieu of flowers should go to a charity called ‘A Bear Named Buttony’.
The magnificent sum of £1,800 was donated, and since then another £1,000 has been raised in Willie’s memory, meaning that 90 bears will be available in local hospitals for very sick babies and children.
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