UPDATE at 3:10 PM | A CREMATION bear containing the ashes of a young girl who died of cancer last year has been found and reunited with the child’s parents.
Jake and Tania Skarratts’ have spent the last 24 hours frantically searching for the bear after losing it in the carpark at Westfield Helensvale on Wednesday.
FIRST at 1:00 PM | A GOLD Coast couple has issued a heartfelt plea, begging for the return of a cremation bear containing the ashes of their young daughter who died of cancer.
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The teddy, which contains the ashes of Jake and Tania Skarratts’ daughter, Paige, was lost at Westfield Helensvale on Wednesday.
The bear is believed to have fallen from the family’s pram outside the shopping centre between 1.30pm and 2pm.
Speaking to myGC, Tania said the bear was sitting on top of the pram when they walked out of the shopping centre, but was not with them with they reached their car.
“I was pushing a trolley and my husband was pushing the pram with our son,” Tania said.
“She was still on the pram coming out of Woolworths and also leaving Westfield itself but she wasn’t at the car.”
Tania has spent the day searching the shopping centre and carpark, but to no avail.
“I am absolutely devastated … We are completely lost,” she said.
“I’ve got a search party down here at the moment.
“We just wont her to come home … she comes everywhere with us.”
Jake and Tania’s young daughter, Paige, died from brain cancer in November last year and had the cremation bear given to them as a gift to keep her ashes safe.
Tania said the bear comforts her and her husband and allows them to still cuddle their daughter.
“It’s just been something that we’ve been able to cuddle when we miss her,” Tania said.
“It’s my other daughters birthday tomorrow and she’s quite upset that she wont be able to take Paige with her to Kindy tomorrow.”
The bear was wearing a black wonder woman shirt and has the words “Our Wonder Woman” written on one foot, and Paige’s name written on the other.
Anyone who picked up the bear is urged to hand it in to centre management at Westfield Helensvale.