A teddy bear hunt has been launched in Northamptonshire by a charity set up for a schoolboy cancer survivor.
Alfe’s mum, Karen Rogers said the idea was to remove some of the stigma of fear from childhood cancers and help educate people.
She said: “Spotting the signs and symptoms early can be vital in the eventual outcome and I just wanted raise awareness of what to look out for, as well as the the support we can offer.”
The bears have a gold ribbon - signifying childhod cancers - with an information tag about the disease and Alfe’s Cause.
Karen said she has been pleased with the response, with people simply guessing where the bears are, or physically trying to find them.
A total of fifty have been hidden in Northampton, Daventry, Wellingborough, Kettering, Desborough and Corby.
Several have been found accidentally without the clues, including a girl who found one on a merry go-round who was co-incidentally being treated by oncology doctors at Birmingham Children’s Hospital.
Karen said: “Her mum told me they hadn’t heard of us so we were able to tell her how we could help.”
Alfe’s Cause was set up when Alfe was aged five and, having just been diagnosed with Non Hodgkin’s Lymphoma, said he wanted to help other children going through a similar ordeal.
It now holds monthly support meetings for families and a support network.
The charity has also helped send out 37,000 information cards to primary schools and children’s centres in Northamptonshire.
Meanwhile, on September 26, Alfe’s Cause are working with four other family-run children’s cancer charities (Niamh’s Next Step, Chelsea’s Angels, Alfie Bears Journey Fund and The Henry Allen Trust) to host an awareness morning at the Great Hall of the Guildhall.