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Dara O Briain’s appeal to find son’s lost teddy helps raise £25,000 for cancer charity

Comedian Dara O Briain’s plea to find his son’s lost teddy bear has unexpectedly raised more than £25,000 for a cancer charity.

It started when the TV presenter asked his Twitter followers for help finding his three-year-old son’s “scruffy monkey” earlier this month.

A kind fan offered to send a replica of the toy, suggesting that in exchange the comedian could share a fundraising page for his wife, who had recently died of bowel cancer.

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No probs. You can swing the moral compass by raising awareness of my just giving page if you like! We lost my wife to cancer 3 months ago. https://t.co/62qFk0VrlD

— Ian Wilson (@OhBe1_Kenobi) August 6, 2019

Since O Briain shared Ian Wilson’s Just Giving page, it has raised more than £25,000 for Bowel Cancer UK – more than three times his target of £7,500.

O Briain also revealed that he had managed to track down the missing monkey.

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“Well, look who I found hiding in Heathrow,” he wrote on Twitter, as the donations were still increasing. “Disappears off for his own holiday, helps raise over £17,000 for bowel cancer and then walks back into our lives cool as you’d like.

“Thanks to all who followed this silly story, and especially those who donated.”

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Widower Mr Wilson replied to the comedian’s latest update, writing: “Go on, tell us the one about the Irishman and the Monkey! Thanks again Dara.”

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Well, look who I found hiding in Heathrow. Disappears off for his own holiday, helps raise over £17,000 for bowel cancer and then walks back into our lives cool as you’d like. Thanks to all who followed this silly story, and especially those who donated. pic.twitter.com/Nk7By6J3WR

— Dara Ó Briain (@daraobriain) August 23, 2019

The touching story began when O Briain shared a picture of the monkey, which was captioned: “Are you in Heathrow Terminal 5 today?

“The main part, somewhere between Harrods, WH Smith’s and gate A7; this precious scruffy monkey was just lost.

“If you see him please get in touch! You’ll make a three year old very happy. (Or give him to Lost and found).”

Mr Wilson then responded with a photo of his own scruffy monkey watching one of O Briain’s stand-up routines, joking: “He’s in a better place now my friend. Let it go.”

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Following a Twitter exchange, Mr Wilson offered to send O Briain his own monkey and suggested the comedian share his JustGiving page.

Mr Wilson has a young son with late wife Morag, who he described as an “amazing woman and incredible mum”.

SOURCE : https://news.sky.com/story/dara-o-briains-appeal-to-find-sons-lost-teddy-helps-raise-25-000-for-cancer-charity-11792688

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