City of Gosnells workers reunite 2-year-old boy with his lost teddy

Lorraine, Noah and Tedda, and Murray Wellington, Peter Grinnell and Ray Nawell.
Lorraine, Noah and Tedda, and Murray Wellington, Peter Grinnell and Ray Nawell.

TWO City of Gosnells workers have gone above and beyond the call of duty to return a beloved teddy bear to a grateful child.

Lorraine Wellington’s two year-old son Noah accidentally dropped his faithful companion ‘Tedda’ down a drain near their home in Southern River.

Unable to retrieve the bear, a distraught Mrs Wellington was at a loss as to what to do.

Four days later, she saw irrigation tradesperson Peter Grinnell working in a park nearby and asked if he could search.

Mr Grinnell contacted his supervisor Ray Nawell, who searched for the bear in the street where it was thought to be lost.

The City workers were initially given the wrong address, however, they persevered and eventually located Tedda and returned him to an overjoyed Noah.

Mrs Wellington said Noah, who had slept next to Tedda everyday since he was born, knew they had found Tedda when he was shown pictures of the rescued bear.

“Mum bought him a teddy to make up for it and he didn’t want anything to do with it,” she said.

“I showed him the photo and asked if it was his teddy and his face was just like ‘oh my god’. He just knew.”

She said was incredibly thankful for the two men’s effort.

“The guys lifted eight drains until they found it. It wasn’t one thing they did, it was a whole series of things,” she said.

Both Mr Grinnell and Mr Nawell were modest about their heroics.

“There was absolutely no need for any fuss, it’s customer service, and that’s what we did,” Mr Grinnell said.

“I’m just glad the whole story had such a happy ending and that the little boy was reunited with his teddy bear.”

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