A YOUNG Leek girl is the proud owner of Billy Bear after finding him hidden in a Leek shop on Saturday.
Helen Fox, whose 23-year-old son is in the Royal Engineers, held a stall during Leek's monthly Fine Foods Market on Saturday to raise funds for the Help For Heroes charity.
Helen had a number of fundraising activities on the day including Name The Bear, who has lost his comrade Sergeant Billy Bear, who has gone on a mission somewhere in the shops in Leek town centre.
People were invited to make a small donation at the stall where they were given a ticket. If they could find Billy they kept him.
After walking around the shops in the town, nine-year-old Poppy Mace, of Leek, found Billy hidden on a shelf at the Ally Cat shop in Derby Street.
Helen, who is also an official volunteer for Help For Heroes, said: "The day proved successful and we managed to raise £230 for the charity. Poppy found the bear at the Ally Cat shop, which is run by Paul and Jackie Yates. Viv Clarke of Leek won the name the bear competition.
"My fund-raising efforts will continue with a parachute jump with the Red Devils on September 3, which will take place at Langar Airfield in Nottingham."
There is still an opportunity for anyone who may be interested in taking part in a tandem skydive with Helen's Falling For The Fallen event for Help For Heroes with the Red Devils on July 3 2014.
Anyone interested in taking part, sponsoring, or supporting the effort in another way can contact Helen on the number 07971 523760.