Devastated girl reunited with lost teddy bear following remarkable social media appeal

'Roar' had been left on a train during a family trip, luckily it was found by a passenger who appealed to find the owner on Twitter using a series of pictures of the teddy on a night out

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A young girl is set to be reunited with her favourite teddy bear following a remarkable social media appeal launched by the woman who found it.

Pheobe Simpson lost her teddy - which turned out to be a lion called 'Roar' - after she left it on a train during a surprise trip to London.

Devastated by the loss, her father Ben Simpson said Pheobe had been left in  “tears all weekend”.

Luckily, social media savvy Lauren Bishop Vranch later discovered the teddy on the train and quickly posted a picture urging her followers to help trace the owner.

She wrote: “Found this well loved little dude on an East Coast train at Kings Cross - let's find the owner, Twitter!”

Ms Vranch, who was on her way to Newcastle when she found the bear, said she would hand it into lost property in King Cross Station on her return to London the next day.


She added: “Prior to his return to the safety of Kings Cross, little bear will be having some adventures in Newcastle.”

Following the announcement, Ms Vranch then posted a series of hilarious pictures showing the cuddly toy in a number of different settings throughout Newcastle, as she took it along for an evening out in the city.

The tweets included: “Little bear has found a cosy pub with a fire and a Christmas tree. Think he misses home tho.”

And: “Bear has found his way backstage at Northern Stage Newcastle. He's going to see some panto. Lucky bear.”

News of the appeal soon made its way to Pheobe’s father who was able to get in touch with Ms Vranch and claim the lost bear.

Writing on Facebook, where the appeal was featured on the ‘ Spotted on a train’ page, he said: “Wow the power of the internet and kind folk - that’s my daughter Phoebe’s bear -  she has been  in tears all weekend and I have just shown her the picture and she is over the moon. Thank you all so much!”

“Phoebe is very much looking forward to being reunited with him. Thanks again to everyone!”

Ms Vranch added on Twitter: “Well done, internet!! It looks like the owner of #lostbear has been found. Bear is actually a lion - oops! :) Thanks everyone!!”