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Newborn baby girl whose body was found at Bradford recycling centre is laid to rest in tiny pink coffin with teddy bear


A NEWBORN baby girl whose body was found at a recycling centre has been buried today in a tiny pink coffin with her teddy.

The tragic tot, named Daisy, was discovered wrapped in a beach towel in Bradford, West Yorks, last August.

Her funeral service was arranged by Bradford Council and took place at Bradford Cathedral today.

A pink teddy bear was among the heartbreaking items laid next to her grave.

The baby girl's name was spelled out in a floral tribute as she was laid to rest with no relatives to pay their final respects.

Pallbearers carried the tiny coffin from a hearse towards the burial plot the city's Bowling Cemetery.


Workers who had found her body at the recycling centre and police officers were among those due to attend today's service.

A frantic search was launched for the baby's mum but she has never been found.

Daisy's body was released earlier this month following an inquest.

Co-op Funeral Directors organised the funeral for free with flowers being donated by a local florist, Bloom.

Cllr Susan Hinchcliffe, Leader of Bradford Council, said: “We thought that this was the least we could do to make sure the little girl whose physical existence was so fleeting on this planet, will have the opportunity to live on in our memories with this service.

“We may not know who her natural family is, but all of us in Bradford district are now her family.

"Having a funeral service organised by the Council, demonstrates that the city considers her one of our own.

"We are all so sorry that she has been lost to us.”

Daisy was due to be laid to rest with a teddy made using the hi-vis jacket of one of the workers who found and named her.

We may not know who her natural family is, but all of us in Bradford district are now her family.

Cllr Susan Hinchcliffe, Leader of Bradford Council

Craftswoman Tarah Finlay, who made the bear, said she was "heartbroken" over the baby's death.

The mum-of-two, from Leeds, said: "A couple of days later, I was contacted on Facebook asking if I could help. 

"I was incredibly busy at the time but there was no way I could turn the job down, it was so sad and I wanted to help if I could. 

"I got it done in about two days because I was told it needed to be in time for the baby's funeral."

Lionel Mairs, 31, was one of the crew who found the tiny girl at Household Waste Recycling Centre in Bowling Back Lane.

His partner Laura Pratt, 26, who designed the teddy bear, said: "Lionel was really upset and devastated about what happened, but this bear has helped him.

"Originally, the baby was going to have nothing, so it has brought all the team comfort knowing that Daisy will have this bear with her.

"The bear is orange and wearing the work uniform, so it's sort of like they will always be with her and she won't be on her own."

Police released an image of a striking towel similar to the one the little girl was found wrapped in.

The towel features a large yellow map of Fuerteventura in the Canary Islands as well as small images of fish, sea horses and a palm tree.

Bradford Council Chief Executive Kersten England said: “Our thoughts and prayers go out to the mother and we hope she receives solace from our efforts to provide the most compassionate service for her daughter.

“We want her to know that she too has not been forgotten and we would encourage her to come forward to get help with her bereavement so she does not have to face it alone.”

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