THE LONGEST line of teddy bears which was inspired by brave Alvechurch boy Finlay Church on May 3 has now been confirmed as an official Guinness World Record.
It states on the www.guinnessworldrecords.com website the row was 15,534 bears long, measuring 2,106 m (6,909 ft 5.22 in).
The Standard reported in last week’s paper how Fin recovered from a seven-hour operation at Liverpool’s Alder Hay Hospital in time to make it back to lay the last teddy bear.
Fin said: “I’m absolutely thrilled it’s now official.”
His mum Penny said: “Although we knew we had broken it, it’s great it has now been recognised as a World record.
“People keep asking us what we’re going to do next, but at the moment we can’t bear to think about it.”
Residents can still donate to the fund-raising campaign for the Birmingham Children’s Hospital where Fin had the majority of his treatment and the Brain Tumour Research charity.
Visit www.justgiving.com/teams/finlaysjourney or text btmr99 and the amount for Brain Tumour Research or bchh99 followed by the amount for the Children’s Hospital. Details are available at the www.operationteddybear.co.uk website.