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Sibling tries to track down toy for her sister

collection of Vtech Light Up Learning Bug  and a photo of rosie wheel
collection of Vtech Light Up Learning Bug and a photo of rosie wheel Image credit: huffingtonpost.co.uk

A teenager is trying to track down a special toy which is no longer available for her 15-year-old sister with Profound Multiple Learning Disabilities.

Josie Wheel, 18, from Coventry, remembered how much her sister Rosie loved playing with a Vtech Light Up Learning Bug which she unwrapped on her second birthday.

To make her day Josie asked on Twitter if anyone still had the toy so she could surprise Rosie with the gift which she hasn’t played with for years since it stopped working.

“Rosie loves everything about her ladybug – it fulfils all her sensory needs as it’s tactile, has flashing lights, and sings songs,” Josie Wheel told HuffPost UK.

“Ladybug is her whole life, it goes on holiday with her, to hospital, she has one at school. It is the first thing she wants when she wakes up and the last thing she has before she goes to bed.”

After she posted the tweet Josie received replies from “countless people” offering to fix Rosie’s broken toy and sending emails to Vtech to see if they could help.

The message has gone viral, people across Europe clubbed together to find a new Learning Bug.

“The offers have been so crazy!” said Wheel. “It feels pretty surreal because we had no idea that this would take off as much as it has. We have searched for her ladybug before and it’s never had this kind of reach! It’s so amazing to see so many people offer to help in so many ways.”

A description for the Learning Bug reads ‘Press the chunky legs or roll the wheels to encourage baby to learn a-b-c, 1-2-3, phonics, colours and insect names.’