"Our family have lost a true gentleman."
“We hope that his story will go a long way to helping educate people to look up and follow the appropriate guidelines for how to behave respectfully around wild animals and not cause disturbance or worse to them.”
Becky Regan was remembered by family and colleagues on Friday with a one-minute silence.
“We have no idea what the virus could do to somebody. I understand people want to get together, it’s been an incredibly difficult year … but at what cost?”
“Don’t let it happen to you, send away for your kit today and do what you’re supposed to do. Save your life and your loved ones around you.”
Hope was born at the start of the first lockdown in March and was so-called because keepers said she symbolised a ray of hope in a bleak time.
She urged people to get involved with campaigns to allow relatives more access, and she said many care home residents must be in the same position of wanting to see their children “at the end of their life”.
“Not very many people pass my house, but I was hoping it would spread around the community, and someone might reach out.
"She was so lovely - I know most parents are biased but she really was the kindest, sweetest person."