JK Rowling helping writer pal to find lost puffin


A DOCTOR Who writer and JK Rowling have teamed up to hunt down a six-year-old’s lost puffin.

Bestselling author, Jenny Colgan took to Twitter yesterday to appeal for anyone who might be able to reunite her daughter, Delphine, with the youngster’s beloved teddy, Neil.

The family lost the treasured puffin while at Edinburgh Airport and have still been unable to find him.


JK Rowling's retweet of Delphine with her beloved teddy
JK Rowling’s retweet of Delphine with her beloved teddy


Using the hashtags #findneil and #neilsolidarity, the mother-of-three from Prestwick, South Ayrshire, posted an old photograph of her little one clutching the treasured toy.

The 44-year-old who wrote Doctor Who novels, Dark Horizons and Into the Nowhere, tweeted: “If you’re at #edinburghairport today, we lost Neil the Puffin there. Please RT/ keep your eyes open.”

Almost immediately the post received support from JK Rowling, who follows Colgan, and who retweeted the post to her seven million followers.

She wrote: “We’ve got a manky priceless one too, but he’s a pig, not a puffin. Really hope you find him. #neilsolidarity.

“Total nightmare. Everything crossed.”

Colgan, who wrote a book called Polly and the Puffin in 2015, said she had contacted airport staff to see if Neil had been handed.


The Harry Potter author was quick to help via social media
The Harry Potter author was quick to help via social media


But concluded that the beloved toy must have “flown off” after no sightings.

The post has since been retweeted and liked over 1,000 times and followers have offered replacements for Neil.

Sonja van der Wijk said: “If you don’t find him let me know, I can gift you my crochet puffin pattern so someone can make her one.”

And KT Moore wrote: “If you don’t find him, I think I have a puffin here in Aberdeen from St. John’s NL Canada I could post #NeilsCousin.”


Jenny with Doctor Who actor Peter Capaldi
Jenny with Doctor Who actor Peter Capaldi


Earlier this year 10-year-old boy, Archie Braidwood from Stonehaven, Aberdeenshire was reunited with of his long lost teddy – five years after it went missing

The brave Scot, who had endured years of operations after being born with a birth defect, was reunited with his teddy, Boots, after a public appeal was launched by Royal Aberdeen Children’s Hospital.

And in 2014, three-year-old Arran Watson from Hamilton, South Lanarkshire was reunited with his lost teddy, Lamby, after three weeks apart – when it was spotted attached onto the front of a bin lorry.