Green monkey heartbreak for Jake

Jake Smith with his beloved green monkey
Jake Smith with his beloved green monkey

More than 800 people have supported a mum’s Facebook bid to find her son’s most beloved green monkey.

The toy, won eight years ago on a toy grabber in Scotland, has gone everywhere with ten-year-old Jake. But the Coppice Primary School youngster, who has Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), lost him on Thursday, November 7. Now his mum Karen, 43, of Baker Avenue, Heanor, is appealing for anyone who may have spotted the toy to get in touch by emailing her at

She said; “Jake won’t sleep in his own room since he went missing, he wants Green Monkey back for Christmas.”

Turn to Page 8 to read a letter from Jake’s mum Karen.