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Rotherham man’s heartfelt plea after bullies brand him ‘pervert’ for baby doll collection


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A man from Rotherham has issued a heartfelt plea for people to be kind if they spot him carrying around a baby doll.

Tim Foers, who has over 70 lifelike dolls, says they are the closest he can get to being a father because he has Cerebral Palsy.

But cruel bullies have branded him a “freak” and “pervert”, suggesting he uses them as sex dolls.

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Now Tim is urging people not to judge others before they know their story.

He said: “People need to know that it’s not illegal what I’m doing and there is obviously a valid reason as to why I collect them.”

“I’ve always wanted to be a father-like figure,” he added.

Tim said he enjoyed playing with dolls as a child because he was frightened by toys that made “bang” sounds.

He also found performing simple tasks like fastening studs on baby vests can help control painful spasms in his hands.

So in 2017 he started collecting Reborn dolls, and his collection has grown ever since and he even has a doll from Australia.

Tim said the dolls remind him of his happy childhood and the children he enjoyed helping when he volunteered at a school in the past.

Tim's collection includes a variety of dolls
Tim’s collection includes a variety of dolls

But he has faced bullying on social media and in town, where he enjoys taking his dolls out.

Determined not to let the bullies win, Tim has been sharing his story online.

Posting to the Rawmarsh Chit Chat group on Facebook, Tim introduced himself to residents, telling them “not to be alarmed” if they spot him out and about.

“My aim in life is to stop people judging me before finding out my reason,” he added.

Tim has also launched a website which showcases his collection and supports children’s charity Kidscape.

He said: “Kidscape helps children who are being bullied try to live their lives as best they can.

“Bullying is wrong and I am fighting hard to show the bullies the errors of their ways.”

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