This week saw a much needed delivery of teddies to the emergency assessment unit at the West Cumberland Hospital at Whitehaven.
The hospital staff where delighted to receive these much needed teddies for the children who are admitted to hospital.
They are given to the children to help comfort them when they are distressed. They really do make a difference and help put the children at ease in what may seem a strange environment to them, after their treatment the children take their teddy’s home with them.
The work of TLC is funded through the generous donations of Freemasons, their families and supporters of the programme. Many Freemasons also volunteer hundreds of hours each year to manage the scheme, deliver bears to hospitals, campaign to raise funds and increase awareness through events and talks. A special thank you must go to Ken Norman the local coordinator and Victor McQuire the treasurer who encourages members to donate funds for this great cause , both of whom are doing a great job for the province and the children who are admitted to hospital,
There are 47 regional TLC programmes across England and Wales that provide teddies for their local A&E departments. Once a hospital joins the scheme they can replenish teddies on request through their local TLC representative. Some TLC programmes also donate a portion of their TLC funds towards teddies for minor injuries units, children’s wards and hospices; there are even teddies flying on air ambulances!
If you are looking for somewhere to donate some funds during this difficult time perhaps you might consider the teddy’s for loving care.
Submitted by W H Morley DPGM BEM