East Kent Provincial News 2014

100,000th TLC Teddy Bear

 East Kent Freemasons Deliver the 100,000th TLC Teddy Bear to a Hospital A & E Unit

HT pres WLMalcolm Harley (left) and Ray Stone with Amelia, her mother and the ward Sister & Nurse

The Teddies for Loving Care (TLC) Appeal, East Kent, is the local branch of a national charity that delivers teddy bears to children in Accident and Emergency Units and Minor Injuries Units.

The charity is run by Freemasons all of whom give up their time voluntarily, as do the member's wives that help with the fund-raising. The cost of the bears is met by donations from Freemasons, their lodges and chapters, the Cornwallis East Kent Freemasons' Charity, and by fund-raising at summer fetes and other events.

On the 11th February 2014, East Kent Freemasons presented the 100,000th teddy bear to be delivered in the Province of East Kent. It was delivered by volunteers Malcolm Harley and Ray Stone to the Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother Hospital in Margate. This hospital was the first to receive TLC teddy bears in East Kent and Malcolm Harley has been delivering bears there for ten years. He is well known at the hospital and warmly received by the nursing staff.

The grateful recipient on this occasion was Amelia, who was in A & E at the time. It was heart-warming to witness this and to see other children comforted by TLC bears given to them by the nursing staff.

Sis nurse WSThe Ward Sister and Nurse with the 100,000th TLC teddy bear

The Sister spoke highly of the difference that TLC bears make. The Nurse pictured came in especially for the presentation, even though it was her day off, and they were both presented with 'designer bears' for their enthusiastic support for the charity.

The gift of a teddy bear has been found to have beneficial effects on children admitted to these Units. They help to relieve distress and reduce the child's fear of being treated by strangers.

TLC Appeal (East Kent) is a registered charity (No 1124413) and it would be pleased to receive donations to help meet the cost of purchasing the bears. For further details please email the Branch Chairman John Sampson or call him on 01622 609069.


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