Manchester Masons Prove To Be Big Teddy Bears After All.
Members of the Manchester Masons Area Team visited The Royal Manchester Children’s Hospital to drop off more teddy bears for the Tender Loving Care Appeal.
Teddies for Loving Care provides cuddly bears to Accident and Emergency and hospital units for medical staff to give, at their discretion, to young children. The bears are often used by staff to calm children down, reward them for being brave and in some cases, demonstrate procedures. All children who receive a bear get to take it home.
TLC is a national programme locally-led by freemasons across England and Wales. The support and enthusiasm for the initiative have meant that over 2 million teddies have now been distributed nationwide. Most of the money raised comes from freemasons themselves through Lodge donations and fundraising, but TLC also receives generous donations from individuals who support the programme.
WBro Dennis Schiff who is the TLC Coordinator for the Manchester Area, arranged the visit to the hospital, he was accompanied by WBro Stephen Thomson who is the City Sykes Charity Steward, WBro Chris Wildman who is Chairman of City Sykes District and WBro Paul O’Carroll, Chairman of City Derby District.
On their arrival, they were warmly welcomed by Kevin Maynard, the Charities Coordinator for the hospital and Susan Fairclough who is the Play Services Manager at the hospital.
Susan told the area team that the teddies make an incredible difference to the level of care that the nursing staff can provide sick children with as they relax the children in what can be an extremely stressful situation. She went on to thank all Manchester Masons for their continued support for the Tender Loving Care Scheme.
WBro Schiff is planning more visits to Manchester lodges over the remainder of the Masonic season to raise more funds for the scheme and he would like to extend his thanks to those brethren who have already bought teddies and lapel pins from him.