The Teddies for Loving Care (TLC) initiative provides unique cuddly bears to Accident & Emergency departments for medical staff to give at their discretion to young children. The bears are used to calm children down, reward them for being brave or to demonstrate procedures. Often the bears distract children so nurses and doctors can get their jobs done quickly and efficiently. The TLC teddy has become an invaluable tool for medical professionals and a real comfort for children.
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.
As you will be able to see from the short video below, they are still being distributed and providing comfort to children in these difficult times. This footage was shown on last nights news (21stApril 2020) and is taken at the Ulster Hospital, you will notice a nurse carrying the bears at the end of the clip.
For more information on the TLC appeal please visit the TLC website by clicking here