Freemasons’ Teddies Bring Loving Care – And A £1,000 Donation – To Leeds General Infirmary’s Paediatric A&E Department
Staff at Leeds General Infirmary’s Paediatric A&E Department will be able to purchase new sensory equipment and update apparatus – thanks to the Freemasons.
Local members of the organization presented nursing staff with a cheque for £1,000 to mark a significant milestone in its TLC (Teddies for Loving Care) initiative.
For the last eight years, 18 hospital A&E departments that fall within the Freemasons Province of Yorkshire West Riding – including the LGI – have been receiving cuddly teddy bears to help calm children awaiting treatment.
And, to mark the 100,000th teddy being handed to a distressed youngster, each participating hospital is being presented with a certificate, plus a monetary donation.
Freemasons TLC representative W. Bro Stuart Burrows, said: “I was delighted to be able to present this cheque for £1,000 to the staff in Leeds General Infirmary’s Paediatric A&E department.
“This money will be put to very good use within the A&E department to upgrade existing sensory equipment in addition to buying new pieces.
“The TLC scheme is very popular in all of our participating hospitals, and it is incredibly gratifying hearing from the staff how these little bears can really calm a young patient down.
“This was a great opportunity to thank the LGI staff for handing out our teddies, and to explain a little of the charity work undertaken by the Freemasons of Yorkshire, West Riding.
“Charity is at the very heart of Freemasonry, and each year we support countless good causes throughout the Province via our minor and major grants scheme.
“We are very proud of our association with Leeds General Infirmary, and long may it continue.”
Sandie Barker, who works as a Nursery Nurses in the Paediatric Emergency Department at Leeds General Infirmary, said: “Thanks to this very generous donation of £1,000 from Teddies for Loving Care, donated by the Freemasons of Yorkshire, West Riding, we are now able to purchase specific multi-sensory equipment, which will help update our existing sensory room and duplicate this in another room.”
“This is a very kind donation and totally unexpected, it means the world to us, as we have a distinct lack of funding for toys and distraction equipment. We would like to thank everyone involved with this project.”
She added: “Our role is to offer play and distraction to sick or injured children. To help make their journey easier through the department we can offer each child a special teddy bear.
“We often bandage, plaster cast or pop a plaster on the bears which adds humor and helps the children relax, and a distraction of perhaps choosing a name for their new friend.
“There are many Teddies in Leeds named after us! This also gives them comfort and something to cuddle which they can take away on discharge.”