Teddies For Loving Care (TLC)

TLC in the Province of Yorkshire, West Riding is a Masonic initiative aimed at comforting distressed children when visiting the accident and emergency department of a hospital. The scheme is supported and funded entirely by the Freemasons of the Province, and all hospitals within the Province that have A & E facilities for children are provided with Teddies at no cost to the hospital.

At the discretion of nursing staff a teddy is given, which often assists staff to relax and reassure a child in what for them is a very frightening, unfamiliar and stressful environment. We regularly receive heart-warming and touching comments from parents, grandparents and nursing staff on how the gift of a teddy has been of great assistance in creating calmness for quicker and easier diagnosis and administration of treatment.

The scheme has been a considerable success with well in excess of 100,000 teddies already distributed.

TLC History

The scheme, launched in December 2008, was intitally introduced at Sheffield Children’s Hospital, and then rolled out to hospitals in the Province as below:

  • Bradford Royal Infirmary
  • Airedale General Hospital
  • Halifax Royal Infirmary
  • Huddersfield Royal Infirmary
  • Dewsbury & District General Hospital
  • Pinderfields Hospital, Wakefield
  • Pontefract General Infirmary
  • Rotherham General Hospital
  • Doncaster Royal Infirmary
  • Bassetlaw Hospital, Worksop
  • Montague Hospital Mexborough
  • Leeds General Infirmary
  • St James Hospital Leeds
  • Wharfedale General Hospital Otley
  • St George’s Centre Leeds
  • Harrogate District Hospital
  • Yorkshire Air Ambulance

Do the children keep the teddy?

Yes, they take the teddy home. (complete with any sticking plasters, plaster casts or injections!)

How is TLC funded?

This project in Yorkshire, West Riding is funded entirely by the Freemasons of the Province through West Riding Masonic Charities Limited and is administered by the Provincial Communications Committee.