Over 20,000 TLC Teddies have been donated to children attending A&E
More than 20,000 teddies have now been given to children attending A&E by Bedfordshire Freemasons since the TLC Teddies for Loving Care appeal was launched in 2001.
The TLC Teddies are given out to comfort young patients who are distressed or frightened at being in such an unfamiliar place, surrounded by machines and strangers.
Sometimes the gift of the small Teddy is enough to calm the child down so that our A&E staff can start treating them, and it can help to distract them especially if they are in pain.
The appeal to raise funds to buy the teddies was launched nationally and to date more than 1.9 million have been given out to young children across the country.
Worshipful Brother John Carter, Provincial Grand Charity Steward for Bedfordshire Freemasons said: “Having to attend A&E can be a frightening and distressing experience for anyone, but particularly for young children. Our TLC Teddies play a small part in making that experience a little less terrifying and we are delighted at the continued success of the appeal.”