The Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust

Freemasons’ Teddies bring loving care to the Paediatric A&E Department

12 October 2016

Staff at the Paediatric A&E Department will be able to purchase new sensory equipment and update apparatus thanks to the Freemasons.

Local members of the organisation presented nursing staff with a cheque for £1,000 to mark a significant milestone in its Teddies for Loving Care (TLC) initiative.

For the last eight years, 17 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.

To mark the 100,000th teddy being handed to a 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 the LGI Paediatric A&E department. This was a great opportunity to thank the staff for handing out our teddies, and to explain a little of the charity work undertaken by the Freemasons of Yorkshire, West Riding. We are very proud of our association with Leeds General Infirmary and long may it continue.”

Sandie Barker and Suzanne Campbell, work as Nursery Nurses in the Paediatric Emergency Department and gratefully received the donation.

Sandie said: “Thanks to this very generous donation of £1,000 from Teddies for Loving Care, 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 - we would like to thank everyone involved with this project.”

Suzanne 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 humour 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!  The bears give them comfort and something to cuddle which they can take away on discharge.”

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Freemasons TLC representative W. Bro Stuart Burrows presents a certificate and cheque for £1,000 to Nursery Nurses Sandie Barker and Suzanne Campbell and on-duty A&E staff.