The aim of Teddies for Loving Care (TLC) is to provide Accident and Emergency departments throughout the country with cuddly teddy bears, for the staff to freely distribute to children in distress when they arrive at hospital.
This simple idea was started by Freemasons in Essex during 2001 and has now been rolled out over the majority of the UK. It is also becoming a global enterprise as it has now being adopted into America, Australia, South Africa, Cyprus, Malta, Spain and Gibraltar. Due to the regional nature of Freemasonry, each province has taken on the responsibility for administering TLC at a local level.
Teddies for Loving Care was adopted in Surrey in February 2003. East Surrey Hospital in Redhill was the first Surrey hospital to pilot the scheme. When it launched they had 12 bears which lasted 2 weeks. Now, 10 hospitals later, each unit receives 48 bears per week!
TLC Appeal Surrey has distributed in excess of 100,000 teddy bears to A&E units in the area. There are six different coloured teddy bears of a unique design, only available through the charity. Each teddy carries a tag "Donated by Local Freemasons", which provides continuous evidence of the principles of Freemasonry in practice in the community.
The bear is CE marked and has been approved by all of the health authorities. In Surrey, we are leading the way by individually packing bears to deal with the modern requirements of the hospital environment and to comply with infection control issues.
TLC is funded by the generosity of local Freemasons, the sale of merchandise, the sponsorship of local business and individual donations.If you have a company and feel you would like to help us, please contact us directly using the details on the Sponsorship page. All sponsors and supporters will be listed on our website.
If you wish to support our work, you can make a secure donation via our JustGiving page by clicking the logo.
These are the Surrey A&E hospitals to which we supply bears funded by your kind donations: