Almost 4000 Teddy Bears Donated to Emergency Departments by TLC

03/03/2016

Teddies for Loving Care (TLC) have donated almost 4,000 teddy bears to the Emergency Departments in the Ulster, Lagan Valley & Downe hospitals for staff to give to children or patients at their discretion. Giving a teddy bear to anyone who is distressed while in hospital will enable the medical staff to carry on with their vital work and help children and families have a more comforting experience.

The teddies are used in various ways, for the child or patient to cuddle as a reward for being brave and for staff to demonstrate what they are going to do. The teddies also act as a distraction and can provide reassurance for the child which helps, parents, guardians and siblings.

Teddies for Loving Care (TLC) is a charity supported by the Masonic Order within Ireland who donate sterile packaged teddy bears to hospital emergency departments in both Northern and Southern Ireland. Overall, 64,000 bears have made their way into children's hands and TLC expect to break the 100,000 mark later this year.

Pictured above: Craig Wilson from TLC with Sandra McCullough, Hospital Play Specialist.