100,000th Teddy Bear Donated to Emergency Department


Teddies for Loving Care - TLC Ireland and Widows Sons Masonic Bikers Association Ireland recently attended the Ulster Hospital Emergency Department to mark the donation of the 100,000th ‘TLC’ Teddy Bear’.

TLC have donated teddy bears to the Emergency Departments in the Ulster, Lagan Valley & Downe hospitals over the past few years 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 will be 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.

The South Eastern Health & Social Care Trust would like to sincerely thank TLC for their donations to date and for their continued support in donating teddy bears to our Emergency Departments.

Richard Grey (TLC) with Sylvia Ritchie (Ulster Hospital Emergency Department) and representatives from Widows Sons Bikers Association

Sandra McCullough (Hospital Play Specialist), 'Teddy' and Richard Grey (TLC)


Staff from the Ulster Hospital Emergency Department - Sandra McCullough , Sylvia Ritchie, Judith Lowe, Jenny Walker ,Lynda O’Lone and Jenny Cherry

TLC & Widows Sons Bikers Association with staff from the Ulster Hospital Emergency Department