A visit to the Accident and Emergency department is quite traumatic, especially for small children and there is often little that can be done to pacify a youngster in distress.
However, every child loves a teddy bear and a Charity named Teddies for Loving Care (TLC) has been providing Teddy Bears to local Hospital A & E and Minor Injury Units for 20 years – over 1,000,000 so far!
Leader of the Somerset Freemasons, David Medlock joined Roger Penny, Somerset’s TLC co-ordinator, to present a milestone 50,000th Somerset Teddy to Senior Sister Kirsty Butler outside the A & E unit at Baths RUH. Kirsty said “The Teddies make such a difference. The children love them and we are so grateful to the Somerset Freemasons for these thoughtful gifts”.
David said “To see the contentment that our bears bring to young patients in distress makes it all worthwhile and we regularly hear grateful comments from hospital staff and parents who find the teddies most helpful in calming their distressed children.”
The Bears, which are specially manufactured for TLC, come in a variety of colours and comply with all UK toy safety standards and carry a CE mark