On Saturday 2nd February, local Freemasons met with hospital staff at the Countess of Chester Hospital Paediatric A & E Department. Freemasons have been supplying TLC (Tender Loving Care) Teddy Bears to the A & E Department since 2004. The medical staff give, at their discretion, these lovely toys to children who are in severe distress and where the staff feel that a teddy to cuddle will alleviate that distress. The children take the teddies home with them.

The TLC Appeal is a Nationwide Masonic initiative and a Registered Charity, and well in excess of 1 million TLC teddies have been donated to distressed children in Paediatric A & E departments all over the country.

The Hospital Management at The Countess of Chester, consider the teddies to be a valuable tool in the care of sick children and wanted to meet some of the local Freemasons who have been involved in raising the money to provide the TLC Teddy Bears.  Richard Saunders the TLC Appeal Officer for Chester Freemasons organised a Teddy Bear’s Picnic in the Emergency Department and his wife Pauline and friend Angela Jones baked a special TLC Cake and dozens of cup cakes.  Mr Tony Chambers, Chief Executive, together with senior Hospital Management, Consultant and Nursing Staff met a group of Freemasons headed by George Mann, Assistant Provincial Grand Master for the Chester Area and Michael McGarva.

The roll of Freemasony in the Community and in supporting Hospitals, Hospices and local Charities was discussed.  Miss Jo Winsor, Lead Nurse, in the Emergency Department said “ We don’t know what we would do if we didn’t have the TLC Bears we are grateful to the Masons for their generosity “

Young Master Lewis Green who had fallen over and cut his face and bumped his head was given a TLC teddy for being brave and joined in the Teddy Bear’s Picnic.  

The Hospital have asked the Masons to repeat the event in 12 Months time.