Iveagh Masonic Lodge No 184 on a Trip to Meet the Mayor.

Tiny Ted - Official Spokesman for Teddies with Loving Care.

Tiny Ted – Official Spokesman for Teddies with Loving Care.

Our very first mention of Teddies for Loving Care was in relation to their arrival at the A & E Department of Craigavon Area Hospital, on the 7th September 2013, making them the first Northern A & E Department, to receive their Teddies. Now every Accident and Emergency Department in Ireland have their own supply of bears to distribute to incoming child patients, and we continue to get very positive feedback from Doctors, and other front-line Hospital Staff. It appears that Ted has been very successful in deflecting child patients and preventing them from getting too worried about their immediate medical problems.

Poster for the Fr Brian D'Arcy Visit.

Poster for the Fr Brian D’Arcy Visit.

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Brethren around Ireland began fundraising to meet the £ 37,000 annual costs of funding the scheme. In that time we have had Lodge auctions, raffles, charity runs, barbeques, Lodge collections etc and then in June 2014, along came the Brethren of Iveagh Lodge. Their idea was very novel in that their Secretary proposed to invite Frater Brian D’Arcy along to a Hall where they could sell tickets and have an evening of discussion and chat on the life of this well known and fascinating man. The event proved to be very popular, and a larger venue had to be found to accommodate all of the Brethren, Friends and guests that bought tickets. The event was held in the Jethro Centre in Lurgan and ultimately raised some £ 3,300-00 ( Three Thousand Three Hundred Pounds ) which has now passed on to the coffers of Teddies for Loving Care.

Brethren from Iveagh in The Mayor's Parlour, Craigavon.

Brethren from Iveagh in The Mayor’s Parlour, Craigavon.

Clearly the efforts from Iveagh Lodge No 184 have not passed unnoticed and Bro Colin McKusker, the Mayor of Craigavon very kindly invited a party from Iveagh to come along to his Parlour and mark the magnificent collection lifted in support of the Teddies for Loving Care funds. There was a good turnout of Brethren from the Iveagh Lodge along with Rt Wor Bro Ivan Boreland Assistant Provincial Grand Master of Down and Rt Wor Bro Ian Ritchie of the Banbridge and District Charity Committee.

Wor Bro Trevor Waddell presents a Teddy to Bro Colin McCusker, Mayor of Craigavon.

Wor Bro Trevor Waddell presents a Teddy to Bro Colin McCusker, Mayor of Craigavon.

The Mayor with his Principal Guests.

The Mayor with his Principal Guests.

Brethren, like me, I’m sure you are all watching with interest to see what novel fund-raising ideas will be promoted this year, to keep our funding on track for the year 2015. We need an average of £ 100 per Lodge per year to sustain the fund and I know that the Trustees would like to have some money in reserve in case any other unexpected demands arise. You may be interested to know that in the last couple of days Teddies for Loving Care have had a stall in the Royal Victoria Hospital, which was well supported by members of the General Public using the Hospital. Indeed the whole Teddies initiative, has generated great interest and support from the Public at large, which can only be good for the Order at large.

Little Ted in St Anne's Cathedral Belfast.

Little Ted in St Anne’s Cathedral Belfast.

About irishfreemason

Rt Wor Bro Bashford lives in Ireland where he joined the Masonic Order in 1977. He became a Master Mason in 1978 and served as Master of his Mother Lodge, Moyarget No. 280 Irish Constitution in 1990. He was appointed Richard Robinson Memorial Lecturer in the Irish Masonic Province of Antrim in 1992 and 2004. In 1996 he was appointed Grand Master's personal Standard Bearer by Most Wor. Bro Darwin Templeton, G.M. In 2000 he became the Millennium Master of the `irish Lodge of Research No. 200, and in 2001 went on to become Excellent King of the irish Chapter of Research No. 222.He is the current Editor of the Irish Lodge of Research, and has been since 1992, and of the Irish Chapter of Research since 1996. He was appointed Representative of the Grand Lodge of Portugal at the Grand Lodge of Ireland in 2006 ( a ten year appointment), giving him the courtesy title of Right Worshipful Brother. He is currently Provincial Grand Librarian for the Province of Antrim, and Curator of the museum at their headquarters in Belfast.
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