Staff in Ulster Hospital receive the 100,000th T.L.C. Bear.

Richard Grey (TLC) with Sylvia Ritchie (Ulster Hospital Emergency Department) and representatives from Widows Sons Bikers Association — with Teddies for Loving Care - TLC Ireland and Widows Sons Masonic Bikers Association Ireland.

Richard Grey (TLC) with Sylvia Ritchie (Ulster Hospital Emergency Department) and representatives from Widows Sons Bikers Association — with Teddies for Loving Care – TLC Ireland and Widows Sons Masonic Bikers Association Ireland.

We are grateful to the members of T.L.C. and The Widow’s Sons Masonic Bikers Association Ireland for keeping us abreast of the latest developments on the Teddies for Loving Care initiative in Ireland. At a recent function held at the entrance to the Emergency Department at The Ulster Hospital, Rt Wor Bro Richard Grey handed over the 100,000th Teddy Bear to Ms Sylvia Ritchie representing the Emergency Staff at the hospital.

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

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

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 were 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.

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

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

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.
We were pleased to learn that 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.

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

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

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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