Since 2004, children and infants admitted to Accident and Emergency departments in Cheshire have found comfort in a TLC bear at a time that can be scary and upsetting. Over 12,000 bears have been given to children in Cheshire since the scheme began which has had a noticeable impact on their wellbeing.
Dr Suzy Waring, who works at the Countess of Chester Hospital A&E department has praised Cheshire ‘Teddies for Loving Care’ for donating the bears which are given to children by medical staff before any treatment is carried out.
“For as long as I have worked at the Countess of Chester Hospital, there have been teddy bears available for us to give to children who present to the department.” Says Dr Waring. “Having these bears is so helpful, not only do the children love them but really they help in terms of building rapport with the children, who are quite often very afraid of the situation. The parents love them too!
“The teddy bears have such a positive effect on the children. It’s so nice to see the children smile when they are given a bear”
“Without the Freemasons of Cheshire, thousands of children would have had a very different experience in A&E. Having the bears is a lovely part of the service we provide in A&E”.