Middlesbrough and England Football Legend Alan Peacock and former Middlesbrough star Frank Spraggon brought smiles to the faces of poorly children when they visited The James Cook University Hospital. The pair were there to celebrate the donation of the 40,000th teddy bear by Yorkshire North and East Ridings TLC to Accident and Emergency units across the region.
Ian Williams, representing TLC, said that “Children attending a trauma centre are given a TLC teddy to help soothe them while nurses and doctors carry out their treatment”.
The footballers were delighted to present the 40,000 bear to 10-month-old Nancy Speight and meet some of the hard working and dedicated doctors and nurses in the children’s A&E department. “I think it’s out of this world, a really nice gesture, who would have thought a teddy bear could bring so much joy” said Alan Peacock.
Local Freemasons, who raise the funds and volunteer for TLC, have provided teddies to distressed children attending A&E in the region since 2007 and continue to be proud supporters of the TLC programme.