Lincolnshire Freemasons have come up with a great idea to help ‘Teddies for Loving Care’ reach their target of donating 3 million bears to children in need of comfort.
The Gerald Sclater cartoon caption competition, devised by the Province of Lincolnshire Mentoring Team, aims to raise a smile and some much-needed funds for TLC.
Cartoonist Gerald Sclater kindly gave his permission to take the text out of some of his cartoons and invite Freemasons to add their own instead. Gerald also donated artwork of his cartoons as prizes and asked only that the money raised go to ‘Teddies for Loving Care’.
Lincolnshire Freemason, Nick Brown, whose own daughter received a bear when she was three-years-old, said:
My daughter was admitted to hospital suffering from pneumonia and was greeted by a smiling nurse who immediately won her confidence and trust by giving her a teddy bear.
”My daughter is now a smiling and healthy teenager, but she still has that teddy bear which she decided to call Mason.”
Neville Storey, Chairman of Lincolnshire TLC, recently accepted a cheque from Nick for the first £200 raised from the competition, and thanked all the brethren for taking part at a ‘virtual handover’.
The Province of Northamptonshire and Huntingdonshire have since taken up the cartoon challenge and the hope is that other Provinces with join in the fun.
Any Province interested in running the competition should contact Nick Brown at firstname.lastname@example.org