Northumberland Teddies for Loving Care celebrate the NHS

TLC Northumberland are fully behind the NHS, Social Care and Frontline Workers’ Day and celebrating their involvement by donating special teddy nurse pins to medical staff responsible for handing out TLC bears at NHS facilities across the Province.

The TLC Team continue to work tirelessly, donating bears to any NHS unit that requires them, as well as undertaking various fundraising activities. Recently they were able to respond to a request for bears from the Dermatology Outpatient Department at the Royal Victoria Infirmary, adding yet another NHS unit to the programme!

TLC is a national programme, locally-led by Freemasons across England and Wales. Support and enthusiasm for the initiative continues to grow, with more than three million teddies distributed nationwide to over 250 hospitals. Most of the money raised to purchase and distribute the teddies comes from Freemasons themselves through lodge donations and fundraising events.

The bears provide much-needed comfort to children in hospital, helping to reduce the shock and distress of their experience. Alasdair Watson, APGM and Chairman of TLC Northumberland said:

The gift of a Teddy distracts children from what is happening to them, often at a time when they are in unfamiliar, distressing circumstances without their family to support them


Tlc Northumberland Tlcrep Dennis Fraser

TLC Northumberland is looking to recruit highly motivated, creative and dynamic individuals to act as TLC Building Ambassadors and take responsibility for TLC fundraising in their respective buildings. So Building Ambassadors can be identified they will also be given the new pin, with the first being presented to W Bro Dave Watson by W Bro Dennis Frazer shortly.

TLC representative, W Bro Dennis Frazer,
with a couple of furry friends


Think you have what it takes to take on this important and interesting role? To help make a difference to a child’s experience in hospital get in touch with TLC Northumberland at and one of the team will get back to you to discuss it further.