Serial TLC fundraiser, Joe Catterall, is one of our biggest supporters who also campaigns to raise awareness of TLC in his local area.
Joe has walked two marathons dressed in a heavy, teddy bear suit, each time tackling the 26 miles over 9 days. He likes to take his time because the main focus of the event is to raise awareness of TLC in the community.
Joe likes to stop and tell almost everyone he passes about the work of TLC. He shares stories of how the teddies help littles ones cope when visiting A&E. Many children don’t have their comforter in hospital as they’ve had to leave in a rush so the TLC bear is always welcome!
On each of the 9 days Joe has a special guest to help walk him around the circuit. The guests were all Cheshire Freemasons and included area 1 & area 2 Assistant Provincial Grand Masters.
The response from the public was out of this world! Lots of people stopped to ask me what I was doing so it was a great opportunity to tell them all about TLC and the work of local Freemasons
As one of TLC’s most prolific fundraisers Joe also raises money for the scheme along the way. So far he’s raised £1,300 through the teddy marathons. He has also raised a further £802 running a sea fishing competition!
Joe Catterall is already planning his next campaign for TLC. For his next mission, Joe aims to walk from Freemasons Hall in Great Queen Street, London to Queen Street in Chester dressed as the TLC bear. That’s a long, long way in a bear suit!
To contribute to Joe’s teddy marathons visit: https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/joe-catterall1