Teddy bear gifts for seriously ill children at Shropshire hospices

A special delivery of teddy bears have been donated to seriously ill children at two hospices.

Hope House and Tŷ Gobaith trustee Graeme Harkness and nurses Vicky Bagguley and Tracy Leah with the TLC bears.
Hope House and Tŷ Gobaith trustee Graeme Harkness and nurses Vicky Bagguley and Tracy Leah with the TLC bears.

Hope House, in Shropshire, and Ty Gobaith, in Powys, children’s hospices received the bears through the Teddies for Loving Care scheme’s Shropshire and North Wales branches, whose work is funded by the generous donations of the Freemasons.

Teddies for Loving Care provide the cuddly bears to accident and emergency departments, hospital children’s wards and children’s hospices for staff to give to children.

Karen Wright, director of care at the hospices, said: “We have received bears from Teddies for Loving Care before and it has been lovely to be able to give each seriously ill child who comes to the hospices their very own toy.

“The latest delivery will make sure we have enough bears for months to come, and no one will miss out. Thank you all so much for thinking of us.”

There are 47 regional Teddies for Loving Care programmes across England and Wales that provide teddies for their local A&E departments.

Once a hospital joins the scheme they can replenish teddies on request through their local TLC representative.

Some TLC programmes also donate a portion of their funds towards teddies for minor injuries units, children’s wards and hospices and there are even teddies flying on air ambulances.

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