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First “Big Ted” draw


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When Isabelle Davies, a 5 year old girl was rushed into the Children’s Accident and Emergency Department at University Hospital North Tees in March 2019 she was surprised to receive one of the TLC Teddies. Mum, Carol, was so taken with the local freemasons generosity in providing them that she helped Isabelle post a picture of herself and the Teddy on Facebook, thus gaining entry into a draw for a Very Large Teddy.


Carol says “the TLC Teddy had an immediate effect and calmed my little one down quickly and allowed the medical team to begin to diagnose her issues and begin the treatment”. “We have since learned that these Teddies are provided by local freemason’s  and we are very grateful for this act of kindness”


In this the first Big Ted draw, Isabelle’s name was pulled out of the hat and on 4th November 2019, along with mum, she was welcomed back into the Paediatric Accident and Emergency Department for “some blood Tests”. On arrival she was completely surprised to be met by the TLC Coordinator in the Province of Durham, Duncan Maw, Big Ted, Emergency Paediatric Doctor Andy Simpson and several other members of the Paediatric A & E team. Isabelle quickly recovered from the surprise and a big smile spread across her face when she was presented with Big Ted which she has since named “Fluffy Bear”.


Dr. Andy Simpson said “I was keen to be part of the presentation team. We see the joy the distraction Teddies bring to the children when we are able to hand them one should they be distressed. It’s impossible to over emphasise the assistance they provide the medical team in calming the children down and thereby allowing quicker diagnosis and treatment”


Outpatients Matron Tracy Maddison stated “ We really appreciate the support from the ongoing relationship which we have with the local freemasons and we really value the regular visits from Ambassador Mark Davies and his colleagues at Eanred Lodge, on this occasion Angelo Pereira, to ensure we are fully stocked with the TLC Teddies. It just goes to show what can be achieved when we work together”


Carol also took time to share Isabelle’s Story and she asks that we also share it with our brethren. Isabelle has been diagnosed with a rare condition called Kawasaki Disease explained in the link below:-

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