Northern Teddies for Loving Care Regional Forum
Friday 11th October saw the Province host the first ever “Northern Teddies for Loving Care Regional Forum” at Billingham Masonic Hall.
Five of the six Northern Provinces attended and were treated to an overview of the fantastic new developments to the Teddies. These include a new “softer” branding and a new Furry Teddy to be given to the Children in distress”.
Durham Hospital Ambassadors were able to outline the improvement they have seen in the profile Freemasons receive from funding the Teddies since we began personally delivering the bears into the hospitals. Duncan Maw, Teddies Coordinator, was also able to share the fantastic response we have received by individually wrapping the Teddies and including more branding to drive people onto the TLC Durham Facebook site. We would encourage all Brethren to visit the site to see the many photos of the children with their Teddies that have been posted by parents.
Provincial Charity Steward Andrew Thompson welcomed Helen Bainbridge the Teddies Project Officer within the MCF and thanked her for leading the Forum. He said “It’s been a great opportunity for those involved in the Teddies to meet and swap ideas to make them even better. In the Province of Durham, the Bears are funded solely by Freemasons and it was good to hear how well received some of the new developments that we have instigated have been received, many of which are now being adopted by other Province’s across the Country”
TLC Teddy Initiative……
“thank you Freemasons for the thousands of teddies donated to children’s casualty departments”
Community Support Grants…..
“The grant from Durham Freemasons has made an enormous difference to our service users”
Provincial Annual Meeting….
“The Provincial annual meeting is one of the highlights of my year, it’s great to meet everyone and support all those being rewarded for merit”….
“My husband would be so proud that you still contact me so many years after his death, thank you for remembering me”
“The Provincial annual meeting is one of the highlights of my year, it’s great to meet everyone and support all those being rewarded for merit”
The Royal Arch…..
“I feel that I have a much better understanding of the whole Masonic story after joining the Royal Arch”
What have you gained?
“I’ve made wonderful friendships with people from all walks of life who I wouldn’t otherwise have even met”
In respect to the TLC Teddy initiative
“A child patient copes with medical treatment so much better when they’ve been given a TLC teddy”
What Freemasonry has done for you?
“The teachings of the masonic ceremonies helped me to be a better father, better husband, better son and better neighbour”What Freemasonry has done for you
One of the best things I have ever done…
“Along with getting married, the birth of my children and Sunderland winning the FA Cup, becoming a Freemason is one of the best things I’ve ever done”