10,000th teddy for Holly
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Extract from the Whitley Bay Guardian – 29th July 2010

TLC Scheme sees 10,000th teddy given to Holly


A scheme to help distract young patients during a visit to hospital has reached a major milestone.

The “Teddies for Loving Care Scheme” sees teddy bears being handed out to young patients needing treatment at North Tyneside General Hospital’s Emergency Care Department.

The initiative has celebrated handing out its 10,000th teddy, which was given to eight-year-old Holly Smith from Morpeth.

Holly was given the teddy at hospital after she cut her knee during a trip to the beach and needed an X-ray before having the wound dressed.

The TLC scheme, which began in 2006 and sees the child keep the bear, is organised and funded by local members of the Freemasons of Northumberland, who have pledged to continue their efforts.

Freemason, Leslie Stobbs, who is Treasurer of the group, said,
“We are extremely proud of what the scheme has achieved over the years.
It brings some comfort and acts as a distraction to young patients like Holly, during what can be a very distressing experience for them.
We are pleased to be celebrating its ongoing success at North Tyneside General Hospital by presenting this commemorative teddy to Holly today.”

Wendy Smith, paediatric nurse practitioner in emergency care at the hospital, was full of praise for the scheme. She said,
“Its great that the scheme has helped so many children through their treatment.
We are very grateful to the Freemasons for continuing to fund the scheme, it really makes a difference to our young patients.”

Link to UGLE website