Carnarvon Lodge 1739 Proud to Support Teddy's For Loving Care
TLC is a national Masonic Appeal, co-ordinated by the MCF and funded by
misfortune to have to visit an A&E department. A hospital visit can be a
frightening experience for a young child, especially in an emergency situation
for Loving Care (TLC) is a way of providing much-needed comfort to children in
A&E departments, helping to reduce the shock and distress of their experience. Every child that receives a teddy gets to take it home. It is locally managed by Freemasons who volunteer their time to run the scheme. Nationally the scheme has just celebrated the donation of the 3 millionth bear, a significant achievement since its inception in 2001. The initiative was adopted in Derbyshire in 2004 and since then we have donated over 61,500 teddies to hospitals in Derby, Burton upon Trent, Chesterfield, Buxton and Darley Dale.
We have also just started to donate the teddies to the three major Hospices in Derbyshire, Ashgate, Blythe House and Treetops where they will be using them in their bereaved child counselling sessions.
The scheme is funded by the Provincial Grand Charity and its success is down to a small team within the province and the generosity of individual freemasons, their Lodges and friends. I’m sure you will agree that this is a worthy cause and one that Derbyshire should continue to support in any way it can.
Teddy's now being used at the Royal Derby Hospital to assist in their Covid-9 vaccination programme for young children.
2022 Christmas Hampers
Christmas Hope for Youngsters from care.
Last year, through some of the toughest times we have ever experienced, we raise money to make Christmas just a little bit brighter for a remarkable group of young adults. Your kind donations meant we could provide over 200 Hampers, giving some much needed festive cheer, alongside key essentials to help get them through these hard times. This Christmas, our aim was to repeat this mammoth task.
In October 2021 with Covid-19 casting it’s ugly shadow, sadly we weren't able to bring everyone together to celebrate Christmas, family and friendships with a Christmas dinner and party. Instead we sent them a Christmas Hamper packed full of festive hope and cheer. As the pandemic drags on, so does the isolation and loneliness these youngsters experience on a daily basis. Having endured so much already in what should have been the most joyful times of their lives, it is now more important than ever that we help remind them that they are not forgotten, that there are people who care for them; who want to help, who know how special they are and most importantly, that they are not alone.
Just under 5 tonnes of food was purchased and delivered to Ashfield house on the 10th December where the volunteers sorted it all in preparation for the following day when the hampers where packed. On the 11th December the volunteers again turned out in force to pack each box with food, personal care and festive cheer items which were then delivered with the help of Staffordshire Children in Care team and Derbyshire Children's Services.