No institution can boast a more solid foundation than that on which Freemasonry rests - the practice of every moral and social virtue!
Teddies for Loving Care
(Registered Charity No. 1087765)
TLC scheme launched at Holyhead Stanley
On the 23rd July, following the introduction of the TLC scheme at Minor Injury Units close to popular seaside resorts in North Wales, TLC launched at Holyhead Stanley on Anglesey.
Present at the event were Sister Nicky Jones, the hospital sister, MIU Nurse Lisa Williams and nursing assistant Helen Griffiths. Also present were Teigan and Alana Harp Jones, keen supporters of the TLC Appeal, to promote their Companion Dog Show in aid of the TLC appeal to be held at the Anglesey Showground on August 29th 2015.
At the launch W.Bro John Llewelyn Prichard and W.Bro John Hulme of Twr Celyn Lodge and St. Eleth Chapter, Amlwch, made a presentation of £450 to the TLC Chairman, W.Bro David Gibbison, in aid of the TLC Appeal; David Gibbison gave his sincere thanks to the members concerned and gratefully received this kind donation to the TLC Appeal North Wales.
Up-to-date TLC News October 2014
Another good year for the TLC Appeal North Wales with over 42000 Teddy Bears being distributed to our chosen outlets throughout the Province since first being introduced at Ysbyty Gwynedd Bangor in late March 2009. Wrexham Maelor and Glan Clwyd Hospitals are still the largest users of the Teddies followed by Ysbyty Gwynedd in Bangor. Plans are now at an advanced Stage to extend our distribution network to include some of the smaller A&E Units around North Wales. We are at present waiting for details of the number of children who are treated by these hospitals in a twelve month period, so we are able to access the number of bears we will require.
It is a remarkable achievement for the Province to have supplied over 45000 Teddy Bears to our various outlets; this number represents many children and families who have received support from our scheme. The scheme continues to be an essential tool for staff in the A&E units when caring for children in trauma and continues to receive much acclaim from both staff and parents.
Over the past 12 Months TLC have presented over 16 talks and presentations to both Masonic and non Masonic organisations throughout North Wales and all have been well received and have proved an invaluable tool not only in our fund raising efforts but also to bring the TLC Appeal to the attention of our membership. For further information on TLC presentations please contact a member of the TLC team for help and assistance.
Many Lodges and Chapters have been busy during the year raising money for the TLC Appeal North Wales, we thank them all. A sincere thank you must go to the Members of Trearddur Lodge Anglesey under the leadership of W.Bro Brian Jones who organised a sponsored walk to the summit of Mount Snowdon and raised the magnificent sum of £6090 for the appeal. It is donations such as this that keep the appeal so successful and for the Brethren who take part such a sense of achievement and pleasure.
TLC also participated and supported again this year the Queen Elizabeth's Court Garden Fete, the Denbigh and Flint Agricultural Show, the Anglesey Dog Show and the usual stand at the Provincial Grand Lodge Meeting.
At all these venues the TLC merchandise was available for purchase including the new TLC Beaker which has been received with some interest. TLC Christmas Cards will again be available over the festive season.
A reminder to all Lodges and Chapters in the Province, to keep this important scheme running and to supply our chosen outlets with Teddy Bears we respectfully request each Lodge donate £50 and Chapters £25 each year. Please check with your Lodge/Chapter Charity Steward that your payments are up to date, direct debit arrangements are available for which we thank you.
Finally thank you to all connected with the TLC Appeal without whose help the scheme would not be possible, especially to the ''Bear Men'' who Monitor and deliver the Bears to our many outlets.
Let us now hope with your continued support the scheme will continue to go from strength to strength and help to support children in distress throughout our hospitals in North Wales.
W.Bro David Gibbison
TLC Chairman October 2014.
TLC Teddy Bears: the cuddly friends giving young patients comfort
The following article was written by Kelly Williams on the 27th December, 2013 and is reproduced here by kind permission of the Daily Post.
Meet four-year-old Mirvana Bou Mjahed, pictured above – a brave little girl with an allergy to most things airborne. Whisked off to hospital on a regular basis, the youngster from Rhyl can suffer an attack at any time, and often needs urgent medical attention as her airways can close up. But there to keep her calm is her loyal friend, Teddy – a little pink bear given to her by nurses when she was rushed into Ysbyty Glan Clwyd at the age of three.
Now the cuddly companion comes with her every time her Allergic Rhinitis strikes. Teddy himself has even been hooked up to a nebuliser (a drug delivery device) reassuring Mirvana that everything will be okay. The Ysgol Dewi Sant pupil is one of many youngsters across North Wales to be given a bear upon arrival at A & E.
The charity behind the scheme is the TLC – or Teddies for Loving Care – run by the Masonic Province of North Wales, whose “Bear Men” have tirelessly delivered more than 25,000 stuffed toys to the region’s three main hospitals and treatment centres over the last four years.
TLC chairman, David Gibbison said: "The teddies help to alleviate the distress of the children’s visit to hospital. They relieve their anxiety, reward children undergoing painful procedures and assist staff in bonding with children and parents. There can be no better way to demonstrate our Masonic principles in a real, active and modern way."
Mr Gibbison added: "The money to pay for the bears is raised through the sale of lapel badges and other merchandise, along with annual donations from each Province and Chapter. To date, the Province has supplied nearly 25,000 bears to our various outlets, which is a remarkable achievement and represents many children and families who have received support from our scheme."
To read the report in full, please click on the following link...
TLC North Wales News, October 2013
TLC North Wales continues to grow and continues to be well received at all our chosen outlets throughout the Province since first being introduced at Ysbyty Gwynedd Bangor in late March 2009. The scheme is now fully operational at Wrexham Maelor and Glan Clwyd hospitals, the Air Ambulance Service both in Newtown and Caernarfon and the Children's Hospice Ty Gobaith in the Conway valley. We have also launched this year the scheme at the North Wales Eye Hospital in Abergele.
To date over nearly 25000 Teddy Bears have been supplied to our various outlets, which is a remarkable achievement and represents many children and families who have received support from our scheme. The scheme continues to be an essential tool for staff in the A&E units when caring for children in trauma and continues to receive much acclaim from both staff and parents alike.
Letter from Emergency Department Ysbyty Gwynedd 20th March 2013
Dear Mr. Gibbison
All the staff at the Emergency Department in Ysbyty Gwynedd would like to thank you for the lovely teddies you send for the children who attend our Department. They are a great source of comfort and distraction for a sick or injured child, just to see a little smile appear on their face when they have been so upset can make everything seem so much better.
When a child attends the Emergency Department it is often full of adults, with no special provision for them, this can be so frightening and on top of the trauma they experience, the Teddies are so important in helping us to reassure, treat and comfort them. We are extremely grateful and look forward to receiving these Teddies on a regular basis. Many thanks once again.
Sister Debbie Rooney
To keep this important scheme running and to continue to supply the hospitals, Air Ambulance the Children’s Hospice and the North Wales Eye Hospital with our teddy bears we need your support and donations. The flow of money into the scheme has eased since first being introduced in 2009, we respectfully request each lodge in the Province donate £50.00 per year and each Chapter to donate £25.00.
Many Lodges and Chapters have already made direct debit arrangements for which we are most grateful. Please check with your Lodge or Chapter Charity Steward/Treasure to make sure your payments to TLC North Wales are up to date.
We have also now introduced an extensive range of TLC Merchandise for you to purchase in support of TLC details overleaf. TLC Christmas Cards will be available again this year in November.
Finally thank you to all connected with the TLC Appeal without whose help the scheme would not be possible, to the ‘’Bear Men’’ who Monitor and deliver the Bears to our outlets, a sincere thank you to the Provincial Grand Master who, even with his busy schedule finds time to support this worthy Charity.
Let us now hope with your continued support the scheme will continue to go from strength to strength and help to support children in our hospitals.
W.Bro David Gibbison
Update by the TLC Chairman, May 2013
I am pleased to announce that, on Thursday 18th April 2013, the TLC Appeal North Wales launched its Teddy Bears into the North Wales Eye Hospital in Abergele. It has taken some 7 months to reach this stage mainly due to the re-allocation and set-up of this centre of excellence for eye treatment in North Wales. It is also interesting to note that once a year, between February and March, a team from the Centre visit Ethiopia to treat Children with serious eye problems in that area and our Teddy Bears could and I am sure will play a valuable part in this treatment.
Sister Bev Roberts and Senior Matron Helen Duke-Hughes accepting the TLC Bears at the Eye Hospital
This latest launch takes the number of outlets for our TLC Bears in North Wales to 7 including the Air Ambulance in Newtown and Caernarfon. To date over 19700 bears have been distributed to these outlets thanks to the help of our various "Bear Men" who diligently monitor the hospitals and replenish when necessary and a sincere thanks to the many Lodges and Chapters, Brethren and Companions who regularly donate to this worthy appeal.
As a footnote TLC will be launching a new and exiting range of TLC Merchandise to assist our fund raising efforts. All the new items will be on sale at the TLC Stand at QE Court Garden Fete in Llandudno
on Saturday 1st June and of course at the Provincial Grand Lodge Meeting in October.
Thank you for your support.
Chairman, TLC North Wales
Cuddly friends for Glan Clwyd's A & E Department
The Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board has recently launched a scheme in partnership withNorth Wales Freemasons to provide cuddly teddy bears to children under seven attending A&E Departments at their acute hospitals.
The staff are able to offer young patients a small teddy bear to help alleviate their potential distress and teddy receives the same treatments as the child. The teddies then go home with the patients, who are encouraged to bring them with them to any subsequent outpatient visits.
The Teddies for Loving Care (TLC) scheme is funded by money donated by the Freemasons of the Province of North Wales (Hint) and was initially launched in March at Ysbyty Gwynedd, Bangor by the Provincial Grand Master, Ieuan Redvers Jones. This week the initiative was extended to Glan Clwyd hospital when the first batch of colourful teddies was delivered.
Ieuan Redvers Jones from the Freemasons said: "I hope that in undertaking this simple scheme, the level of public awareness of the contribution made to the community by Freemasonry will be increased."
Carole Price Jones, Clinical Nurse Manager at Glan Clwyd hospital said: "The bears will make it easier for the department to treat young children without causing them too much distress and they feel less anxious seeing that teddy gets the same treatment. The fact that they then get to keep the bear also serves as a small reward."
Receiving the mountain of bears at the hospital is Jessica Jones (Aged 4) who was the first to take one home. Behind are (Left to right) Norman Venner (Provincial Treasurer, North Wales) David Gibbinson (Chairman TLC North Wales) and Ieuan Redvers Jones (Provincial Grand Master, North Wales). Picture to follow...
Ffrindiau meddal ar gyfer Adran D&A Glan Clwyd
Mae Bwrdd Iechyd Prifysgol Betsi Cadwaladr wedi lansio cynllun yn ddiweddar mewn partneriaeth â Seiri Rhyddion Gogledd Cymru i roi tedi bêrs i blant o dan saith oed sy'n gorfod mynd i Adrannau Damwain
ac Argyfwng yn eu hysbytai llym.
Mae'r staff yn gallu cynnig tedi bêr bychan i helpu i leddfu eu pryderon ac mae tedi yn derbyn yr un triniaethau â'ch plentyn. Yna mae'r tedis yn mynd adref gyda'r cleifion, sy'n cael eu hannog i ddod â'r tedis gyda nhw i unrhyw apwyntiad dilynol yn yr adran cleifion allanol.
Mae'r cynllun Tedis yn Rhoi Gofal a Chariad (TLC) yn cael ei ariannu'n llwyr gan y Seiri Rhyddion yng Ngogledd Cymru ac fe'i lansiwyd yn y lle cyntaf ym mis Mawrth yn Ysbyty Gwynedd, Bangor gan Uchel Feistr Taleithiol y Seiri Rhyddion, Ieuan Redvers Jones. Yr wythnos hon, ymestynnwyd y cynllun i Ysbyty Glan Clwyd lle danfonwyd y swp cyntaf o dedis lliwgar.
Dywedodd Ieuan Redvers Jones o'r Seiri Rhyddion: "Gyda'r cynllun syml hwn rydym yn gobeithio y bydd ymwybyddiaeth y cyhoedd o'r cyfraniad a wna'r Seiri Rhyddion i'r gymuned yn cynyddu."
Dywedodd Carole Price Jones, Nyrs Reolwr Clinigol yn ysbyty Glan Clwyd: "Bydd y tedis yn ei gwneud hi'n haws i'r adran drin plant iau heb achosi gormod o ofid iddynt a'u bod yn teimlo'n llai pryderus o weld bod tedi'n cael yr un driniaeth. Mae'r ffaith eu bod yn cael cadw'r tedi wedyn yn eu gwobrwyo."
Jessica Jones (4 oed) yn derbyn y mynydd cyntaf o dedis, a hi oedd y cyntaf i fynd ag un adref gyda hi. Y tu ôl (Chwith i'r dde) Norman Venner (Trysorydd Taleithiol, Gogledd Cymru) David Gibbinson (Cadeirydd TLC Gogledd Cymru) ac Ieuan Redvers Jones (Uchel Feistr Taleithiol, Gogledd Cymru)
Am fwy o wybodaeth cysylltwch â:
Mrs Dawn Davies 01745 534495
Mr Andy Scotson 01978 725130
Mr Trystan Pritchard 01248 384938
Freemasonry benefits both the Local & National Community
Freemasons make a major contribution to society through their own charities, as well as through donations to UK charities and worldwide disaster relief funds, with members playing an active role in their communities.
The Masonic Fishing Charity | Teddies for Loving Care | Freemasons Grand Charity | Masonic Benevolent Association