What are TLC Teddies?
TLC Teddies are a small Teddy Bear bearing a label simply stating ‘Donated by local Freemasons’ these are distributed to the Accident and Emergency Units and Child hospice and Respite Care Centres of Durham and are given at the medical staff’s discretion to young patients to help alleviate distress. The Teddy helps to distract the child while giving them a friend and someone to hug, while allowing the medical staff to get on with their urgent work.

How are they funded?
The beauty of this appeal is in its simplicity. The fund collects donations from both Lodges and individuals and turns the money into Teddies, these Teddies are then distributed amongst the 6 Accident and Emergency units within the Province. The success of the project relies on annual donations of £40 from each Lodge in the Province. Cheques for TLC donations should be payable to “Provincial Grand Lodge of Durham” and sent to Provincial Office at 8 The Esplanade, Sunderland, SR2 7BH with a covering note.

It’s as simple as that!
To date we as a Province have donated over 80,000 Teddies to the A&E Departments within the Province of Durham with very positive feedback from the staff and parents of child patients, who have expressed their appreciation.


In the Province of Durham the TLC project is funded entirely by the generosity of our Brethren and Lodges and their continued support is greatly appreciated.

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