Teddies for Loving Care Appeal

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We raise funds for the supply of cuddly toys to A&E Units for children in severe distress

  • Our simple objective is for Freemasons to provide teddies to A&E hospitals
  • To enable the Medical Staff to give to children who are in severe distress, at their discretion
  • Staff feel that a Teddy to cuddle will help alleviate that distress
  • And assist Medial Staff in their urgent work
  • The Children keep the Bear forever as their best friend and so Teddy gets a new home.
  • In terms of funding – In South Wales, we believe that we will need to donate approximately 20,000 bears per year to the hospitals at an annual cost of approximately £25,000.

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Over 3,000 children & their families helped by Teddy Bear Picnic

South Wales Freemasons recently held a Teddy Bear Picnic at St Lythans, near Wenvoe, to celebrate 300 years of Freemasonry and to raise funds for the Teddies for Loving Care (TLC) Appeal.

The Teddies for Loving Care scheme has provided over 2 million teddies to children in A&E departments in hospitals across England & Wales. Supplied by Freemasons, the teddies are used to comfort children visiting hospitals and are used as a distraction or helpful show-and-tell.

Over 3,000 distressed children and their families will be helped by the fantastic sum raised at the picnic event. The £4,000 will provide TLC Teddies to A&E Hospitals in South Wales, including Noah’s Ark Children’s Hospital. South Wales Freemasons aim to donate over 20,000 Teddies per year and the Teddy Bear Picnic is a major contribution.

The planning for the event took several months, with a hard working committee driving things to put together a wonderful afternoon of entertainment.

Glorious weather enabled the team of helpers to set up a Bouncy Castle, a straw maze, rubber duck floating competitions and various other stalls and amusements in readiness for the children, their teddies, and of course Mums & Dads, & Grandparents.

As guests arrived, the heat of the day started to build but thankfully, Mr and Mrs Whippy came to the rescue.  Earlier in the day, Mr and Mrs Whippy had hidden images of ice cream characters around the picnic site for children to find and trade for a free ice cream, get set go…. The children were off, laughing and screaming with joy, the heat of the day temporarily forgotten.

As the day wore on, the heat increased, ice cream was eaten in ‘bucket loads’, burgers were flipped, sausages rolled, onions fried and buns filled with delicious relish, all hungrily consumed by parents and children, all washed down with an ice-cold water or soft drink.  In-between, the ice cream and hot dogs, parents and children tried their hand on the various attractions around the picnic site including guess the name of the teddy, the number of gummie bears in a jar and the weight of the TLC cake.

The Provincial Grand Master Gareth Jones OBE and his wife, children and grandchildren attended to act as judges of competitions and of course ice-creams!

The day a success, it was time for the raffle and to declare the winners of the guessing games, best dressed teddy and teddies questionnaire.  With kind & generous donations to the Teddy Bear’s Picnic, every child was awarded a runner up prize and left with smiles on their faces.

A big thank you to everyone involved in organising this splendid event, in particular: Michelle Gonthier,  Wendy Gaughan, Graham Gonthier, Ian Gaughan, Robert Salter, Peter Constantine and Event Chairman, Jason Agostini-Green.

TLC Teddy Bear Picnic

Brethren, parents, grandparents, friends, families, children…

Fantastic Teddy Bear Picnic on 18 June 2017 from noon to 5pm to support the South Wales TLC Teddies for Loving Care Appeal. Great fun for all the family. A bouncy castle, bean bag teddy toss, hook a duck and lots more, & our Provincial Grand Master will judge the best dressed teddy competition.

Come along to South Winds on St Lythans Road CF5 6BQ. Bring your teddy and a picnic. Great value for money at only £2 entry per child and adult. Bring your children, grandchildren, friends, families… contact Jason for details and tickets 07800 836821 (more…)

Emerald 5907 & Beehive 6265 Annual Skittles Challenge Trophy

It was a tense evening at the Ty Newydd Pub in Barry, as the “Emerald 5907 & Beehive 6265 Annual Skittles Challenge trophy” was up for grabs once again! 38 Brethren, wives and partners assembled under their respective banners as the competition commenced. Would Emerald make it four on the trot or would Beehive finally spoil the party? After Round 1, Beehive had taken the lead by just 1 point (Emerald 64 – Beehive 65)…. the pressure was building for Emerald in the last and final round and after an hour and thirty minutes the trophy was retained by Emerald Lodge as they won by a small margin of just 6 points (Emerald 143 – Beehive 137). Reluctantly, but with a big smile on his face, the Worshipful Master of Beehive 6265, W.Bro. Len Edwards, re-presented the Trophy for the 4th consecutive time to W.Bro. Paul Camilleri, Master of Emerald 5907. An excellent evening was had by all concerned and £90 was raised for the South Wales Freemason’s TLC Appeal.

– W.Bro. Robert Payne, ProvGStwd

Emerald 5907 & Beehive 6265 Annual Skittles Challenge Trophy

TLC Launch at Noah’s Ark Children’s Hospital

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A special launch event for the South Wales Teddies for Loving Care (TLC) initiative took place on Friday, September 23, at the Noah’s Ark Children’s Hospital for Wales.

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TLC Launch Event 24th September 2016

The South Wales TLC Appeal Scheme is being launched at Sure and Stedfast Lodge 8991 on Saturday 24th September 2016 at Cardiff Masonic Hall, with a presentation by TLC Appeal Founder & Chairman Ian Simpson. The lodge opens at 10.15am. Luncheon can be booked by contacting the Secretary Colin Grey email: sales@nulllodgeandchapter.com (more…)