Children admitted to accident and emergency in Lincolnshire will be comforted following a kind donation of teddy bears from a group of freemasons.
The A&E department at Lincoln County Hospital has taken delivery of the teddies from the Lincolnshire Freemasonry TLC (Teddies for Loving Care) appeal to give to children who are admitted to hospital in severe distress as a way of comforting them.
This will help alleviate the stress and pain they may be in and assist the medical and nursing staff in their work.
The teddies are funded through donations from lodges and individuals, which are then distributed among the accident and emergency departments in the area.
The freemasons have donated almost 10,000 bears through the TLC project in Lincolnshire to date.
Nationally, the scheme has seen more than a million teddies donated to hospitals.
Karen Hansord, senior sister in A&E, Lincoln said: “We really see the benefits of being able to give the children a teddy, they can have a calming effect and make a visit to the A&E department memorable in a positive way. We are grateful to the freemasonry for generously donating these to our department.”