Freemasons in Wiltshire have given the teddy bears to the hospital for staff to give to children or patients at their discretion. Giving a teddy bear to anyone who is distressed while in hospital will enable the medical staff to carry on with their vital work.
The teddies will be used in various ways, for the child or patient to cuddle as a reward for being brave and for staff to demonstrate what they are going to do. The teddies also act as a distraction and can provide reassurance for the child which helps, parents, guardians and siblings.
Francis Wakem, Provincial Grand Master for the Masonic Province of Wiltshire said: "Teddies for Loving Care are being given to Salisbury District Hospital A & E Department as well as The Great Western Hospital A&E in Swindon and the Wiltshire Air Ambulance. It is part of our increasing involvement within many parts of the community. "
Rosie Grier, Sister in the Accident and Emergency Department at Salisbury District Hospital said: "We would like to thank the Wiltshire Freemasons for their generosity. The teddy bears have really made an impact here and its lovely to see the boys and girls eyes light up when they know they are getting a teddy bear to cuddle and keep. Cuddly toys relax children which makes it easier for us to care and treat them when they come into A&E." Ends
Notes to editors:
The Trust has set up a photo opportunity with Masons from the Masonic Province of Wiltshire, Salisbury District Hospital staff and a local child on Monday, 18 February 2008 at 2pm. If photographers would like to attend please contact Patrick Butler (details below).
For further information please contact:
Brian Chappill, Information Officer, Provincial Grand Lodge of Wiltshire, firstname.lastname@example.org Phone 07973435831
Patrick Butler, Public Relations Manager, Salisbury NHS Foundation Trust
Tel: 01722 425170