Teddies for Loving Care

Registered Charity No. 281942

Hampshire & Isle of Wight TLC Representative
W Bro. Kevin D. Head PAGDC, Provincial Grand Charity Steward
Tel: (01962) 809852   email: headkevh@aol.com
c/o 85 Winchester Road, Chandler’s Ford, Eastleigh, Hants. SO53 2GG


What is TLC?

‘Teddies for Loving Care’ was established within the Province of Essex in 2000 as a ‘Freemasonry in the Community’ initiative.

TLC’s simple objective is for Freemasons to provide teddy bears, principally to Hospital Accident and Emergency units, but also to others in need:-

For the medical and administrative staff to give, at their discretion, to children admitted who are in severe distress and

  • where the staff feel that a teddy to cuddle will help alleviate that distress and
  • to assist them in their urgent work.

Each teddy carries a tag “Donated by local Freemasons” and the pure nature of the appeal has benefitted Freemasonry. There is no doubt that as a result of this small and simple gesture, there is an increasing public awareness of the contribution being made within the local community by Brethren; as well as a greater understanding of the moral principles on which Freemasonry is founded.

Each child that receives a teddy is of course allowed to take the teddy home.

How is TLC funded?

The charity receives funds that have been donated by local Freemasons.

How is the Province involved?

We provide teddies to thirteen Hospital A&E and other Departments throughout the Province as well as to the St John Ambulance service.

Frimley Park Hospital’ Children’s A&E Unit, for brethren in the North East Area, is managed by Surrey Province.

What if I have a question?

Enquiries about Teddies for Loving care within Hampshire and IOW should be addressed to the Provincial Grand Charity Steward. Each of the hospitals, hospices and refuges etc., has a dedicated masonic contact known as a Teddy Keeper. Teddy Keeper contact details for the following Hospitals and Refuges may be obtained from the Provincial Grand Charity Steward.

Andover Basingstoke Bournemouth Cosham – General
Cosham – Eye Dept Gosport – War Memorial Gosport – Minor Injuries Lymington
Newport IOW Portsmouth – St James Royal South Hampshire Southampton General
Southsea – St Mary’s Urgent Treatment Centre St John Ambulance Winchester – Royal Hants


How and where to donate:

There has always been a magnificent response by Lodges to support TLC, such that we have been able to meet the cost of the teddies from your generous donations. The Province continues to rely on your donations to maintain the invaluable support we provide and you, as an individual or your Lodge, may of course decide to contribute to the scheme. There are also lapel badges which should be available from the Provincial Grand Charity Steward via your Area Charity Steward or a Teddy Keeper. Ideally donations from individuals or Lodges should be Gift Aided if the donor is a UK taxpayer.

Donations should be sent to the MCF Relief Chest Scheme at 60 Great Queen Street London WC2B 5AZ. Cheques should be made payable to “The Relief Chest Scheme” and must be credited to the “Hampshire and Isle of Wight TLC Relief Chest No E0101”. You may use the standard relief chest forms available by way of the MCF website at https://mcf.org.uk/rcs-resources/

For further information and interesting reading/testimonials etc. please visit the TLC website at http://tlcappeal.org/

TLC would not operate as successfully as it does in our Province without the assistance of our own TLC Contacts, the goodwill and co-operation of the staff and parents involved at the various hospitals and other centres and, of course the Brethren of this Province who, through their generosity, have made it all possible. Grateful thanks are extended to everyone involved.