What about our Province?
In 2007, The Provincial Grand Charity under the direction and watchful eye of the then Provincial Grand Master RJ Anderson joined the appeal.
To date 10 years on over 31.000 bears have been donated to our local Children’s A@E Departments in Middlesbrough, Hull, York, Scarborough, Northallerton and Whitby.
How much of the appeal funds go on administration?
All the money raised is totally spent on purchasing bears. All time, materials, expenses, and facilities required to organise and run the appeal are given free of charge by the fund-raising committees, including all storage and distribution costs.
How can you donate? Either through your Lodge as a collective Lodge donation, or as an individual direct personal donation.
The Teddy Bear Appeal is certainly one of the finest and most worthwhile charities a Mason could support. Please help us to make this a success by giving us that support.
What do the local Hospitals and Children think?
The hospitals think it is brilliant idea and are keenly involved. The children are obviously delighted by them as they keep them and take them home.
Hannah’s Mum. I’ve been part of the Freemason family for 13 years and I knew the TLC bears were out there and have attended fundraisers. However, until today I didn’t truly understand the difference the bears make to a scared and poorly child (and mum)! most of the cost of these bears are from masonic donations. My daughter, Hannah, and I are very grateful. Hannah and ‘Sophie’ are tucked up in bed now.