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    December 11, 2023

    Cavendish Cancer Care took a very special delivery of colourful teddy bears this week from the Teddies for Loving Care initiative (TLC), funded and managed by West Riding Masonic Charities.

    The TLC scheme has been running since 2001 and has provided hospitals and other healthcare settings with the cute teddy bears to comfort children whilst they are in hospital or having a medical procedure. 3.5 million bears have been given out nationally over the duration of the scheme, which is managed locally by the Freemasons.

    It is the first time that Cavendish Cancer Care have received a delivery of TLC bears and children having therapy at Cavendish Cancer care will be gifted a bear to take home. Cavendish Cancer Care has a dedicated team of Play Therapists and Art Therapists who work with children ages 4-18 who have a diagnosis of cancer, are affected by cancer in the family or have been bereaved.

    Emma Draper, CEO of Cavendish Cancer Care, said; “We are so thankful to Yorkshire West Riding Freemasons for donating these TLC bears for us to use here at Cavendish. We aim to make Cavendish a warm and welcoming place to visit for people who may be going through difficult times, and these bears will help to bring a smile to the faces of our young visitors.”

    Richard Campos, Charity Steward for Welcome Lodge, a freemasonry lodge based in Sheffield, said; “I have been aware of the amazing work that Cavendish do for some time and when I found out more about their work with children, I thought they would be a perfect match for the bears. TLC is a wonderful initiative and we’re proud to support Cavendish Cancer Care in this way.”