Teddies for Loving Care was launched after the wife of an Essex freemason was taken to Southend Hospital Accident & Emergency Unit following a severe allergic reaction. Her life was saved by the rapid action of medical staff who were able to resuscitate and stabilise her. The couple were grateful for the caring attention received but found the experience frightening and speculated on the distress that children must face when attending A&E. The idea of doing something useful for Southend Hospital was discussed with other local freemasons and, following a great deal of research, ‘Teddies for Loving Care’ was launched in 2001. TLC has since been adopted by freemasons across the country and continues to provide teddies to A&E units for children in distress.