Following the donation, of £60,000, from West Riding Masonic Charities Limited, on the NHS, Social Care & Frontline Workers’ Day, a representative of the Teddies for Loving care initiative visited a number of the region’s 21 hospitals.
Ted had been in lockdown for some considerable time, but feeling a little more confident after having been vaccinated twice and taking a spoonful of honey every day for a whole year, he was looking forward to an adventure.
It began in Giggleswick with Ted's friends, John Birkenshaw and Mike Wrigglesworth. Here they are together with Sister, Staff Nurse and Student Nurse representing Castleberg Hospital, in the sunshine.
Ted managed to speed ahead and arrived before the rest of the team at Skipton.
Finally, he was tracked down and here he is (below), outside Skipton Hospital with Angela and Helen, before signing into Outpatients.
Ted directed John and Mike through a tricky one-way system and safely to Ripon Hospital, where the wonderful staff supported in such numbers, that everyone went outside again, into the afternoon sunshine, to stand under the 'Tree of Light' for a real picture of joy and happiness.
Ted was very pleased to be making everyone smile on this special day of thanks to our Yorkshire NHS Staff.
And finally, to Harrogate, oh so busy, but Ted managed to find a nice, quiet, variegated bush to keep everyone safely in the shade.
What a day for Ted; £3,000 to the staff of each Hospital, to say thank you for all their hard work, commitment, help and support to Yorkshire communities, through a very testing time.
We may see Ted in his continuing adventures, sitting in new outdoor furniture in Giggleswick or Skipton, or in newly refurbished staff rooms in Ripon or Harrogate, keeping staff company and as always, being a good listener.
Ted was taken care of by Area 3 Charity Chair John Birkenshaw, supported by Deputy Chair Mike Wrigglesworth and joined by PCA David Elsy in Ripon and PCA Chris Boothby in Harrogate.
Adventures like this need Team effort and many assisted in making this happen, pictured above are some of the key players with Emma Parker, leading as the NHS Charity Champion.
Photographs courtesy of Paul Durkin.
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