Hundreds of children in North Lincolnshire are benefiting from new cuddly bears which they are being awarded for their bravery.
Nursing staff at Scunthorpe hospital’s Disney ward have the special treats for youngsters having to undergo a blood test, an operation, tests or dressing changes – anything that requires a child to be a bit brave.
Ward manager Sharon Vickers said: “When a child attends the hospital it can be stressful and traumatic for them as they can be facing the prospect of painful procedures. Being able to give them a teddy to take home as a reward for their bravery is really valuable.”
The teddy bears have been supplied to the hospital thanks to a donation from the masonic lodges in Scunthorpe, Crowle and Freemasons’ lodges.
Cliff Reeves, 73, of Crowle, of Pharos Lodge, has been to the Disney ward to see how the bears are making a difference, he said: “We have only just started supplying the teddies to Scunthorpe hospital but so far we have given 500 to the ward and I am delighted to see so many have already been handed out to worthy youngsters. I am hoping we will continue to be able to provide these wonderful treats for the ward.”