Middlesbrough and England Football Legend Alan Peacock together with Middlesbrough Football Legend Frank Spraggon brought smiles to the faces of poorly children, when they made a special guest appearance at Teesside’s biggest hospital.
Alan Peacock born in Middlesbrough; North Riding of Yorkshire is a former footballer.
He spent the majority of his career at Middlesbrough, also playing for Leeds United and Plymouth Argyle.
He joined Middlesbrough in 1954 and became a regular in the side in 1958 alongside Brian Clough.
Frank Spraggon is a former footballer who played in the Football League for Middlesbrough, making 280 appearances and being in Jack Charlton’s promotion winning side.
Frank also played for Minnesota Kicks (USA) and Hartlepool United.
The guests of honour at The James Cook University Hospital, were there to celebrate the (TLC Appeal) 40,000th Teddies for Loving Care bear donated to hospitals in Middlesbrough, Scarborough, Hull and York’s A&E departments.
The TLC Appeal has been running nationally for more than 17 years since being set up by Essex Freemason Ian Simpson. Since 2007 the Freemasons of Yorkshire North and East Ridings has provided teddies to distressed children attending A&E.
Teddies for loving Care has seen 40,000 teddies being distributed to Hull Royal Infirmary, Middlesbrough James Cook, Scarborough hospital, York Hospital, Northallerton, Redcar and Bridlington Children’s A&E Departments, thanks to generous donations from Freemasons in North and East Yorkshire.
Ian Williams, representing TLC North and East Yorkshire, said: “The object of the TLC Charity is to relieve the distress and suffering of children admitted to A&E.
“Children attending a trauma centre are given a TLC teddy to help soothe them, while nurses and doctors carry out their treatment.
“We are proud that Football Legends Alan Peacock and Frank Spraggon attended The James Cook University Hospital to celebrate donating 40,000 TLC bears across North and East Yorkshire.”
The Legends, Alan and Frank said “On hearing about the work done by the TLC Appeal in our local hospitals we were delighted to be invited to present the 40,000th bear on behalf of TLC and to meet some of the hard working and dedicated doctors and nurses in the children’s A&E department”.
The 40,000th bear was presented to 10-month-old Nancy Speight.
Alan peacock said, “I think it’s out of this world, a really nice gesture, who would have thought a teddy bear could bring so much joy”.
Andy Hill (local TLC coordinator) said, “He was proud that the local Freemasons continue to support the TLC scheme, which is more than 95% funded by Freemasons nationally and has seen more than two million teddies distributed nationally and Internationally”.
The TLC team wish to thank Andy Hill, TLC Co-Ordinator for The James Cook University Hospital “for all his hard work”.