CASY, TLC and Nottinghamshire Masons join forces

L-R: Trevor Timson; Nicola Cooksey, Children’s Counsellor; Nicola Wickstead

Following a recent £15,000 grant from the Masonic Charitable Foundation and Nottinghamshire Freemasons, presented to the ‘Counselling and Support for Young People’ charity by Newark Lodge members Trevor Timson and Barry Quibell, a further link between CASY and Nottinghamshire Freemasons, particularly those in Newark, has been cemented.

The presentation brought together Nicola Wickstead, the clinical lead for CASY, and Barry Woodhead, Nottinghamshire Freemasons’ Charity Steward, who also happens to be the Chair of the ‘Teddies for Loving Care’ Masonic charity in Nottinghamshire. The aim of TLC Nottinghamshire is to provide soft toys to hospital A&E units, and other associated emergency or medical services, for the medical staff to give (at their own discretion) to children who are in severe distress, where the staff feel that a teddy to cuddle will help alleviate that distress and assist them in their critical work.

Both Nicola and Barry saw an immediate connection between the aims of the TLC and the counselling work carried out by CASY with younger children. Following on from the initial presentation meeting, the TLC has agreed to supply CASY with special Teddy Bears on a long term basis, and Newark Freemasons will be on hand to support the scheme.

Local liaison between the TLC and CASY will be provided by Trevor Timson from Newark Lodge who said: “I am delighted, as a representative of Newark Freemasons, to have the opportunity to be involved in such a worthwhile cause and helping support this wonderful local charity in whatever way I can.”

Nicola Wickstead said: “We are once again really grateful to Nottinghamshire Province and the Newark Masons for their support. The special TLC Teddies will help us engage more effectively with the children and young people and help to ensure better life outcomes for them.”