Theodora Children's Charity

Giggle Doctors

At Theodora Children's Charity we bring music, magic and laughter to 30,000 sick, disabled and terminally ill children through regular visits from Giggle Doctors: professional performers trained to work in the medical environment.

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It ran from 12:00 PM, 29 November 2016 to 12:01 PM, 6 December 2016

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Registered Charity in England and Wales (1094532)

Check mark Match funded

Campaign target

£42,000

Amount raised

£87,550

Donations

52

    Category

    Helping

Location

  • Whenever the giggle doctors were on the ward it made my son so happy that the reason why he was there seemed to melt away.

    — Parent

  • It was an extremely stressful time, but as if by magic the giggle doctors would arrive on the ward at the right time and brighten everyone‚Äôs day.

    — Parent

  • Dr Snug puts the smile and laughter back in Drew that I know he loses when he‚Äôs in hospital. The giggle doctors are worth their weight in gold.

    — Parent

  • Dr Snug puts the smile and laughter back in Drew that I know he loses when he’s in hospital. The giggle doctors are worth their weight in gold.

    — Parent

  • Whenever the giggle doctors were on the ward it made my son so happy that the reason why he was there seemed to melt away.

    — Parent

  • It was an extremely stressful time, but as if by magic the giggle doctors would arrive on the ward at the right time and brighten everyone’s day.

    — Parent

Situation

At the Theodora Children’s Charity, we believe all children deserve laughter. The children we work with have a wide range of complex needs and healthcare requirements. The clinical and often serious nature of the hospital environment can cause a great deal of anxiety and bewilderment. In addition, a hospital stay means they are removed from their families, friends and school, for significant periods of time, meaning that they miss out on opportunities for play and social interaction.

Solution

Theodora Giggle Doctors visit over 33,000 children each year at 21 hospitals, 3 hospices and two specialist care centres throughout England. The visits help to reduce anxiety, improve well-being and increase opportunities for play in the healthcare environment. The Giggle Doctor visits help children to leave behind the sometimes bewildering and frightening world of the hospital for a world of fun and imagination.