Theodora Children's Charity

Giggle Doctor Visits For Sick Children in Hospital

We transform children’s experience of hospital from an environment that can be scary and isolating into a place of fun, play and laughter. We do this by providing professional performers, called Giggle Doctors, to children’s hospital bedsides.

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It ran from 12:00 PM, 1 December 2020 to 12:00 PM, 8 December 2020

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Registered Charity in England and Wales (1094532)

Check mark Match funded

Campaign target

£84,000

Amount raised

£83,094

Donations

85

Championed by Candis Club

    Category

  • Health/WellbeingHealth/Wellbeing

    Helping

  • Children (3-18)Children (3-18)
  • Infants (<2)Infants (<2)

Location

United Kingdom

  • “From bubbles to balloon animals – especially snakes that he pretends are swords – they capture Lewis’ imagination and transport him far away from his hospital bed”.

    — Lewis’ mum, Shell

  • My son Jack was in the hospital for his second open heart surgery when he met Dr Teapot for the first time. Dr Teapot helped to distract him from the hospital environment and to feel like a 'normal child' again.

    — Parent

Situation

1 in 20 children are treated in hospital every year. A hospital stay is distressing and isolating for a child. They may not fully understand the reason they feel the way they do, or why they are suffering and undergoing tests and procedures, away from home, school, friends and family. Some children with illnesses like cancer can spend weeks or even months in hospital. With the NHS under increasing financial pressure, staff must focus on providing medical care reducing time to spend with patients

Solution

These factors mean there is an increasing emphasis on the importance, and need for, respite and play, which is what our Giggle Doctor visits provide. Whilst medical staff treat the illness, Giggle Doctors focus entirely on the children. Wearing their very own colourful ‘doctor’ coats, which represent their character, a Giggle Doctor spends time one to one with the children, creating opportunities for children to play and interact through music, magic, improvisation and storytelling.