Theodora Children's Charity

Theodora Children's Charity

Our Giggle Doctors are trained performers who bring music, magic and fun to children in hospital, hospices and care centres and to children at home via virtual visits.

history Campaign has now closed

It ran from 12:00 PM, 30 November 2021 to 12:00 PM, 7 December 2021

Registered Charity in England and Wales (1094532)

Check mark Match funded

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Championed by The Reed Foundation


  • Health/WellbeingHealth/Wellbeing
  • Hospitals/HospicesHospitals/Hospices


  • Children (3-18)Children (3-18)
  • Infants (<2)Infants (<2)
  • People With DisabilitiesPeople With Disabilities


United Kingdom


Being ill and needing medical treatment is difficult at any point in life but when you are a child, it is particularly confusing and scary. If you’ve ever been in hospital, you will know those feelings of missing home, being worried and scared, and struggling in strange surroundings. Hospital stays through children's eyes are all of these things, and more. This is where the Giggle Doctors can really help.


Our highly trained Giggle Doctors combine music, play, magic and storytelling in a child led way. They bring joy and laughter to brave children and their families in at the 21 hospitals, 3 hospices and 2 specialist care centres we visit and via our Giggle-a-Grams and Virtual Visits. Theodora Children’s Charity say ‘much more than laughter’ because of proven evidence that the benefits of an interaction between a Giggle Doctor and a child are profound, and last well beyond the interaction itself.

  • Over the years we have gotten to know the Giggle Doctors who visit us every week and there have been some new faces too and we think they are wonderful. They’re fantastic with the staff, parents and the patients.

    — Play Specialist

  • I can't thank the Giggle Doctors enough for making our son Robert smile throughout his time in hospital over the past six years. It has been wonderful to see him laugh when he has been so ill

    — Parent

  • Thanks so much. That was fantastic. We've not heard him laugh like that for a long time. You are doing something so special here!

    — Parent