Theodora Children's Trust

Our mission is improve the quality of life for children in hospital and in resdential care. "A big thank you to Dr Jimmi Jammi who we met at Great Ormond Street Hospital yesterday. My son finds speech difficult and Dr Jammi sang a song about Superboy, which Adam sang all the way home! From the bottom of my heart, thank you for making a tough day not so tough".
Mar 1, 2013

December 2012 - March 2013

Our team on the first day of training
Our team on the first day of training

In January our new intake of aspiring Giggle Doctors began their specialist training. On their first day in the classroom the 10 trainees met some of our existing Giggle Doctors, took part in improvisation and team building exercises and began their artistic development. The trainees have now completed two modules and covered topics such as artistic play, child protection, infection control, bereavement, loss and coping mechanisms. They will begin their final module in March.

Each trainee will develop their unique Giggle Doctor character based on their own personality, before eventually being issued with a bespoke Giggle Doctor coat. Trainees also complete a series of observations under the supervision of senior artists before “graduating”.

We recently received a lovely email from a staff member at The Children’s Trust, which we would love to share with you:

“You all bring every child you meet a special memory and a few moments of relief from the stress and worry they might be going through. You bring smiles, happiness and love to everyone you meet and we are blessed and privileged to have you share our lives”

This year we are launching a brand new event called Chores for Chuckles week (13th- 19th May). During this week, people are encouraged to carry out simple chores in return for a donation. Top find out more you can visit www.theodora.org.uk to download a Chores for Chuckles pack.

 From everyone at Theodora Children’s Trust, thank you so much for your support.

Dec 13, 2012

September 2012 - December 2012

In November our Giggle Doctors at Great Ormond Street Hospital were joined by Double Paralympic Medallist, Will Bayley. Will joined Dr Snug as she brightened up the ward with her huge smile and colourful costume and used a magical mixture of storytelling, puppetry, music and magic to bring joy to the children’s bedsides. He involved himself in the visit as he helped Dr Snug perform magic tricks and shared jokes with the children on the ward.

Will said “As a child I spent many months at Great Ormond Street Hospital. I understand how daunting hospital can be for a child. I think what the Giggle Doctors do is fantastic and it’s great to see the impact they have on the children. The room really lights up when the Giggle Doctors are around.”

We would also love to share with you a lovely Christmas story we recently received from Dr Geehee: 

“I was working at GOSH, on Fox ward, with Dr Dovetail and Dr I Spy. All the children on this ward are in solo isolation rooms due to the fact that they have had a transplant or are waiting for a transplant of some kind. We cannot go into the rooms and have to work through a window. As we are not able to go into the rooms I had decided to do a bit of funny carol singing with my new microphone. I had seen a couple of children and sung a few songs. I then came to the last room and through the windows I saw a small boy, about 4 years old, sitting on the bed with his head down. His mother, who was also in the room, saw me and drew his attention to me at the window. His eyes lit up. I said “Hello, can you hear me?” and he nodded. I then told him that I was a Christmas tree because I can get lights out of my ears, nose and mouth. I then began to produce lights. He found this funny and started to laugh and laugh and laugh. His Mum and the others in the room were laughing too. I knew that my job was done, wished him a merry Christmas and moved on. 

I then went on to the next ward. Half way through my shift on the new ward I realised that I had left my microphone on Fox ward so I went back to get it. As I entered the ward a lady met me at the door and said "Thank you so much for making my Grandson laugh. His Mum and Dad had not heard him laugh for weeks. You really made him laugh. Thank you so much.”

Merry Christmas from everyone at Theodora Children’s Trust.

Sep 18, 2012

June 2012 - September 2012

Dr Wonderpants spreading smiles and bubbles
Dr Wonderpants spreading smiles and bubbles

We are currently in the process of recruiting our next intake of Giggle Doctors. Last week we invited our shortlisted applicants to workshops and had so much fun meeting our potential new Giggle Doctors.

We have also been developing our social media and have been receiving some wonderful photos and messages on facebook and twitter. Below is a lovely message we were delighted to receive from a parent.

 “We first met the Giggle Doctors about 2 weeks after my six year old daughter was diagnosed with cancer. Up to that point she cried every time someone in a uniform came near her. When the Giggle Doctors arrived all we heard was laughter and lots and lots of smiles and this has continued ever since! For this I will always be grateful to you. Keep up your good work!”

 We would also love to share with you a story we received from Dr Jammi after a recent visit to Addenbrooke’s Hospital:

 “We entered one room with two families in it, both nervous, both quiet. One family consisted of a baby, his brother and sister and their mum. The other family was a mum and her three year old son.

On entering the room, a game of hide and seek ensued with the brother and sister. Their giggles grew rapidly into bigger and bigger laughs. As helicopters flew and silly walks were invented, one side of the room was transformed.

On the other side, the mum with her son watched shyly. Dr I Spy moved across to the pushchair and gently started to connect with the mum and her son. I joined them. The mum seemed surprised that we were paying her son any attention because of his disabilities, his head rocked from side to side and his eyes roamed around the room, unable to focus on any one thing.

As I strummed the strings of my ukulele, Dr I Spy and I sang the little boys name, his whole body relaxed and he looked at us. A smile slowly filled his face. Tears welled up in his mum's eyes as the eight year old brother from the other family came across to join in the song.

We sang goodbye and danced out of the room leaving the two families enthusiastically waving together joined in song.”

From everyone at Theodora Children’s Trust, thank you so much for your continued support.

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