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Aug 22, 2019

Thank You for all the Giggles!

We want to say a big thank you for your very kind support for our work through GlobalGiving. At the Theodora Children’s charity, we improve children’s experience of hospital. By combining music, play and storytelling, Giggle Doctors improve wellbeing and bring magical moments to children facing huge challenges with their health. We have been visiting children in hospitals, hospices and specialist care centres across England for 25 years. Last year, our 24 Giggle Doctors visited more than 33,000 sick and disabled children.

 The best way to show the impact of your support is to share with you some of the wonderful feedback we receive from families of the children we visit. 

"The Giggle Doctors came to see my daughter when she was inconsolable. After a few minutes of ringing their gentle bells and lovely lights she stopped crying and was mesmerised. They listened to my worries and sympathised. They are ladies with hearts of gold. Thank you so so much Dr Dotty and Dr Snug!" Parent 

A more positive experience in hospital has been shown to aid recovery and the Giggle Doctors change the energy in the room, simply by being fully present for each child. 

During their visits they aim to: 

  • Reduce distress and anxiety
  • Increase opportunities for play
  • Improve wellbeing

Each interaction is tailored to the child and the Giggle Doctor visits are designed to provide whatever the child needs at the time, whether it’s a joke, a song or simply companionship. 

“They have a lovely manner with staff and are sensitive in the way they approach wards. They have an amazing ability to pull out all the stops with endless fun and things to do, whilst showing that their infection control procedures are impeccable. The children’s laughter shows how much they enjoy the sessions and we observed a child’s heart rate increase as they sang and slow when they stopped. They are professionals and have a clear understanding of their role in the hospital.” Hospital Play Coordinator

Measuring the impact of your support 

We work closely with hospital staff to monitor the quality of our work through regular meetings. We collect feedback from children’s families through our online survey which is open all year round. This provides us with detailed information about the impact of the Giggle Doctor visits. We also carry out in depth interviews with parents of children who have been seen by the Giggle Doctors and who are keen to share their story with us. Through this we are able to learn more about their child and the impact our visits have had. In addition to the parent feedback survey we also send out a survey to NHS staff twice a year. 

“I just wanted to say Dr Geehee and Dr Whoopee really brightened up my little boys’ day in hospital today. They were so funny and the magic was great! On his way home from hospital he said “this was a fun day!”. Thank you so much!”.Parent 

How your support helps children like Eliza

We receive lots of feedback from families about how our Giggle Doctors have made an impact for their child and we wanted to share this story we received Eliza’s Mum about how our Giggle Doctors have helped:

“Eliza has juvenile arthritis, which means that her immune system attacks her joints and her eyes. Because of that she regularly has to go to the hospital for appointments. She can still see, but that is thanks to painful treatment and medication that she has to receive regularly. Eliza is very brave and gets on with it all, but the treatment is heavy and leaves her exhausted and nauseous. So even though all the nurses are incredible and make us feel welcome, the time she spends in hospital is quite difficult for her. As a mum, it is also tough for me too, seeing her going through this.

The Giggle Doctor visits were amazing. We have met both Dr Teapot and Dr Nic Nac. I particularly remember the first time we met Dr Teapot. We saw this man coming in our room with a teapot on his head! Within 30 seconds we were crying with laughter. He wasn’t just telling jokes, but fully entertaining us. We were hysterical. Even after he had left the room we were still laughing! It really cheered Eliza up and me too. It was a really special treat. It has also given her a positive memory of her time in hospital. Every time we have to go back to the hospital for another appointment, she asks if she will be able to see the Giggle Doctors again. It really does make a difference to children who are having treatment of any sort, but especially those with long term, chronic illnesses.’’

Thank you

 Thank you so much for choosing to support our Giggle Doctor programme, enabling us to bring fun and laughter to children in hospital at a time when they need it most. Without your support, our work would not be possible.

If you have any questions or would like to talk further about our work, please feel free to get in touch at Theodora.uk@theodora.org.

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May 29, 2019

Thank You for all the Giggles!

Dr Flowerpot
Dr Flowerpot

We want to say a big thank you for your very kind support for our work through Global Giving. At the Theodora Children’s charity, we improve children’s experience of hospital. By combining music, play and storytelling, Giggle Doctors improve wellbeing and bring magical moments to children facing huge challenges with their health. We have been visiting children in hospitals, hospices and specialist care centres across England for 25 years. Last year, our 24 Giggle Doctors visited more than 33,000 sick and disabled children.

The best way to show the impact of your support is to share with you some of the wonderful feedback we receive from families of the children we visit.

“I just wanted to say Dr Geehee and Dr Whoopee really brightened up my little boys’ day in hospital today. They were so funny and the magic was great! On his way home from hospital he said “this was a fun day!”. Thank you so much!”.Parent

“My grandson laughed so much during his visit from the Giggle Doctors that the fluid in his lungs after heart surgery came out at a rapid rate! I'm sure the visit from the Giggle Doctors helped speed up his recovery. Thank you.”Grandparent 

A more positive experience in hospital has been shown to aid recovery and the Giggle Doctors change the energy in the room, simply by being fully present for each child. 

During their visits they aim to:

  • Reduce distress and anxiety
  • Increase opportunities for play
  • Improve wellbeing

 Each interaction is tailored to the child and the Giggle Doctor visits are designed to provide whatever the child needs at the time, whether it’s a joke, a song or simply companionship. 

“My daughter didn’t want to talk, eat or drink after her operation but then Dr Snug and Dr Geehee appeared and worked their magic. She ate, drank and spoke! She even got up and danced. Thank you so much!” Parent 

“We all know hospitals can be frightening and boring places for children, however, that is not the case when the Giggle Doctors are around. The children are relaxed, happy and excited; the perfect prescription for sick children”. Hospital Play Coordinator 

Measuring the impact of your support 

We work closely with hospital staff to monitor the quality of our work through regular meetings. We collect feedback from children’s families through our online survey which is open all year round. This provides us with detailed information about the impact of the Giggle Doctor visits. We also carry out in depth interviews with parents of children who have been seen by the Giggle Doctors and who are keen to share their story with us. Through this we are able to learn more about their child and the impact our visits have had. In addition to the parent feedback survey we also send out a survey to NHS staff twice a year. 

“They always bought a smile to my child's face and distracted her from her gruelling treatment. It was wonderful to be able to appreciate small moments of laughing together, a great stress relief for all of us at a very hard time. They are just magical!”Parent 

How your support helps children like Pippa 

We receive lots of feedback from families about how our Giggle Doctors have made an impact for their child and we wanted to share this story we received from Hayley, Pippa’s Mum about how our Giggle Doctors have helped Pippa to really show the impact of your support: 

“Pippa was diagnosed with Burkitts Leukaemia in September 2017 when she was seven years old. We’re from Brighton but she only spent four days there before being transferred to Southampton and then quickly to The Royal Marsden. Pippa was coming to the end of her treatment but unfortunately during her end of treatment tests, they discovered that she had relapsed. That was in July 2018. Because she had relapsed, she couldn’t have the same sort of Chemotherapy that she had been having, so she had to have a stem cell transplant. Pippa has three sisters and thankfully, her eldest sister was a 100% match and was the donor. She had the stem cell transplant at the end of October 2018 at The Royal Marsden and it was a great success. 

Pippa regularly sees the Giggle Doctors at The Royal Marsden Hospital. I can’t tell you how much she has enjoyed their visits. It’s made a big difference to her time in hospital. Every single Giggle Doctor without fail has made her laugh. They have lifted her spirits 100%. 

No matter how rubbish she is feeling, she immediately perks up when she sees the Giggle Doctors, even if they are not in her room. Then obviously when they do come in, it’s just amazing. The impact that they have on her even if she’s feeling rubbish, she totally changes. It gives her a buzz. I get in tears of laughter from it too. I think they are brilliant. I could sit for hours with them. 

Being in isolation is very hard for Pippa as she is quite a spirited young kid and she likes to be out there. Being away from home is also difficult. Whilst she is in isolation, the Giggle Doctors can’t come into the room but they can stand at the door and talk with her. This really cheers her up. 

Recently, there was a party for all the children on the ward but because Pippa was in isolation, she couldn’t go to the party. It got to the middle of the afternoon and she’d seen the Giggle Doctors but they hadn’t been in to see her yet so I went and looked for them. I saw Dr Dotty and I asked if she could come and see Pippa. About half hour later Dr Dotty and Dr Bananas both came in and spent a good 20 minutes with her. Pippa made them have a sing off which was brilliant. She was just full of smiles then. It was lovely. Dr Geehee and Dr Dotty also remember her from when they met her at Brighton too which is nice. 

I’ve got no other words apart from they are fantastic. Please keep doing what you’re doing”.

 Thank you 

Thank you so much for choosing to support our Giggle Doctor programme, enabling us to bring fun and laughter to children in hospital at a time when they need it most. Without your support, our work would not be possible.

If you have any questions or would like to talk further about our work, please feel free to get in touch. 

Mar 4, 2019

Thank you for giving giggles!

We want to say a big thank you for your very kind support for our Giggle Doctor programme through Global Giving. At the Theodora Children’s charity, we improve children’s experience of hospital. By combining music, play and storytelling, Giggle Doctors improve wellbeing and bring magical moments to children facing huge challenges with their health. We have been visiting children in hospitals, hospices and specialist care centres across England for 25 years. Last year, our 24 Giggle Doctors visited more than 33,000 sick and disabled children.

The best way to show the impact of your support is to share with you some of the wonderful feedback we receive from families of the children we visit.

“I remember the first day we met the Giggle Doctors. I still have a video of it. You can see Theodore, sitting on a chair, surrounded by two Giggle Doctors, all smiles. Back then he loved bubbles, so they were blowing bubbles, and Theodore sat watching, looking amazed. I had tears in my eyes. It was so wonderful to see him that happy in spite of everything. The Giggle Doctors allow you to forget about everything that is going on. For a moment you just laugh and smile. It takes you away from it all. That’s really wonderful. The impact of the Giggle Doctor visits has lasted years. We still talk about it regularly and show Theodore the videos’’. Parent

A more positive experience in hospital has been shown to aid recovery and the Giggle Doctors change the energy in the room, simply by being fully present for each child. 

During their visits they aim to:

  • Reduce distress and anxiety
  • Increase opportunities for play in the healthcare environment
  • Improve wellbeing

Each interaction is tailored to the child and the Giggle Doctor visits are designed to provide whatever the child needs at the time, whether it’s a joke, a song or simply companionship.

"The Giggle Doctors came to see my daughter when she was inconsolable. After a few minutes of ringing their gentle bells and lovely lights she stopped crying and was mesmerised. They listened to my worries and sympathised too. They are Ladies with hearts of gold. Thank you so so much Dr Dotty and Dr Snug!" Parent

Measuring the impact of your support

We work closely with hospital staff to monitor the quality of our work through regular meetings. We collect feedback from children’s families through our online survey which is open all year round. This provides us with detailed information about the impact of the Giggle Doctor visits. We also carry out in depth interviews with parents of children who have been seen by the Giggle Doctors and who are keen to share their story with us. Through this we are able to learn more about their child and the impact our visits have had. In addition to the parent feedback survey we also send out a survey to NHS staff twice a year. 

“They always bought a smile to my child's face and distracted her from her gruelling treatment. It was wonderful to be able to appreciate small moments of laughing together, a great stress relief for all of us at a very hard time. They are just magical!” Parent

How your support helps children like Georgia

We recently received this lovely feedback from a hospital play specialist whose own child was in hospital;

“I had an experience a couple of weeks ago of being on the other side when I bought my daughter into hospital for surgery. Georgia sometimes struggles with anxieties, primarily about new things, new people and changes of routines. I anticipated she would find surgery tricky and, being a play specialist, did lots of preparation!! All went really well until Georgia’s nurse bought over the BP machine, she panicked and clung onto me whilst crying and unable to engage. At this point I thought it would be impossible to calm her down, as it often is at home! 
  
However, Dr Snug arrived at just that point and skillfully won Georgia over to a point where she was happily interacting with the magic and giggling! Dr Snug even helped to get her interacting with her lovely nurse so she could apply the local anaesthetic cream and ID band. The rest of the morning went really well and her anaesthetic induction was calm and controlled, she drifted off to sleep happily (much to my surprise!). 
  
I can’t thank Dr Snug enough for her help in calming Georgia down and helping her manage what was potentially a very tricky morning for her. Thank you Dr Snug and all the Theodora team for making these visits possible. Georgia still talks about Dr Snug now, she was definitely the high point of her hospital adventure.” 
Parent

Thank you

Thank you so much for choosing to support our Giggle Doctor programme, enabling us to bring fun and laughter to children in hospital at a time when they need it most. Without your support, our work would not be possible. 

If you have any questions or would like to talk further about our work, please feel free to get in touch.

 
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