Oct 3, 2017

July - September 2017 Project Report

Our Giggle Doctors have been very busy giving joy and laughter to sick and disabled children this summer. We are very excited to share with you our latest updates and tell you about the difference we have made thanks to your support. 

 

Our Autumn/Winter Newsletter is available for download: 

Download our latest newsletter to read about Emily's special friendship with Dr Ding Dong. Emily first met Dr Ding Dong when she was one. Now Emily is 3 1/2 and her mum shares how they have formed a special bond since that first visit. 

"Emily has been in hospital quite a lot now, she recognises all the Giggle Doctors and she reacts to them and she enjoys it. But when Dr Ding Dong visits, you can see that there is a special bond they have between the two of them. It definitely has a really positive impact on her which will last a very, very long time. I just think it is amazing and it is so important for all hospitals to have Giggle Doctors.”

You can also find out about our upcoming events and read all about the incredible support we have received from our supporters. Download our latest copy here: https://uk.theodora.org/en-gb/news-and-events/autumn-winter-newsletter-2017

 

Our Giggle Doctors are visiting a new hospital:

We are very excited to announce that a brand new Giggle Doctor programme has started at St George's Hospital in Tooting!

Two Giggle Doctors will be visiting St George's Hospital every other week and brightening the wards with music, magic, laughter and play. Now even more sick and disabled children will experience the joy and laughter of a magical Giggle Doctor visit!

 

We've been shortlisted to win £500 of charity prizes:

Theodora Children's Charity has been shortlisted to win £500 of charity displays. As we are a small charity, winning would make a real difference and help us get resources we otherwise wouldn't be able to afford. 

We're down to the final three but need your votes to win. Help our Giggle Doctors and please take the time to vote here. Every vote counts!

 

Thank you for your support:

As ever, we are so grateful for your generous support and for all of the smiles you have made possible for sick and disabled children. Every £10 funds a magical Giggle Doctor visit for children in often distressing situations, offering smiles and relief during their medical treatment. 

Your support enables us to reach children who so desperately need giggles. Children like Jack:

"My son Jack, who is four years old, was in the hospital to have his second open heart surgery for a sub aortic membrane. It was in July that he met Dr Teapot for the first time.

Jack had just had drains and cannulas removed, plus bloods taken ad scans carried out. He was also not eating or drinking, so he was exceptionally lethargic and upset.

Dr Teapot helped to distract him from the environment he had been living in for over a week. They helped him to feel like a 'normal child' again.

Play in hospital is crucial to help children remain children. Being in a hospital environment can really affect a child's self-esteem and psychological well-being. The visit has helped Jack to realise that not everything that happens during a hospital stay has to be negative. Jack is looking at more open heart surgery in the future and it helps to remember the fun times of Dr Teapot's visit.

 

Thank you so much for your generous support and for helping us make these magical moments happen. 

 

 

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Jul 5, 2017

April - June 2017 Project Report

A new Giggle Doctor programme will soon be starting at St George's Hospital!

We are very excited to announce that this year a new Giggle Doctor programme will be starting at St George's Hospital in London. Soon even more sick and disabled children will experience the joy and laughter of magical Giggle Doctor visits.

Two Giggle Doctors will be visiting St George's Hospital every other week, brightening the wards with music, magic, laughter and play.

Dr Bananas and Dr Whoopee arrived for the first time on the wards recently to meet the staff, children and parents, who they will soon be giggling with reguarly. The Wandsworth Guardian captured the moment and you can read all about it on their website here.

We are truly excited to be visiting a new hospital and to be working closely alongside the incredible staff at St George's Hospital. A new hospital means a lot more giggles and we can't wait to share exciting news and stories when our programme begins!

Thank you for all of your support, which has helped us to expand our programme to a new hospital and reach even more sick and disabled children at a time when they need us most.

“My daughter arrived on the ward today very teary eyed and nervous, with her little head full of memories of needles, pain and illness. However, we arrived at the same time as the Giggle Doctors! Within a minute they had completely captured her attention and put her totally at ease. She completely forgot where she was and thoroughly enjoyed her time with them both, as did I! Thank you so much for everything you did for Ava-Grace today, you made a huge difference in a little girl’s world and made the hospital a much brighter place to be"
Hayley, A Parent

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Apr 4, 2017

January - March 2017

Spring/Summer Newsletter 2017
Spring/Summer Newsletter 2017

The weather is getting warmer, the sun is shining and our new Spring/Summer Newsletter is ready to download!

 

Inside you can read about Zoe's experience meeting Dr Teapot during her hospital visit...

 

“She was in the hospital for steroid injections when she met Dr Teapot. We were sat in the waiting room and for 10 minutes we were able to forget where we were. Laughter, as they say, is the best medicine, for the parents as well as the children - we giggled just as much as Zoe!”

 

You can also find out how to take part in our latest event - Little Legs March! To celebrate International Children’s Day on 14th May, we’re asking you to get your children together for a sponsored family walk. You can take part any day in May, simply choose a route and distance that suits your family and their little legs, whether it is a stroll through the forest or climbing a local hill. You can sign up here or email events.uk@theodora.org to speak to a member of our team.

 

We also share our supporter’s incredible efforts to raise money to help our Giggle Doctor programme. This includes an interview with James Lane, who took part in TWO challenges last year - Serpentine Mile Swim and Royal Parks Half Marathon...

 

"It has been a privilege to support Theodora Children’s Charity as part of team Miles for Smiles. As a child in the 70s I spent a week in hospital and I remember a children’s entertainer coming in and brightening up the stay no end, so I hope supporting these events will give others the same enjoyment”

 

You can also read about 2016’s impact and how your support has made a big difference for so many children. Over 33,000 children received a magical Giggle Doctor visit last year and 90% of hospitals believe that the Giggle Doctors increased opportunities for fun inside hospital. Read even more impact results and stories inside our latest issue.

 

Thank you so much to everyone who has supported our Giggle Doctor programme. You can download our latest newsletter here and read how your generous support really does make a huge difference for so many poorly children across the country.  

 

“When you have a child that’s chronically ill and you have to go in to hospital over and over again, it’s just nice to know there are people out there who recognise that and help.”

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