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Dec 22, 2017

Thank you for helping us give giggles in 2017!

Thank you so much for your incredible support in 2017! Your donations helped us to give giggles to sick and disabled children in hospitals, hospices and specialist care centres across England. 

Receiving treatment in hospital as a child can be incredibly distressing. Children are unable to attend school and separated from friends and family, sometimes for long periods of time. They may find it difficult to understand why they are undergoing uncomfortable treatments and procedures, surrounded by scary looking medical equipment, loud sounds and strange smells. They may even feel guilty for being the reason their loved ones are so worried about them. 

Sometimes all you need in such a frightening situation is to laugh, play and feel like a normal child again. The Theodora Children's Charity provides Giggle Doctors, who are specially trained to provide joy and laughter during even the most challenging situations.

Our Giggle Doctors will be giving giggles to children in hospital over Chrismas and every £10 provides a visit for one child. Please consider donating and helping us to reach even more children this Christmas. 

 

"I wanted to get in touch to say thank you to the Giggle Doctors at the Royal Marsden Hospital in Sutton, who made such a difference to my daughter's time in hospital.

Rosie (aged 7) arrived at the Marsden in December with stage 4 liver cancer... She was acutely unwell and very traumatised by the amount of intrusive interventions she had had to undergo in a previous hospital. It had been a complete whirlwind and we arrived at the Marsden within a week of the diagnosis. Rosie stopped talking, and our typically happy chatty daughter withdrew into herself. It was heartbreaking to see, and then just after Christmas she met two of your amazing Giggle Doctors, Dr Yo-Ho and Dr Bananas. I had tears rolling down my cheeks as I watched with amazement as Rosie started smiling, laughing and talking again and for a while she was able to escape the pain and the grim reality of cancer. I hadn't heard her talk in over a week and hadn't seen her smile since before Christmas. The weekly visit of the Giggle Doctors became a real highlight in our week and something for Rosie to look forward to.

We were also lucky to meet Dr Dotty and Dr Geehee who, in addition to Dr Yo Ho and Dr Bananas, were outstanding. Their ability to adapt to the ever changing situation of a hospital environment and Rosie's health was impressive to watch and they would always tailor their interactions accordingly.

Devastatingly Rosie never got to leave the Marsden and she died in May after being in hospital for almost 5 months. We continue to struggle with our loss of Rosie which has left a massive void in our lives but I wanted to express how grateful we are for the joy and laughter that the Giggle Doctors brought into Rosie's last few months of life. It is a wonderful charity which has an amazingly powerful impact on children and indeed on their families too." - A Parent

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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