Giggle Doctors provide laughter and joy and improve the well-being of sick and disabled children during difficult times. We visit 20 hospitals, 3 hospices and 2 specialist care centres accross the country, visiting over 30,000 children a year. That is a huge amount of giggles, thanks to the generosity of our supporters!
Ellie's daughter Sarah has spent a significant amount of time in hospital. Ellie shares how the Giggle Doctor visits have had a positive impact and improved Sarah's experience of hospital...
Why did Sarah first visit the hospital?
Sarah was admitted to Leeds General Infirmary in early August with a very serious skin complaint and dehydration. Sarah is a very poorly little girl and has spent a considerable amount of her life in and out of hospital.
How did she feel?
Sarah was in a considerable amount of pain and discomfort and had to be given a large amount of pain killers to keep her comfortable. Sarah was very sad and very upset.
When did Sarah first meet the Giggle Doctors?
Sarah first met the Giggle Doctors three weeks into her latest stay in hospital. After being sad and quiet for so long, and very suspicious of doctors, the Giggle Doctors really cheered her up and made her laugh out loud for the first time in a while. They played ‘silly’ with her and made her feel at ease, comfortable and happy in their company. She realised that the ‘silly doctors’ were there to dish out laughter and fun rather than medicine and injections!
How did the Giggle Doctors make a difference to Sarah's experience of hospital?
They made Sarah realise that it’s not all loneliness and sadness in hospital, it can also be fun and entertaining.
What does Sarah like most about the Giggle Doctor visits?
Sarah definitely loves playing ‘silly’! She just loved the Giggle Doctors being daft, pretending to drop and lose things, making funny noises and pulling faces.
What do you think about the Giggle Doctors?
I think the Giggle Doctors are invaluable. They are perfect at acting out at the child’s level. You can see that they really enjoy making the children laugh and bringing happiness to them.
Thank you so much for supporting the Theodora Children's Charity and for bringing laughter to children who need it most.
One day we hope to be able to bring magical Giggle Doctor moments to all children who need them, and with your help we’re inching ever closer to that dream.