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Apr 20, 2016

March - April 2016

Dr Dotty and Maisie having a giggle
Dr Dotty and Maisie having a giggle

Theodora Giggle Doctors visit children in 20 hospitals across England, including Addenbrooke's Hospital in Cambridge.

Every Thursday two of our specially trained performers visit this hospital, brightening the days of the children and their parents there.

Charlotte got in touch to tell us about the difference the Giggle Doctor visits make to her daughter Maisie...

"Maisie has been admitted to hospital 10 times in the last 15 months (most of which have been for 2 week periods at a time). When she was first admitted she was a little frightened as she didn't know what to expect. The Giggle Doctors really helped to make her relax and forget her surroundings. They are all fantastic.

Maisie absolutely loves the Giggle Doctors. Dr Fab is her favourite and we see her quite frequently at Addenbrooke's Hospital. Maisie's clinic days are on Thursdays, the same day as the Giggle Doctor visits, so every week she looks forward to seeing them. Thursdays are now her favourite days!

All of the Giggle Doctors we have come across have been absolutely FANTASTIC, they change the atmosphere and for the time they are present Maisie has such a fun and memorable time, she really has a 'giggle' and as a parent it is great to see. It makes me smile to see her smiling and laughing with them. They dance around and sing with her, it’s magical to see, she just LOVES them.

Maisie often talks about the Giggle Doctor visits outside of the hospital. They make a big difference to how she views her hospital visits, making the experience more positive.

The Giggle Doctors really are brilliant and live up to their name. For her birthday Maisie even asked for a ukulele so that she could be just like Dr Fab!"

Thank you for helping to fund these magical visits. Every £10 ($15) helps us to bring a smile to another child, like Maisie, going through a challenging time.

Jan 21, 2016

December 2015 - February 2016

Dr Easy Peasy and Dr Bananas
Dr Easy Peasy and Dr Bananas

Feedback from parents and children is extremely important to us. We want to provide a programme that benefits as many children as possible, improving their hospital experience and reducing levels of anxiety.

In January we joined the Giggle Doctors at Great Ormond Street Hospital for an impact measurement focus day. Dr Easy Peasy, Dr Bananas and their funny friends visit this hospital every Tuesday and bring smiles to around 2,500 children and their families each year.

100% of parents who left feedback on the focus day said that the Giggle Doctors improved their child's mood. 92% of parents said that the visits reduced their child’s distress and anxiety during their hospital stay.

Many parents also chose to leave additional feedback….

“I think it’s a great idea because it put a smile on my daughter’s face while she was having chemo”

 “Very entertaining and valued visit during the waiting period”

“A great service that put a smile on my child’s face. Very engaging and positive. Thank you!”

“Very relaxed and made Max laugh and smile”

We will continue to measure the impact of the Giggle Doctors at the hospitals, hospices and specialist care centres we work with throughout the year.

This year we are also increasing visits to Young Epilepsy, Royal United Hospital in Bath and Leeds General Infirmary. That means lots more smiles for children who need them the most!

Thank you for helping us to bring magical moments to so many children during challenging times.

Oct 27, 2015

September - November 2015

Harrison with the Giggle Doctors
Harrison with the Giggle Doctors

The Giggle Doctors bring fun and laughter to so many children and their families during what can be a difficult time. Thank you so much for your support.

We spoke to Michelle Germain about the difference the Theodora Children's Charity made to her son Harrison…

“Harrison first met the Giggle Doctors at the Royal Marsden Hospital in Sutton when he was diagnosed with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukaemia in October 2013. In those first two weeks we were inpatients, trying to understand the oncology treatment and feeling bewildered…when two Giggle Doctors walked into the room. We could see Harrison cautiously watching what was happening with them and the other patients. When they joined us it was lovely to see his smile again and the happy interaction the Giggle Doctors had with him. Over the 2 years since, Harrison has bumped into the Giggle Doctors many times.

I love the fact that he starts to smile when he sees them. He's not the most outspoken child but you can see he always enjoys the time he has with them. As parents, it’s wonderful to see such fun and laughter during difficult times.

My favourite moment was when Harrison had been given a Superhero H cape but hadn't worn it. I would hang it on his drip hoping he would get accustomed to it. Then the two Giggle Doctors came in, started playing with him in the play room and gradually started playing with the cape. They asked if they could put it on him and he agreed! Then the silly posing and photos started! That moment will stay with me forever. Two years on and we asked them to re-create the "cape moment" and in their funny style the Giggle Doctors made a cape from a plastic apron!  What great memories. We have 16 months of chemo to go and I can see an annual cape photo being needed!

Harrison says that the Giggle Doctors always make him smile even when he doesn't feel like it

You guys do a great job - child first, patient second.

Thank you”

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