Our trainee Clown Doctors have nearly completed their training and are set to graduate at the beginning of next year, following final assessments by the trainers. It’s great timing as in 2012, Theodora Children’s Trust celebrates its 18th birthday! It will be fantastic to introduce a new team and be able to visit over 70,000 children a year.
We’ve also committed to Clown Doctor visits at a new hospital from next year: the Chelsea and Westminster in London. We’re so excited we’ll be able to bring fun and laughter to more children like Ben….
Ben’s Story by Dr Jammi
I first met Ben, a boy of 13, 4 weeks ago. Dr Fab was with me and as I’d learnt a new song, I borrowed her ukulele to play it to him. Ben got out of bed and started to dance around. I started to sing but he didn’t join in.
As I walked away his mum came to thank me…
‘My son got knocked down by a car and he hasn’t spoken since. We don’t know why or how long this will last for, but thank you for making him smile’.
Each week I saw Ben and I continued to sing and he continued to dance.
On the fourth week I played again and suddenly he joined in, singing along to the words. This was the first time he had spoken since his accident.
As always we have had great feedback from the staff at the hospitals we visit. Jane Halliday from the Royal United Hospital in Bath emailed us recently to give us her feedback:
I am a Paediatric Nurse working in the Children's OPD at the Royal United Hospital in Bath.
Every week we are very fortunate to be visited by Dr Ding Dong both in the Children's Ward and OPD.
I just wanted to thank your organisation so very much for the joy that Dr Ding Dong brings to the department! It is a real pleasure to watch her work and the super way that she interacts with the children.
Dr Ding Dong is brilliant at her job, and makes such a difference to the children's visiting the department. She seems to lift the atmosphere and make children laugh and play along with whatever she is doing with them.
Many children who visit us on a regular basis look forward to seeing her, as do many of the parents. She makes visiting the department much less daunting for both the child as a patient, sibling's and parents. The staff also look forward to seeing her and are very grateful for her help and distraction with the children.
It is such a shame that we cannot have her visit us every day!
From everyone here at Theodora Children’s Trust, thank you so much for your continued support.