We've changed the name of our Clown Doctors to Giggle Doctors as people kept expecting 'circus clowns' which didn't accurately represent the true character of our performers. Our trainees are at the final stage of their training programme - unfortunately one of our trainers for sick which delayed our aim of having them qualify as Junior Giggle Doctors in January. Never mind, they'll soon be visiting 20,000 more children as of Feb / March.
In December, we had a TV appeal on BBC1 and BBC 2 - you can watch it on our home page until 26th January: www.theodora.org.uk
More than a million people tuned in and we have had so many phone calls and donations. This year is a big one for us as we turn 18! On the 5th March, we're hosting a birthday dinner and auction - just 4 tables left to sell! We'll let you know how we get on in the next report.
I'd like to share with you a special moment your donation helped to create:
On Tuesday, we an email from the aunt of a special little boy who is in hospital in Great Ormond Street and was due to have a 4 hour operation to get sensors inserted into his head. He has epilepsy and so far there isn’t any medication that has helped stop his seizures. He is going to be bed ridden for a good while as the plates have to be left in for up to a week and that’s before the 8 hour operation to remove the bad part.
"I have heard the giggle doctors really help with recovery and more importantly put a smile on kid’s and parent’s faces. He has now had the Op to put plates in and now looks like the surgery will take place on Thursday 12th January and we are all praying for the right outcome".
It just so happened that we were visiting the Great Ormond Street to see the giggle doctors in action so found out which ward the young boy was on and arranged for Dr Snug to pay him a special visit.
His mum said it’s the first time she has heard him have a belly laugh for ages, she sent a picture and he looks so happy.…"You do amazing work with the kids. He is now going tomorrow for the brain surgery keep your fingers crossed for him. You are all amazing"
Thank you so much for your support. We really do appreciate it.