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500,000 smiles and counting...

The Theodora Children’s Charity (originally Theodora Children's Trust) was founded in 1994 by two brothers, in memory of their mother, Theodora Poulie. When one of Theodora’s sons was hospitalised for many months as a child, she brought joy, laughter and storytelling to his bedside through her regular visits. Theodora inspired her sons to bring magical moments to all sick and disabled children. To date, the lives of over half a million children have been improved thanks to the Giggle Doctor programme that they created.

Celebrating success...

21 years on, with a team of 25 trained Theodora Giggle Doctors, we are visiting approximately 30,000 children and their families every year.

The profile of the charity has grown and grown over past years. In 2003, the Theodora Children’s Charity was awarded the Guardian Charity Award which honours outstanding charities. In 2012, the profile of the Theodora Children’s Charity was raised yet further, when Samantha Cameron hosted a reception for the charity at Number 10. In 2013, the work of the charity was again recognised when the Theodora Children’s Charity was a finalist in the Third Sector Excellence Awards for Small Charity, Big Achiever.


2017

May 2017

Theodora Children's Charity partners with The Worshipful Company of Butchers

The Worshipful Company of Butchers' partnership over the next three years will give 6,000 smiles to sick and disabled childen.

April 2017

Giggle Doctors feature on CBeebies Radio!

Dr Flowerpot and Dr Easy Peasy feature on a CBeebies show called Hospital Heroes!

April 2017

Giggle Doctor visits increase at Royal Alexandra Hospital, Brighton

From April 2017, Giggle Doctor visits to Royal Alexandra Hospital increased from one Giggle Doctor a week to two! 

2016

December 2016

Candis Big Give Christmas Challenge 2016

2016's Candis Big Give Christmas Challenge raised its highest amount yet - £84,000!

June 2016

BBC Radio 4 appeal

The charity has an appeal on BBC Radio 4, raising in excesss of £10,700! 

2015

January 2015

We become the Theodora Children's Charity

The charity name is changed from the Theodora Children's Trust to the Theodora Children's Charity. 

2014

December 2014

The charity celebrates 20 years of Giggle Doctor visits

February 2014

Visits to new hospitals begin

Giggle Doctors begin to bring magical moments to the children at Broomfield Hospital in Chelmsford and Leeds General Infirmary.

January 2014

Our hospice programme begins

We further extend our programme to children's hospices, providing additional opportunities for children to interact, play, and engage in fun activities.

2013

January 2013

The House of Lords welcome the Giggle Doctors in November

The House of Lords welcome the Giggle Doctors in November. 

We launch our first ever national event: 'Chores for Chuckles' encouraging people to do a chore in return for a donation.

Laughter can now be heard at Royal Oldham Hospital.

 

2012

January 2012

Samantha Cameron hosts a reception for Theodora Children's Trust

Samantha Cameron hosts a reception for Theodora Children's Trust at No. 10 Downing Street commemorating our 18th birthday and the milestone of visiting half a million children. 

Dr I-Spy, Dr Flowerpot, Dr Bananas, Dr Nic Nac, Dr Dotty and Dr Princezz put on their doctor coats for the first time.

Chelsea & Westminster hospital opens its doors to our Giggle Doctors.

2011

January 2011

Queen Elizabeth invites Theodora Children's Trust to her annual garden party

HRH Queen Elizabeth invites Theodora Children's Trust to her annual garden party in commemoration of our 'good work throughout the year'. 

A BBC Lifeline Appeal is aired on BBC 1 and 2 and presented by Arlene Phillipps. 

Rotarian Ken Robertshaw drives a team of huskies through 250km of the frozen Arctic in aid of Theodora Children's Trust.

2009

January 2009

Magic and laughter find their way to children at Royal Marsden Hospital

Music, magic and laughter find their way to children at Royal Marsden Hospital, Birmingham Children's Hospital, Nottingham University Hospital, Royal Berkshire Hospital, North Manchester General Hospital, Bradford Royal Infirmary, Royal United Hospital Bath and Glan Clwyd Hospital Rhyl.

Dr Bungee, Dr Wonderpants, Dr Faffy, Dr Ditzy, Dr Scallywag, Dr Fab and Dr Yo Ho finish their extensive training and begin supervised visits as 'Junior' Giggle Doctors.

2008

January 2008

We are a Finalist in the Third Sector Awards in the 'Small Charity, Big Achiever' category.

We are a Finalist in the Third Sector Awards in the 'Small Charity, Big Achiever' category. 

BBC Radio 4 airs a charity appeal for Theodora Children's Trust.  This appeal is presented by Barbara Windsor.

2006

January 2006

Dr Jammi, Dr Snug and Dr Dovetail become part of the Theodora family.

2005

January 2005

Cherie Blair hosts a reception in our honour at 10 Downing Street

Cherie Blair hosts a reception in our honour at 10 Downing Street. 

Our programme is extended again, this time to children with severe brain injuries at The Children's Trust, Tadworth. 

Sheffield Children's Hospital requests weekly Giggle Doctor visits.

2003

January 2003

Theodora Children's Trust wins the Guardian Charity Award.

2002

January 2002

We extend our programme

We extend our programme to disabled children in specialist care at Young Epilepsy.

Dr Ding Dong, Dr Gee Hee and Dr Doppit join us enabling new visits to Southampton General Hospital and Royal Alexandra Children's Hospital.

2001

January 2001

Little patients at Royal Manchester Children's Hospital receive their first ever Giggle Doctor Hospital

2000

January 2000

Children at Addenbrooke's Hospital meet the Giggle Doctors for the first time

1997

January 1997

Visits are introduced to Evelina Children's Hospital, London

1994

January 1994

2 Giggle Doctors dance onto the wards of Great Ormond Street Hospital, London