At the Theodora Children's Charity we believe that all children deserve laughter. Our vision is to contribute to the wellbeing of children in hospitals, hospices and specialist care centres across England by providing visits from professional performers who have been trained to work in a medical environment called Giggle Doctors.
By combining music, play, magic and storytelling our 33 Giggle Doctors bring joy and laughter to brave children in challenging times. The visits often have a lasting impact on the children and families they visit. We often receive feedback from parents telling us the visits have helped to improve a child's long-term experience of hospital, hospices and specialist care centres.
Whilst medical staff treat the illness, Giggle Doctors focus entirely on the children. Wearing their very own 'doctor' coats, which represents their character, a Giggle Doctor spends time one to one with the children, creating opportunities for children to play and interact through a range of musical, magical and fun activities. Sometimes they will make balloon animals and blow bubbles, and at other times they will sing a funny song or just speak to a child one on one. The play is always child-led with each interaction being unique to the child and their needs. With each visit we aim to reduce stress and anxiety, increase opportunities for play, and improve children's experience of hospital.
A Giggle Doctor visit isn't just about one magical moment, it can have a significant and lasting impact on a child's well-being and perception of the hospital environment, and helps to reduce stress and anxiety for the children and their families during a hospital visit.