Theatretrain provides professional training in the performing arts for children and young people at over 70 centres across the UK. They have been supporting our work for many years. In 2018, they held a Dance for Giggles across all of their centres and raised an absolutely incredible £62,738 towards our Giggle Doctor programme.
We've partnered up with the team behind the fab Drugstars app to raise money for our Giggle Doctor visits. DrugStars is a great new app designed to remind its users to take their medication. Users can set medication reminders and then as a reward for taking it are awarded with a star. Once 50 stars have been collected, these can be donated to one of the health charities listed on the app, of which Theodora Children's Charity is now one of them. Giving giggles by taking (medication), basically. What a great idea!
GSK are our one of longest standing supporters and have always shown incredible generosity in supporting the charity over the years as we have grown and been able to see more children. GSK have supported us in a number of ways, not only do we receive funding through their Charitable Partnerships Team, but we have also benefitted from their staff volunteering scheme which has allowed GSK staff to support us by sharing their expertise. As a small charity, these skill sharing opportunities have helped to make a transformational difference and have allowed GSK staff to have a real impact on our work.
The Lendlease Guvnors Club have been supporting us for over ten years, raising over £40,000 for our Giggle Doctors through a variety of bikes rides, running events, cycling challenges and their annual golf day. They have also kindly supported us by donating space for us to use when training new Giggle Doctors.
We love working with the team at Luminous PR who support us by helping to raise awareness of our work through media and PR opportunities, so more people know about our amazing Giggle Doctors. In 2018 the team helped us to launch our first ever Giggle Week and got people all over England to share their giggles with us to raise awareness of our work.
We love working with the team at Zeal, who have been supporting our work since 2015. As well as providing invaluable pro bono PR support, the team are always keen to get involved in our events and campaigns too, such as when they shared their smiles for Giggle Week
We are delighted to have been chosen as the Charity Partner for Cherubs Nurseries in 2019. Throughout this year Cherubs Nurseries will be organising fundraising events to support our Giggle Doctors to bring play and laughter to more children in hospital
Friends of Guy's and St Thomas' Hospital have been supporting our work at Evelina London Children’s Hospital for many years, funding thousands of Giggle Doctor visits to poorly children. In 2018, they supported us to increase our visits at Evelina from one Giggle Doctor a week to two Giggle Doctors a week.
Fundamentally Children are a leading source of expert, independent advice on play and child development. We are proud to have partnered with Fundamentally Children on several of their campaigns that work to highlight the importance of play for children. In 2019 we are proud to be working with them on the Balancing Play Campaign which raises awareness of the Play Pyramid.
The Postcode Community Trust is a grant-giving charity funded entirely by players of the People’s Postcode Lottery. In 2018, we received £18,792 from the trust towards the training of 10 new Giggle Doctors to join our existing team.
Rotarian Ken Robertshaw is an Ambassador for the Theodora Children’s Charity, Over the years, he has helped raise both funds, and awareness for our Giggle Doctor programme, inspiring many rotary clubs to support us. In 2014, Ken kayaked the Mississippi and in 2019 he plans to cycle US highway 1.
Royal Manchester Children’s Hospital Charity have been supporting our work at Manchester Children’s Hospital for many years and have funded Giggle Doctor visits to thousands of sick children at a time when they need it most.
We are extremely grateful to the Stavros Niarchos Foundation for funding our Giggle Doctor training. Their generous support will enable us to train a new group of Giggle Doctors and provide training for our existing team of Giggle Doctors in 2019.
The Children’s Hospital Charity have been supporting our work at Sheffield Children’s Hospital for many years, funding thousands of Giggle Doctor visits to poorly children at a time when they need it most.
The Reed Foundation were our Charity Champion for the Big Give Christmas Challenge 2018 donating £21,000 to our matched funding pot and helping us to raise over £105,000 in total.
Main Partners (CH)
The Worshipful Company of Butchers
The Worshipful Company of Butchers have supported us for a number of years, raising over an incredible £100,000! In 2014 Ian Kelly chose to support us during his year as Master. Since then we have been grateful to continue our partnership with the Company and their members. In 2017 the Worshipful Company of Butchers decided to support Theodora Children's Charity as part of a three-year partnership, donating £20,000 a year to support our Giggle Doctor visits. We were also honoured to be asked to take part in the Lord Mayors Parade in November 2017 alongside the Worshipful Company of Butchers.
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