Laughter is the best medicine

May 2021

We are delighted to help bring lightness and laughter to poorly children in hospital, through a 3-year grant for the ‘Giggle Doctors’ of the Theodora Children’s Charity. 

The Giggle Doctors work nation-wide, and this grant has supported their treatment of patients with music, play and storytelling at the Royal Marsden Hospital and at Young Epilepsy in Surrey.  During lockdown the Doctors would not be deterred, so they developed a Digital Programme of videos, personalised messages for children and live visits where possible.  Their work has reduced many children’s anxiety and isolation during their stay in hospital.

One parent said, “After a visit from [the Giggle Doctors], our son’s cares drift away and he forgets all he nasty things he’s had to endure during his hospital visit… We cannot thank you enough for bringing laughter and smiles to us.”

  • A young patient with Giggle Doctor
    The Giggle Doctor visits Maisie