Archive for June 2017

Spread a Smile Is 4

On Tuesday 11th April we celebrated our 4th Birthday. Our huggable mascot Buddy Bear popped in to see us and even brought us a delicious cake. Four years ago today our co-founders Josephine Segal and Vanessa Crocker took a team of entertainers into Great Ormond Street Hospital for our very first visit. We visited four…

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Meet Buddy Bear

In 2016 we launched a competition in partnership with children’s newspaper, First News, to design a new mascot to take into hospitals. The winning design, Buddy, was created by 11-year-old Caris Baughan from Warwickshire. After many months of painstaking planning and development, the expert team at Rainbow Productions, one of the world’s leading manufacturers of…

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What the hospitals say about us

We work in six London hospitals: Great Ormond Street, University College Hospital, the Royal London, the Evalina, St Mary’s and the Royal National Orthopaedic Hospital in Stanmore. We have established strong working relationships with our hospital partners so we can keep sending in our teams of entertainers regularly. “Spread a Smile have been sending entertainers…

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Meet our entertainers

Our entertainers form the heart of Spread a Smile. We are very lucky to have an incredible team of entertainers, who have come to us based on personal recommendations and have had extensive professional experience in the entertainment industry. We have a range of magicians, fairies, singers, face painters and a spontaneous poet to ensure…

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Royal Parks Half Marathon 2017

Run a Mile, Spread a Smile Team Spread a Smile has 18 amazing runners running in the Royal Parks Half Marathonon Sunday 8 October 2017. They will be helping us spread smiles and make a huge difference to the lives of seriously ill children and teenagers. This stunning central London half marathon across a 13.1…

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Vanessa

Vanessa was 4 years old when she was first diagnosed with Neuroblastoma, a rare type of cancer that forms in the nerve tissue and mainly affects babies and young children. She was treated at Great Ormond Street Hospital and her treatment required her to be in hospital for long periods of time. We first met…

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Meet Cassie and Oscar

PAT pets can come in all shapes and sizes, but our two Spread a Smile pets, Cassie and Oscar, are both cuddly dogs. Cassie, with her owner Talia, has been visiting patients at UCLH, the Royal London and St Mary’s, since 2015 and has recently started visiting GOSH. Oscar, with his owner, Carolyn, has been…

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Jessica

Jessica was diagnosed with Neuroblastoma when she was 5 years old. In the early days she was struggling with everything that had changed in her life as a result as her diagnosis. She was receiving treatment at Great Ormond Street Hospital, but at the beginning she felt anxious and wasn’t confident around the hospital and…

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