In celebration of our 5th birthday on 11th April, we are launching the 5 for 5 initiative and asking our friends to take part in fun challenges throughout April and beyond.  Here are a few ideas to set you off:

Run or walk 5 miles or more. You can set up a fundraising page using BT MyDonate. If you are feeling very adventurous we also have places available in the Royal Parks Half Marathon and Prudential Ride London 100.


During April, in honour of our birthday, nominate 5 friends via Facebook or Twitter to donate £5 to our birthday appeal page. 


Our friends at Lawsons are holding a coffee and cake morning. On Tuesday 10 April, they will serve coffee and cake at all their stores in return for a £5 donation to Spread a Smile. Maybe your company could support us in a similar way?


Give something up for 5 days – screens, chocolate, coffee??!! – and ask your friends to sponsor you or donate directly to our birthday appeal page. You can download our sponsorship form here. 


During our birthday week, we will be visiting all four hospitals we work in, bringing the party and plenty of smiles to lots of extra special young people. We would like to thank all our partners and supporters who have made this possible so far including Pan-n-Ice, Kier, Lawsons, Mad Science, Pop Fusion and Lola’s Cupcakes.


We now make a minimum of 19 hospital visits per month, seeing over 400 patients monthly. Soon we will start to visit the Evelina London Hospital in Westminster, increasing our reach even further. Our VIP trips to theatres and concerts, which we now offer on a monthly basis, are hugely popular with our families, helping them to make positive memories. By taking on a challenge for our 5th birthday, you can help us continue to provide this vital service to seriously and terminally ill children and help us create some smiles, laughter and light relief at a time when these families need it the most.


Please consider encouraging your company to support Spread a Smile and take up the 5 for 5 challenge. To give you a bit of inspiration, as well as the coffee morning, five of our good friends at Lawsons are taking part in a sponsored wing walk.


For more info or to chat to us about your ideas for 5 for 5, please email [email protected] or call us on 020 7482 5191. You can donate directly to our birthday appeal page or download a sponsorship form here.


If you would like to support #5for5 on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram please copy and paste this message and don’t forget to nominate 5 friends to donate to us:

I have just donated £5 to @SpreadaSmileUK, the hospital entertainment charity, to celebrate their 5th birthday. The charity sends entertainers into 4 leading London hospitals to brighten the days of seriously and terminally ill children and teenagers. I nominate 5 friends (LIST FRIENDS HERE) and I’m asking you to donate £5 to Spread a Smile here.


On Facebook it is easy to set up and fundraise for us for our 5th Birthday on your page. Please follow the instructions below on how to do it.

On your computer:

In the top right corner of your Facebook page on your computer there is an arrow. 

Click to open it and go down to create fundraiser.

Click on Get Started and it will ask you who you are raising money for. Choose charity and search for Spread a Smile.

You can edit the wording and make your own fundraising page.

On your phone:

In the bottom right corner of the Facebook app there are 3 lines, click on them and go down to Fundraisers.

Click on it and it will ask you who you are raising money for. Choose charity and search for Spread a Smile.

You can edit the wording and make your own fundraising page.