Volunteers are at the heart of what we do at Spread a Smile and we couldn’t function without them. During Volunteers Week, we are profiling some of our incredible volunteers and we’re starting with the lovely Suzy…

Suzy Hilton, an interior designer, is also a volunteer for Spread a Smile. Suzy manages a monthly visit to University College Hospital and oversees groups of Spread a Smile entertainers at Great Ormond Street Hospital. We caught up with Suzy to ask what motivates her to continue volunteering for Spread a Smile. She said “I absolutely love the visits to the hospitals. It feels so rewarding to be a part of the Spread a Smile team. The sense of fulfillment and joy to see the smiles and hear the laughter we create is one that you can’t really put into words and every single visit I leave knowing we have made such a huge difference to the amazingly inspirational children and teenagers we visit. I love the fact that for visiting family members and loved ones, we have left them with happy memories of what would otherwise be a dreary hospital day. We often see them joining in, singing along, sometimes even dancing too and these are happy memories they can cherish for always.

“Spread a Smile has become such a huge part of my life and I look forward to every visit. The resilience and bravery we see, week in, week out inspires me.”

“The visits we make are invaluable! The Spread a Smile team itself is like an extended family. We all work together to create happy moments for every patient we visit.”