About Spread a Smile

Our mission at Spread a Smile is to brighten the days of seriously ill children and teenagers in hospital by taking teams of entertainers into paediatric and adolescent wards.

We take magicians, musicians, fairies, poets, singers, face painters, artists and three therapy dogs into Great Ormond Street Hospital, University College Hospital, The Royal London, St. Mary’s, the Evelina London and the Royal National Orthopaedic Hospital in Stanmore to bring much needed joy, light and laughter to these courageous children and teenagers.

Those suffering from conditions such as cancer, heart and kidney related illnesses are often confined to hospital for prolonged periods. Our entertainers provide a diversion from the boredom and monotony and help young patients to brave their treatment.

We make at least 23 hospital visits per month and ensure that on each visit we can entertain every single child we see, whether they’re a baby or teenager. We reach over 6,000 children a year.

We also want to help patients and their families create lasting and positive memories so we organise outings to theatres and concerts as well as an unforgettable and quite extraordinary Winter party.

We also regularly organise for popular children’s characters, like Peppa Pig and Pingu, to visit the wards as well as ad hoc parties as requested by each of the hospitals.

Our History

Spread a Smile was founded by Josephine Segal and Vanessa Crocker in 2013 after seeing the positive impact a magician’s visit had on Josephine’s 9-year-old nephew, Aaron, when he was treated in Great Ormond Street Hospital (GOSH)...

Our People

Josephine Segal - Co-founder and Trustee
Josephine founded Spread a Smile in March 2013 with co-founder Vanessa Crocker after being inspired by the experience of her nephew who spent a protracted period at Great Ormond Street Hospital when he was nine...

Our Supporters

We are lucky to receive support from many amazing companies and organisations

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...

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