Our mission is to distract seriously ill children from the monotony of hospital stays by spreading joy, laughter and positive memories.

Our core services include:

Entertainer visits – scheduled face to face and virtual hospital visits to children under the care of all our hospital partners from our team of professional entertainers including play specialists, artists, magicians, musicians, poets and therapy dogs.

Outings and Events – an extended programme of family-focused theatre trips and phyical and virtual family, sibling and teenage events plus regular treat drops across all our hospital partners.

Art Initiatives – Enriching Spaces creates colourful murals on hospital wards and windows to make the hospital environment a more welcoming place for young patients and their families.  Our hand-painted, bespoke masks and moulds support young patients undergoing radiotherapy treatment.

Our services are available to all children and teenagers up to the age of 18 and under the care of our NHS partner hospitals and hospices (listed below) that care for some of the most critically ill children in the UK.

  1. Great Ormond Street Hospital (GOSH), WCI
  2. University College Hospital (UCLH), Euston
  3. The Royal London Hospital, Whitechapel
  4. St Mary’s Hospital, Paddington
  5. The Evelina Children’s Hospital, Westminster
  6. The Royal National Orthopaedic Hospital, Stanmore
  7. King’s College Hospital, Denmark Hill, Brixton
  8. The Royal Brompton Hospital, Chelsea
  9. St George’s Hospital, Tooting
  10. Noah’s Ark Children’s Hospice, Barnet
  11. The Royal Marsden Hospital, Sutton
  12. Southampton Children’s Hospital
  13. Whittington Hospital, Highgate
  14. Nottingham Children’s Hospital
  15. Leicester Children’s Hospital
  • What We Do

    We spread smiles to seriously ill children and teenagers in hospital by providing entertainment, art activities and digital services...

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  • Our Impact

    Find out why smiles are so important for children in longterm hospital care...

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  • Our Story

    Spread a Smile was founded in 2013 by Vanessa Crocker and Josephine Segal...

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  • Our People

    Meet the Spread a Smile team...

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  • Our Publications

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  • Our Policies

    The policies and procedures that guide our work

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