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 two Pet Therapy dogs into Great Ormond Street Hospital, University College Hospital, The Royal London and St. Mary’s, 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 12 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 3,500 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 Wonderland 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.

Great Ormond Street Hospital

  • Two visits a month
  • 10 entertainers per visit
  • Seeing nine wards on each visit

The Royal London

  • Three visits a month
  • Three entertainers per visit to the paediatric ward
  • One visit a month with our Pet Therapy dog
  • One monthly art workshop

University College Hospital

  • Five visits a month
  • Three entertainers per visit to paediatric ward, teenage cancer ward and radiotherapy unit
  • Three visits a month with our Pet Therapy dogs
  • One ice-cream drop per month

St Mary’s

  • Two visits a month
  • Three entertainers per visit to the paediatric ward
  • One visit a month with our Pet Therapy dog

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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