Our mission is to bring joy and laughter to seriously and terminally ill children and their families during intensive treatment and extended hospital stays. We currently work with nine hospitals and one children#s hospice including Great Ormond Street Hospital, University College Hospital, the Evelina Children’s Hospital, the Royal Marsden, the Royal London Hospital, St Mary’s Hospital, the National Orthopaedic Hospital and Noah’s Ark Children’s Hospice.
Our core services include:
- making 800 bedside visits every month to hospitalised children in the care of our hospital/hospice partners with our team of professional entertainers including fairies, magicians, musicians, singers, poets and therapy dogs.
- delivering an extended programme of outings and events for hospitalised children and their families
- delivering digital services such as Smile TV and Smile Spaces that allow hospitalised children instant access to our entertainment
- providing art initiatives that make the hospital environment and treatment less frightening including creating hand-painted masks for children and teenagers undergoing radiotherapy treatment
“Spread a Smile’s entertainers were one of the only things that could raise a smile in our daughter during her chemotherapy. It’s hard to explain how slowly time passes on a children’s oncology ward, but Spread a Smile silenced the ticking of the clock and remained at our daughter’s side to sprinkle a little fairy dust and make her feel, for a few moments, like the luckiest girl in the world.”
“Spread a Smile ‘does exactly what it says on the tin’. Their simple approach of showing that there is still joy, love and laughter to be experienced, even in the teeth of very real stress, is nothing short of genius. It is incredibly hard as a parent of a very sick child to be ‘fun’ for them or their siblings. Today has taken that pressure off this particular parent and for that I will be eternally grateful.”