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POGO & Smile

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We are proud to partner with the charitable fundraising platform, POGO. Buying from the socially conscious brands on POGO means not only will you be given access to amazing deals, discounts and prizes from fabulous products or services but you will also be raising money for Spread a Smile (amongst other wonderful causes). Check out deals for beauty, fashion, food & beverages, health & fitness, interiors & decor, lifestyle, sport, travel and more here.


Happy Diwali

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We’ve been celebrating Diwali, the festival of lights with these colourful walking pet balloons which are super popular with children on the hospital wards. Our talented artist Marina, also created some beautiful Diwali themed art to brighten up hospital internal windows.

Our wonderful Spread a Smile team delivered balloons to Great Ormond Street Hospital, Royal London Hospital, King’s College Hospital, Whittington Hospital, Evelina London Children’s Hospital, Royal Brompton Hospital, St George’s Hospital, Royal National Orthopaedic Hospital, Christie Hospital in Manchester and Noah’s Ark Children’s Hospice.

Here are some lovely images and feedback showing the joy that the balloons had for children and their siblings on the wards.

Thank you Spread a Smile for our pet balloons. The children loved walking them.” St. George’s Play Team

Massive thank you to Spread a Smile for making a very special someone super happy today.” Parent of patient

“Huge thanks again for the balloons. They are hugely popular with both patients and staff! I’ve heard numerous patients and staff say that they have made their day, turning a normal or tough day at the hospital into a special one. One patient, in particular, was very sad to have to be in hospital today on Diwali but this really cheered her up.” Lucy, Clinical Lead Play Department at Royal London Hospital



Smile Tea Party family outing on Brigit's Bakery bus

Afternoon tea on Brigit’s Bakery Bus

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Yesterday Spread a Smile and Brigit’s Bakery served up tea and smiles for 30 children and their families at a very special tea party aboard the Peppa Pig bus. 

The children enjoyed delicious sandwiches and homemade cakes courtesy of the popular London bakery and entertainment from our entertainers, Mr Magic and Fairy Ellie.  It was an afternoon full of smiles and away from hospitals and treatments.  And topping the vote for the best sweet treat?  The chocolate cake of course!

The children who attended are all receiving treatment for cancer and many of them have not had the opportunity to have much fun recently. The families all expressed how safe they felt at the event, and it was such a special treat to be able to leave the hospital and forget about their gruelling treatment for a few hours. The highlight was being driven back to the hospital on the bus – the kids were buzzing for hours afterwards!

With thanks to the team at Brigit’s Bakery for their fabulous support of our Smile Tea Party campaign.

Feedback about the tea party below:

“Credit to Brigit’s Bakery and Spread a Smile. Helping to create fun and precious memories to cherish forever. We had an amazing time, thank you so much.”

“It was a really fun day and nice to see new friends outside of the hospital. She had such a great time, the magician was amazing! And the cakes!!! And we keep reusing our beautiful Brigit’s Bakery cups.”


BLSA RAG’s Halloween fundraiser

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We are thrilled to have been selected as one of the Barts and The London School of Medicine and Dentistry RAG’s charity partners for this academic year.  The BLSA RAG kicked off their fundraising in October with a ghost tour around London hostelries and a spooky Halloween Maze.  The students never do anything by halves and we look forward to working with them on their wild and wacky initiatives in support of children in hospital.

“As medical and dental students we often see the impact that a hospital environment can have on children. Poorly children and their families already have so much to deal with, we can imagine how an element of play and entertainment could make all the difference to their day and make things just a little bit more bearable. The projects run by Spread a Smile provide this for the children and is something we cannot wait.”  Annie Mae Wrigth, BLSA RAG Officer

To discuss your RAG partnership please email us at 

Halloween Walk

A Spooktacular Halloween Walk

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Congratulations to Joanna Oldbridge and her soul mates who completed a spooktacular 26 miles (42 km) Halloween Walk on Saturday.

Joanna chose to fundraise for Spread a Smile after her friend Martin, a magician for the charity, talked so passionately about the difference our services made to children in hospital and she wanted to help. 

Joanna said; “The event was fabulous. I walked with my team “Solemates”, which includes my oldest friend of 50 years, Marianne Edwards, my sister, Deborah Beresford-Moore and our friend Jane Griffin. We’ve walked several challenges together over the years – the weather was amazing for this one and we all had fun dressing up!”.

If you fancy taking on the 2022 Halloween Walk check out the Ultra Challenger calendar in our link here.  Spread a Smile will pay for 50% of your entry fee.


Half Term Fun with Halloween:🎃👻

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This week, over half term, we’ve been entertaining children in hospital and at home with a variety of Halloween-themed activities.

Every day we’ve hosted a different virtual entertainer session including ghostly art workshops, spooky storytelling, TikTok dance tutorials, festive makeup workshop and the pumpkin patch challenge. 

Our 24/7 entertainment channel, Smile TV, featured a host of art & craft activities including pumpkin drawing and origami ghost making plus Mr Magic mesmerised us all with card tricks, bottle magic and some hysterical Halloween howlers.

We also delivered Halloween treat packs containing glow sticks, games, treats and the all-important pots of slime to children across all our NHS hospital partners.  

“The Spread a Smile Halloween packs put smiles on so many children’s faces at the hospital. They were tailored perfectly to suit a range of ages. When the word slime was mentioned, the patients’ faces lit up.” Jamie-Lee Phillipson, Hospital Play Lead at Nottingham Children’s Hospital

To watch our entertainers in action go to the SMILE TV here. 




Family Outing to The Lion King

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On 20 October 2021 we were thrilled to invite ten children and their families to the Lyceum Theatre for a performance of The Lion King.  The visit also included a pre show reception in the Disney Ambassador Lounge where everyone enjoyed Spread a Smile’s hospitality and meeting our entertainers Magic Paul, Mr Magic, Fairy Ellie and Fairy Jasmin plus a very special video message from The Lion King cast. With thanks to Disney, ICAP, Lola’s and all the team and cast at The Lion King for their ongoing support and for making the outing so special for all our families.  

See here a wonderful collection of images from the brilliant outing.



Exciting International Challenges

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We are delighted to announce a new and exciting collaboration with the multi-award winning challenge company Charity Challenge who operates a massive portfolio of challenge events close to home in the UK and around the world, from the Amazon to the Zambezi, from Albania to Zambia. You can trek, climb, ride or raft your way along one of these adventurous challenges and raise vital funds for Spread a Smile. Whether it’s the National Three Peaks Challenge in the UK, climbing Kilimanjaro or trekking through the Sahara desert please take a look at what’s on offer HERE.


Fun at The Great South Run

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A big well done to Charlie Hardcastle and Tracy Brown who did a great challenge at the Great South Run last Sunday. Charlie and Tracy said:

“We’re running Great South Run to raise money for Spread a Smile because they have done so much for Lily and her family.” Read about Lily here

Their support really does make such a difference to so many brave children just like Lily.

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Charlie Cox and Tracy Brown at The Great South Run

Cambridge Half Marathon

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Huge congratulations to the team from our partners, Hain Daniels for their success in the 2021 Cambridge Half Marathon in aid of Spread a Smile. 

The predominantly flat course through one of the UK’s most beautiful cities and past countless historic landmarks led to many achieving their personal goals. 

Thank you to David, Dan, Chris, James, Matt, Adam & Lora – you are all Smile Heroes. 

To join the mailing list & pre-register for the 2022 Cambridge Half Marathon please CLICK HERE

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