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Feeling Festive at Chickenshed

Feeling Festive at Chickenshed We began to get into the festive spirit early on in December, as we took 30 guests to see Chickenshed’s A Christmas Carol. The Victorian tale had had a makeover: it was a brand new musical version updated to 1930s Britain. It was a real extravaganza – Chickenshed are an inclusive…

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Spreading a Smile with The Apprentice’s Claude Littner

Spreading a Smile with The Apprentice’s Claude Littner Recently we were set a rather enormous challenge: We know our entertainers are the best in the business at making children smile, but could we make the ever-stern Claude Littner from BBC One’s The Apprentice smile? We knew if anyone could make Claude smile, it was us…

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Bone Marrow Transplant Unit Visits at GOSH

Bone Marrow Transplant Unit Visits at GOSH Since April, we have been given special access to visit children in isolation rooms on Fox and Robin wards at Great Ormond Street Hospital. These wards are for children who need a bone marrow or stem cell transplant. They are treated in strict isolation before and after their…

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Smile Party ’18

Smile Party ’18 As the festive period approaches, it always means one thing at Spread a Smile HQ – the best party in town! On Sunday 25th November, we were delighted and honoured to invite over 300 VIP guests to our Smile Party at the London Marriott Hotel Regents Park.      The space was…

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Smile Gifts

Smile Gifts If you would like to send a more meaningful gift to your family and friends this Christmas or Chanukah then look no further! Send the gift of smiles! By making a donation in lieu of a gift, you will be spreading smiles and laughter to seriously ill children in hospital. For each gift…

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Mastermind Varun on BBC Children in Need Appeal Show

Mastermind Varun on BBC Children in Need Appeal Show We hope you all were able to tune into the fantastic BBC Children in Need Appeal Show last night. Perhaps you caught the special edition of Mastermind featuring the inspiring 15-year-old Varun Mahatme alongside comedian John Thomson? We had the privilege of entertaining Varun when he…

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Heroic Youngsters Walk Ten Miles for Smiles!

Heroic Youngsters Walk Ten Miles for Smiles! A group of twelve 9-10 year-olds from Holy Rood Catholic Primary School in Watford walked ten miles to raise money for Spread a Smile on Sunday 28thOctober. The idea for the challenge was initiated by young Ciarrai, who saw an advert about children in Great Ormond Street Hospital.…

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Jamie Cullum and BBC Children in Need official single

Jamie Cullum and BBC Children in Need official single We are so excited to feature in the video for the brand new Children in Need official single, “Love Is In The Picture”, written and recorded by Jamie Cullum. It is available as a stand-alone charity single from today (Wednesday 31 October). Jamie joined us recently…

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Golf Day

We welcomed 80 golfers to Dyrham Park Country Club on Wednesday 10th October for our inaugural golf day. We got incredibly lucky with the weather and managed to schedule the day, which was sponsored by Resolution Property, to coincide with a mini heatwave. The weather in the run-up to the event had been cold and…

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Meet Louise – our newest Magician

My name is Louise Andrée Douglas and I’m a magician and illusionist. I was quite late to the magical party, so to speak. Growing up, I didn’t see many magicians, apart from the likes of Paul Daniels on the television and the odd part-time magician who’d do magic at the local Chinese restaurant where I…

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