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Bedford Half Marathon Duo

Bedford Half Marathon Duo The indomitable Andrew Arnold, who works for our corporate supporters Lawsons, and his wife Carla, ran the Bedford Half Marathon in aid of Spread a Smile on 2nd September. The race took place in Priory Park, Bedford and is the first part of a challenge Andrew ‘Arnie’ Arnold has taken on to…

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Hair shaving fundraising

Hair-shaving fundraising! Robert Saint, the manager of the Edmonton branch of Lawsons, our corporate supporters, chose to raise money for Spread a Smile by shaving his hair off. He ran the Royal Parks Half Marathon for us last year and was inspired to find a new way to fundraise for us this summer. His wife did the…

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What the Ladybird Heard

Spread a Smile took five families of children receiving treatment at GOSH and other London hospitals to see ‘What the Ladybird Heard’ at The Lyric Theatre, Shaftesbury Avenue on 25th July. The show, based on Julia Donaldson and Lydia Monks’ popular children’s book, was full of live music, puppetry and lots of audience participation, which…

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200 miles for Amy

An amazing team of cyclists from RBS Cash Operations based in Maidstone and led by Simon Foster, cycled 200 miles across Kent to raise money for Spread a Smile over a week at the end of June. Simon and his colleagues, Jon Barnes, Scott Howie, Mario Fenech and Simon Cawse, chose to support us as…

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Lawsons family fun day

Spread a Smile joined our corporate supporters Lawsons at their Family Fun Day at the South of England Showground in Ardingly, West Sussex on 16th July. The day was a grand day out, with over a thousand Lawsons employees and their families enjoying a funfair, pony trekking, music, food and a pamper area. Spread a Smile singer Collette…

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Debbie gets muddy

Debbie Holmes, a 13-year-old from East Malling in Kent, took part in the Pretty Muddy 5km race in Maidstone to raise money for Spread a Smile on Sunday 9th July. Intrepid Debbie chose to undertake the challenge with a big group of her family and friends after experiencing Spread a Smile’s magic first-hand. We first…

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Immanuel College – School Fundraising

Thank you to Immanuel College, Bushey, who raised money for Spread a Smile as one of their three nominated charities this academic year. The school has been working hard to raise money with the pupils masterminding a variety of different fundraising events, from a fancy dress day and a sponsored walk, to a Chanukah fair…

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Summer Party

Our Summer Party was a night filled with entertainment and laughter, but also some very moving stories from the special children and teenagers we visit in hospital and their families. Varun, a 13-year-old that we visited at UCLH and GOSH, kicked off proceedings by telling us about his battle with cancer and how Spread a…

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Spread a Smile Is 4

On Tuesday 11th April we celebrated our 4th Birthday. Our huggable mascot Buddy Bear popped in to see us and even brought us a delicious cake. Four years ago today our co-founders Josephine Segal and Vanessa Crocker took a team of entertainers into Great Ormond Street Hospital for our very first visit. We visited four…

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