What's on in June

Spread a Smile is a registered charity that supports the wellbeing of seriously ill and hospitalised children during extended hospital stays and treatment.  Our services are available, free of charge, to all children up to the age of 18 under the care of our NHS hospital partners.  We offer a host of activities and entertainment that support your children, their siblings and you while your child is in hospital or shielding at home.  Please see a list of current services below, each with details on how to apply/participate.  To receive our monthly family newsletter detailing all our latest services and offers please click on the button above.  If you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact us on events@spreadasmile.org or speak to a member of your hospital’s play team.  We look forward to meeting you.

Entertainer Visits

Our professional entertainers including magicians, fairies, poets, artists, singers and musicians are available for bedside visits to all children in hospital or isolating at home.  We make every effort to ensure every visit is personalised for your child, is fully interactive and meets their individual interests.

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Choose from a wide range of activities such as a magic show, singing, dancing, arts & crafts, storytelling, poetry, science & nature and even princesses or superheroes.  Please discuss with our Visit Manager at time of booking.  All visits are virtual (via video conferencing) at this time.

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Young People Visits

We recognise that young people (aged 11-18) have different needs when it comes to visits.   We have a wide range of professional artists and entertainers available to meet their individual hobbies and interests including singers, dancers, artists (for drawing/ painting/ watercolour/ digital art tutorials),

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makeup artists, nail artists, aromatherapists and yoga instructors.  Please discuss with our Visit Manager at the time of booking.   All visits are virtual (via video conferencing) at this time.

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Smile Parties

We love birthdays and would be delighted to help you celebrate your child’s birthday. If would like to arrange a Smile Party with one of our entertainers for your child and up to six of their friends, please get in touch and we’ll do the rest.  The choice of entertainer and activity is entirely yours. 

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 Please discuss the options  available at time of booking with our Visit Manager.  All Smile Parties are virtual (via video conferencing) at this time.

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Switch on Smile TV

Smile TV is our entertainment channel full of pre-recorded videos from our entertainers and special celebrity guests.  Watch magic shows, sing-a-long to your favourite nursery rhymes, popular music and musicals, join in with art and craft tutorials, enjoy nail art sessions, yoga classes and much more. 

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In addition, Smile TV features exclusive interviews with and messages from stars from the worlds of sport and entertainment.  Let us know what you would like to see more of by emailing   smile@spreadasmile.org

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Piano and Singing Lessons

If you would like to learn to play an instrument or improve your skills we can organise tutorials with our professional musicians.  At present we are offering lessons with a piano teacher but, if your child is interested in another instrument please discuss your needs with our Visit  Manager.   In addition,

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we are offering one-to-one singing lessons with one of our professional singers.  Please note we are unable to provide the instrument, only the teacher.  All music lessons are virtual (via video conferencing) at this time.

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Nursery Rhyme Time

Sign up for nursery rhyme time (suitable for all 0-5s) at 11 am every Wednesday.  Led by our talented singers and with all your favourite nursery rhymes, this will be lots of musical fun for our families.   Nursery Rhyme Time is a virtual session provided via video conferencing.

After School Club

Our virtual  After School Club runs every Tuesday and Thursday from 4pm-5pm with a full schedule of interactive entertainment and creative activities.  After School Club welcomes all children and their siblings and encourages them to join in by booking those sessions of interest. 

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Each Tuesday is art club and, for June, Thursdays are themed ‘summer sports and singalongs’, with different activities planned each week. Highlights will include a Father’s Day card-making art club and a session with Jamie Knight, one of the world’s top Professional Football Freestylers, to tie in with the Euros. Check the sign up form for the complete June schedule.

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Summer Events

As restrictions gradually lift, we’re beginning to plan a return of our programme of trips and events.  Indeed, we have a number of theatre trips and outdoor events in the pipeline for later this summer which we will announce as soon as planning is complete and in line with government advice. 

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If you are interested in hearing more, please fill out the form and we’ll be sure to keep you posted. 

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Free Magazine Subscription

Our friends at Readly – the digital subscription service that offers unlimited, “all-you-can-read” access to thousands of magazines in one app – have given us 300 x 3-month free subscriptions to give to our families.  Each subscription can have up to five individuals attached.