Our mission

At Theodora Children’s Charity we help children living with illness, disability and serious health challenges to feel better using the proven power of laughter. Our vision is to contribute to the wellbeing of children in the 22 hospitals and specialist care centres we visit across England, as well as those we support virtually. Our Giggle Doctors are specially trained performers who are able to visit children in a clinical setting or through the Virtual Visit Programme.

Our mission

Our impact

Find out more about our Giggle Doctor training and supporting evidence of our work in our 2021 Impact Report

Find out more about our impact

Our history

Theodora Children’s Charity was founded in Switzerland in 1994 by André and Jan Poulie in memory of their mother Théodora.

In the UK, the first hospital visited by the Giggle Doctors was Great Ormond Street, in April 1994. Over the last 28 years we have continued to create magical moments for thousands of children across the country receiving medical treatment through our bedside and Virtual Visits.

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Stories from children and families

We regularly receive stories from parents about their child’s experience of meeting a Giggle Doctor and the positive effects it had

Giggle Doctor stories

Our team and trustees

Meet our head office team, trustees and find out more about our annual accounts

Meet the team


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