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 14 core hospitals and specialist care centres we visit across England, as well as those we support virtually. Giggle Doctors are professional performers who undergo specialised 2 year training to equip them to work in hospitals, specialist care centres and with children who have disabilities or complex needs.

Our mission

Our impact

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

Find out more about our impact

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 and trustees

Meet the team

Annual Accounts

Annual accounts and financial statements

Our Annual Accounts

Our history

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

Our first hospital visited by the Giggle Doctors was Great Ormond Street, and over the last 29 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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