Laughter is medicine
Clown Doctors have been working at The Great North Children’s Hospital (GNCH) for three years now and as a result of positive feedback, we’re aiming to expand the programme into other hospitals across the region, starting with the Sunderland Royal Hospital. So we’ve just launched our Clown Doctor crowdfunding campaign!
The Clown Doctors Programme is delivered to children and young people (from birth to 18) staying in hospital. It supports the recovery of both emotional and physical health using storytelling, music, improvisation, humour and play. Hospitalisation can be traumatic for many youngsters, as they try to cope with illness, medical procedures and often prolonged stays in what can seem like an intimidating and scary environment. Clown Doctor therapy relieves fears and insecurities, whilst empowering patients come to terms with their situation.
“M. always had such fond memories of the Clown Doctors. More recently, during his relapse treatment he was so excited to see them again. Even when he was on the most intensive chemo and during his bone marrow transplant, remarkably the Clown Doctors still managed to make him smile. From a parent’s point of view, after seeing their sick child lethargic and miserable, it was amazing to see him spark into life again – they lifted everyone’s spirits!” M.’s mum
The Clown Doctors are all local professional artists who have been trained in the art of clowning. Prior to meeting patients, they work closely with Play Specialists, Nurses and other health specialists based on the Paediatric Wards. Clown Doctors, becoming part of the support package for each individual child.
“The Clown Doctors have been one of the most positive additions to our Directorate”, said Helga Charters, Matron for Children’s Services at GNCH. “I have witnessed the change in some children… from being withdrawn, scared and anxious to confident and happy”.
To make a pledge, click here [link to http://www.crowdfunder.co.uk/clown-drs]