Great North Children’s Hospital Clown Doctors take a 130ft plunge from the RVI!

Dr Poppy Sneezitoff, Dr Melanie Mughugger and a team of TCF supporters’ abseiled 200ft from the Dental Hospital Newcastle, yesterday, to raise much needed funds to keep children smiling in the Great North Children’s Hospital.


Dr Poppy Sneezitoff commented ‘What a rush! I could see for miles… It was bit scary when the wind picked up but I made it down, without getting a filling!’

Clown Doctors visit sick children in hospitals all over the North East of England, to support them through what can be a traumatic and frightening time. Fear, boredom, loss of control and other insecurities can adversely affect children in hospitals, and the Clown Doctors offer an impartial way of entertaining, supporting and empowering the children who may be struggling with these issues. Performing arts such as storytelling, music, improvisation and clowning are used to engage the children and to help them come to terms with their situation using humour and play.

A patient’s mum said, “Thanks to the Clown Doctors for bringing a smile to my son while in hospital recently. A bright moment – wonderful work!”

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Professor Stephen Singleton, retired Medical Director, Regional Director of Health and Chief Knowledge Officer, and current Chairman of The Children’s Foundation says “The difference the Clown Doctors have made to children and their families can be felt wherever they work, and we are immensely proud to have such a high-quality arts-in-health programme in the region.  As the Clown Doctor Programme enters its fifth year of delivery I would like to commend their work in bringing laughter and smiles to hospitalised children in the North East.