In 2017/18 the Clowndoctors made 88 visits to the children’s wards in the hospital and they interacted with approximately 6000 children, siblings, family members and hospital staff on their twice-weekly visits. The sound of a kazoo or a ukulele coming along the corridor on a Tuesday or Thursday brings smiles to children, parents and staff alike in anticipation of the yellow coats and red noses of the Clowndoctors. Their skills in therapeutic clowning make a genuine connection with children, engaging with the young person behind the illness.
Pip Quinn, Fundraising Officer at Hearts & Minds said:
“We are so grateful for the continued support and generosity from Glasgow Children’s Hospital Charity who work tirelessly to enable us to bring joy to children at The Royal Hospital for Children, Glasgow..
Hearts & Minds Clowndoctors provide relief from pain through laughter and give families with children struggling from illness a chance to create happy memories and interact together. Our visits bring our Clowndoctors just as much joy, as we meet some incredibly brave children who we have the pleasure of delivering smiles too. Thank you”
Kirsten Sinclair, Director of Fundraising at Glasgow Children’s Hospital Charity said:
“We are delighted to continue funding these incredibly worthwhile visits at the children’s hospital. Our Clowndoctors really do brighten up the days of our young patients and their families, bringing so much joy and happiness during what can often be difficult times. We’d like to thank our wonderful Clowndoctors for the difference they make to the lives of our children and their families, helping them have the best possible hospital experience.”