The impact we have on people’s lives is recognised by staff, parents and the practitioners. We really appreciate the feedback we receive.
Here are the results of what the staff have told us:
100% - Clowndoctors bring smiles and laughter to the children they visit
87% - Clowndoctors visits increase the confidence of the child/children they visit
92% - Clowndoctors visits can help with physical relaxation of children
95% - Clowndoctors visits help increase the child’s communication (verbal or non-verbal)
72% - Elderflowers help people with advanced dementia experience joy
55% - Elderflowers help people with advanced dementia communicate their experiences, needs and preferences
72% - Elderflowers help stimulate the senses of people with dementia
62% - Elderflowers help stimulate thinking in people with advanced dementia
Ever wondered what it is like to be a Clowndoctor?
Dr Wallop (Diane Thornton) told us of the rewards of doing this remarkable job.
My Life as a Clowndoctor
What does it feel like to start work as an Elderflower?
Dippsy Elderflower (Sheila McDougall) explains the feelings and experiences she had as she started as Dippsy.
Evolution of an Elderflower
We enjoy getting lovely comments from parents, families and staff - here is a small selection:
"You've really had a positive effect for him while you've been here and you always seem to have great timing when you arrive - for example, one time he was really upset and crying as he had just had his dressings removed and your 2 faces appeared and tapped on the window and he broke into a smile"
"I wish we could bottle that laughter! It is just amazing to hear!"
"He keeps your card by his bed and always asks when are we going back to hospital"
"Thank you, he was just crying and crying and thought I'd never get him to stop. Then his brother said. Look there are the Clowndoctors. You came along just at the right time."
"I just can't help myself from laughing' 'This is so much fun"
"He's very excited to see the Clowndoctors. He has a smile for you, but not the other Doctors!"
"Thanks for cheering him up, he's not long in. It was good for his mum to see him like that"
"The work is really great, I love watching you guys, you just open a whole new world for them"
"It was so beautiful it brought a tear to my eye the last time. He loves it!"
"She hasn't told anyone in here the name of her penguin toy before!"
"Our wee boy was a little scared at first, but now he loves you, dances and moves when you play music"
“The Clowndoctors are special medicine that us parents would love to bottle and bring home!”
"That was really brilliant with that lady, she is in such a good mood now. She never reacts like that"
"That's the first time we've seen her respond to anything"
"You don't realise what you do for us, for people - you make a real difference, turn us back to ourselves, so important. I'll cry when you go!"
"What you do is as necessary as medication"
"I haven't laughed this much for ages"
"I'll be thinking of you both when I'm in my bed this evening - you've really entertained me"
"It's so lovely to see her sing, it's really good for her"
"You do amazing work, you really bring out the best in people. We are so privileged to have you here"
"Im so glad you came, thanks to God-it’s so important."
"It's great seeing what you do and how well everyone responds to you. The ladies and gentlemen all get a lot from it. You do a great job."
"The entire morning on the ward was brilliant! The atmosphere in the lounge was light, playful, engaging, truly joyful. Everyone - staff and ladies and gentlemen alike - engaged with us and each other in ball games, jokes, banter about skills of golf and rugby. This led to very meaningful individual visits in addition to the group involvement. We left everyone in the lounge in great spirits with smiles on everyone's faces (including ours)!"
"Thank you for coming to see me, please come back again. It's so nice to be visited by people like you"