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The Baby Show Excel 20th – 22nd February 2015

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As avid fans of The Baby Show we wanted to make sure all baby lovers go along to this fabulous event!  The Baby Show truly is a one stop shop for new and expectant parents. This year’s headline speakers include nutritionist and author, Annabel Karmel MBE, breast-feeding gurus Clare Byam-Cook and Geraldine Miskin, sleep experts Jo Tantum and Lisa Clegg, fitness guru, Michelle Heaton and child safety expert, Tracey Taylor from the British Red Cross. We are also delighted to announce that our...

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As avid fans of The Baby Show we wanted to make sure all baby lovers go along to this fabulous event!  The Baby Show truly is a one stop shop for new and expectant parents. This year’s headline speakers include nutritionist and author, Annabel Karmel MBE, breast-feeding gurus Clare Byam-Cook and Geraldine Miskin, sleep experts Jo Tantum and Lisa Clegg, fitness guru, Michelle Heaton and child safety expert, Tracey Taylor from the British Red Cross.

We are also delighted to announce that our official charity, Theodora’s Children’s Charity is the Baby Show’s charity partner too.  The charity train ‘Giggle Doctors’ who are professional performers such as magicians, singers, actors and musicians, to bring magical moments and laughter to brave children in difficult times.  Visitors can donate to the charity when purchasing tickets or whilst they are at the Show.  Babyblooms have been proud supporters of Theodora’s Children’s Charity for many years and continue to fund giggle doctor visits through donations raised from the sale of Theodora Gifts, examples of which will be displayed on the Charity’s stand near the main stage.

Andre Poulie, Founder and President of Theodora’s Children’s Charity, says: “We are delighted to have the opportunity to share our work with so many people. Our Giggle Doctors are very much looking forward to bringing music, magic and laughter to The Baby Show next month.”

See below for opening times, admission charges and travel information and we look forward to seeing you there!

Baby Show Excel Opening Times:

 Friday 20th Feb: 9.30 am – 5.30 pm

Sat 21st Feb: 9.30 am – 5.30 pm

Sun 22nd Feb: 9.30 am – 5.30 pm

Admission Charges:

Purchase your ticket in advance & save! (On the door price £20)

Friday £13.95
Saturday / Sunday £14.95
Grandparent Ticket £11.50
Unlimited Ticket
(Access for all 3 days)
£25.00
Babies & Children (12 and under) FREE


Travel Information:

The Baby Show is located nearest to the west entrance at ExCeL

ExCeL is an international exhibition and convention centre situated in the heart of London’s Royal Docks and within easy reach of central London. The venue is part of a 100 acre campus, which includes onsite DLR stations, and easy access to the Jubilee Line and London City Airport.

Travel by Tube or DLR to ExCeL

The Jubilee Line is recommended as the quickest route to ExCeL London and the ICC. Alight at Canning Town and change onto a Beckton-bound DLR train, for the quick 2-stop journey to Custom House for ExCeL (West) or Prince Regent for ExCeL (East) and ICC London.

Travel by Road to ExCeL

When driving to ExCeL London follow signs for Royal Docks, City Airport and ExCeL. There is easy access from the M25, M11, A406 and A13.

Parking

All onsite parking is pay and display, with the exception of the Royal Victoria multi-storey car park, which is located at the west end of the site. Parking in the Royal Victoria multi-storey car park can be paid for at one of the three pay points located within the car park at the end of your visit (the machines are located on level two and level zero and all machines accept both cash and credit card).

Parking is £15.00 for up to 24 hrs

These tariffs are applicable for the following locations – Royal Victoria multi-storey car park, Undercroft parking (Orange and Purple) and East Car Park.  Motorcycles can be parked free of charge in any of the above locations.

For further information click on the link below:-

https://thebabyshow.co.uk/excel/

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Babyblooms thank their customers for helping support children's charity

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Everyone at Babyblooms is extremely proud to support Theodora Children's Trust and to help them to continue spreading smiles and fun to children in hospitals and to their families.We are thrilled to report that at the end of last year we were able to donate £5,490 through the sale of our 'Theodora Gifts ' and want to thank every customer who bought one from us in 2014.Jennifer Payne of Theodora's Children's Trust wrote the following words of thanks:“Thank you so much....

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Everyone at Babyblooms is extremely proud to support Theodora Children's Trust and to help them to continue spreading smiles and fun to children in hospitals and to their families.

We are thrilled to report that at the end of last year we were able to donate £5,490 through the sale of our 'Theodora Gifts ' and want to thank every customer who bought one from us in 2014.

Jennifer Payne of Theodora's Children's Trust wrote the following words of thanks:

“Thank you so much.  We are so incredibly thankful for your support. £5,490 will help us to send Giggle Doctors to visit 549 children!  Your ongoing support means such a lot to Theodora and makes a huge difference to so many. We are so grateful.”

Following the launch of the new Babyblooms website, we have developed new Theodora baby gifts for the coming year. Available in Blue and Pink and costing £35, each comprises of a hand-tied baby clothes posy with a delightful Lamb soft toy. For each of these gifts purchased, Babyblooms will donate £10 to Theodora s Trust which funds one Giggle doctor visit to children in hospitals.

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“I was privileged to be invited along to our local hospital, the RUH in Bath, during one of Doctor Hunny’s  visits and can report first hand that these visits truly make a difference, not just to the children (from babies to teenagers) but also to the parents and hospital staff. I was overwhelmed by the impact of the visit, which was clearly eagerly anticipated, and by Dr Hunny’s ability to engage everyone that day” – Lisa Roberts, MD & Founder, Babyblooms

‘The moments spent with each child are magical, for a few minutes, the child is transferred to a safe, fun and loving place by the skills of the giggle doctors’ –The Children’s Trust, Tadworth

So if you want to buy a beautiful baby gift and at the same time support a worthwhile charity, the Theodora Trust Bunch is the perfect choice.

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Theodora Spring/Summer Newsletter 2014

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Newsletter Spring / Summer 2014 A note from our founders...Dear Friends,On the 12th of April 2014, we crossed the milestone of 20 years in the service of children in hospital! As founders of the charity, together with our board of trustees and wonderful Theodora team, we thank you with all our hearts for having made it possible. Indeed without your faithful and generous support, this would have remained a dream!Since our very first visit to Great Ormond Street Hospital, we have...

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Theodora Spring/Summer Newsletter 2014

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Newsletter Spring / Summer 2014

 
A note from our founders...


Dear Friends,

On the 12th of April 2014, we crossed the milestone of 20 years in the service of children in hospital! As founders of the charity, together with our board of trustees and wonderful Theodora team, we thank you with all our hearts for having made it possible. Indeed without your faithful and generous support, this would have remained a dream!

Since our very first visit to Great Ormond Street Hospital, we have had at our heart the aim of giving joy to children in hospital. We have achieved this by organising individual visits from specially trained, talented and sensitive artists.

Close to 500,000 children were given magical and unforgettable moments of laughter. Through the stories and rich imagination of the Giggle Doctors, we helped the children to escape the hospital environment and enter a colourful world full of humour, music, magic and adventure.

20 years is surely a milestone but we still have so much more to achieve. To lead the Theodora Children's Trust into reaching out to many more children, we are happy to announce that Charlotte Wilson was nominated by the board of trustees, on the 9th of April, as the new Chief Executive of the Theodora Children's Trust. We are very thankful to Charlotte for accepting this responsibility and we look forward to her leadership.

Thank you all for being a part of our team. The generosity and spontaneous joy of Theodora, our mother, lives on.


Andre Poulie, Jan Poulie

 
What's new


2014 is a big year for the Theodora Children's Trust. We are celebrating 20 years of bringing fun and laughter to children in hospital and, thanks to your support, we have also been able to expand our programme of smiles. Not only have we started Giggle Doctor visits to new hospitals such as Broomfield Hospital in Chelmsford, but we've also introduced a brand new project: Giggle Doctor visits for children in hospices. Demelza Hospice in Eltham, Haven House Hospice in Woodford Green, and Richard House Hospice in London have all had their first visits from a Giggle Doctor. The Giggle Doctors will visit the children at these hospices every month, following the hospice ethos of helping to add life to days, when days cannot be added to life. We're very excited to be reaching out to lots more children in need.


Our Giggle Doctor team is also growing. Our 10 trainees graduated in April, increasing our team to a fantastic 29 Giggle Doctors. These specially trained entertainers will continue to bring smiles and laughter to thousands of children each year. Many children, just like Harry (see page 3), find hospital a little daunting. Thanks to your donations, Dr Dovetail and her funny friends are able to bring a bit of light relief during these moments of anxiety.

Please help us to keep these big smiles spreading. Perhaps you could recommend the Theodora Children's Trust to your company (maybe they're celebrating an anniversary too!), or suggest the charity to your child's school (see page 5). There are lots of ways you can help the visits continue. Find out how on pages 5 -7.


Harry's Story

Cathi North got in touch to tell us about how Dr Dovetail helped her 12 year old son Harry.
 
Harry has had problems with his teeth since he was tiny. The enamel did not form properly on them and he has had to have lots of work done on them, including lots of extractions of baby teeth. He has visited the Royal Alexandra Children's Hospital in Brighton regularly for treatment.


How often does Harry have to visit the Royal Alexandra Children's Hospital?

Harry has had three general anaesthetic procedures in day surgery at the Royal Alexandra.

How does Harry feel when he has to go to the hospital?

The first time Harry visited the hospital he was really quite nervous as he was only 7 years old. He finds it really boring and being a growing lad really doesn't like having to be starved or having nothing to drink for hours before he goes down to theatre.


When did Harry first meet the Giggle Doctors?

Harry met the Giggle Doctors for the first time when his older sister was in hospital for a biopsy procedure back in 2008. The following year he met them again for his first procedure. He recalls it quite clearly as they had sticky bubbles which he found fascinating.

How did the Giggle Doctors help?

They really took Harry's mind off the whole hospital experience; they made him laugh and really lessened his levels of anxiety about having various things done, such as needles, and having to talk to staff about how he was feeling.

At his last appointment Harry had a terribly long and tedious wait for his surgery and was feeling rather low after not eating for over 9 hours and not drinking for over 5 hours due to being bumped down the surgery list.


Dr Dovetail was absolutely fantastic with him, she was such good fun. Hopefully this was Harry's last day surgery and she made it incredibly special for him. It's not easy being 12 years old on a 4 bed ward with 3 very young children but she really took his mind off things.

The Giggle Doctors have helped all 3 of my children through the procedures they have had to endure. They make us all laugh and smile, and make the boredom of waiting much more bearable. Above all they make the children totally forget, for a short time, the reason they are there. We are so grateful for them at difficult times.


Harry tells us how Dr Dovetail cheered him up at his last visit to hospital...

I was really looking forward to seeing the Giggle Doctors because they always make me laugh and smile and forget about everything that is happening, like the needles and waking up with blood in my mouth.I saw Dr Dovetail this time and she took selfies with me! It was really funny because she used the remote control for the bed instead of a camera.I told her all about breakfast and how mum made me have a shower because I was stinky! Dr Dovetail thought it was funny.I was really nervous because I was nearly the last on the list to go into theatre. The first boy that came back from theatre was screaming and it upset me so I left the ward and found Dr Dovetail. She was in the kitchen with another child and she did magic tricks which really took my mind off it all.She is lovely and I want to say thank you to her because she gave me a postcard with her picture on it and signed it. It says 'Thanks for all the top tips on showering and eating cornflakes. Laters alligator! Love Dr Dovetail.'


Spotlight on fundraising: Schools

Thank you so much to all the schools that have helped to fundraise for the Giggle Doctor visits over the years. It is fantastic when children get involved to help bring laughter to other children.In this newsletter we speak to 2 schools about why they chose to support the Theodora Children's Trust.

Eveline Day School supported the Theodora Children’s Trust last year and raised an incredible £2,940, which they then doubled for the charity by taking part in The Big Give Christmas Challenge.
 

Both the school and nursery took part in a 10km sponsored walk around Richmond Park, and held a family fete day to raise money for the Giggle Doctor programme.


We spoke to Eveline Drut, Head Teacher at Eveline Day School, to find out more about their year of fundraising...
 

“We enjoyed raising money for such a good cause. The children had so much fun participating in a sponsored walk around Richmond Park, which was followed by a family picnic. Their favourite Giggle Doctor, “Doctor Snug” came to visit us numerous times. Her special assemblies were always full of giggles, laughter and fun. We hope that we can raise money for the Theodora Children’s Trust again soon!!”


Clifton School and Nursery are supporting the charity this year. Chris Tidswell, Deputy Head Teacher, spoke to us about all the fun things the students have been doing to fundraise

 

“So far we have had a charity Christmas Ball and raffle for parents and a school ‘Crazy Day’ for children.  The Crazy Day involved lots of activities, such as street dance, a drumming workshop, a children’s disco and even juggling.

The charity has also helped to support our curriculum.  In the week leading up to Crazy Day some of the year groups had a full week of all things ‘crazy’!  Our Reception classes planned a circus assembly, writing invitations to the parents and a list of performers. 

 

During the rest of the year many of the staff will be taking part in a fun run and all the children will take part in the national ‘Chores for Chuckles’ week, collecting sponsorship money to do lots of busy jobs at home!”


If you are interested in getting your child's school involved, or would like to find out more about Chores for Chuckles week (19th - 25th May) please contact Jenny at theodora.uk@theodora.org


Give a Giggle: Make a donation

40 funds a Giggle Doctor visit for a bay of young patients on a children's ward.

Please give what you can to help the laughter continue. Every pound really does makes a difference.


To donate online by card please visit: www.theodora.org.uk

 
 

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Theodora Children's Trust Newsletter Spring/Summer 2014

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Newsletter Spring / Summer 2014 Babyblooms continues to support Theodora Childrens Trust, donating 5.00 for every Theodora gift we sellA note from our founders...Dear Friends,On the 12th of April 2014, we crossed the milestone of 20 years in the service of children in hospital! As founders of the charity, together with our board of trustees and wonderful Theodora team, we thank you with all our hearts for having made it possible. Indeed without your faithful and generous support, this would have...

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Newsletter Spring / Summer 2014
 
Babyblooms continues to support Theodora Childrens Trust, donating 5.00 for every Theodora gift we sell

A note from our founders...

Dear Friends,

On the 12th of April 2014, we crossed the milestone of 20 years in the service of children in hospital! As founders of the charity, together with our board of trustees and wonderful Theodora team, we thank you with all our hearts for having made it possible. Indeed without your faithful and generous support, this would have remained a dream!

Since our very first visit to Great Ormond Street Hospital, we have had at our heart the aim of giving joy to children in hospital. We have achieved this by organising individual visits from specially trained, talented and sensitive artists.

Close to 500,000 children were given magical and unforgettable moments of laughter. Through the stories and rich imagination of the Giggle Doctors, we helped the children to escape the hospital environment and enter a colourful world full of humour, music, magic and adventure.

20 years is surely a milestone but we still have so much more to achieve. To lead the Theodora Children's Trust into reaching out to many more children, we are happy to announce that Charlotte Wilson was nominated by the board of trustees, on the 9th of April, as the new Chief Executive of the Theodora Children's Trust. We are very thankful to Charlotte for accepting this responsibility and we look forward to her leadership.

Thank you all for being a part of our team. The generosity and spontaneous joy of Theodora, our mother, lives on.

Andre Poulie, Jan Poulie

What's new

2014 is a big year for the Theodora Children's Trust. We are celebrating 20 years of bringing fun and laughter to children in hospital and, thanks to your support, we have also been able to expand our programme of smiles. Not only have we started Giggle Doctor visits to new hospitals such as Broomfield Hospital in Chelmsford, but we've also introduced a brand new project: Giggle Doctor visits for children in hospices. Demelza Hospice in Eltham, Haven House Hospice in Woodford Green, and Richard House Hospice in London have all had their first visits from a Giggle Doctor. The Giggle Doctors will visit the children at these hospices every month, following the hospice ethos of helping to add life to days, when days cannot be added to life. We're very excited to be reaching out to lots more children in need.

Our Giggle Doctor team is also growing. Our 10 trainees graduated in April, increasing our team to a fantastic 29 Giggle Doctors. These specially trained entertainers will continue to bring smiles and laughter to thousands of children each year. Many children, just like Harry (see page 3), find hospital a little daunting. Thanks to your donations, Dr Dovetail and her funny friends are able to bring a bit of light relief during these moments of anxiety.

Please help us to keep these big smiles spreading. Perhaps you could recommend the Theodora Children's Trust to your company (maybe they're celebrating an anniversary too!), or suggest the charity to your child's school (see page 5). There are lots of ways you can help the visits continue. Find out how on pages 5 -7.

Harry's Story

Cathi North got in touch to tell us about how Dr Dovetail helped her 12 year old son Harry.

Harry has had problems with his teeth since he was tiny. The enamel did not form properly on them and he has had to have lots of work done on them, including lots of extractions of baby teeth. He has visited the Royal Alexandra Children's Hospital in Brighton regularly for treatment.

 How often does Harry have to visit the Royal Alexandra Children's Hospital?

Harry has had three general anaesthetic procedures in day surgery at the Royal Alexandra.

How does Harry feel when he has to go to the hospital?

The first time Harry visited the hospital he was really quite nervous as he was only 7 years old. He finds it really boring and being a growing lad really doesn't like having to be starved or having nothing to drink for hours before he goes down to theatre.

When did Harry first meet the Giggle Doctors?

Harry met the Giggle Doctors for the first time when his older sister was in hospital for a biopsy procedure back in 2008. The following year he met them again for his first procedure. He recalls it quite clearly as they had sticky bubbles which he found fascinating.

How did the Giggle Doctors help?

They really took Harry's mind off the whole hospital experience; they made him laugh and really lessened his levels of anxiety about having various things done, such as needles, and having to talk to staff about how he was feeling.

At his last appointment Harry had a terribly long and tedious wait for his surgery and was feeling rather low after not eating for over 9 hours and not drinking for over 5 hours due to being bumped down the surgery list.

Dr Dovetail was absolutely fantastic with him, she was such good fun. Hopefully this was Harry's last day surgery and she made it incredibly special for him. It's not easy being 12 years old on a 4 bed ward with 3 very young children but she really took his mind off things.

The Giggle Doctors have helped all 3 of my children through the procedures they have had to endure. They make us all laugh and smile, and make the boredom of waiting much more bearable. Above all they make the children totally forget, for a short time, the reason they are there. We are so grateful for them at difficult times.

Harry tells us how Dr Dovetail cheered him up at his last visit to hospital....

I was really looking forward to seeing the Giggle Doctors because they always make me laugh and smile and forget about everything that is happening, like the needles and waking up with blood in my mouth.I saw Dr Dovetail this time and she took selfies with me! It was really funny because she used the remote control for the bed instead of a camera. I told her all about breakfast and how mum made me have a shower because I was stinky! Dr Dovetail thought it was funny. I was really nervous because I was nearly the last on the list to go into theatre. The first boy that came back from theatre was screaming and it upset me so I left the ward and found Dr Dovetail. She was in the kitchen with another child and she did magic tricks which really took my mind off it all. She is lovely and I want to say thank you to her because she gave me a postcard with her picture on it and signed it. It says 'Thanks for all the top tips on showering and eating cornflakes. Laters alligator! Love Dr Dovetail.'

Spotlight on fundraising: Schools

Thank you so much to all the schools that have helped to fundraise for the Giggle Doctor visits over the years. It is fantastic when children get involved to help bring laughter to other children.In this newsletter we speak to 2 schools about why they chose to support the Theodora Children's Trust.

Eveline Day School supported the Theodora Children's Trust last year and raised an incredible 2,940, which they then doubled for the charity by taking part in The Big Give Christmas Challenge.

Both the school and nursery took part in a 10km sponsored walk around Richmond Park, and held a family fete day to raise money for the Giggle Doctor programme.

We spoke to Eveline Drut, Head Teacher at Eveline Day School, to find out more about their year of fundraising...

"We enjoyed raising money for such a good cause. The children had so much fun participating in a sponsored walk around Richmond Park, which was followed by a family picnic. Their favourite Giggle Doctor, Doctor Snug came to visit us numerous times. Her special assemblies were always full of giggles, laughter and fun. We hope that we can raise money for the Theodora Children's Trust again soon!!"

Clifton School and Nursery are supporting the charity this year. Chris Tidswell, Deputy Head Teacher, spoke to us about all the fun things the students have been doing to fundraise.

So far we have had a charity Christmas Ball and raffle for parents and a school Crazy Day for children. The Crazy Day involved lots of activities, such as street dance, a drumming workshop, a children's disco and even juggling.

The charity has also helped to support our curriculum.In the week leading up to Crazy Day some of the year groups had a full week of all things crazy! Our Reception classes planned a circus assembly, writing invitations to the parents and a list of performers.

During the rest of the year many of the staff will be taking part in a fun run and all the children will take part in the national Chores for Chuckles week, collecting sponsorship money to do lots of busy jobs at home!

If you are interested in getting your child's school involved, or would like to find out more about Chores for Chuckles week (19th - 25th May) please contact Jenny at

theodora.uk@theodora.org

Give a Giggle: Make a donation

40 funds a Giggle Doctor visit for a bay of young patients on a children's ward.

Please give what you can to help the laughter continue. Every pound really does makes a difference.

To donate online by card please visit: www.theodora.org.uk
 

1000's of Happy Children

 

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Theodora Children's Trust Winter Newsletter Published

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The Winter 2013 issue of Theodora Children's Trust's newsletter has just been published.You can download your copy here: Theodora Christmas newsletter 2013.We're proud to be supporting the Trust through the sale of our "Theodora's" bouquets.“It is this support and your donations that help to keep the children we visit smiling. The Giggle Doctors have been spreading joy to children in hospital all year but with Christmas around the corner we all have fun and laughter  n the mind. Thanks to your donations, children like Thomas (see page...

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The Winter 2013 issue of Theodora Children's Trust's newsletter has just been published.

You can download your copy here: Theodora Christmas newsletter 2013.

We're proud to be supporting the Trust through the sale of our "Theodora's" bouquets.

It is this support and your donations that help to keep the children we visit smiling. The Giggle Doctors have been spreading joy to children in hospital all year but with Christmas around the corner we all have fun and laughter  n the mind. Thanks to your donations, children like Thomas (see page 3) now see hospital in a different light; a place where fun can be had and magical memories made. We hope you enjoy reading about their experiences.” [from the newsletter].

 

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Katie Piper Book Competition

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Following Katie's fantastic announcement that she is expecting, we were thrilled to meet Katie at this years "Office" Expo at Olympia. We were delighted to have the opportunity to give her one of our baby clothes bouquets. Katie really is an inspiration and we are so delighted to hear her happy news.We also had the pleasure of meeting representatives from the Katie Piper Foundation - a fantastic charity. Visit www.katiepiperfoundation.org.uk to read all about the wonderful work they do and to see...

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Katie Piper Book Competition

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Following Katie's fantastic announcement that she is expecting, we were thrilled to meet Katie at this years "Office" Expo at Olympia. We were delighted to have the opportunity to give her one of our baby clothes bouquets. Katie really is an inspiration and we are so delighted to hear her happy news.

We also had the pleasure of meeting representatives from the Katie Piper Foundation - a fantastic charity. Visit www.katiepiperfoundation.org.uk to read all about the wonderful work they do and to see how you can support this very worthy cause.

Katie was busy signing her new book "Things Get Better" and we were very lucky to receive a signed copy which is "up for grabs" in this month's competition which you can enter here: www.babyblooms.co.uk/competitions

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Katie Piper and Lisa Roberts of BabyBlooms.

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Theodora Children's Trust Newsletter Spring/Summer 2013

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Theodora Children's Trust


Newsletter Spring / Summer 2013


The difference we're making

"All the Giggle Doctors do a wonderful job. To be able to make someone so happy during a time when things are not as good as they should be for a child or their family is the best present ever. Thank you."

Mo H

"My son was on dialysis for 3 years at Evelina Children's Hospital and he looked forward to the Giggle Doctors coming round on a Monday afternoon. It really helped lift the spirits of not just the children but also us parents who are there with our children. I hope that you will continue these visits for years to come as this is a much needed service for all the children in hospital. Thank you for making us laugh through such difficult times."

Ijaz H.

"As a child I spent many months at Great Ormond Street Hospital. I understand how daunting hospital can be for a child. I think what the Giggle Doctors do is fantastic and it's great to see the impact they have on the children. The room really lights up when the Giggle Doctors are around."

Will B., Double Paralympic Medallist

Editorial

As we step into spring, our ten new Giggle Doctors are finishing their training modules and are about to put on their Giggle Doctor coats for the first time.This means music, magic and laughter for 18,000 more children in hospital and residential homes across the UK.

We love it when parents tell us how they felt when they saw their child smile for the first time in weeks. Read Ava's story on page 4 to hear how brave Ava found ways to laugh with Dr. Wonderpants despite dealing with the effects of chemo aka 'wiggly juice'. Check out pages 6 and 8 to find out about two easy and cost free ways to help bring smiles to children like Ava.

Thank you so much for all the giggles.

Ava's Story

We spoke to Kerry McCarthy, whose 2 year old daughter Ava has benefited from the joy that the Giggle Doctors bring:

When did Ava first become ill and what were her symptoms?

"Back in July I was getting Ava changed and ready for bed on a Wednesday night when I felt a hard lump on the left side of her tummy. My husband, Chris came and had a look and felt it as well and didn't think it felt right. The next day we took Ava to the Doctor. They thought it was constipation. On Friday morning Chris went out to work at 5am, and just after Ava woke up crying and huddled up in her bed.She had brought up some green vomit.I knew this wasn't right and got my mother and father-in-law round to look after Aston, who was 6 months old at the time, and took Ava to A&E. They did a few scans and by lunch time we were in an ambulance on our way to Great Ormond Street Hospital. More scans and tests followed and then on Monday they confirmed that the diagnosis was cancer."

How did you feel?

"It was a massive shock. I was in GOSH and Chris was round my parents house, as he had gone back to be with Aston. It was an awful feeling. It took a while to actually sink in and for us to realise how serious it could be. I don't think we ever let our minds wander to what could have been the worst outcome. We knew we had to stay positive for Ava's sake."

How did the illness affect Ava?

"She has remained positive and cheerful throughout.She does get lots of times when she is tired and feels sick with the chemo. She lost a lot of weight as the

tumour was squashing her tummy and she didn't feel like eating a lot. As a result of the chemo she started losing her hair, and she is convinced that when it comes back it will be pink. Being so young we have told Ava that she had a poorly tummy and the doctors are fixing her. She calls her chemo wiggly juice and she knows this is making sure no nasty lumps come back to her belly. She seems happy with this."

How did the Giggle Doctor visits help? "Ava loves seeing the Giggle Doctors when she is in hospital, especially when she is on the chemo drip for 5-6 hours as it can be difficult to entertain her ourselves. The Giggle Doctors make her laugh and she loves the balloon animals and bracelets they make (Daddy also loves their jokes!).

Ava has seen lots of different Giggle Doctors in Addenbrookes and GOSH. She always talks about them after they have gone.She loved the fact that Dr Wonderpants came to her Pink Party fundraiser!"

If you have a story about how Giggle Doctors helped your child. We'd love to hear from you.

 
Please email Clare:

clare.conroy@theodora.org

or call on 020 7713 0044


Chores for Chuckles

We're asking you to take on a simple everyday chore (or lots of chores!) in return for a donation. Whether it's making cups of tea for the family or sweeping the office floor, Chores for Chuckles is about rolling up our sleeves to help seriously ill children across the nation.

Even if you just do one chore it will make a huge difference.

All money raised will go towards supporting the fabulous work of our Giggle Doctors, who bring laughter to children and their families at such upsetting and difficult times.

To download your Chores for Chuckles pack visit:

www.theodora.org.uk/choresforchuckles

 
DONATE

Give a Giggle

If you would like to make a donation to Theodora Children's Trust, please go to www.theodora.org.uk/donate or write a cheque made payable to Theodora Children's Trust and post it to Theodora Children's Trust, 40 Pentonville Road, London, N1 9HF. Thank you for your support.


Community Fundraiser

Would you like to volunteer for Theodora Children's Trust from the comfort of your own armchair? Whether you work full-time and just have a couple of hours a month to spare or whether you have lots of time on your hands, we need your help! We are
looking for Volunteer Community Fundraisers who will spread the word of Theodora among their friends, family and colleagues and fundraise to bring smiles to children in hospital. If you would like to hear more about becoming a Volunteer Community Fundraiser, please contact our Charlotte by emailing her at charlotte.wilson@theodora.org or by calling her on 020 7713 0044.


Hospital List

Addenbrookes Hospital, Cambridge

Royal United Hospital, Bath

Birmingham Children's Hospital

Bradford Royal Infirmary

Royal Alexandra Hospital, Brighton

Chelsea & Westminster Hospital, London

Evelina Children's Hospital, London

Great Ormond Street Hospital, London

Royal Manchester Children's Hospital

North Manchester General Hospital

Nottingham University Hospital

Young Epilepsy, Surrey

Glan Clwyd Hospital, Rhyl

Royal Berkshire Hospital, Reading

Royal Oldham Hospital, Manchester

The Royal Marsden Hospital, Surrey


Sheffield Children's Hospital

The Children's Trust, Tadworth

If you would like to contact us, please don't hesitate to call us on 020 7713 0044 or email us at theodora.uk@theodora.org We'd love to hear from you!

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Theodora Children's Trust


Newsletter Spring / Summer 2013


The difference we're making

"All the Giggle Doctors do a wonderful job. To be able to make someone so happy during a time when things are not as good as they should be for a child or their family is the best present ever. Thank you."

Mo H

"My son was on dialysis for 3 years at Evelina Children's Hospital and he looked forward to the Giggle Doctors coming round on a Monday afternoon. It really helped lift the spirits of not just the children but also us parents who are there with our children. I hope that you will continue these visits for years to come as this is a much needed service for all the children in hospital. Thank you for making us laugh through such difficult times."

Ijaz H.

"As a child I spent many months at Great Ormond Street Hospital. I understand how daunting hospital can be for a child. I think what the Giggle Doctors do is fantastic and it's great to see the impact they have on the children. The room really lights up when the Giggle Doctors are around."

Will B., Double Paralympic Medallist

Editorial

As we step into spring, our ten new Giggle Doctors are finishing their training modules and are about to put on their Giggle Doctor coats for the first time.This means music, magic and laughter for 18,000 more children in hospital and residential homes across the UK.

We love it when parents tell us how they felt when they saw their child smile for the first time in weeks. Read Ava's story on page 4 to hear how brave Ava found ways to laugh with Dr. Wonderpants despite dealing with the effects of chemo aka 'wiggly juice'. Check out pages 6 and 8 to find out about two easy and cost free ways to help bring smiles to children like Ava.

Thank you so much for all the giggles.

Ava's Story

We spoke to Kerry McCarthy, whose 2 year old daughter Ava has benefited from the joy that the Giggle Doctors bring:

When did Ava first become ill and what were her symptoms?

"Back in July I was getting Ava changed and ready for bed on a Wednesday night when I felt a hard lump on the left side of her tummy. My husband, Chris came and had a look and felt it as well and didn't think it felt right. The next day we took Ava to the Doctor. They thought it was constipation. On Friday morning Chris went out to work at 5am, and just after Ava woke up crying and huddled up in her bed.She had brought up some green vomit.I knew this wasn't right and got my mother and father-in-law round to look after Aston, who was 6 months old at the time, and took Ava to A&E. They did a few scans and by lunch time we were in an ambulance on our way to Great Ormond Street Hospital. More scans and tests followed and then on Monday they confirmed that the diagnosis was cancer."

How did you feel?

"It was a massive shock. I was in GOSH and Chris was round my parents house, as he had gone back to be with Aston. It was an awful feeling. It took a while to actually sink in and for us to realise how serious it could be. I don't think we ever let our minds wander to what could have been the worst outcome. We knew we had to stay positive for Ava's sake."

How did the illness affect Ava?

"She has remained positive and cheerful throughout.She does get lots of times when she is tired and feels sick with the chemo. She lost a lot of weight as the

tumour was squashing her tummy and she didn't feel like eating a lot. As a result of the chemo she started losing her hair, and she is convinced that when it comes back it will be pink. Being so young we have told Ava that she had a poorly tummy and the doctors are fixing her. She calls her chemo wiggly juice and she knows this is making sure no nasty lumps come back to her belly. She seems happy with this."

How did the Giggle Doctor visits help? "Ava loves seeing the Giggle Doctors when she is in hospital, especially when she is on the chemo drip for 5-6 hours as it can be difficult to entertain her ourselves. The Giggle Doctors make her laugh and she loves the balloon animals and bracelets they make (Daddy also loves their jokes!).

Ava has seen lots of different Giggle Doctors in Addenbrookes and GOSH. She always talks about them after they have gone.She loved the fact that Dr Wonderpants came to her Pink Party fundraiser!"

If you have a story about how Giggle Doctors helped your child. We'd love to hear from you.

 
Please email Clare:

clare.conroy@theodora.org

or call on 020 7713 0044


Chores for Chuckles

We're asking you to take on a simple everyday chore (or lots of chores!) in return for a donation. Whether it's making cups of tea for the family or sweeping the office floor, Chores for Chuckles is about rolling up our sleeves to help seriously ill children across the nation.

Even if you just do one chore it will make a huge difference.

All money raised will go towards supporting the fabulous work of our Giggle Doctors, who bring laughter to children and their families at such upsetting and difficult times.

To download your Chores for Chuckles pack visit:

www.theodora.org.uk/choresforchuckles

 
DONATE

Give a Giggle

If you would like to make a donation to Theodora Children's Trust, please go to www.theodora.org.uk/donate or write a cheque made payable to Theodora Children's Trust and post it to Theodora Children's Trust, 40 Pentonville Road, London, N1 9HF. Thank you for your support.


Community Fundraiser

Would you like to volunteer for Theodora Children's Trust from the comfort of your own armchair? Whether you work full-time and just have a couple of hours a month to spare or whether you have lots of time on your hands, we need your help! We are
looking for Volunteer Community Fundraisers who will spread the word of Theodora among their friends, family and colleagues and fundraise to bring smiles to children in hospital. If you would like to hear more about becoming a Volunteer Community Fundraiser, please contact our Charlotte by emailing her at charlotte.wilson@theodora.org or by calling her on 020 7713 0044.


Hospital List

Addenbrookes Hospital, Cambridge

Royal United Hospital, Bath

Birmingham Children's Hospital

Bradford Royal Infirmary

Royal Alexandra Hospital, Brighton

Chelsea & Westminster Hospital, London

Evelina Children's Hospital, London

Great Ormond Street Hospital, London

Royal Manchester Children's Hospital

North Manchester General Hospital

Nottingham University Hospital

Young Epilepsy, Surrey

Glan Clwyd Hospital, Rhyl

Royal Berkshire Hospital, Reading

Royal Oldham Hospital, Manchester

The Royal Marsden Hospital, Surrey


Sheffield Children's Hospital

The Children's Trust, Tadworth

If you would like to contact us, please don't hesitate to call us on 020 7713 0044 or email us at theodora.uk@theodora.org We'd love to hear from you!

Like us on Facebook: facebook.com/giveagiggle

Follow us on Twitter: twitter.com/giveagiggle

Watch us on You Tube: youtube.com/giveagiggle

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As some of you may know, BabyBlooms is extremely proud to support the Theodora Children’s Trust. We have a range of products in our Theodora collection and donate £5.00 from each sale to the charity.

So what is Theodora’s Children’s Trust and where does our money go? It is without doubt one of the most inspiring and truly unique charities and their tireless work to create laugher and giggles for poorly children is just staggering.

The charity was founded in 1994 by André and Jan Poulie. When André was a child, he had a serious accident which meant he had to spend months in hospital. His mother, Théodora (and now the charity’s namesake) used to visit him every day. André always remembers how much his mother made him laugh and how her positivity and optimism helped hospital seem a less scary place. André and his brother Jan set up the charity to bring the same kind of happiness to other children poorly in hospital. Hospital can be a scary place for anyone especially for children who are surrounded by things alien to their normal life such as medical equipment, tests and different people. Theodora’s Trust believe that despite their illness children are children before they are a patient and should be treated as such with fun and laughter and above all respite from their illness.

André and Jan introduced two Giggle Doctors to Great Ormond Street and now 18 years on they have a team of 22 trained Theodora Giggle Doctors, who visit more than 60,000 children with their families every year.

So what’s a Giggle Doctor? Giggle Doctors are specialist entertainers, trained by the charity to work in the hospital environment and with children with disabilities. The Giggle Doctors come from a variety of backgrounds and include actors, entertainers, teachers, magicians, musicians and singers.

Each of the 22 undergoes medical workshops as well as artistic training and learn about child development, infection control and child bereavement as well as the impact of serious illness and bereavement on families as a whole. You can meet each Giggle Doctor on the charity’s website www.theodora.org.uk and each one is also trained to communicate with children with special needs. All of the Giggle Doctors inject fun and laughter into the lives of the children they visit.

Every £5.00 we donate from sales pays for a Giggle Doctor visit which is amazing. We have raised over £X for the charity so far and on 12th June we attended a wonderful reception for Theodora at Number 10 Downing Street. The event was hosted by the lovely Samantha Cameron and it was amazing to see all the charity’s hard work recognised. Please take a look at our Theodora collection and do check out the Theodora’s Childrens Trust website to see other ways in which you can support this unique and worthy cause.

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Theodora Children's Trust

Posted on

As some of you may know, BabyBlooms is extremely proud to support the Theodora Children’s Trust. We have a range of products in our Theodora collection and donate £5.00 from each sale to the charity.

So what is Theodora’s Children’s Trust and where does our money go? It is without doubt one of the most inspiring and truly unique charities and their tireless work to create laugher and giggles for poorly children is just staggering.

The charity was founded in 1994 by André and Jan Poulie. When André was a child, he had a serious accident which meant he had to spend months in hospital. His mother, Théodora (and now the charity’s namesake) used to visit him every day. André always remembers how much his mother made him laugh and how her positivity and optimism helped hospital seem a less scary place. André and his brother Jan set up the charity to bring the same kind of happiness to other children poorly in hospital. Hospital can be a scary place for anyone especially for children who are surrounded by things alien to their normal life such as medical equipment, tests and different people. Theodora’s Trust believe that despite their illness children are children before they are a patient and should be treated as such with fun and laughter and above all respite from their illness.

André and Jan introduced two Giggle Doctors to Great Ormond Street and now 18 years on they have a team of 22 trained Theodora Giggle Doctors, who visit more than 60,000 children with their families every year.

So what’s a Giggle Doctor? Giggle Doctors are specialist entertainers, trained by the charity to work in the hospital environment and with children with disabilities. The Giggle Doctors come from a variety of backgrounds and include actors, entertainers, teachers, magicians, musicians and singers.

Each of the 22 undergoes medical workshops as well as artistic training and learn about child development, infection control and child bereavement as well as the impact of serious illness and bereavement on families as a whole. You can meet each Giggle Doctor on the charity’s website www.theodora.org.uk and each one is also trained to communicate with children with special needs. All of the Giggle Doctors inject fun and laughter into the lives of the children they visit.

Every £5.00 we donate from sales pays for a Giggle Doctor visit which is amazing. We have raised over £X for the charity so far and on 12th June we attended a wonderful reception for Theodora at Number 10 Downing Street. The event was hosted by the lovely Samantha Cameron and it was amazing to see all the charity’s hard work recognised. Please take a look at our Theodora collection and do check out the Theodora’s Childrens Trust website to see other ways in which you can support this unique and worthy cause.

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